Bowden vs. Bowden
When Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Clemson’s Tommy Bowden take the field Saturday night to coach their
respective teams, it will be the second competition of father and son in NCAA Division I history. Obviously, the first meeting of
the Bowdens took place last year at Death Valley.
That was quite a night as 86,092 fans looked on, the
largest crowd in the 59-year history of Death Valley. Bobby
Bowden gained his his 300th career victory in that contest
against his son. Playing Clemson has seen other landmark
accomplishments for Bobby Bowden. When he beat Clemson in
Death Valley in 1997, it was his 200th win at Florida State.
Ironically, Bobby Bowden is 5-0 against Clemson in
Death Valley, the only coach with a perfect record against
Clemson in the facility (given a minimum of three games). But,
Bowden has lost to Clemson twice in Tallahassee, 15-12 in
1976, and 34-23 in 1989.
Tommy Bowden will attempt to prevent just the second
two-game losing streak of his head coaching career with a
victory over his father. Tommy Bowden enters this game after a
31-28 loss to Georgia Tech. In his career as a head coach
Tommy Bowden is 8-1 the week after a loss.
Like Father Like Son?
*Florida State’s record the two years prior to Bobby Bowden’s
arrival was 4-18. Tulane’s record the two years prior to Tommy
Bowden’s arrival was 4-18.
*Bobby Bowden had Florida State in a bowl game, accumulated
a double digit victory total, and a top 15 national ranking in his
second year with the Seminoles. Tommy Bowden had Tulane in
a bowl game, accumulated a double digit victory total and a top
10 national ranking by his second season with the program.
Tommy Bowden has a chance to do the same thing in his
second year at Clemson.
*Father and son both had perfect regular season records in the
1990s. Bobby Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles were 11-0 in
the 1996 and 1999 regular seasons, while Tommy Bowden’s
Tulane team was 11-0 in 1998. Brother Terry Bowden was 11-
0 as head coach at Auburn in 1993.
*Both Coaches won at least two-thirds of their games after their
first two years as a Division I Head Coach. Bobby Bowden was
15-7 after two years at West Virginia and Tommy Bowden is 18-
4 after two years as a Division I head coach.
*Bobby Bowden has won 78 percent of his games as a Division I
head coach (312-85-4). Tommy Bowden has won 74.4
percent of his games as a Division I head coach (32-11).
*Tommy Bowden coached under his father as a graduate
assistant at Florida State in 1978-79. Bowden also played for
his father at West Virginia between 1973-75.
*This year both teams enter this game with 8-1 records. Florida
State has done it by averaging 43.3 points a game and Clemson
has a 41.4 points per outing figure.
* Entering Saturday’s game Clemson and Florida State are the
top two teams in the ACC in scoring offense, scoring defense,
rushing offense, rushing defense, total offense, total defense,
passing efficiency offense, total first downs, pass efficiency
defense and third down conversion defense. That is a total of
10 different categories where they rank in the top two in the
league. That does not include the obvious, they are also 1-2 in
the conference standings and in terms of the best overall record.
Clemson-Florida State Connections
There are many connections between Clemson and
Florida State in terms of coaching and administrative personnel:
*Clemson wide receivers coach Rick Stockstill was
Florida State’s quarterback between 1979-81. He passed for
1356 yards as a senior in 1981 and was a two-year starter for
FSU. He quarterbacked the 1980 team to an Orange Bowl
berth. He has been an assistant coach at Clemson since 1989
and is the only assistant coach in Clemson history to serve
under four different head coaches.
*Clemson Defensive Coordinator Reggie Herring
played for Florida State between 1977-80. He is a member of
the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame and earned AP All-America
honors in 1980. He played in three bowl games in his
four years with the Seminoles.
*Clemson Assistant Head Coach and tight ends coach
Brad Scott served as offensive coordinator of Florida State’s
National Championship team of 1993. He served as an assis-tant
with the Florida State program from 1983-93. He was
offensive coordinator from 1990-93. He has a master’s degree
from Florida State in athletic administration, a degree he earned
*Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden was a gradu-ate
assistant at Florida State in 1978 and 1979, then served as
tight ends coach of the Seminoles in 1981 and 1982.
*Clemson defensive backs coach Jack Hines was a
graduate assistant at Florida State in 1985-86. He is married to
Robyn Bowden, one of Bobby Bowden’s daughters. Hines
played for Bowden at West Virginia in 1970 and 1971.
*Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews
served in the same capacity for Clemson between 1976-80 and
held the assistant head coach title under Danny Ford in 1980.
*Florida State defensive line coach Joe Kines was an a
linebackers coach at Clemson in 1977 and 1978.
Tigers from Florida
Clemson has 12 players on its roster from the state of
Florida, 11 of which are expected to play against Florida State.
Freshman Ronnie Delusme is being red-shirted this year.
Some of Clemson’s top players are from the Sunshine State,
including seven players who could start the game for the Tigers.
Rod Gardner heads the list of Tigers from Florida. He
is Clemson’s top receiver with 44 catches for the season and
152 for his career. He needs 11 catches to become Clemson’s
career receiving leader. He attended Raines High and is one of
three Tigers from that high school. Starting defensive back
Darrel Crutchfield and starting wide receiver Kevin Youngblood
are also from Raines. Raines has been good to Clemson in the
past. Recent Tigers Brian Dawkins and Patrick Sapp, were both
alums from Raines. Dawkins is now a Pro Bowl safety with the
Three Tigers are from Shanks High in Quincy, FL. The
list includes Willie Simmons. Simmons could be Clemson’s
starting quarterback at Florida State, depending on the health of
Woodrow Dantzler. Ronnie Thomas and Charles Harper are
two more Shanks alums who will be playing for the Tigers.
Tigers From Florida
Name PosHometown High School
*Alex Ardley DB Tallahassee Lincoln
Jermyn Chester OL Titusville Titusville
*Darrel Crutchfield DB Jacksonville Raines
Ronnie Delusme DB Naples Lely
*Rod Gardner WRJacksonville Raines
Charles Harper DB Quincy Shanks
*Charles Hafley DB Pompano Beach Ely HS
Tony Lazzara PK St. Petersburg Shorecrest
*Theo Mougros DT Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs
*Willie Simmons QB Quincy Shanks
Ronnie Thomas WRQuincy Shanks
*Kevin Youngblood WRJacksonville Raines
*Denotes probable starter at Florida State
Clemson-Florida State Series
Florida State holds an 11-2 advantage in the series
with Clemson dating back to a 38-13 Florida State win in
Tallahassee in 1970. Both of Clemson’s wins in the series
took place in Tallahassee, in 1976 by a 15-12 score and in 1989
by a 34-23 count. Florida State is 6-0 at Clemson and Clemson
is 2-5 at Florida State.
In four straight meetings between 1988 and 1993 both
teams were ranked in the Associated Press top 25. Both teams
are ranked in the top 10 for this meeting, meaning this is the
sixth time in the last 13 years both teams have been ranked
heading into the game. This is the second highest combined
ranking for the two teams since the 1988 game when Clemson
was third and Florida State was 10th.
The three meetings between the two teams played
between 1988 and 1992, were classics. In 1988, Florida State
won at Clemson 24-21, thanks in part to the famous
“puntrooskie play”, and a 76-yard punt return by Deion Sanders.
In 1989, Clemson defeated a Florida State team that ended the
season ranked third in the final AP poll by a 34-23 score. That
is the only loss by Florida State at home against a non-Florida
team in the last 15 years. Clemson’s victory featured a 73-yard
run by Terry Allen and a 73-yard interception return by Wayne
In 1992, before over 84,000 fans and a nationally
televised audience at Clemson, fifth-ranked Florida State
defeated 15th-ranked Clemson 24-20 in Death Valley. Florida
State scored the winning TD in the final two minutes of the
contest behind the passing of Charlie Ward. Clemson did pick
off four passes in the game, including one that James Trapp
returned for a touchdown.
In recent years, Florida State has dominated Clemson
with its defense in the games in Tallahassee, while Clemson has
come very close to victory in the games at Clemson. The
Seminoles have allowed Clemson to score just three points in
Tallahassee over the last four contests (all contests played in
the decade of the 1990s). Clemson has scored 88 points in the
last four meetings held at Clemson, including 28 in a 35-28 loss
in 1997. Florida State won last year’s game 17-14 at Death
The 1997 game featured one of the greatest individual
duals in the history of Death Valley. Tony Horne, who is now the
top kickoff return man in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams,
gained 267 all-purpose yards in the game, while Florida State’s
Peter Warrick had 372 for the Seminoles, including a 90-yard
punt return and an 80-yard pass reception. Horne’s all-purpose
running total is the second highest in Clemson history, while
Warrick’s total is the most ever against Clemson.
Clemson vs. Florida State Series
Year Site CU Rk FSU Rk Results
1970 Tallahassee FSU, 38-13
1975 Clemson FSU, 43-7
1976 Tallahassee Clemson, 15-12
1988 Clemson 3 10 FSU, 24-21
1989 Tallahassee 10 16 Clemson, 34-23
1992 Clemson 15 5 FSU, 24-20
1993 Tallahassee 21 1 FSU, 57-0
1994 Tallahassee 10 FSU, 17-0
1995 Clemson 1 FSU, 45-26
1996 Tallahassee 2 FSU, 34-3
1997 Clemson 16 5 FSU, 35-28
1998 Tallahassee 7 FSU, 48-0
1999 Clemson 1 FSU, 17-14
2000 Tallahassee 10 4 ???
Note: Ranking is AP ranking entering the game
Florida State Has Dominated Recently in Tallahassee
Florida State has not lost to Clemson since the
Seminoles joined the league for the 1992 season. Clemson has
been very competitive in the games at Death Valley, but the
games in Tallahassee have been a different story. Clemson has
scored just three points in the last four games there (the four
games played in the 1990s), while Florida State has scored 156.
That is an average victory of 39-1. Clemson outscored by just
eight points a game for the four games at Clemson in the the
decade of the 1990s.
The same holds true in other basic stats. Florida State
has outgained Clemson by an average of just 64 yards a game
in the four games at Clemson, but Florida State has won the
total offense stat by an average of 280.3 yards a game at
Tallahassee. The same goes for rushing and passing stats.
Clemson vs. Florida State in the 1990s
Games at Clemson
Score Total Off Rushing Off Passing Off
Year CU-FSU CU-FSU CU-FSU CU-FSU
1992 20-24 263-364 154-106 109-258
1995 26-45 428-455 321-285 107-170
1997 28-35 326-363 41-31 285-332
1999 14-17 265-356 126-98 139-258
Total 88-121 1282-1538 642-520 640-1018
Avg. (22-30) (321-384) (161-130) (160-254)
Games at Tallahassee
Score Total Off Rushing Off Passing Off
Year CU-FSU CU-FSU CU-FSU CU-FSU
1993 0-57 300-634 73-192 227-442
1994 0-17 149-393 86-194 63-199
1996 3-34 236-453 54-124 182-329
1998 0-48 129-455 65-143 64-312
Totals 3-156 814-1935 278-653 536-1282
Avg. (1-39) (204-484) (70-163) (134-321)
Tigers Last Win at FSU in 1989
The Tigers downed the Seminoles 34-23 in Tallahas-see
on September 9, 1989, a Saturday evening game televised
by ESPN (Ron Franklin handled play by play for that game as he
will on Saturday). Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead in that
game and held a 28-10 halftime advantage. Florida State
scored in the last minute of the game to bring the margin to
within 11 points.
Terry Allen, a 10-year NFL veteran, had 20 carries for
130 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Clemson offense
that churned out 255 yards rushing on just 45 attempts.
Clemson averaged seven yards a play for the game. Chris
Morocco was 8-9 passing for 134 yards.
Doug Brewster had 12 tackles, while Wayne Simmons
had a 73-yard interception return for a score. Stacy Long had
10 knockdown blocks from his starting tackle position and his
performance in this game went a long way to his selection as a
first-team All-America offensive tackle later that year. Clemson
took a talented team to Tallahassee that night 11 years ago.
Fourteen of the 61 players who participated in the game went on
to play in the NFL.
No ACC team has won in Tallahassee since Clemson
downed Florida State that night. In fact, Florida State has lost
just one home game since, 17-16 to Miami (FL) in 1991. They
had a 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994.
Last Year’s Game at Death Valley
Florida State 17, Clemson 14
Top-ranked Florida State outscored Clemson 14-0 in the
second half and downed the Tigers 17-14 in front of a chilled,
yet electrified crowd in Death Valley. Tony Lazzara’s 41-yard
field goal attempt with 1:57 left in the game was deflected by
Tay Cody, and fell short and wide-left, preserving the Semi-noles’
#1-ranking. The celebrated first ever Division I-A coach-ing
meeting between father and son attracted a record crowd of
86,092, the largest in the 58-year history of Memorial Stadium.
The win was also Bobby Bowden’s 300th in his career.
Clemson (3-4, 3-2) held the potent Seminole offensive
attack to a single touchdown. Florida State (8-0, 6-0) entered
the game averaging over 40 points and 4.7 touchdowns per
game. The Tiger defense also limited Florida State to 98 yards
rushing on 41 carries and two offensive plays of 20 yards or
more (24 and 22-yard receptions by Ron Dugans). Despite
outgaining Clemson in total offense (356 to 265), the Tigers
gained more yards per play (4.2 to 3.9) thanks to Florida State’s
91 plays to Clemson’s 63.
The Tigers used two trick plays that kept Clemson drives
alive. The first was a fake punt, where Ryan Romano took the
deep snap, started to his right, and threw to his left to a wide-open
Braxton K. Williams, who made his first career catch, a
23-yarder. The Tigers scored a touchdown six plays later. The
second trick play came on a delayed reverse where Rod
Gardner took the pitch from Travis Zachery and threw to the
opposite side of the field to Woodrow Dantzler, who gained 14
Dantzler led the team with 86 yards on 24 carries, and
completed nine of 24 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Gardner had a team-best six catches for 46 yards including a
The Seminoles were led by running back Travis Minor,
who had 100 yards rushing on 29 carries and a touchdown.
Chris Weinke was 24-49 for 258 yards and Peter Warrick had
a team-high 11 catches for 121 yards, but his longest was only
Florida State got on the board first when Sebastian
Janikowski kicked the first of three successful field goals, a 33-
yarder with 3:43 left in the first quarter. It capped a 10-play, 55-
After a Florida State 13-play, 71-yard drive ended when
Janikowski missed a 45-yard field goal, Clemson marched
down the field in 15 plays. The 72-yard drive that lasted 5:58
culminated in Dantzler’s seven-yard hookup with Gardner. The
drive was kept alive with the 23-yard fake punt completion on
On their next drive, the Tigers went 80 yards in eight plays.
The drive began with a 49-yard catch and run by Mal Lawyer
and ended with a one-yard sneak by Dantzler. Zachery’s 13-
yard run to the Seminole four set up the score.
At the half, Clemson had outgained the Seminoles 195-145
and had a 14-3 lead. But Florida State made defensive adjust-ments
in the second half to keep the Tiger offense in check.
Clemson would only gain 70 yards in 25 second-half plays.
Florida State capitalized on its first possession of the
second half with a 33-yard field goal by Janikowski, which
capped a 12-play, 51-yard drive. The drive was extended in
Seminole territory on a Tiger personal foul when it would have
been fourth down. Two possessions later, Florida State drove
68 yards on 11 plays, capped by Minor’s one-yard rush up the
middle. Florida State tied the score 14-14 when Weinke found
fullback Dan Kendra open over the middle on the following two-point
After five straight punts combined by both teams, the
Seminoles took the decisive drive 58 yards on 10 plays.
Janikowski made a 39-yard field goal with 5:26 remaining to
give Florida State a 17-14 lead.
Clemson mounted a potential game-tying drive (seven
plays, 53 yards) that featured the reverse pass from Gardner to
Dantzler. On fourth-and-one at the Seminole 25, the younger
Bowden elected to attempt a 41-yard field goal. But Lazzara’s
kick was tipped and missed. Florida State picked up a first down
on the ensuing possession and ran out the clock.
Keith Adams led the Tiger defense with 19 tackles,
two for loss, and a sack in 96 plays. Chad Carson added 10
stops. Dextra Polite had his second straight three-PBU game
and had an interception.
Clemson’s Highest Ranked Wins
A win for Clemson over fourth ranked Florida State
would be the highest ranked Clemson win in since 1981 when
Clemson defeated a fourth-ranked Georgia team in the regular
season and a fourth-ranked Nebraska team in the Orange Bowl.
That win over Nebraska gave Clemson the national champion-ship.
Regardless of site, Clemson has eight wins over top 10
teams in its history, three in Death Valley. Clemson has had 19
wins over top 25 teams since 1986 and has had at least one
ranked win in 12 of the last 14 seasons (including this season).
The Tigers defeated Virginia, 33-14, in 1999 when the Cavs
were ranked 19th (USA Today). That was Clemson’s last win
over a ranked team. Florida State will be Clemson’s first ranked
opponent this year. The Tigers played five games against top
20 teams last year.
Clemson’s Top 10 Victories
Year Opponent Site Rk Score
1981 Georgia Clemson, SC 4 13-3
1981 Nebraska Miami, FL 4 22-15
1959 Texas Christian Houston, TX 7 23-7
1981 North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 8 10-8
‘ 1967 NC State Clemson, SC 10 14-6
1983 North Carolina Clemson, SC 10 16-3
1988 Oklahoma Orlando, FL 10 13-6
1992 Virginia Charlottesville, VA 10 29-28
Clemson Has 24 Wins over Hall of Fame Coaches
The opponent this Saturday is Florida State, coached
by future Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden. Clemson has 24
wins and one tie against coaches currently in the College
Football Hall of Fame, regardless of site of the game. Bowden
is not in the Hall of Fame yet, but he certainly will go in soon
after his retirement, along with current coach Joe Paterno of
Penn State, who Clemson defeated in the 1988 Citrus Bowl.
George Welsh is another current coach who should be in the
Hall of Fame some day. Clemson has 13 wins over the current
Virginia coach (more than any other school) , two by Tommy
Bowden. Clemson will have another shot at a future Hall of
Fame Coach when the Tigers meet South Carolina and Coach
Lou Holtz in the final game of the regular season. Bowden
defeated the current South Carolina coach last year. Thus,
Tommy Bowden already has three wins over future Hall of
Fame Coaches in his 21-game tenure at Clemson.
Here is a list of Clemson wins over Coaches in the
College Football Hall of Fame.
Year Coach Opponent Site Score
1936 Bill Alexander Georgia Tech A 14-13
1940 Frank Leahy Boston College N 6-3
1945 Bobby Dodd Georgia Tech A 21-7
1948 Allyn McKeen Mississippi State A 21-7
1949 Don Faurot Missouri N 24-23
1949 Allyn McKeen Miss. State H 7-7
1950 Don Faurot Missouri A 34-0
1951 Andy Gustafon Miami (FL) N 15-14
1951 Jess Neely Rice A 20-14
1951 Shug Jordan Auburn H 34-0
1957 Jess Neely Rice A 20-7
1958 Jim Tatum North Carolina H 26-21
1959 Jess Neely Rice A 19-0
1959 Bill Murray Duke H 6-0
1961 Bill Murray Duke A 17-7
1965 Bill Murray Duke A 3-2
1974 Vince Dooley Georgia H 28-24
1977 Vince Dooley Georgia A 7-6
1978 Woody Hayes Ohio St. N 17-15
1979 Dan Devine Notre Dame A 16-10
1979 Vince Dooley Georgia H 12-7
1981 Vince Dooley Georgia H 13-3
1982 Tom Osborne Nebraska N 22-15
1986 Vince Dooley Georgia A 31-28
1987 Vince Dooley Georgia H 21-20
Clemson Still Has Chance for ACC Title
Clemson suffered its first ACC loss and overall loss of
the 2000 season in the 31-28 thriller against Georgia Tech. The
Tigers are now 6-1 in the ACC and have just one league game
left, at Florida State on November 4. Florida State is a perfect
6-0 in league play.
Clemson can still tie for the ACC title with a win over
Florida State in Tallahassee. Clemson has not won the ACC
championship, or a share of it since 1991, the year before
Florida State entered the league. Clemson has 13 ACC
championships (12 outright and one tied) in its history, more
than any other school. Florida State and Maryland are second
with eight, six outright and two tied.
Clemson still has a chance to be the ACC representa-tive
in the Bowl Championship Series. According to ACC rules,
the first tie-breaker is head-to-head competition. The head to
head winner goes to the BCS as long as that head-to-head
winner has an average ranking of 10th or higher in the final
regular season AP and USA Today/ESPN polls combined.
Additionally, Clemson could go if it is within five spots of Florida
State in the combined average ranking of the final regular
season AP and USA Today polls.
But, for all that to happen, Clemson must first win at
Florida State, which it has not done since 1989.
Clemson on Record Pace in Terms of Scoring
Clemson is scoring points at a record rate through the
first nine games. The Tigers rank fourth in the nation in scoring
with an average of 41.4 points per game. The school record
for scoring average per game is 38.0 set back in 1901 by John
Heisman’s second Tiger team.
Last Saturday in the loss to Georgia Tech, Clemson set
two school season records. The Tigers scored four touchdowns,
giving Clemson 51 for the season. That broke the previous
mark of 48 set by Clemson’s 1950 team. Ironically, that team
was honored prior to Saturday’s game. Clemson also set the
season record for total points scored. The 28 points gave
Clemson 373 for the season. That broke the previous best of
368 set in 1978 and 1989.
The Tigers have three games of at least 50 points this
year, just the second Clemson team in history to do that. The
1950 team is the only other Clemson team to record three
games of at least 50 points. Clemson’s 52 points at Duke were
the sixth most ever on an opponent’s home field, most since
1984 when Clemson beat Virginia, 55-0. Clemson scored 62 in
the win over Missouri, most by any Clemson team since 1981
when the Tigers beat Wake Forest 82-24.
Clemson’s 2000 Tigers have scored at least 28 points
in every game this season. That included a streak of eight
straight 30-point games to open the season, a Clemson record
for consecutive 30-point games at any juncture of the season.
Clemson can set a school record for touchdown passes
in a season with one at Florida State on Saturday. This team
has 17, the same total as the 1984 club.
Clemson Records set or in range in 2000 season:
Category 2000 Record
Points/Game 41.4 38.0 (1901)
Total Points 373 368 (1989, 1978)
Touchdowns/Game 5.67 4.8 (1948)
Total Touchdowns 51 48 (1950)
Touchdown Passes 17 17 (1984)
Total Offense/Game 476.7 427.8 (1978)
Plays/Game 77.8 78.8 (1978)
Rushing Yards/Game 259.0 289.1 (1978)
First downs/Game 23.8 22.75 (1978)
Passing Efficiency 149.4 148.2 (1950)
Yards/Play 6.13 6.1 6 (1950)
3rd down Conversion % .460 .516 (1978)
400-yard total off. Games 8 7 (3 seasons)
Records already set in bold
Clemson’s Improvement on Offense Significant
Clemson has made a significant improvement in many
offensive areas since Tommy Bowden and Rich Rodriguez
came to Clemson. Clemson scoring is up 109 percent, total
offense is up 56.3 percent, rushing yards have increased 115
percent and touchdowns per game is up 123 percent when
compared to the season before the Bowden era opened at
Most importantly, the victory total has gone from 3 to
eight, an improvement of 166.7 percent. Below is a chart that
shows Clemson’s stats for 2000 compared to the per game stats
for the 1998 season.
Category 1998 2000 Impr %Impr
Total Offense/G 305.0 476.7 +171.7 +56.3%
Points/G 19.8 41.4 +21.6 +109.1%
Passing Yds/G 184.5 217.7 +33.2 +18.0%
Rush Yds/G 120.4 259.0 +138.6 +115.1%
Touchdowns/Game 2.54 5.67 +3.13 +123.2%
Pass Effic. Rating 114.9 149.4 +34.5 +30.0%
Turnovers/game 2.64 1.44 -1.20 -45.4%
3rd Down Conv.% .319 .460 +14.1 +44.2%
First Downs/G 15.1 23.8 +8.7 +57.6%
Wins 3 8 +5 166.7%
Eason Has Strong Game vs. Georgia Tech
Nick Eason had a career high nine tackles, including
two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack in the loss to
Georgia Tech. The red-shirt sophomore who is on track to
graduate at then end of this academic year now has 10 tackles
for loss this season to hold the lead among Clemson defensive
linemen. He now has six tackles to tie for the team lead with
Simmons Ties Clemson Record
Freshman quarterback Willie Simmons came off the
bench to complete 10 of 18 passes for 228 yards and four
touchdowns, leading the Tigers to a 38-24 victory at North
Carolina. He entered the game with six minutes left in the first
half and took the Tigers to 38 points in his 36 minutes of play.
Simmons connected on scoring passes of 29 yards to Jackie
Robinson and 20 yards to Rod Gardner just before halftime.
Then, in the second half, he led the Tigers to 24 points, complet-ing
two more touchdown passes (43, 25 yards) to Gardner.
Simmons tied the Clemson record for touchdown
passes in a single game with his four against North Carolina.
The record is also held by Bobby Gage against Auburn in 1947
and by Nealon Greene against UTEP in 1997. It was obviously
a record for a non-starter.
He nearly led the Tigers to victory off the bench against
Georgia Tech. He connected with Gardner on an 18-yard
scoring pass with 1:52 remaining to give Clemson a 28-24 lead.
But, Tech came back to score with just seven seconds left and
beat the Tigers, 31-28. For the game, Simmons was 9-18 for
131 yards and a score. For the season, Simmons is now 29-64
for 544 yards and seven touchdowns. He has thrown for seven
scores and has just one interception, a desparation pass on the
final play against Georgia Tech. He is averaging 8.5 yards per
pass attempt and 18.76 yards per completion. His passing
efficiency for the season is 149.68, just a bit below Woodrow
Simmons passing efficiency for the North Carolina
game was the fifth best in Clemson history given a minimum of
15 attempts. His efficiency figure for the game was 235.29, best
by a Tiger since.....Woodrow Dantzler had a record 247.21
efficiency rating for the season opener against The Citadel.
Thus, two of the top five individual efficiency games in Clemson
history have taken place this year. Simmons performance at
Chapel Hill was the best ever by a Clemson quarterback on the
Clemson’s Highest Passing Efficiency Games
(Min. 15 Attempts)
Player Opponent Year Stats Effic
Woodrow Dantzler Citadel 2000 16-17-192-0-3 247.21
Jimmy Addison Virginia 1966 12-19-283-0-3 240.39
Nealon Greene W. Carolina 1995 12-16-191-0-3 237.19
Mike Eppley Virginia 1983 12-15-199-0-3 235.44
Willie Simmons N. Carolina 2000 10-18-228-0-4 235.29
Nealon Greene S. Carolina 1997 12-15-157-0-3 233.92
Clemson Overcomes 17-point Deficit
Clemson overcame a 17-0 deficit to defeat North
Carolina in Chapel Hill on October 21. That was only the third
time in school history that the Tigers overcame that large a
deficit to win, the first time since 1992. Willie Simmons and Rod
Gardner led the Clemson comeback to the eventual 38-24
The only two other games in which Clemson overcame
that large a deficit were both against Virginia. In 1992, Clemson
trailed the Cavaliers 28-0 with two minutes left in the half.
Clemson, behind quarterback Louis Solomon, went on a 29-0
run to win 29-28. Nelson Welsh kicked the game-winning field
goal from 32 yards with 52 seconds left.
In 1966, in another game against Virginia, the Tigers
trailed the Cavs 35-18 with just 18 minutes left. But, Clemson
went on a 22-0 run over the last 18 minutes of the contest to win
40-35. That game was played in Death Valley.
The Clemson record for the greatest comeback in the
fourth quarter also took place at Virginia. In the 1980 contest on
the road, Clemson trailed 24-10 entering the final period. But,
Clemson scored a pair of touchdowns, then Obed Ariri kicked a
52-yard field goal with three seconds left to give Clemson a 27-
Tigers Over 200 Rushing and Passing
Offensive balance usually means victory for the
Clemson Tigers. Over the years, Clemson is 33-0-1 in games in
which the Tigers have at least 200 yards passing and 200 yards
rushing in the same game. Along the same lines, averaging at
least 200 rushing and 200 passing per game over a season
would certainly indicate a successful season.
No team in Clemson history has ever averaged 200 of
each in the same year. The closest a Clemson teams has come
to doing it took place in 1984 when Clemson averaged 211.5
rushing and 169 a game passing. That was a team
quarterbacked by Mike Eppley, now a color commentator on
Clemson’s radio network.
This 2000 Clemson team will become the first in school
history to record at least 2000 yards of each in the same year
when the Tigers pass for 41 yards against Florida State.
Clemson enters this weekend’s game with 1959 passing and
Currently, Clemson is averaging 259 yards a game
rushing and 217.7 passing. The Tigers are one of eight teams
at the Division I level averaging at least 200 of each per game.
The others are Northwestern, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Boston
College, San Jose State, Oregon State and Miami (FL).
Clemson is one of just two teams nationally to rank in
the top 10 in the nation in rushing yards per game and passing
efficiency, another barometer of Clemson’s balanced offense.
Clemson and Air Force are the only schools in the country in the
top 10 in both. Clemson is sixth in rushing and fifth in passing
efficiency offense. Air Force is fifth in rushing and eighth in
passing efficiency offense.
Teams Averaging 200 Rushing and Passing/ Game
School Rk Yds/G Rk Yds/G
Clemson 6th 259.0 53 217.7
Northwestern 7th 256.8 64 208.6
Michigan 11th 235.6 68 205.6
Boston College 15th 219.63 49 223.3
San Jose State 16th 208.3 43 230.4
Oregon State 18th 201.8 62 210.6
Miami (FL) 19th 200.7 20 265.9
Tigers Had 8 Straight 400-yard, 30-point Games
Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Woodrow Dantzler,
center Kyle Young, running back Travis Zachery and wide
receiver Rod Gardner, Clemson gained at least 400 yards and
scored at least 30 points in each of the first eight games this
year. This was the first time in history that Clemson had eight
consecutive 400-yard total offense games. Georgia Tech broke
the streak, holding Clemson to 354 yards of total offense on 28
points on October 28.
Clemson has already set a school record for 400-yard
games in a season with eight. Three Clemson teams (1950,
1978 and 1982) had seven 400-yard games in one season.
Clemson has also averaged at least five yards per play in each
of the first nine games, also a first in Clemson history.
In four of the first nine games, Clemson has had at
least 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. Clemson is
undefeated in its history when it has at least 200 of each.
Clemson is now 33-0-1 in its history when gaining at least 200
yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game.
Clemson has done that 200-double 34 times in its history, six in
the last 21 games under Bowden after doing it just 28 times in its
first 985 games.
Mance Records 88-yard Punt Return
Clemson has jumped to the ACC lead and into the top
20 in the nation in punt returns, averaging 14.1 yards per return
on 34 attempts. Part of the reason has been the performance
of Joe Don Reames and Brian Mance. Both have punt returns
for touchdowns this year. Reames had a 59-yard return for a
score at Virginia, while Mance had an 88-yarder against Georgia
Mance’s return against Tech tied for the fourth longest
in school history and was the longest by a Tiger since 1991
when Darnell Stephens went 89 yards against Maryland. Mance
finished the game with 3 returns for 105 yards. That was just
the seventh 100-yard punt return game in Clemson history, first
since Tony Horne had 107 yards against UTEP in 1997.
Mance has had an active year. He had three
takeaways, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, in the win
over Missouri. That tied a Clemson single game record for
As a team, Clemson’s 14.1 yard average on punt
returns ranks in the nation. The Tigers already have
479 punt return yards, already the most by a Clemson team in a
season since 1991 when Clemson had 555 yards. The single
season record is 720 set by the 1987 Tiger team.
Middle and End of Century Means Strong Clemson Team
It is interesting to note that the beginning and middle of
a century means a special season at Clemson. John Heisman’s
1900 teams was 6-0, then Frank Howard’s 1950 team finished
with a 9-0-1 ledger and a #10 final ranking. This is the 50-year
anniversary of that season and that club was honored at the
Georgia Tech game on October 28th. Now we are in the year
2000 and Clemson has an 8-1 record.
The Tigers opened 6-0 in the ACC for the first time
since 1983. Clemson is assured of finishing at least second in
the ACC this year, the second straight year the Tigers can make
that claim. This will be the first time since 1990-91 that
Clemson has finished in the top two in the ACC in consecutive
Clemson will be looking for its ninth win of the season
when the Tigers travel to Florida State on Saturday. Clemson
has not won nine games in a season since 1993 when Ken
Hatfield’s team had a 9-3 overall record. One of those victories
was claimed in a bowl win over Kentucky by Tommy West, his
first game as Clemson Head Coach. The 1993 season was also
the last time Clemson finished in the top 25 of either poll.
Clemson has not had a 10-win season since 1990
(Hatfield’s first year) and has not had an 11-win season since
the 12-0 team of 1981.
Records Held by Current Clemson Players
Ten different active Clemson players hold a total of 47
Clemson records. Woody Dantzler has the most records with
14, 12 of which have been established this year. His backup,
Willie Simmons, tied the Clemson record for touchdown passes
in a game against North Carolina. Rod Gardner is 2nd with 12
records, including the record for reception yards in a game with
182 vs. North Carolina. Linebacker Keith Adams, has 11
records, including the mark for consecutive games with a tackle
for loss (20).
Gardner needs just 11 receptions to become
Clemson’s career leader in receptions. Zachery needs just four
receptions to tie the single season record for receptions by a
running back. He needs one 100-yard receiving game to break
Perry Tuttle’s career record in that area. Both have eight
different 100-yard receiving games.
Woodrow Dantzler (14)
*Total offense in a game: 435 vs. Maryland, 1999
*Yards rushing by a QB in a game: 220 vs. Virginia, 2000
*Single game completion %: .941 vs. Citadel, 2000
*Single game passing efficiency: 247.1 vs. Citadel, 2000
*300-yard total offense games in a career: 6
*Yards Rushing over 3 consecutive games: 520 in 2000
*Career passing efficiency: 134.5
*Career completion percentage: .578
*Yards rushing by QB in season: 859 in 2000
*Most Touchdowns rushing and passing, season: 23 in 2000
*Consecutive 200-yard total offense games: 7 in 2000
*Consecutive 300-yard total offense games: 4, in 2000
*Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by QB: 4 in 2000
*100-yard rushing games in a season by a QB: 4 in 2000
Rod Gardner (12)
*Receptions in a game: @11 vs. Marshall, 1999
*Receptions in a season: 80 in 1999
*Reception yards in a season: 1084 in 1999
*Receptions/Game in season: 6.67 in 1999
*Reception Yards/Game in season: 90.3 in 1999
*Reception Yards in game: 182 vs. North Carolina, 2000
*Reception TDs in game: @3 vs. North Carolina, 2000
*Consecutive 100-yard reception games: @3 in 2000
*100-yard receiving games in a career: @8
*Reception yards consecutive games: 330 in 2000
*Reception yards 3 consecutive games: 467 in 2000
Keith Adams (11)
*Tackles in a game: 27 vs. South Carolina, 1999
*First hits in a game: 18 vs. South Carolina, 1999
*Sacks in a game: 4 vs. Duke, 1999
*Tackles for loss in a game: 6 vs. Duke, 1999
*First hits in a season: @119 in 1999
*Tackles in a season: 186 in 1999
*Sacks in a season: 16 in 1999
*Tackles for loss in a season: 35 in 1999
*Consecutive Games with a sack: @5 in 1999
*Consecutive Games with a tackle for loss: 20 in 1999-00
*ACC Player of the Week Selections: 5 in 1999
Travis Zachery (3)
*Touchdowns in a career: 36
*Rushing Touchdowns in career: @31
*Career Receptions by a running back: 47
Robert Carswell (2)
*Tackles in season by defensive back: 129 in 1999
*Career tackles by defensive back: 340
Alex Ardley (2)
*Interceptions in a game: @3 vs. Maryland, 2000
*Takeaways in a game: @3 vs. Maryland, 2000
John McDermott (1)
*Snaps from scrimmage in a season, 923 in 1999
Willie Simmons (1)
*Touchdown passes in a game: 4 vs. North Carolina, 2000
Chad Speck (1)
*Special teams tackles in game: 7 vs. Georgia Tech in 1999
Brian Mance (1)
*Takeaways in a game: @3 vs. Missouri, 2000
Carson Takes Team Lead in Tackles
While Keith Adams is a semifinalist for the Butkus
Award, it is Chad Carson who leads the Clemson team in
tackles. The native of Georgia who competed against Adams in
high school has 117 tackles for the season. He is averaging 13
tackles per game and a team best 4.6 plays per tackle.
Carson is coming off a career high 22 tackles against
Georgia Tech, tied for the third highest single game tackle total
in Clemson history. It was the third straight game he has led
Clemson in tackles and he has been the leader in five of the
nine games so far this season. The record is 27 by Adams
against South Carolina last year, while Jeff Davis had 24 in 1980
against North Carolina. Bubba Brown had a pair of 22 tackle
games, one in 1978 and another in 1979, and Jeff Davis had a
22-tackle game against Maryland in 1980. Overall, it was just
the 12th game of at least 20 tackles by a Clemson individual in
Carson, a 3.94 student in biological sciences and a
future Rhodes Scholar candidate, is certainly a first-team
Academic All-America candidate for 2000. He was a second-team
selection last year when he had 144 tackles, 10th highest
figure in Clemson history. For his career, Carson now has 272
tackles, just one less than the total Levon Kirkland recorded in
his four-year career with the Tigers. Kirkland is now an All-Pro
with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Clemson Single Game Tackle Bests
Year Name Opponent Tot
1999 Keith Adams South Carolina 27
1980 Jeff Davis North Carolina 24
2000 Chad Carson Georgia Tech 22
1980 Jeff Davis Maryland 22
1978 Bubba Brown Ohio State 22
1979 Bubba Brown NC State 22
1985 Henry Walls Georgia Tech 21
1974 Willie Anderson South Carolina 21
1981 Jeff Davis Tulane 20
1983 Henry Walls Boston College 20
1994 Tim Jones Duke 20
1996 Anthony Simmons South Carolina 20
Adams, Carswell Among Clemson’s All-time Tackle Leaders
Preseason first-team All-Americans Keith Adams and
Robert Carswell are both now ranked in the top 10 in Clemson
history in career tackles. In fact, they are virtually neck and neck
in the career standings. Carswell, a senior safety, has 58 for
this season, including 11 in the most recent game against
Georgia Tech, and now has 340 for his career, best in school
history among defensive backs. He is now ranked sixth in
Clemson history in total tackles.
Adams has 337 for his career and 106 for this season.
He is now eighth in Clemson history in total tackles. Tim Jones,
a Clemson linebacker from 1991-94, is sandwiched between
Carswell and Adams on the all-time list.