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September 30, 1896
A small crowd gathered in one of the barrack's rooms and discussed the advisability of organizing a football association and to devise some means of getting a coach. the organization known as the Clemson College Football Association was perfected and the following officers elected. President F.G. Thompkins, Secretary and Treasurer C.W. Gentry, Manager T.R. Vogel, Temporary Captain R.G. Hamilton. A committee of three was appointed to consult professor Walter Riggs as to management of a football team and to ask his aid as coach.

October 5, 1896
Practice began on the Clemson College campus on a 50X200 foot field in front of the college.

October 28, 1896
Clemson played its first intercollegiate football game, defeating Furman, 14-6, at Greenville, SC. This was the first time that many of the Clemson players had seen a full sized football gridiron. Charlie Gentry scored Clemson's first touchdown.

November 10, 1897
Clemson defeated South Carolina for the first time and won the school's first state championship.

October 20, 1898
The Tigers played their first home game against Bingham. Clemson won 55-0, as W.C. Forsythe kicked every point after touchdown (11). R.T.V. Bowman, the man for whom the field at Clemson is named, was an assistant coach at that time with Clemson and helped referee the game.

November 10, 1899
The football association stood on a very weak financial basis. The organization could not even afford to hire a coach. W.M. Riggs agreed to coach the Tigers for free.

November 18, 1899
Clemson defeated N.C. State, 24-0. The game was called early because many of the State men were injured and they requested that the game be called.

December 8, 1899
John Heisman was hired as head coach.


October 22, 1900
The Tigers defeated Wofford, 21-0. Actually, Clemson scored many more points, but a pregame agreement between the teams stated that every point Clemson scored after the first four touchdowns would not count.

November 29, 1900
Clemson's 35-0 win over Alabama allowed Heisman's team to finish the season undefeated with a 6-0 record. This was Clemson's first undefeated team and was the only team to win all of the games in a season until the 1948 squad went 11-0.

October 5, 1901
Clemson opened the season with a 122-0 win over Guilford. The Tigers averaged 30 yards per play and a touchdown every minute and 26 seconds. The first half lasted 20 minutes while the second half lasted only 10 minutes. Legend has it that every man on the Clemson team scored a touchdown in this game.

October 30, 1902
Col. Charles S. Roller Jr., who was football coach of Furman, was the only referee for the Clemson-USC game. Bronco Armstrong, a famous Yale player and official, was to be the umpire but was in a railroad wreck on the way down and it was impossible for him to get to the game in time. Not a single penalty was called in the game. A riot between Clemson and USC fans broke out the night after the game. Officials at both colleges called off the series between the two schools. Clemson and USC did not meet again in football until 1909.

November 27, 1902
Clemson played in the snow for the first time in a game against Tennessee. The Tigers won the game, 11-0, and claimed the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association crown.

October 17, 1903
Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 73-0. Clemson rushed the ball times for 450 yards, while Tech ran the ball 25 times and collected 18 yards.

November 26, 1903
One day after Tech's deadline for its offer had expired, Heisman wired Georgia Tech's president Lyman Hall, that he would accept the institute's offer of $2,250 per year plus percent of net receipts to coach its athletic teams.

November 11, 1905
The Clemson-Auburn game was called on account of darkness. Clemson won, 6-0.

November 29, 1906
Clemson's first forward pass occurred in a 10-0 win over Georgia Tech. Powell Lykes dropped back to kick, but instead made a "pretty" forward pass of 30 yards to George Warren.

November 4-9, 1907
Clemson played three games within a week's time. Clemson lost to Auburn 12-0 on Nov. 4, and lost to Georgia in Augusta, GA on Nov. 7. The Tigers barely make it back in time to play Davidson at Clemson on Nov. 9, and lost 10-6.

April 1, 1908
Tiger football hopes of the 1908 season were shattered on this day, not by what happened in spring practice, but what 300 students did as a college prank on April Fool's day. The cadets were expelled for removing a Civil War cannon from the town square of Pendleton, four miles down the road from campus, and bringing the cannon back to Clemson. Many of the football stars, as well as many future star players, were among those who were expelled.


October 13, 1917
Clemson downed Furman 38-0, as the Tigers' Stumpy Banks scored five touchdowns.


October 4, 1926
Bud Saunders, Clemson head football coach, resigned in the middle of the season. Cul Richards and Frank Padgett were put in charge of the squad.

October 15, 1926
Josh Cody was named head coach at Clemson.

September 19, 1928
Clemson began this season with new uniforms. the Tigers wore a brilliant orange jersey for the first time, with black composition cloth strips on the front with purple numbers.

September 20, 1929
Clemson announced the completion of its first press box which would accommodate about 30 writers. The glass enclosed box was completed with heaters and electric fans for ventilation.

December, 1928
O.K. Pressley, a center, is named third-team All-American by the News-paper Enterprise Association. He is Clemson's first All-American in any sport.


October 17, 1930
Maxcey Welch scored five touchdowns (all rushing) in Clemson's 75-0 win over Newberry.

March 13, 1930
Josh Cody signed a three year contract to stay at Clemson.

November 26, 1930
Josh Cody resigned as head football coach.

January 17, 1931
Jess Neely was named head Coach at Clemson.

October 14, 1933
Clemson played at George Washington in a 0-0 tie. this was the first time Clemson had ever played under the lights. Fans followed the game on a grid graph in Tillman Hall at the Clemson Chapel. A grid was an electrical machine that was marked off like a football field. Lights were so arranged on the graph that every possible play was flashed on the board. The lineups of both teams were written on the sides and the man carrying the ball on each play had a light flashed by his name. Another light representing the runner moved along the board in the same direction and for the same distance as the runner.

August 20, 1940
IPTAY was founded.

November 19, 1935
First night time practice. Two powerful floodlights were installed on one of Clemson's practice fields enabling the Tigers to get in more practice time.

September 23, 1939
Banks McFadden ran 90 yards for a touchdown in Clemson's 18-0 win over Presbyterian.

November 13, 1939
Clemson was ranked in the Associated Press poll for the first time. Clemson claimed the number 16 spot in the poll.

December 8, 1939
Clemson accepted a bid in the first Cotton Bowl.

December 15, 1939
Banks McFadden was named Clemson's second All-American in football.


January 1, 1940
In Clemson's first bowl appearance, it defeated Boston College 6-3. Charlie Timmons scored the game's lone touchdown from two yards out.

January 10, 1940
Jess Neely resigned as athletic director and football coach to accept the head football coaching job at Rice University. Neely inherited a $47,000 deficit when he arrived in 1931 and earned Clemson $100,000 during his tenure and left Clemson $57,000 in the treasury. His overall record at Clemson was 43-35-7.

January 11, 1940
Frank Howard was named head football coach.

May 30, 1940
Banks McFadden was named Nation's Most Valuable Versatile Athlete.

July 25, 1940
Banks McFadden accepted a bid to play in the College All-Star Game against the Green Bay Packers on August 29.

September 1, 1940
Banks McFadden signed a one-year contract to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers professional football team.

September 2, 1940
Frank Howard opened his first fall practice.

September 21, 1940
In Frank Howard's first game as head coach, Clemson scored on the first play as George Floyd reversed around left end and raced 18-yards across untouched for a Clemson touchdown.

November 23, 1940
Clemson won the Southern Conference football title with a 13-7 victory over Furman.

October 6, 1941
Work began on Memorial Stadium. The work of cleaning, digging, and leveling the site as well as cutting large trees and clearing underbrush was supervised by Frank Howard. A pipe was also installed for drainage under the field.

October 11,1941
Clemson defeated Boston College at Fenway Park, 26-13.

November 15, 1941
Clemson defeated Wake Forest, 29-0, in the last game at Riggs Field.

September 19, 1942
Clemson ran down the hill for the first time. Butch Butler gained 192 yards, as the Tigers opened the new stadium in front of 5,500 with a 32-13 win over Presbyterian. High school students were admitted for 25 cents, while servicemen were allowed in for 50 cents.

October 22, 1942
Clemson defeated South Carolina, 18-6. Autographed ball were auctioned off at the game. For a minimum of $1,000 a fan could bid on one the balls. The fan's money would then be used to buy war bonds.

October 19, 1944
First rain at a Clemson-USC game since 1986.

September 22, 1944
Fourteen Clemson backs netted over 516 yards in a 76-0 win over Presbyterian. Bobby Gage led the Tigers with 144 yards.

September 23, 1947
Clemson flew to Boston College on an Eastern Airline DC-4. This marked the first time that a state football team had flown to a football game.

November 8, 1947
Clemson began a 15-game winning streak, the longest in school history, with a win over Furman, 35-7.

November 22, 1947
Bobby Gage ran for 141 yards and passed for 233 as he led Clemson to 34-18 win over Auburn. Gage threw four touchdown passes and had 374 yards total offense to his credit, both are still Clemson records.

September 25, 1948
Clemson defeated Presbyterian 53-0 in the first night game at Clemson.

November 27, 1948
Clemson accepted a bid to play in the Gator Bowl.

January 1, 1949
The Tigers won the Gator Bowl by a 24-23 score over Missouri. Jack Miller's 32 yard field goal in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning margin.


November 27, 1950
Clemson accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl.

May 8, 1953
Clemson joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

June 22, 1956
Joel Wells was the cover boy of the 1956 Official NCAA Guide. The Guide is compiled by the NCAA and contains data on all major college teams in the nation.

November 16, 1956
Vice President Richard Nixon was in attendance at the Clemson-Miami football game on this date. Surrounded by security from various agencies, a loud explosion sounded and alarmed the body guard along with the Vice President. To everyone's relief, it was discovered that it was just the cannon fired off by a Clemson cheerleader when Clemson kicked off. The eight-ranked Hurricanes defeated the Tigers 21-0 in the game played at Miami, Fl.

December 1, 1956
Clemson clinched an Orange Bowl birth with a 28-7 win over Furman at Clemson.

March 25, 1957
It was announced that Clemson and South Carolina would play at Clemson on November 12, 1960 ending the 61-year old state classic, Big Thursday.

September 20, 1958
Clemson ran down the hill on a rug for the first time. The rug was officially given to Clemson on this date before the Clemson-Virginia game by W.W. Pate, Sr., president of Wunda Weavers Company. It measured 104 feet long and was 13 feet wide. Also, at this game, Clemson's recent expansion of Memorial Stadium was used for the first time. Memorial Stadium was expanded from 20,000 to 38,000 seats.

September 27, 1958
Clemson defeated North Carolina, 26-21, as Frank Howard picked up his 100th collegiate coaching win. Also the scoreboard at the east of the stadium was used for the first time. the scoreboard had an added feature, as the Tiger above the scoreboard still wags his tail after each Clemson touchdown.

October 6, 1958
Clemson was ranked eighth in the country, the highest ranking in Clemson history, at that time.

November 19, 1958
Clemson defeated N.C. State 13-6 and won its second ACC title in three years.

November 29, 1958
Clemson accepted a Sugar Bowl bid to face the number one team in the nation, LSU.

December 24, 1958
It was announced that Clemson would take the rug the Tigers used to run down the hill with them to the Sugar Bowl. The rug weighed 527 pounds.

December 27, 1958
Clemson announced that it would wear navy blue jerseys with wide numerals front and back. Orange helmets with a white stripe from back to front in the center would also be worn to give a contrasting color for the nationwide television coverage of the game.

January 1, 1959
Number one ranked LSU defeated Clemson 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl.

October 22, 1959
Clemson won the least Big Thursday game by defeating South Carolina, 27-0. Clemson fans tore down the steel goal posts which were set in concrete.

November 21, 1959
Clemson defeated Wake Forest 33-31 for Clemson's second ACC title in a row.

November 28, 1959
Clemson defeated Furman 56-3 and accepted a bid to the first Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas on December 19 against TCU.

December 19, 1959
Clemson defeated TCU in the Bluebonnet Bowl, 23-7.


October 1, 1960
The west stands were used for the first time, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech, 13-7.

October 8, 1960
Clemson defeated Virginia 21-7 and used special pants for rain protection in this game. After the contest Clemson set the pants to Greenville and allowed Furman to use the pants for a game that night against William and Mary. Furman Head Coach Bob King said, "after those big Clemson boys got out of them some of our guys had a hard time making them stay up and we had to tape the legs of the pants for several players." The pants beat two teams from Virginia on the same day.

November 11, 1961
A team resembling Clemson entered the field prior to the meeting with South Carolina. They did a few serious calisthenics and then started dancing to band music. The team was actually members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity of South Carolina. Clemson students entered the field and worked some of the impostors over. Finally state police brought order to the field.

October 13, 1962
Hal Davis raced 98 yards with a kickoff return for a touchdown against Georgia, the last time a Tiger would return a kickoff for a score for 25 years.

November 24, 1962
Clemson upset Maryland as Rodney Rogers kicked a 23 yard FG with 84 seconds left in the game.

November 24, 1962
Clemson defeated South Carolina as Rogers kicked a 24 yard field goal with 1:31 left. The Clemson Tigers wore blue jerseys in this game, the ones that were left from the Sugar Bowl game.

October 12, 1963
Clemson and Georgia tied 7-7, but the main item of interest was the strange weather. A hail storm hit at 2:50 p.m. and caused temperatures to plummet form 84 degrees to 57 degrees in 45 minutes. Almost an inch of hail poured in a 20 minute period and the game was delayed. Clemson blocked two field goal attempts to preserve the tie.

November 23, 1963
The South Carolina-Clemson game was postponed due to the death of President Kennedy.

November 26, 1963
Clemson defeated South Carolina on Thanksgiving Day, 24-20.

September 24, 1966
First game in which Howard's Rock was present at Death Valley. Clemson downed Virginia, 40-35.

November 12, 1966
Frank Howard won his 150th game and clenched at least a tie for the ACC title with a 14-10 win over Maryland.

November 26, 1966
Clemson downed South Carolina to win the ACC, 35-10.

September 23, 1967
Clemson started the tradition of rubbing Howard's Rock.

November 18, 1967
Clemson painted its shoes orange for the N.C. State game and the Tigers upset the 10th ranked Wolfpack, 14-6. Clemson at least clinched a tie for the ACC Championship. The Tigers had to get the orange paint from eight stores in the area. N.C. State's defense had worn whites shoes all season and that was the reason for the ploy.

November 25, 1967
Clemson beat South Carolina 23-12 to claim the ACC championship. Buddy Gore broke the ACC single season rushing record with 1,045.

September 28, 1968
Richie Luzzi returned a missed Georgia field goal try 108 yards (100 officially) for a Clemson touchdown, the longest play in Clemson history.

October 25, 1969
Danny Ford' was one of the Alabama captains for the Clemson-Alabama game at Clemson. Bob Hope was in town for a homecoming show that night. Bear Bryant's team Clemson 38-13.

November 1, 1969
Frank Howard won his last game as a Clemson coach in Death Valley with a 40-0 win over Maryland.

December 10, 1969
Coach Frank Howard resigned from football coaching duties, but remained in the capacity of athletic director.

December 17, 1969
Hootie Ingram was named head football coach.


July 21, 1970
Clemson announced the use of a new logo - THE TIGER PAW. With the aid of Henderson Advertising Agency, the Tiger Paw became the new trademark of Clemson athletics.

December 5, 1972
Hootie Ingram resigned as Clemson football coach, and Red Parker was named as his replacement.

November 16, 1974
Playing surface of Memorial Stadium was named Frank Howard's Field.

November 21, 1976
Clemson scrimmaged before the game at an adjacent practice field and warmed up there until game time before a 28-9 upset of South Carolina.

December 1, 1977
Charlie Pell was named head football coach.

September 17, 1977
Clemson defeated Georgia 7-6 and this marked the first time that Clemson had won in Athens since 1914.

November 19, 1977
A 20 yard pass from Steve Fuller to Jerry Butler with just 49 seconds to play enabled Clemson to squeeze past South Carolina 31-27, after leading 27-0 and earn a trip to the Gator Bowl.

September 16, 1978
Clemson won its 100th game in Death Valley with a 58-3 win over the Citadel.

November 25, 1978
Clemson fans used the south upper deck for the first time in Clemson's 41-23 win over South Carolina. At the time it was the largest crowd ever to see a game from Philadelphia to Birmingham.

November 28, 1978
Steve Fuller finished tied for sixth place in the Heisman trophy voting, and he received 19 first place votes.

December 4, 1978
Charlie Pell resigned as Clemson coach.

December 5, 1978
Danny Ford was named as Pell's replacement.

December 10, 1978
It was announced that Danny Ford would be the Tigers' coach in the Gator Bowl game.

December 29, 1978
Clemson defeated Ohio State 17-15 at the Gator Bowl in Danny Ford's first game as head coach, and Woody Hayes final game at Ohio State.

November 16, 1979
Clemson won at Notre Dame behind Obed Ariri's three field goals, 16-10.


November 8, 1980
Jeff Davis had a school record 24 tackles vs. North Carolina in a head-to-head battle with Lawrence Taylor.

September 19, 1981
Clemson forced nine Georgia turnovers, most ever by a Clemson opponent, in handing Herschel Walker his only regular season loss as a Bulldog, 13-3.

October 31, 1981
Clemson had 756 total offensive yards against Wake Forest in an 82-24 win.

November 7, 1981
Clemson stopped North Carolina, 10-8, in Chapel Hill in the only battle of top 10 teams in ACC football history.

November 14, 1981
Clemson claimed the ACC championship with a 21-7 win over Maryland.

November 21, 1981
Clemson finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record with a 29-13 win over South Carolina.

November 30, 1981
Clemson was ranked No. 1 by AP, for the first time.

January 1, 1982
Clemson claimed it first National Championship with a 22-15 win over Nebraska in the 48th annual Orange Bowl Classic.

October 16, 1982
Cliff Austin broke the Clemson record for most rushing yards in a game with 260 yards in a rout of Duke.

November 27, 1982
Clemson defeated Wake Forest, 21-17 at the Mirage Bowl, in Tokyo, Japan, and also sewed up its second straight ACC title.

September 3, 1983
The north upper deck was used for the first time in a victory over Western Carolina, bringing the capacity to over 80,000.

November 12, 1983
3,000 Clemson students arrived at Death Valley at 7:00 a.m. to blow up 363,729 balloons. The 80,000 fans released the balloons as the team ran down the hill. Clemson downed a Top 20 Maryland team and Boomer Esiason, 52-27.

September 21, 1985
Clemson and Georgia met in the first nationally televised (CBS) football game from Clemson.

November 23, 1985
Clemson defeated South Carolina 24-17, and accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl.

September 20, 1986
Clemson defeated Georgia 31-28, as David Treadwell kicked a 46 yard field goal with no time left on the clock.

November 15, 1986
Clemson tied Maryland 17-17 to win the ACC championship, as Treadwell kicked a 46 yard FG with no time left on the clock.

December 27, 1986
Clemson won the Gator Bowl championship with a 27-21 decision over Stanford.

January 3, 1987
Clemson was ranked 17th in the nation the final AP poll, its first final Top 20 ranking since 1983.

September 19, 1987
David Treadwell booted a 21 yard field goal with two seconds left to beat Georgia on national TV, 21-20.

September 26, 1987
Clemson had not returned a punt or kickoff for a touchdown in 17 years, then had one of each in a 33-12 win over Georgia Tech. Donnell Woolford scored on a 78 yard punt return and Joe Henderson on a 95 yard kickoff return. Clemson had gone 999 punt and kickoff returns without a touchdown prior to Joe Henderson's score.

January 1, 1988
Clemson gained 499 yards total offense in handing Penn State its worst Bowl game defeat, 35-10, in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

November 12, 198
Clemson clinched an ACC record-tying third straight ACC title with a 49-25 win at Maryland. Clemson scored 28 points in the fourth period on just nine offensive plays.

January 2, 1989
Clemson become the first ACC team to defeat Oklahoma in a 13-6 Florida Citrus Bowl victory. Clemson held the Oklahoma offense without a touchdown for just the second time in the decade of the eighties. Clemson closed the season with a #9 ranking and became the only school in the nation to win a conference title, a bowl game and rank in the final Top 20 for three straight years.

September 9, 1989
Clemson earned a landmark victory at Florida State, 34-23. The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind a 73 yard interception return by Wayne Simmons and a 73 yard touchdown run by Terry Allen. The victory moved Clemson to number seven in the AP poll and it was the last loss of the season for Florida State, who eventually ended the season ranked third in the nation.

November 18, 1989
Clemson slaughtered South Carolina 45-0, the largest margin of victory for Clemson in the series in 89 years. Clemson outgained the Gamecocks 466-155, and picked up 355 yards rushing. Clemson's fifth ranked defense forced five turnovers.

December 30, 1989
The Tigers defeated West Virginia 27-7, in the Gator Bowl. It was Clemson's fourth straight bowl victory and the fourth straight year Clemson concluded the season ranked in the national top 20. The Tigers held West Virginia to just 119 yards passing and forced Heisman Trophy runner up Major Harris into three fumbles. The win game Clemson 38 wins in a four year period, an all time ACC record.


January 18, 1990
Danny Ford resigned as head coach after 11 full seasons. He finished his career tied for first in ACC history in career victories with 96 and he was second in winning percentage. He had a 96-29-4 overall record and 76 percent winning mark. He was the third winningest active coach in the nation at the time of his resignation.

January 21, 1990
Ken Hatfield became Clemson's 22nd head coach. Hatfield had been the head coach at Arkansas since 1984 and took his alma mater to bowl games each of his six seasons.

January 1, 1991
Clemson shut out Illinois 30-0 in its first Hall of Fame Bowl appearance. It was Clemson's largest margin of victory in a bowl game. The win elevated Clemson to #9 in the final ranking in Ken Hatfield's first year. He was the first ACC coach ever to take a team to a Top 10 ranking in his first year. It was a record 40th win for Clemson's seniors.

October 26, 1991
Clemson wore purple jerseys for the first time since the 1930s in a 29-19 victory over 10th ranked N.C. State. The 18th ranked Tigers were led by freshman Nelson Welch, who kicked a Clemson record five field goals. Clemson scored its first touchdown on a fake field goal as Rudy Harris ran three yards for a score.

November 16, 1991
The Tigers clinched their 12th ACC Championship, first under Ken Hatfield, with a 40-7 win over Maryland at Death Valley. DeChane Cameron was 13-23 for 213 yards in leading Clemson to victory in his final home game.

November 30, 1991
Clemson ran its overseas record to 2-0 with a 33-21 win over Duke in the Coca Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan. Clemson had to score 26 points in the fourth period to register the victory. It was Ken Hatfield's 100th win as a college coach.

September 12, 1992
Florida State defeated Clemson 24-20 in the first night game at Clemson since 1956. The contest was televised by ESPN. the Seminoles led by quarterback Charlie Ward, scored the winning TD in the two final minutes.

October 10, 1992
Clemson overcame a 28-0 deficit to defeat Virginia in Charlottesville 29-28. Nelson Welch kicked a 32 yard FG with 52 seconds left to cap the comeback. Quarterback Louis Solomon came off the bench with the score 28-0 and led the comeback. His 64 yard scoring run just before the half changed the course of the game. The victory over the 10th ranked Cavaliers was just the third in Clemson history over a top 10 team on the road.

November 7, 1992
Clemson soundly defeated #18 North Carolina 40-7 at Death Valley, the largest margin of victory for the Tigers over a top 20 team in history. Freshman Patrick Sapp hit 13-23 passes for 205 yards, while Rodney Blunt scored three TDs in leading the Clemson offense. The Tigers controlled the clock for a record 42:58.

September 4, 1993
Clemson opened the 1993 season with a defeat of UNLV in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Sapp posted the sixth-highest passing efficiency mark in Clemson history (235.0) in the game, throwing two touchdown strikes in the 24-14 Tiger victory. But most of the strikes were coming from above, as the game was delayed 17 minutes in the fourth quarter due to lightning. Both teams and most fans cleared the field.

November 24, 1993
Coach Hatfield and Clemson University announced a separation, ending Hatfield's four-year career as head coach. Hatfield sought a contract extension, but Clemson administrators declined. Hatfield was 32-13-1 at Clemson and his .707 winning percentage was third in ACC history when he departed.

November 29, 1993
Tommy West was named Clemson's 23rd head coach and took over the Clemson team heading for the Peach Bowl. West, who spent the 1993 regular season as head coach at UT Chattanooga, became the sixth coach in Division I history to make his debut for a school in a bowl game and the second coach to ever become head coach for a bowl game after not serving as an assistant at that school during the regular season.

December 31, 1993
The Tigers scored the latest touchdown to gain victory in a game since 1958, as Patrick Sapp connected with Terry Smith with 0:20 remaining to defeat Kentucky, 14-13, in the Peach Bowl. West experienced his fifth consecutive bowl victory with Clemson, as the Tigers won four straight bowl games during his years as an assistant (1986-89).

September 3, 1994
For the second time ever, Clemson faced a team coached by a Clemson graduate. Bobby Johnson, an academic All-American defensive back for the Tigers and a 1973 Clemson graduate, brought his Furman Paladins to Death Valley. Clemson came away with a 27-6 win. Clemson inducted Frank Howard, Steve Fuller, and Banks McFadden into the Ring of Honor prior to the game.

September 10, 1994
For the second straight week and the third time in history, Clemson faced a team coached be a Clemson graduate. Mike O'Cain, Clemson class of 1976 and the MVP of Clemson's 1975 team, brought his N.C. State team to Clemson and the Pack prevailed, 29-12. Clemson used the shotgun offense for the first time in this game.

September 17, 1994
Clemson and Virginia met in the 1,000th ACC football game in history. Virginia won 9-6. Clemson's Andre Carter had three takeaways in the game, just the third Tiger in history to do that.

October 15, 1994
Nelson Welch became the ACC's career field goal leader with a 47-yarder in the third quarter at Duke. It gave Welch 61 career field goals, breaking the record of 60 held by Jess Atkinson, Scott Sisson, and Obed Ariri.

October 22, 1994
Clemson started seven freshmen on offense at Florida State, most freshmen starter in a game in 50 years.

October 29, 1994
Louis Solomon set an all-time Clemson quarterback rushing record with 159 yards rushing to lead Clemson to a 24-8 win over Wake Forest at Death Valley. He broke Mike O'Cain's record of 140 yards rushing from the QB position against N.C. State in 1976. Tim Jones became the eighth player in Clemson history to go over 300 career tackles.

November 5, 1994
Nelson Welch became Clemson's career scoring leader with five field goals and a PAT in Clemson's 28-17 upset of 12th ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Clemson's defense held UNC to 11 yards rushing. Clemson started an all first year freshman backfield.

May 15, 1995
The Banks McFadden building was dedicated. The facility is the home of Clemson football administration and with all the top of the line in facilities for players and coaches.

August 12, 1995
The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos played the first professional game in the history of Death Valley. The Panthers won the exhibition game over the John Elway led Broncos.

September 17, 1995
The Carolina Panthers met the St. Louis Rams in the first regular season VFL game in Death Valley. It was the first of eight regular season games for the expansion Panthers at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

October 7, 1995
Clemson wore "turn back the clock" uniforms for the Clemson-Georgia game at Death Valley. The uniforms were replicas of those worn by the 1939 Clemson team that went to the Cotton Bowl, the first bowl appearance in Clemson history. The contest started at 6:39 PM because Clemson football started in 1896 and Clemson's first bowl team was the 1939 club. Georgia won the thrilling game, 19-17, but that would be Clemson's final regular season loss of 1995. Leomont Evans had 18 tackles in the contest, most ever by a Clemson defensive back, and the Tigers blocked three Georgia kicks, a single game record for blocked kicks by a Clemson team.

October 21, 1995
For the first time in Clemson history the Tigers executed a "Hail Mary Pass" on the last play of a half. Louis Solomon's heave into the endzone from 33 yards out was tipped by Tony Horne and caught by Antwuan Wyatt as the horn sounded ending the first half. Clemson went on to a 17-0 victory, its third straight shutout of the Maryland Terps.

November 4, 1995
Clemson raised its record in orange pants to 29-6 with a pivotal 17-10 victory over North Carolina in Death Valley. Twin brothers Peter and Andy Ford both had interceptions for the Tigers, the first time in ACC history that twin brothers had interceptions in the same game.

November 11, 1995
Two all-time Clemson records were set on the same day in Clemson's 34-17 victory over Duke. Raymond Priester gained 263 yards rushing to break Cliff Austin's Clemson single game rushing mark. All-American Brian Dawkins had three interceptions in the first quarter to set a quarter record and tie the single game mark for interceptions. The game was played in a driving rainstorm in the first half and brilliant sunshine in the second half.

November 18, 1995
Clemson outscored South Carolina 21-0 in the fourth period to defeat South Carolina in Colombia, 38-17. It was Clemson's fourth straight win in Columbia. The victory clinched a bid to the Gator Bowl for the Tigers.

December 10, 1995
The defending Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers at Death Valley. Jerry Rice caught one touchdown pass from Steve Young in the contest that attracted over 75,000 fans.

December 15, 1995
Tiger linebacker Anthony Simmons was named UPI National Freshman of the Year, the first defensive player in the history of the award. Simmons led Clemson in tackles in 1995 with 150, 46 more than any other freshman in school history. He was also named ACC Rookie of the Year and was second in the voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

December 17, 1995
The Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the 16th and final game played at Death Valley in 1995.

January 28, 1996
Clemson legend Frank Howard, the school's head football coach between 1940-69 passed away at his home in Clemson. Howard, who still had come to his office in the Jervey Athletic Center a month prior to his death, died on the same day as his former teammate and Alabama legend Bear Bryant, 14 years later.