Clemson, SC-Clemson will play nine teams that posted winning records
last year and eight teams that went to bowl games on its 2002
football schedule. It is the toughest Clemson schedule in history
based on number of bowl teams and teams with winning records from the
Clemson will play 12 regular season games for the first time
in its history. Seven of the games will be at Death Valley and five
will be on the road. Three of Clemson's four non-conference games
will be at home.
Clemson will open the season at Georgia on August 31st. It
is the first of a two-game home-and-home series with the Bulldogs.
The 2003 season is slated to kickoff with a Clemson vs. Georgia
matchup at Clemson on August 30, 2003.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1995, a
game won by Georgia, 19-17. The two schools played 11 games between
1977 and 1987. Nine of those 11 games were decided by a touchdown or
less and the record between the two schools was 5-5-1.
Clemson's first home game of the season will be against
Louisiana Tech, the team the Tigers defeated in the Humanitarian Bowl
(49-24) at the close of the 2001 season. The two teams never played
prior to 2001, but now will play twice in a three-game period.
Clemson will open its ACC schedule on September 14th against
Georgia Tech at Death Valley. The two teams have played six straight
games decided by exactly three points. Clemson won this past year
47-44 in overtime.
After a third straight home game with Ball State, the Tigers
will travel to Florida State for a Thursday evening game that will be
televised nationally by ESPN. It will be Clemson's third Thursday
evening game in history on the ESPN package. Clemson will have the
Saturday before (September 28) and the Saturday after (October 5)
Clemson will play consecutive home games against Wake Forest
and NC State in mid-October. The Wake Forest game will be the annual
Homecoming/Parents Day weekend.
Clemson's November 16 game against Maryland will be Military
Appreciation Day. Clemson has not lost in Death Valley to Maryland
since the 1985 season. Clemson concludes the regular season against
South Carolina. It will be the 100th game between the two teams and
special activities are in the works for that contest at Death Valley.
The Clemson vs. South Carolina Rivalry dates to 1896, the first year
of Clemson football.
"This is a very challenging schedule," said Head Coach Tommy
Bowden. "I have heard so much about the Clemson vs. Georgia rivalry,
now I will have a chance to experience it. There is great history
between the two programs, some great players, great games.
"Overall, it is the toughest schedule I have faced as a head
coach. With eight bowl teams and nine games against teams that had a
winning record last year, we will obviously be playing outstanding
programs every week.
"There are many highlights on the schedule, but playing
Florida State on a Thursday night on national TV (ESPN) will
certainly bring a lot of attention to our program. With all of those
starters back, Florida State should be one of the top teams in the
nation next year. Being a part of the 100th Clemson vs. South
Carolina game will also be a memorable event."
Clemson 2002 Schedule
Date Opponent Ticket Special Day
Aug. 31 at Georgia
Sept. 7 LOUISIANA TECH $25 IPTAY/Tiger Cub
Sept. 14 GEORGIA TECH $26 Hall of Fame
Sept. 21 BALL STATE $25 Youth
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 at Florida St
Oct. 12 at Virginia
Oct. 19 WAKE FOREST $26 Homecoming/Parents
Oct. 26 NC STATE $26
Nov. 2 at Duke
Nov. 9 at NC
Nov. 16 MARYLAND $26 Military Appreciation
Nov. 23 SOUTH CAROLINA $37 100th Game Celebration
Notes: Clemson at Florida State game is a Thursday evening
game on ESPN. Group Tickets available for the Louisiana Tech, Ball State,
NC State and Maryland games. Season ticket price is $191.