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I know many of you may not remember but 1981

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Jul 19, 2021, 2:59 PM

Was a pretty good year in Clemson football. Here’s a 20 minute recap of the season, we had our moments as all teams do in that season where we could have blown it.

Hint UGA had 9 turnovers because our Defense was awesome!

Much watch

https://youtu.be/bWer4dJ_7Po

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Jul 19, 2021, 3:06 PM

i still have my framed poster from '81 showing william perry and danny triplett putting a world of hurt on herschel walker.'nuff said.it hung in my office since the 80's.it's no longer there.been retired along with me.

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Jul 19, 2021, 3:20 PM

I'd like to see that.

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Jul 19, 2020, 5:52 PM

i'm not too tech savy,but i'll try to get a photo on to t-net.

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Jul 19, 2021, 3:25 PM

Narrated by the great John Facenda....the long time voice of NFL Films....How did we pull that off?

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Oh yeah. I was a student that year,.I was at every home game

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Jul 19, 2021, 3:39 PM

and the Orange Bowl win over Nebraska. I had a lot of friends on the team, and I actually made it down to the Orange Bowl field after the canine protection left (they were trying to keep the field in order since the Dophins were in playoffs the next day). Great memory.

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Re: Oh yeah. I was a student that year,.I was at every home game

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Jul 19, 2021, 4:53 PM

was the next day Dolphins the one where Kellen Winslow had to be helped from the field because of exahaustion

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Yes, that game was great as well. I wasn't at that game

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Jul 19, 2021, 6:40 PM

but I saw that game on TV.

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Re: Oh yeah. I was a student that year,.I was at every home game


Jul 20, 2021, 11:48 AM

I remember on the way home flying over the stadium. The lights were on an Miami was getting ready for their game. The pilot of the plane came over the PA and announced it was official. Tigers were national champions!! That was my sophomore year at CU.

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That was my Freshman year...

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Jul 19, 2021, 3:49 PM

One thing that really stands out about that season; Clemson was coming off an underwhelming 6-5 record in 1980 and a 4th place finish in the ACC, so the 81 team was not ranked in any of the preseason polls.

Around campus, there really wasn't a lot of buzz or excitement surrounding this team or the upcoming season until Clemson beat Georgia (13 - 3) in week three and made its first appearance in the polls at No. 18.

After beating UVa a few weeks later, Clemson jumped something like six or seven spots in the poll to No. 9. That's when things started to get interesting and the national media really started paying a bit more attention to little ole Clemson.

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Jul 19, 2021, 5:09 PM

poetry...

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Jul 19, 2021, 5:10 PM

Saw Danny Ford walk into Seneca LOWES --

I was amazed that no one (but me) even recognized him.
Shows how old I am.

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Jul 19, 2021, 5:40 PM

Many thanks for this post. I still have my Orange Outbreak poster from 1981 (similar to the Farm Bureau posters from recent years) where I wrote down the scores of each football game and added the Nebraska score to it. The poster has pictures of Shawn Weatherly, Homer Jordan, Danny Ford, Lee Nanney, and Jeff Davis. I Remember listening to the Georgia game on the radio that year. If you recall, very few games wete on television at that time. Jim Phillips always did a wonderful job of bringing the games to us via radio. I am a 79 Clemson grad, And was in my third year of medical school in Charleston during that season. I have saved all of the newspaper articles from the Greenville news, Post And Courier, and Anderson Independent (I am from Anderson) about the national championship. A season I shall never forget! And on the poster, I also wrote what our ranking was after each game. Thx again!!!

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Jul 19, 2021, 6:48 PM

Very cool post. That brings back a ton of memories. I was a freshman in 80-81 and we always had a great time at the games. Do you remember how big the first Friday parade used to be? That was a great time to be at Clemson. My son is going to be a sophomore this year and he is already moving off campus because of the Covid restrictions. I hate that for today's students... they are missing out on so much of the Clemson experience.

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Jul 20, 2021, 7:02 AM

Sometimes it’s interesting what stands out in a person’s memory. That August I was at a golf course in Charleston and a complete stranger saw my Clemson hat and we started talking about the upcoming football season. He said he was good friends with Danny Ford and told me to expect big things from the Tigers in the upcoming season. He said that Danny had told him that this team could be
“As good as they want to be.” After what had happened in the 1980 season I was doubtful but as the 1981 season played out the stranger’s prediction came true. I’ve always wondered if he really knew Coach Ford or if he was just running his mouth.

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Jul 20, 2021, 7:08 AM

I was ten and the UNC game stands out to me. 10-8. I remember watching that game on tv here in the lowcountry.

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I went to all twelve game that year

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Jul 20, 2021, 7:19 AM

Found all he game stubs in a box a few years back. Alcohol was involved in all twelve.

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Jul 20, 2021, 9:05 AM

My memory of the 81 Orange Bowl.

That was a long time ago. I didn't follow Clemson much at all. They were just another football team. But, I was definitely pulling for them to beat Nebraska. My memory is probably faulty, but here is what I recall.

Even though Clemson was ranked #1 most folks thought that Nebraska was the bigger, stronger, more physical team and that Clemson would have to rely on "finesse and deception" to beat them. (Part of the stereotyping of the ACC as being an inferior conference and the Nebraskas and Oklahomas and Michigans, etc. were the "power" teams.

Well, somewhere in the second quarter (I think) the announcer said, "Clemson is playing power football" or "Clemson is playing smash-mouth football."

I remember being surprised at the comment because I had bought into the hype that Nebraska was the bully. And, I also remember that the announcer said it as though he was surprised at the fact that Clemson seemed to be the bigger, stronger team on the field.

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Jul 20, 2021, 9:06 AM

I might have witnessed an orange or ten being thrown onto the fake grass at WillyB.

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Our D was nasty in 1981, 2016 & 2018

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Jul 20, 2021, 9:57 AM

2016 was a monumental effort by the offense and defense.
2017 our O wasn't there. KB didn't have enough and we suffered.
2018 was a stifling effort by the D, and precision execution by the O.

2019 & 2020, our D was not up to 2018 standards and we ran into two offenses with great O-Line play and it showed.

Here's to the 2021 D getting back to being nasty.

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Great video

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Jul 20, 2021, 10:18 AM

Several things stood out about that season.

- Unranked in the preseason
- 6 other teams were #1 before Clemson (wonder if
7 teams ranked #1 in a season was a record)
- UGA: 9 turnovers; Buck Belue clearly was rattled
- Dale Hatcher punted to the top of the Superdome
during warmups at the Tulane game
- Jeff Bryant may have had the best play of the
regular season recovering the backwards pass at UNC
- The Greenville News article "Tigers are 10-8 cious"
- Dave Remington and Dean Steinkuhler could not stop
the Fridge and Devane
- Homer Jordan was so exhausted and dehydrated at the
Orange Bowl, he needed an IV for fluids after the game
- The SI cover was a really big deal back then.

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Remington/Steinkuhler weren't use to getting called for hold


Jul 20, 2021, 11:19 AM

Had a Nebraska fan in front of me listening on a NE radio feed... He told me Remington came off the field and told the coaches he needed some help. Shortly after, Steinkuhler picked up his first holding call... They didn't have an answer for that DLine...

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Jul 20, 2021, 10:43 AM

That was obviously a great team .....but the reason why is no mystery. If I am correct 22 players that were on that team went on to play professional football.

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One of the Top 5 Ds ever fielded in CFB... HARD-hitting!!!

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Jul 20, 2021, 11:09 AM

Still have my Orange Bowl program and an '81 National Champs Coke bottle.

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Awesome find.***

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