Clemson Game Notes vs. Louisville
CLEMSON GAME NOTES
• With the victory, Clemson remains unbeaten in three games against Louisville, all coming since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014.
• The Tigers have won 19 straight home games overall, the longest active streak in the country. Clemson is also 14-2 in games decided by seven points or less since 2011, including a 7-0 mark at home during that span.
• Clemson is 1-1 all-time at Death Valley in meetings between top-five teams. The Tigers have also won three of its last four meetings against top-15 teams in Memorial Stadium.
• Clemson earned its third straight victory over Louisville, all coming by less than seven points. It is just the second time in school history that Clemson has defeated the same team by seven points or less in three straight years. The other came against Duke from 1965-67, when Clemson topped the Blue Devils by less than seven points in three straight seasons.
• Clemson has won 31 straight games when rushing for at least 200 rushing yards. The Tigers are 76-0-1 when totaling at least 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards, while holding an 87-1-1 record when totaling at least 500 yards of total offense.
• The Tigers have won 56 of their last 57 games when leading heading into the fourth quarter.
• Clemson has recorded at least 500 yards of total offense against the last five ranked opponents it has faced. The last game against a ranked opponent in which Clemson did not amass 500 yards of total offense was against Notre Dame last season, when the Tigers managed 296 yards of offense in the 24-22 victory.
• Clemson forced Louisville to punt on its opening drive of the game, just the second time this season that the Cardinals did not score on their opening drive. The Tigers’ opponents are now 0-for-5 on the opening drive of the game this season.
• The Clemson defense totaled four sacks in the first half, more than Louisville had allowed in the entire season entering tonight’s game. Cardinal quarterbacks had been sacked just three times total through its first four games of the year. The Tigers finished the game with a season-high-tying five sacks.
• Clemson held Louisville scoreless in the first quarter, the first time it failed to score in any quarter this season. Louisville had scored at least a touchdown in each of the 16 quarters it had played before tonight’s game.
• Clemson scored 28 points in the second quarter. That is the most points in any quarter against an ACC opponent since also scoring 28 points in the second quarter against NC State on Nov. 23, 2012. The Tigers also scored 28 points in a quarter against Wake Forest and Duke that same season.
• Clemson’s 28 points in a quarter are also tied for the most against a ranked opponent in school history. The Tigers scored 28 points against No. 13 Georgia Tech in 1999, but that game was in Atlanta, Ga. So, the 28 second-quarter points were the most ever in a single quarter against a ranked opponent in a Clemson home game.
• Clemson and Louisville combined to score 38 points in the second quarter after both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter. The 38 points is the third-highest combined point total in any quarter in Clemson history and the most combined points in a quarter in a home game since Oct. 22, 2011, when the Tigers and North Carolina combined for 42 points in the third quarter.
• Louisville totaled 568 yards of offense in a losing effort. That is the most yards by a Clemson opponent in a Tiger victory since 2012, when NC State amassed 597 yards of total offense, but the Tigers earned the 62-48 victory at Death Valley.
• Head coach Dabo Swinney is 10-5 all-time against top-10 opponents. Of the 10 victories, the win was just the third to come at home.
• Deshaun Watson recorded season highs for passing yards (306), rushing yards (91), total offense yards (391) and passing touchdowns (5). His five passing touchdowns were the most since he had five at NC State last season and are the most in a home game since he passed for a school-record six touchdowns against North Carolina in 2014. Watson has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games, which was already a Clemson record entering the game.
• Tight end Jordan Leggett scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 31-yard reception in the fourth quarter. With the score, Leggett is the Clemson career leader in touchdowns by a tight end with 13. He finished the game with three catches for 70 yards and the touchdown.
• Wayne Gallman rushed for 110 yards, marking the 14th time in his career that he surpassed the 100-yard mark, one shy of the Clemson record. The record is held by Raymond Priester, who rushed for at least 100 yards 15 times from 1994-97.
• Gallman has 2,662 career rushing yards, moving him into ninth place on Clemson’s career rushing list. He is 99 yards shy of eighth place on the list, trailing Woodrow Dantzler, who rushed for 2,761 yards in his career from 1998-01.
• Deon Cain recorded a career-high 98 receiving yards on four catches, while he found the endzone twice for the first time in his career. He became the second Clemson receiver in the last three weeks to total two touchdown catches in a game, after Ray-Ray McCloud had two against SC State.
• Jordan Leggett had three receptions for a season-high 70 receiving yards and a touchdown. He has back-to-back games with a touchdown reception.
• Jadar Johnson recorded his team-leading third interception of the year in the second quarter. Johnson also had an interception last season against the Cardinals and has seven picks in his career.
• Ben Boulware led the Tiger defense with a career-high 18 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack.
• Van Smith added a career-high 16 tackles.
• Clelin Ferrell and Albert Huggins each recorded a career high with two sacks apiece in the game. The two sacks were the first two of Ferrell’s career, while Huggins now has three sacks on the year.
• Artavis Scott returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 77 yards to set up a Clemson touchdown. The return was the longest by a Tiger since 2011, when Sammy Watkins went 89 yards on a kickoff return at Maryland.