Two Sport Star Helps Tigers To First Bowl Win Since 2005
Nashville, TN– Clemson two sport star Kyle Parker passed for 141 yards and a touchdown to help the Tigers to a 21-14 win over Kentucky Sunday night in the Music City Bowl.
Parker, who also played in a Super Regional last spring with the Tiger baseball team, was 8 of 14 through the air. His lone touchdown pass of the night was a 32-yard strike to Jacoby Ford to give Clemson a 14-10 lead in the first half. He hit C.J. Spiller earlier in the 90-yard drive on a 42-yard catch and run.
Spiller was named Music City Bowl MVP after amassing 172 all-purpose yards. The senior running back had three catches for 58 yards, 15 rushes for 75 yards and returned two kickoffs for a total of 47 yards. It was his last collegiate game.
Clemson (9-5) had not won a bowl game since a 2005 Champs Sports Bowl victory. Kentucky (7-6) was trying to make program history by winning a fourth straight bowl.
Parker will now take a breather before he prepares for the start of Clemson’s baseball season. He hit .255 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 2009. Parker was a freshman All-American in 2008 when he batted .303 with 14 HR and 50 RBIs in what would have been his freshman season in high school, but he graduated a semester early to begin his career at Clemson.
The Clemson baseball team opens its 2010 season Feb. 19 when it hosts Miami (OH). The Tigers also play Michigan State and Furman that weekend.