Tiger Tidbits - Wake Forest Edition


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Clemson is 30-7 against Wake Forest in games played in Death Valley. (TigerNet Sta

CLEMSON – I heard a caller on the radio yesterday talk about how Wake Forest has “had Clemson’s number” over the last several years, and how the Demon Deacons have managed to win almost as many as they lose in the series.

That simply isn’t true, even though Wake has been a thorn in Clemson’s side. Yes, Tommy Bowden had his struggles against Jim Grobe’s teams – his last game was the last time Clemson lost to a Wake team - but Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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is 4-0 against the Deacs and the Tigers have won 11-of-14 in the series.

Clemson is 30-7 against Wake Forest in games played in Death Valley, and the Deacs haven’t won on Clemson’s home field since 1998. In fact, Wake has won just twice in Clemson since 1962, and both of those wins came under head coach Jim Caldwell. The Tigers also own 60 wins in the series, the second-largest number of wins against a single opponent, trailing only the 65 wins Clemson has over South Carolina.

*Missing from the press box in Raleigh last week was Clemson stat spotter Sack Bagley. Bagley spots for both the Tigers and the Carolina Panthers, and has long been a fixture at Clemson athletic events, working football, baseball and basketball.

I saw him in the hallway Tuesday at the WestZone, and he told me it was just the 9th Clemson game he has missed seeing in person since 1966. However, at age 70, he said he needs to slow down and won’t make the trip to Syracuse next week.

*This goes under the category of “you learn something new every day.”

I was a little surprised when I walked onto the field before the Georgia game and saw ACC officials. It has always been my understanding that in non-conference games, the visiting team’s conference supplies the on-field officials, while the home team’s conference supplies the replay official.

I saw Doug Rhoads, the ACC coordinator of officials, in the press box at N.C. State last week and asked him why there was an ACC crew at the game.

Rhoads told me that there were only two schools that he knows of – Georgia and Florida – who demand that they have home conference officials at all of their home games. As a result, when Georgia and Florida play non-conference games on the road, the officials are supplied by the home conference. For example, when Georgia plays at Georgia Tech once every two years, ACC officials crew the game. For the games between the two schools at Georgia, it is an all-SEC crew.

So, next year when the Tigers travel to Athens, it will be an SEC crew on the field and in the replay booth.

When Clemson plays at South Carolina later this year, however, it will be an ACC crew on the field and an SEC official in the replay booth.

ACC crews are also working all of the home games of Army and Notre Dame, and I noticed that when Army hosted Stanford a few weeks ago, it was an ACC crew. Shouldn’t it have been a crew from the Pac-12?

Rhoads laughed and said that the Pac-12 does indeed supply officials for their team’s away games, but also have a rule that says they won’t fly their crews east of the Mississippi River.

Who woulda known all that?

*Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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is within range of several career records and milestones, and he could reach a few of those this week.

Milestones

•Needs 409 yards of total offense to become the third quarterback in ACC history to reach 10,000 yards.
•Needs two touchdowns in terms of touchdown responsibility (rushing passing) to become second ACC player with 100 in a career.
•Needs 145 yards rushing to reach 1000 for career.
•Needs one rushing touchdown to reach 20 for his career. Would become third Clemson quarterback and ninth QB in ACC history.
•Needs 264 yards passing for 9000. Would become second Clemson QB and 11th in ACC history.
•Needs 26 completions to become 11th ACC quarterback with 700 for career.
•Needs a 300-yard passing game to move into second place on ACC list. Would give him 14. Currently tied with Chris Weinke of Florida State with 13.

Records in Range
•Needs 24 passes without an interception to break Clemson record. Has 142 and record is 165 by Cullen Harper, 2005-07.
•Needs 173 yards of total offense to become Clemson career leader. Has 9,591 and record is 9,763 by Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
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Duluth, GA

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, 2002-05
•Needs 253 yards of total offense to break Clemson record for career total offense yardage vs. one team. Has 875 vs. Wake Forest and Woody Dantzler had 1127 against NC State, 1998-01.

*Count on Clemson football SID Tim Bourret to come up with a great stat about Tiger defensive end Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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. Beasley has 13 sacks in 428 plays over his Clemson career, a sack every 32.92 plays of participation. That is a very strong rate, in fact better than each of the 10 leaders in Clemson history in career sacks. Among the top 10, Michael Dean Perry has the best rate at one sack for every 44.86 plays over his career between 1984-87. Chester McGlockton averaged a sack every 49.85 plays.

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