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Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:13 PM

In Death Valley???

Mine was unforgettable!!

Under the lights against #3 Florida State!

Place was ROCKING as Clemson sent the Noles back to Tallahassee with a 26 - 10 loss!!



Don't really remember the matchup...I was maybe like 6

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:16 PM

I just remember being awed by the crowd, noise, the ballons, and of course the loud growling of a tiger.

I remember someone telling me that it was an actual tiger roaring somewhere...lol

I was 2

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:22 PM

so not me.

We beat Va Tech 42-7, I think it was homecoming too. It was

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:25 PM

around 1987 or 1988, I was 6 or 7

UGA 87

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:50 PM

That spoiled me.

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I remember your first game, I was there too...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:26 PM

My first game in DV, we sent the Deacs back to Winston Salem with an 82-24 loss. And it could have been worse, a lot worse, but Danny wasn't the kind of coach to run up a score on an undermanned team. He had guys playing by the end of the game who didn't even have names on their jerseys.

Florida State '88:

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:30 PM

Puntrooski broke my heart...

1995 vs. Georgia ... 19-17 L ... Throwback Uniforms.***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:32 PM

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My first Clemson game was in Cootville...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:33 PM

But...Danny was head coach, we wore Orange pants on the road for the first time ever, and whipped the Chickens 45-0. Great first game!

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I remember that game - I was in the endzone with my

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:30 AM

Dad, my brother (a coot fan) and my sister-in-law (an Auburn fan). We were in the Clemson section. My brother and his wife left to go watch the game on the ramps in the second half. My Dad and I loved it!

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Honestly, I don't remember my first game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:34 PM

But the first I can cleanly remember was WF in 81. Grew up going to the games and I know I was there years earlier, but the first game I can really remember who we played and when was the big blowout.

Haven't scored more points in a single game since :)

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1958 & having Burger first in old downstairs Loggia place...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:46 PM

and then walking out across marching quadrangle, past Fort Hill & down hill road leading towards stadium and falling in love with the place..and when I got back to my new home in G'ville putting the Baby Blue basketball up..forever, since I'd turned Orange!

Want to thank my deceased & Clemson Grad Brother-in-law Bob Turner of G'ville & Charleston for inviting me & his sister I was dating to see a game..when the '58 Tiger Team was big stuff..as well as the '57 & '59 were...playing in major bowls and being winners or great competitors.


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To All CLEMSON TiGERS..Sending you Bright Light from the Carolina Coast and hoping you get to witness a huge Orange sunset tonight. Go Tigers!

I used to go to that canteen almost daily to get a grilled

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:01 PM

cheese with dill pickles, chips and a coke, all of which probably cost no more than a buck. Still like grilled cheese done the same way (bread buttered, almost burnt) to this day. lol

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Heated honey bun and pint of chocolate milk.***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:20 PM


Re: Furman 1989

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:39 PM

My wife (we were both at PC at the time) introduced me to clemson football in the season opener. For followup, we took a road trip for the epic beatdown of the semiholes at doak stadium the next week!

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You know you've raised a real tiger fan when you ask your son what he wants his cub scout pinewood derby car to be and he says a Tiger!

6-0 loss to UMD 1965.***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:42 PM

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1982 Boston College. Ended in a tie 5 days after....

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:45 PM

losing to UGA on labor day night in Athens. Started 0-1-1 but finished 9-1-1.


Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:53 PM

Clemson at Md, Nov. 18, 1978 Clemson won 28-24. I had gone to other games as a todler but thei was the first of many I remember.

Go Tigers!


Great game. Sat on the wooden bleachers in the end zone.***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:04 PM

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Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game 1958

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:25 PM

1958 against NC State. We won. Norm Snead didn't even play 4th qtr. we beat him up so bad. Went to others but next one that sticks in my mind -dad took me to first game against USC in Death Valley.

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:53 PM

Can't remember which game but I was about three years old and my Dad told me a Tiger was prowling the stadium. I was so scared I started crying and my Mom had to take me back to the tailgate. That is still the only game I have left before it was over including the Bowl game who shall not be named.

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1977 ND game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:02 PM

17-0 til late in the second half and Montana brought them back to a 21-17 lead and win over the Tigers....crushed my 9 year old heart but started a passion for the Tigers that still rages...my Pop, a life long ND fan, got us down on the field where a lot of ND players were still caught up in the crowd...they had an All-American TE named Ken McAfee who went on to SF in the NFL and my father loved that guy...we found him on the field and my father congratulated him on the win...he looked at me in my #99 Clemson jersey, smiled, and told my father something to the effect of, "sir, i've never been hit like that in my career. Clemson's defense, and that little #98 (DE Mark Heniford/198 pounds of wild dog) hit me all day on every play....they are going to be really good very soon."....that game made my Pop a closet Clemson fan the rest of his life....he used to tell me, "look at that defense...8 Orange hats on the #### ball on every play...that's how you play defense, son."


Re: 1977 ND game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:55 PM

yep that was mine. midnight pep rally and dobbie brothers in LG

That was my first as well....that I remember.***

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:10 PM

1991 vs App State

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:07 PM

Hottest game I've ever been to, before or since.

Re: 1991 vs App State

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:26 AM

hey that was my first game too

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:10 PM

1973ish. We beat the chickens 7-6 or something like that in a VERY COLD rain.

Off by a year. It was '72...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:30 PM

...and yes, it was VERY cold.

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may have been some sleet and wet snow as well.***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:27 PM


1974 Clemson win vs. Tarholes

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:15 PM

54-32 Tigers. I was a 13 year old, with a raging case of ORANGE-ITIS!! Never found a cure!!

Hang down your head, Bill Dooley. Hang down your head

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:59 PM

and cry.

Hang down your head, Bill Dooley. Poor boy, you're bound to die.

I remember us students singing to poor old coach Bill.

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:20 PM

Clemson 23; North Carolina State 0.

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1998 Clemson vs USuC***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:23 PM

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There's something in these hills.

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:26 PM

2007, just a wide eyed freshman from Texas sweating it up on the hill at night against 19th ranked fsu (sent them home with a loss!). I will never forget it.

It was a moment frozen in time...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:29 PM

The Capon game in 1972. We won in spitting sleet and ice. That and the 79 Peach Bowl remain my coldest memory in Clemson football history.

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Re: It was a moment frozen in time...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:32 PM

Peach bowl was warm first quarter and straight downhill after that if my memory seves me right.

1977 Homecoming game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:34 PM

My cousin was the Tiger that year. Randy Addison

Like it was yesterday!

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:51 PM

1964, against Furman. Got to meet Pat Crain, 'The Night Train'AND got his chinstrap. HUGE deal for an 11 year old.

1965....We defeated NC State 21-7; played only four games at

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:56 PM

home that year, six away. One of the great things about home games in those years was watching the kids sliding down the hills on cardboard, especially when some would take big tumbles. You could hear them yelling throughout the Valley! Also, the colors used then were orange and dark navy blue, and the team wore a lot of white on white with orange helmets with a Block C.

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I think Citadel in 1954, Clemson won 59-0***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:04 PM

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:25 PM

Believe it or not, my first game was in 1958. I was 7 years old, and we played MD. We won that game, I do believe, but it was a special event in my life with just my Dad and me.

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I remember my late father saying he first took........

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:26 PM

me to DV in 1961 - don't remember, though.

I do remember 1964. I think I saw Joe Namath in DV when he played for Alabama although I'm not sure if he did or not.

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:27 PM

Late 70s. Steve Fuller at Qb. Rest is history ...

Re: FIRST Game in DV '67 vs NCS

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:38 PM

NCS had "White Shoes" Defense & ranked 7th in nation ( I think ). Tigers came down 'The HILL' wearing Orange Shoes". Players like Wayne Mass, Harry Olshiski, Buddy Gore, Ray Yaurger, Bobby Addison, Charlie Waters...Clemson won something like 10-7. God, I loved Frank Howard. That was my 1st time on the Clemson campus. Five years later, I received my BS. I know it is not legal, but when I die I want my ashes spread over Clemson at a very high altitude!!!

Home- Western Carolina 1987. Away- FSU 1976. We won both !***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:47 PM

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1984 vs Duke, sat on the hill and....

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:53 PM

watched William Perry and the Tiger D destroy Duke. Still remember it like it was yesterday. Remember the students carrying the blue devil mascot on their hands through the student section.


My brother started in school in 1981

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:56 PM

We began buying season tickets that year. So my first game was Wofford, 1981. Second game was the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs. Oh, what a glorious year to pick to start going.


Re: My brother started in school in 1981

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:37 AM

I was a freshman in 1981 and this was my first game also. It was memorable, but not like the Georgia game. Can't wait for this year's game. Go Tigers!

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:09 PM

October 25, 1975. Clemson hosted NC State and lost 45 - 7. I went with my dad. I was a senior in high school and was looking forward to the fall of 1976 when I would be a freshman Tiger!

UGA game that hailed at half and covered field.

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:26 PM

I think this was my first.....7-7 I think and our TD may have been a KO return by Hal Davis (I may have some uga games mixed up here).


Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:45 PM

7-6 loss to Duke in 1972. My Freshman year.

"My body stunk but I kept my funk"- 'Every Picture Tells A Story, Don't It'

Clemon vs UGA National Championship Year.

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:10 PM

I was 10 and I've been a Tiger ever since. Do it again this year!!!! Go TIGERS!!

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I remember mine. Freshman Year. 1995 vs Western Carolina.

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:34 PM

BEST DAY EVER!!! I have only missed a handful of games since!

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Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:27 PM

Had a great time, mine was the South Carolina-Clemson game this year

No one asked you, ###### bag. #### off.***

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:15 AM

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There's something in these hills.

I was less than 1 yr old....8 months....my memory is a...

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:38 PM

bit fuzzy :)

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don't remember the first one in the Valley

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:41 PM

seems like I have always been there.

But I do remember my first game, I was in the 6th grade and it was at Grant Field in the rain .

Many moons ago

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I was a 9 yr old doctor and she was an 11 yr old nurse.

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Like the older women eh ? How is that working out ?***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:27 PM

I'm 60 now.

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:35 PM

I troll the nursing homes every weekend looking for strays. :)

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Sweet ! Odds are in your favor***

Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:44 PM

Danny's 1st regular season game was mine as well

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:39 AM

The Tigers beat Furman--1979.

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Ill never forget mine

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:53 AM

It was a very hot day and we got raped by VT in 98

The first I REMEMBER was Wake Forest in... 2004?

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:00 AM

The double OT win, I sat on the hill at age 7, very exciting.

GT - 1987 - We won 33-12!!!!!!!!!!***

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:18 AM

1986......Duke at Clemson 35-3 win for the Tigers.

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:45 AM

Tickets were given out to all of the Easley Rec youth football players, of which I was one. Only thing I really remember is running around behind the stadium having 3 on 3 football games with one of the minature plastic footballs they handed out at the gate.

1982 orange bowl!***

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:20 AM

I was 2, so no.***

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:21 AM

1977 Notre Dame

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:54 AM

November 12, 1977 when a pair of top 15 football teams met in Clemson's Death Valley. A fifth-ranked Notre Dame football team led by Joe Montana, defeated a 15th-ranked Clemson team led by Steve Fuller, 21-17. Notre Dame went on to win the National Championship. Thirty-six players in that game went on to play in the NFL.

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The Dude abides

I was 9 mos. old, so....nope.***

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:47 AM

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1974 Georgia Tech.

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:57 AM

Started 0-2 against two ranked teams, finished 7-4, GT was the start of it.


Same here. My freshman year. Beat both GT and UGA

Posted: Mar 24, 2013 6:41 PM

for the first time ever, if I'm not mistaken.

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The definition of awesome!

The first one I really remember was legendary

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:01 PM

1981, Halloween massacre of Wake Forest.
I sat in the upperdeck, barely 10 years old.
My friend from school and I sat on the front row of the 50 yard line in the north stands.
After the game, we actually got to meet William Perry.

I'll never forget that game.


Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:05 PM

My late father, class of 1940 and who infused orange blood into my veins, allowed me to review his 1937-1940 TAPS at a very early age. I was fascinated by the 1939 team's success and the Cotton Bowl victory over Boston College. Dad's roommate at Clemson for 2 years was Banks McFadden, so it was pre-destined that I would grow up a Clemson man.

Dad took me to The Valley for the first time on October 20, 1962 to see the Tigers challenge the Duke Blue Devils, who were ranked in the Top 10 at the time and led by the multi-talented Jay Wilkenson, son of legendary Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson. We lost 16-0 that day, but the memories will remain with me forever. Go Tigers!!!!!!!!

Maryland. 1980. Sat on hill that doesnt exist near West End

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:11 PM


Bought a bumper sticker outside stadium that said:

"11-0. A chicken kickin makes it perfect"

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Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:14 PM

1958..Frank Howard won his 100th game against Jim Tatum and the Heels..I was eight.

I remember mine

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:53 PM

FSU on Labor Day in 2007. I was a freshman and had a hill ticket. Not a bad first game...

1983 Wake game. i think that was the 1,000,000 balloon game***

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'83 MD was the balloon game.***

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Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:10 PM

Mine was 2004 GT on 9/11/2004. My gf at the time and I left Greenwood about 1pm for the 8pm game thinking it would take a few hours to get there because we didn't know any better. We got there around 2:30 or 3:00pm with no intention of tailgating and it was a hot as hell.

Ended up walking around campus not having a clue where we were going. Found our way to the Hardees and after finally getting a table, we didn't move until around 7. THE hottest day at any game I've been too.

Of course the game didn't end well with us botching a punt snap with less than a minute to go and GT scoring with 12 seconds left to take the lead.

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That was my wife's first game @ Clemson.

Posted: Mar 24, 2013 6:43 PM

We weren't married yet. I showed her what gameday at Clemson is all about. She was hooked. Even our stupid loss didn't deter her enthusiasm, so I married her.

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The definition of awesome!

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 24, 2013 6:48 PM

Steve Fuller was the QB and I remember seeing Bubba Brown downtown that night.

Last game against UGA

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 9:12 AM

When we wore the old school helmets and throwback unis. I was real young so don't remember much of it haha

1987 Clemson vs Duke.

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 9:42 AM

We won 14-7 but it was loud and I was hooked.

Been addicted to Clemson football ever since.

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I don't remember my first game

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:30 AM

I was around 3 years old at the time, I'm assuming it was whatever the first game happened to be that year

Mine was in 1988 against NCSU. A friend and I sat in the

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:33 AM

student section and had a blast. Of course, we won - Danny was coaching.

Of course, I remember the loss to Duke at Death Valley which Danny also coached. :(

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1966 Clemson 23 Wake Forest 21 ( I was 13 )***

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 3:53 PM

Re: Who remembers their FIRST Game

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:54 PM

2003. sitting in the nosebleeds and hot as h3ll.....then you noobs ran out of liquids and ice "before" halftime was over. the outcome made it bearable. nice stadium that is even more impressive since the addition of the north endzone i might add.

1982 BC 17-17 Tie

Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:48 AM

If I remember correctly, Tigers were winning late and Doug Flutie brought BC back to tie the game. Nightmarish flashbacks when Matt Ryan did the same for the W many years later!!!!

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