Tigers #5 in Both Polls
Clemson’s 5-0 start has brought Clemson to a number-five
ranking in the nation in both polls (AP and USA Today/
ESPN Coach’s). This number-five ranking is Clemson’s best
since September 12, 1988 when Clemson was ranked third with
a 2-0 record.
Ironically, Bobby Bowden, the father of Clemson Head
Coach Tommy Bowden, defeated that third-ranked Clemson
team, 24-21, in the famous “Puntrooskie Game” and knocked
Clemson out of the top five. Clemson has not been back since.
The Tigers dropped to12th in the nation after that loss, then
finished finished 10-2 and ranked ninth in the final AP poll.
Of course, Clemson’s highest ranking on record is
number-one. Clemson was number-one in the November 30,
1981 poll, then again in the January 3, 1982 poll. Clemson
defeated Nebraska 22-15 to win the 1981 National Champion-ship,
Clemson’s only national championship in college football
The Tigers have been ranked in the top five of the AP
poll 18 times (including this week). Clemson was first ranked in
the top five in 1959, a number-five ranking under Frank Howard
on September 21, 1959. Clemson was ranked in the top five for
eight rankings in 1981, for the first four polls of 1988 and for the
first four polls of 1988.
Tigers Off to 5-0 Start
Clemson is off to a 5-0 start, Clemson’s first 5-0 start
since 1987 when the Tigers opened 6-0. That year, NC State
ended Clemson’s opening streak with a 30-28 victory in Death
Valley. That was one of the most unusual games in Death
Valley’s history. State took a 30-0 lead at halftime, only to see
Clemson come back to 30-28 in the fourth quarter. Clemson
actually got the ball back with a chance to win the game on a
last-second David Treadwell field goal, but a final drive stalled
and the Pack had the victory. Clemson’s defense had a record
19 tackles for loss, yet lost the game.
Clemson has had two perfect seasons (given a
miminum of 11 games), the 1981 National Championship
season and the 1948 campaign when the Tigers finished 11th in
in the final AP poll with an 11-0 record. Clemson and Michigan
were the only undefeated teams in the nation that year.
This is the ninth time in history that Clemson has
started a season 5-0 or better. Clemson also started 5-0 in
1940, Frank Howard’s first Tiger team. Clemson also started 6-
0 in 1900, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1987. Clemson was 11-0 in
1948 and 12-0 in 1981.
Clemson Looks for 4-0 ACC Start
If Clemson can defeat North Carolina State on
Saturday it would give the Tigers a 4-0 start in the ACC, its best
league start since the 1983 season when the Tigers were 7-0
against ACC teams for the entire season. Clemson was perfect
against ACC teams in 1982, 1981, 1967 and 1978.
Clemson opened its ACC schedule with a 3-0 start in
1986, 1987 and 1988. NC State ended those 3-0 starts each
time. Thus, the last three times Clemson has been 3-0, NC
State prevented them from a 4-0 league start.
While NC State has ended Clemson winning streak,
Clemson has ended Wolfpack streaks. Each of the last two
times NC State started a season 6-0, Clemson ended the Pack
winning streak. In 1989 NC State came to Clemson with a 6-0
record and ranked 12th in the nation. The unranked Tigers
came away with a 30-10 victory. Two years later, NC State was
again 6-0 coming to Clemson, but the 19th ranked Tigers
defeated another 12th ranked NC State team, 29-19.
This is the first time NC State has been 4-0 since 1994.
Louisville ended NC State’s winning streak that year.
Bowden and Amato Were on Same FSU Staff
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden and NC State
Head Coach Chuck Amato were both on Bobby Bowden’s
Florida State staff in 1982. That Florida State team finished 9-
3, ranked 13th in the country and appeared in the Gator Bowl.
Bowden was a part-time coach working with the receivers, while
Amato was a fulltime coach in charge of the defensive line.
Amato worked for Bobby Bowden from 1982-99 before becom-ing
the head coach at NC State this year.
Both coaches have had success early in their respec-tive
head coaching careers. Bowden took Tulane to an unde-feated
11-0 record in the regular season of 1998 and now has
Clemson at 5-0 and ranked in the top five in the nation just 17
games into his career as Clemson’s head coach. Amato has NC
State off to its first 4-0 start since 1994.
Dantzler Emerges as Heisman Candidate
After his 374-yard total offense performance against
Virginia, many members of the media proclaimed Woodrow
Dantzler a 2000 Heisman candidate. The interest in Dantzler
grew after his 134-yard rushing, 174-yard passing performance
in the win at Duke. It gave Dantzler three consecutive games of
at least 100 yards rushing and at least 300 yards of total
offense, a first in Clemson history.
The junior from Orangeburg, SC certainly has some
impressive and unusual numbers , data that is in line with those
of a Heisman Trophy candidate.The October 1, 2000 installment
of CNNSI.com lists a top 10 Heisman candidates. Dantzler is
listed fifth, ranking behind Michael Vick of Virginia Tech, Drew
Brees of Purdue, Chris Weinke of Florida State and Eric Crouch
Clemson has had just one player rank in the final top
10 of the Heisman Trophy voting. That was Steve Fuller, who
finished tied for sixth in the voting with fellow ACC player Ted
Brown in 1978. The only Clemson player to win a National
Award is Terry Kinard, who was named National Defensive
Player of the Year by CBS and Chevrolet in 1982.
Dantzler was named National Player of the Week by
CNNSI.com from his performance at Virginia. That internet site
picks one player, regardless of position for the entire country.
Dantzler had 220 yards rushing, an ACC record for a quarter-back,
and 154 yards passing in the victory at Virginia.
Dantzler is a prime reason Clemson ranks second in
the nation in total offense, fourth in scoring, fourth in rushing and
ninth in passing efficiency.
Dantzler Ranked in Top 12 Nationally in Five Areas
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is ranked in
the top 12 in the nation in five different statistical categories, a
testimony to his all-around abilities. Dantzler ranks fourth in the
nation in passing efficiency with a 163.3 figure and fourth in
points responsible for (19.2 PPG). He is ranked fifth in total
offense with a 298.8 figure and is tied for 12th in points per
game with 9.6. . Finally, Dantzler is 11th in the nation in rushing
with an average of 125 yards per game.
It is safe to say that this is the highest a Clemson
quarterback has ever ranked in rushing at any time in a season.
With those strong rushing stats, Dantzler is even ranked in all-purpose
running, standing 38th this week.
Dantzler has shown his versatility in the touchdown
responsibility area. In five games he has already accounted for
16 touchdowns, eight rushing and eight passing. The Clemson
record for an entire season is 19 by Mark Fellers in 1974.
Dantzler Challenging for first 2000-1000 Season
Heisman Trophy voters are usually attracted to an
unusual and extraordinary statistical accomplishment. Clemson
quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has a realistic chance of doing
something that no other Division I quarterback in history has
accomplished. Prior to the season Clemson Head Coach
Tommy Bowden told members of the media that Dantzler had a
chance to become the first quarterback in NCAA history to
record at least 1000 yards rushing and 2000 yards passing in
the same season.
Ten different quarterbacks on 11 occasions have had
at least 1000 of each in the same season, but none of the 1000-
yard rushers has reached 2000 yards passing. The closest to
reaching both levels is Brian Mitchell, who had 1311 rushing and
1966 passing in 1989 at Louisiana-Lafayette. Mitchell has gone
on to an NFL career as one of the top kick returners in the
league and he is still playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dantzler has 629 yards rushing and 865 yards passing
through five games this year. He is on pace for a 1383-yard
rushing season and a 1903-yard passing season for an 11-game
regular season schedule. He leads the ACC and ranks 11th in
the nation in rushing and is ranked fourth in the nation in passing
efficiency with a 163.3 mark.
For those of your who might doubt Dantzler’s ability to
accomplish the 2000/1000 double, check the chart below. For
his first 11 games as Clemson’s quarterback he passed for 2095
yards and rushed 1037. After the Duke game, his 12-game
numbers read 2269 yards passing and 1171 yards rushing.
For his 12 games as Clemson quarterback he has averaged 98
yards a game rushing and 189 yards a game through the air.
Dantzler as Clemson’s Quarterback (12 Games)
Date Opp Passing Rushing Total Off
C-A-Yds-TD-I Att-Yds-TD Pl-Yards
10-2-99 UNC 7-15-131-1-0 11-82-1 26-213
10-9-99 NCS 23-41-284-2-2 13-3-0 54-287
10-16-99 MD 16-23-252-0-0 22-183-1 45-435
10-23-99 FSU 9-24-102-1-1 24-86-1 48-188
10-30-99 WF 22-32-201-0-1 18-51-0 50-252
11-13-99 GT 13-24-185-2-0 26-120-1 50-305
11-20-99 USC 14-26-249-2-1 15-17-0 41-266
9-2-00 Cit 16-17-192-3-0 12-44-0 29-236
9-9-00 MO 12-19-188-2-0 13-65-1 32-253
9-16-00 WF 9-19-157-1-0 15-166-2 34-323
9-23-00 VA 15-24-154-1-1 18-220-2 42-374
9-30-00 Duke 11-19-174-1-0 22-134-3 41-308
Totals 167-283-2269-16-6 209-1171-12 492-3440
(.590) (189.1) (98.0) (286.7)
Dantzler Already 8th in Total Offense in Clemson History
Even though Woodrow Dantzler has started just 11
games at quarterback in his Clemson career, he is already
eighth in school history in total offense. He has accumulated
1494 yards this year and now has 3754 for his career. That total
is broken down to 1301 rushing and 2453 passing. He has
played just 20 total games, meaning he averages 187.7 yards
per game, an all-time Clemson record on a career basis.
Dantzler still has a long way to go to catch career
record holder Nealon Greene, who had 6786 career total offense
yards. But, he still has the rest of this season and all of next
season. Dantzler’s 3754 career yards of total offense are just
three yards from tying Bobby Gage for seventh on the Clemson
all-time list. Raymond Priester, who had all of his yards on the
ground, stands sixth at 3966.
Dantzler needs just 246 yards against NC State to
become the sixth Clemson quarterback in history to reach 4000
yards of total offense.
Clemson Career Leaders in Total Offense
Rk Player Years Rush Pass Total
1. Nealon Greene 1994-97 1067 5719 6786
2. Steve Fuller 1975-78 1737 4359 6096
3. Rodney Williams 1985-88 863 4647 5510
4. Homer Jordan 1979-82 971 3643 4614
5. DeChane Cameron 1988-91 926 3300 4226
6. Raymond Priester 199497 3966 0 3966
7. Bobby Gage 1945-48 1309 2448 3757
8. Woodrow Dantzler 1998-00 1301 2453 3754
9. Mike Eppley 1980-84 398 3354 3752
Items on Dantzler’s Big Day in Charlottesville
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler had another
outstanding game in the victory over Virginia on September
23rd. The junior signal caller rushed for 220 yards and passed
for 154, leading the Tigers to a 31-10 victory. He was named
National Player of the Week by CNNSI.com for his accomplish-ments.
Here are a few items on his performance that day.
*Gained 220 yards rushing, fifth highest total in
Clemson history regardless of position.
*The 220 yards rushing set a Clemson and ACC record
for rushing yards by a Tiger quarterback. Broke his own ACC
record in terms of rushing yards by a quarterback.
*Gained 374 yards of total offense, tied for second
highest figure in Clemson history.
*Set Clemson record for consecutive 200-yard total
offense games. The Virginia game was his fourth straight game
of at least 200 yards. The streak is now five in a row.
*Became first Clemson player in history to gain at least
300 yards total offense in consecutive games. He now has
three in a row, another first.
*His 220 yards rushing against Virginia included a 75-
yard touchdown run, tied for the longest run in history by a
Clemson quarterback. Steve Fuller had a 75-yard run against
Virginia Tech at Clemson in 1978.
*The 75-yard run was the longest by any Clemson
player since 1993 when Derrick Witherspoon raced 89 yards for
a touchdown against Maryland.
*With his performance at Duke, now the first Clemson
quarterback in history to have three consecutive 100-yard
*Had 223 yards of all-purpose running (yes, he even
caught a pass for three yards), 13th highest figure in Clemson
history, most since Tony Horne had 225 against UTEP in 1997.
NC State and Clemson Both Undefeated
Clemson (5-0) and NC State (4-0) are both undefeated
heading into Saturday’s game at Death Valley. Believe it or not,
this is the first time in the 59-year history of Death Valley that
two teams with a perfect record and at least four victories have
met. Plenty of undefeated teams have come to Death Valley
and Clemson has been undefeated deep into many seasons, but
never have two teams with a perfect record and at least four
wins faced off on this famous turf.
Dantzler the Passer
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler gets a lot of
attention for his running ability. And he should, he leads all
quarterbacks nationally in rushing and is first in the ACC overall
with 125 yards per game. But, not only does he lead the ACC
in rushing, he ranks fourth in the nation in passing efficiency.
Dantzler is also a fine passer as his 64 percent
completion percentage and 163.3 passing efficiency rating
shows. He has completed 63-98 passes for 865 yards and
eight touchdowns. He has thrown just one interception this year
(a pass that was tipped) and had a streak of 79 straight passes
without an interception to open the season.
For his career Dantzler is now first in passing effi-ciency
(136.5), first in completion percentage (.579) and first in
interception avoidance (2.22 %). Dantzler is also fifth in yards
per attempt and eighth in total touchdown passes.
Clemson Career Leaders in Passing Efficiency
(Minimum of 100 attempts)
Rk Player Years Com Att Yds Int TD Eff
1. Woodrow Dantzler 1998-00 183 316 2453 7 17136.5
2. Mark Fellers 1972-74 58 124 943 7 12131.3
3. Chris Morocco 1986-89 89 157 1238 4 6130.4
4. Mike Eppley 1980-84 252 449 3354 26 28127.9
5. Bobby Gage 1945-48 123 278 2448 27 24127.3
6. Nealon Greene 1994-97 458 805 5719 26 35124.6
Zachery Nearing Clemson Touchdown Record
Travis Zachery scored two more touchdowns in
Clemson’s win over Duke last week. It gave the junior running
back 29 career touchdowns, 26 rushing and three receiving.
Zachery is closing in on the Clemson all-time record for touch-downs
scored. The mark is 32, held by Lester Brown, who
played tailback for the Tigers from 1976-79.
Zachery stands third heading into this game with his 29
total. The legendary Fred Cone, who played three years on the
varsity, stands second with 31 touchdowns registered between
1948-50. With his two touchdowns last week, Zachery moved
ahead of such well known Clemson players as Ray Mathews,
Terry Allen and Kenny Flowers.
Zachery is having another solid all-around season. He
stands seventh in the ACC in rushing with 73 yards per game.
His 5.5 average is third best in the league, trailing only team-mates
Woodrow Dantzler (7.9), and freshman Keith Kelly (5.6).
Zachery has 364 yards rushing this season and 1819
for his career. That total is 17th best in Clemson history. The
native of Marietta, GA needs just 181 rushing yards to become
just the 14th player in Clemson history to rush for over 2000
yards in a career.
Zachery has nine receptions for the season, third best
on the Clemson team. That gives him 40 for his career, just six
away from breaking the Clemson career record for catches by a
running back. That record of 45 is held by Ray Yauger (1968-
70) and Raymond Priester (1994-97).
Clemson career Touchdown Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Lester Brown 1976-79 32
2. Fred Cone 1948-50 31
3. Travis Zachery 1998-00 29
4. Ray Matthews 1947-50 28
Terry Allen 1987-89 28
Kenny Flowers 1983-86 28
7. Cliff Austin 1978-82 27
8. Emory Smith 1993-96 25
Clemson Leads Nation in Pass Defense
While Woodrow Dantzler and the Clemson offense has
received much of the attention this year, the Clemson defense
has certainly done its part in putting Clemson in the top five in
the nation. Clemson leads the nation in total defense, allowing
just 199.2 yards per game, and ranks tied for sixth in the country
in scoring defense, giving up 9.6 points a game.
Clemson has been especially proficient in the area of
pass defense. The Tigers lead the nation in pass efficiency
defense with a 74.48 rating. The opposition has completed just
44.4 percent of its passes and is averaging just 4.35 yards per
pass attempt. Those are near record figures for the Clemson
program. Clemson has allowed just one touchdown pass and
has had six interceptions.
There are many leaders in the secondary for Jack
Hines’s (Tommy Bowden’s brother-in-law) unit. Charles hafley
has 34 tackles, while Robert Carswell has 30. The starting
safeties rank three, four on the Clemson team in tackles.
Sophomore Brian Mance has three interceptions and leads the
team in takeaways with four. He is ranked 15th in the nation in
interceptions, a figure that was helped by a 57-yard interception
return at Duke. Darrel Crutchfield had seven tackles and four
passes broken up at Virginia to key that win.
Clemson on Record Pace in Terms of Scoring
Clemson is scoring points at an incredible rate through
the first five games. The Tigers rank fourth in the nation in
scoring with an average of 47.6 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. That club had a perfect 6-0
record and outscored the opposition 222-10. As far as total
points scored is concerned, the record is 368, a mark held by
the 1989 and 1978 Clemson teams. Both of those teams played
Here are some quick facts on Clemson’s scoring
offense so far this year:
*Clemson has scored 238 points so far this year. That
total through five games is already more points than
Clemson scored in 82 or its 104 previous seasons.
*Clemson already has had three different games in
which it has scored more than 50 points. The only other team in
Clemson history that has had three 50-point games is the
undefeated team of 1950. Ironically, this is of course the 50-
year anniversary of that team, and it will be honored at the
October 28 Georgia Tech game.
*Clemson already has scored 32 touchdowns. The
record for a season is 48, set in 1950.
*Clemson’s 238 points is the most ever scored by a
Tiger team through the first five games of the season.
*Clemson’s 52 points scored at Duke rank as the sixth
most ever by a Clemson team on the opponent’s home field. It
is the most points scored on the road since 1984 when Clemson
won at Virginia, 55-0.
*Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has ac-counted
for 16 touchdowns this year, eight rushing and eight
passing. That is an average of 19.2 points a game, just off the
20.9 scoring average Will Solomon had when he led the ACC in
scoring in men’s basketball last year.
*This is the first time in history Clemson has scored at
least 30 points in each of the first five games of the season. In
fact, it is the first time in history that Clemson has scored at least
30 points in five consecutive games at any point in the season.
The 1950 Clemson team had a streak of four straight games of
at least 35 points.
Scoring Points Nothing New for Bowden Teams
Scoring a lot of points is not a new experience for
Tommy Bowden coached teams. Between his 22 games at
Tulane and his 17 games as Clemson head coach, he has had
18 games in which his team has score at least 40 points in a
game. Even the 62 points the Tigers scored against Missouri
were not the most by a Bowden coached team. His Tulane
team of 1998 defeated Southwest Louisiana, 72-20.
Overall, Bowden coached teams have scored in the
70s on one occasion, scored in the 60s three times, scored in
the 50s on six occasions and scored in the 40s eight times. For
his 39 games as a Division I head coach his teams have scored
1433 points, an average of 36.7 points per game.
Clemson on/close to Record Pace in Many Areas
It is still very early, but Clemson has been operating at
a record rate in many areas, especially on offense. Clemson
has averaged 47.6 points a game through five games, far ahead
of the 38.0 per game put up by Clemson’s 1901 team under
John Heisman. The 514 yards a game are nearly 100 yards a
game ahead of the standing record of 427.8 yards a game.
Below are some areas where Clemson is operating at near or
above the record rate:
Category 2000 Record
Points/Game 47.6 38.0 (1901)
Touchdowns/Game 6.4 4.8 (1948)
Total Offense/Game 514.0 427.8 (1978)
First downs/Game 24.8 22.75 (1978)
Passing Efficiency 152.5 148.2 (1950)
Yards/Play 6.6 6.1 6 (1950)
Adams Looks For Clemson Record
Clemson linebacker Keith Adams can establish a
Clemson record for consecutive games with at least one tackle
for loss if he stops an NC State opponent behind the line of
scrimmage on Saturday. Adams, a first-team All-American last
year, has had at least one tackle for loss in 17 straight games,
tying the record also held by current Seattle Seahawk linebacker
Anthony Simmons. Simmons had a streak of 17 straight games
between 1996 and 1997.
Adams has 10 tackles for loss and six sacks so far this
year to lead the team and rank among the ACC leaders in both
categories. He had 35 tackles for loss and 16 sacks, both
Clemson records, last season. For his career, he now has 22
sacks and 45 tackles for loss. With still a year and a half left,
Adams ranks tied for fourth in Clemson history in sacks and he
is tied for sixth in tackles for loss. Only Michael Dean Perry (28),
William Perry (27) and Adrian Dingle (23) have had more sacks
than Adams in school history.
Adams has 56 tackles to tie for the team lead so far
this season. He has 287 stops for his career and obviously
needs just 13 to reach 300 for his career.
Adams on Display at College Football Hall of Fame
Clemson linebacker Keith Adams is one of 10 active
players featured in the “Race for the Pantheon 2000” exhibit at
the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. The
display, located in the main exhibit hall, includes Adam’s jersey
and photos of the Clemson junior linebacker. It was unveiled
The “Race for the Pantheon Display” features what the
College Football Hall of Fame considers to be the top 10 players
in college football. Adams was the only linebacker listed and is
one of four juniors involved. He is a first-team preseason All-American
for 2000 after earning All-America honors last year as
a sophomore when he led the nation in tackles for loss and total
The 10 players Featured in the exhibit are:
Name Pos Yr. School
Keith Adams LB Jr. Clemson
Drew Brees QB Sr. Purdue
Alex Brown DT Jr. Florida
Jamar Fletcher DB Jr. Wisconsin
Casey Hampton DT Sr. Texas
Steve Hutchinson OG Sr. Michigan
Freddie Milons WR Jr. Alabama
LaDainian Tomlinson RB Sr. Texas Christian
Michael Vick QB So. Virginia Tech
Chris Weinke QB Sr. Florida State
Clemson Rushing Numbers at a Record Rate
When Tommy Bowden became Clemson head coach
he said the Tigers would win a lot of games when they had
seasons when they gained at least 2000 yards rushing.
Clemson’s offense is wide open with four wide receivers on most
plays, thereby giving the impression that it is a pass-happy
To the contrary, at least statistically, Clemson has used
the running game to gain nearly 60 percent of its total offense so
far this year. It is an offense that has averaged 514 yards per
game, just two feet per game less than Florida State’s national
leading figure of 514.6.
Clemson has averaged 304 yards a game on the
ground so far this year, a Clemson record pace. That is right, a
higher average than any team coached by Danny Ford or Ken
Hatfield. The Clemson record for the course of a season is
289.1 yards a game by the 1978 team that finished 11-1. As
you can see by the chart below, success in rushing usually
translates into victories and a national ranking.
Clemson’s has finished in the top 15 in the nation in
rushing 11 of the last 22 years. The highest ranking Clemson
has ever had in rushing per game is number-four by the 1995
team. Clemson is fourth in the country in rushing this week.
Clemson’s Top Rushing Seasons
Rk Year Record NCAA Rk Avg Coach
1. 2000 5-0 4th 304.0 Tommy Bowden
2. 1978 11-1 6th 289.1 Charley Pell
3. 1986 8-2-2 6th 270.4 Danny Ford
4. 1988 10-2 9th 270.1 Danny Ford
5. 1950 9-0-1 NA 264.8 Frank Howard
6. 1992 5-6 6th 257.1 Ken Hatfield
7. 1991 9-2-1 8th 251.6 Ken Hatfield
8. 1983 9-1-1 12th 250.2 Danny Ford
9. 1981 12-0-0 20th 248.1 Danny Ford
10. 1987 10-2 15th 247.7 Danny Ford
Clemson 5-0 Before October 1st
Clemson had a very successful September. Clemson’s
win at Duke gave it five wins in September for the first time ever.
This was just the fourth month in school history in which
Clemson won five games.
Clemson last had had a 5-0 month in November of
1991. Clemson used the perfect November to finish the regular
season 9-1-1 and capture the ACC Championship. That was
the last time Clemson won the ACC title.
OThe other 5-0 months are October of 1977 and
October of 1981. Clemson ended the 1977 season with an 8-3-
1 record and advanced to the Gator Bowl, Clemson’s first bowl
season in 18 years. Clemson won the National Championship in
Clemson Politically Correct Team
Clemson might be the most politically correct team in
the country. The Tigers are the only school in the nation with a
Gore and Bush on its roster. Buddy Gore III is a walk-on
placekicker who has never played in a game, while Jovon Bush
is a second team defensive tackle who has seven tackles in the
first five games.
Gore is the son of former Clemson All-ACC running
back Buddy Gore, who was Clemson’s first 1000-yard rusher
back in 1967. He is still fourth in Clemson history in rushing and
still holds the career record for all-purpose running yards per
No word on who Gore and Bush will vote for in the
Last Meeting vs. NC State
NC State 35, Clemson 31
Clemson scored 21 first quarter points, but could not hold
off a resurgent N.C. State offense as the Wolfpack defeated the
Tigers 35-31 in Raleigh. Clemson (2-3, 2-1) had leads of 14-0
and 21-7 in the first quarter before the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-2)
caught fire. Wolfpack signal caller Jamie Barnette connected
with tight end Andy VanDerVeer twice for touchdowns in the
second half, with the latter being the game winner.
In his first start of ’99, Tiger quarterback Woodrow
Dantzler, who was playing in place of injured starter Brandon
Streeter, threw for 284 yards on 23-41 passing and two touch-downs.
The 284 yards were the sixth most by a Tiger in history.
But in the fourth quarter, Dantzler completed was just 2-12
thanks to an effective Wolfpack blitz package.
Meanwhile, Barnette, after torching the Tiger defense for
four touchdowns and 374 yards in ’98, threw four more touch-down
strikes and was 15-29 for 215 yards. He became the first
player to throw four touchdowns against Clemson on two
different occasions. Tailback Rahshon Spikes rushed for 104
yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to lead the 135-yard day
by the Wolfpack ground game. Travis Zachery had 82 of the
83 yards rushing for the Tigers, who had just 19 rushing yards
the last three quarters.
The Tigers, who were playing their fifth straight Bowl team
(from ’98) to open the season, took the game’s opening drive 65
yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. Dantzler found Lawyer
streaking down the middle for a 30-yard score. Three plays
later, safety Robert Carswell broke up a Barnette pass, and
Alex Ardley picked off the airborne ball and returned it 15 yards
to the Wolfpack 10. On the next play, Zachery rushed up the
middle for the score to give Clemson a 14-0 lead.
N.C. State finally got on track on the ensuing drive with a
10-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a Barnette to Ryan
Hamrick 18-yard touchdown pass. But Clemson came back
with its third touchdown in four drives. Starting in Wolfpack
territory, the Tigers drove 43 yards in seven plays. Dantzler’s
17-yard keeper set up Zachery’s three-yard touchdown run. It
was the first time the sophomore scored twice in one game.
Spikes cut into the Tiger lead, this time with a 39-yard
touchdown run to cap a four-play, 71-yard drive with 16 seconds
remaining in the first quarter. Clemson responded on the
ensuing drive with a 43-yard field by Tony Lazzara to up the
Tiger lead to 24-14.
That appeared to be the score entering halftime as the
Wolfpack lined up to punt with under a minute left. But Clemson
was called for a personal foul (for hitting the long snapper within
one second after the snap). Three plays later and with 15
seconds left, Bryan Peterson’s 22-yard catch and run cut the
Wolfpack deficit to 24-21 at the half.
After possessing the ball for the last 2:24 of the first half,
N.C. State opened the second half with a 7:54 drive. Barnette
found VanDerVeer over the middle on fourth-and-goal from the
one. N.C. State had possession for nearly 23 minutes of the
Clemson retook the lead 31-28 with 3:01 left in the third
quarter when Dantzler threw a 26-yard strike on the run to
Wofford. But those were the last points for Clemson, as the
Tigers managed just 44 yards of offense in the final 18 minutes.
After Lawyer dropped a punt to set the Wolfpack up in Tiger
territory, Barnette led his team for the game-winning score with
14:11 remaining in the game. On third-and-three from the 10,
Clemson was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later,
Barnette connected again with VanDerVeer, this time on a
three-yard score. N.C. State scored touchdowns on all three
drives in the red zone.
The Tigers had five possessions in the fourth quarter to take
the lead, but two ended with punts, two on downs, and the last
on an interception.
Keith Adams led the Tiger defense with 16 tackles,
three for loss, a sack, and a pass breakup. He tied Chester
McGlockton’s Tiger record with at least one sack in five straight
games. Carswell added 10 stops, and Terry Jolly had a
career-high nine tackles and three for loss.
Last Meeting at Clemson
NC State 46, Clemson 39
October 31, 1998 at Death Valley
Torry Holt scored four touchdowns and had 225
receiving yards, while Jamie Barnette threw for a Memorial
Stadium record 374 yards on Halloween at Death Valley as the
Wolfpack outlasted Clemson, 46-39. The two teams combined
for 40 points in the fourth quarter that saw the lead change four
times. Clemson had been 154-0 all-time when it scored 33
points or more.
The day also featured Tiger quarterback Brandon
Streeter, who set school records for completions (27) and
passing yards (329). Streeter’s favorite targets were Brian
Wofford, who had his second straight 100-yard receiving game,
and Mal Lawyer. Wofford caught nine passes for 128 yards and
a touchdown, while Lawyer caught eight passes for 100 yards
and two touchdowns. It marked the first time in Clemson history
two receivers had at least 100 yards receiving in the same
Clemson got on the board first with 3:57 left in the first
quarter when Streeter kept on an option play and dragged the
defender into the endzone from five yards. On the ensuing
kickoff, Brian Williams picked up the ball he muffed on the one-yard
line and took a knee in the endzone, resulting in a safety.
The Tiger defense limited the Wolfpack to just 48 yards
midway through the second quarter when disaster struck.
Clemson Thorpe Award candidate Antwan Edwards pulled a
hamstring at the 9:31 mark and missed the rest of the game.
Two series later, Barnette capitalized on Edwards’ absence as
he found Holt deep across the middle for 85 yards and a score
to cut the Tiger lead to 9-7.
Clemson once again turned the ball over on its first
drive of the second half. Terry Witherspoon fumbled and Jason
Perry picked up the loose ball, and ran 36 yards for the touch-down.
Clemson turned the ball over five times while N.C. State
Clemson responded with a 14-play, 83-yard drive on its
next possession to halt the N.C. State momentum. Clemson
cut further into the Wolfpack lead two possessions later when
Streeter connected with Lawyer across the middle for 14 yards
and a touchdown.
N.C. State offset Lawyer’s score on its next drive with a
five-play, 78-yard drive capped by Holt’s 41-yard catch and run.
But the Tigers came right back with a five-play, 84-yard drive to
cut the lead to just five points. Streeter was 5-5 for all 84 yards
on the drive that was capped by Wofford’s 52-yard catch on a
Clemson took the lead on its next drive when Streeter
found Lawyer from 25 yards, giving Clemson a touchdown on
four of its last five possessions. N.C. State took the lead back
when Daniel Deskevich kicked a 32-yard field goal. Ryan
Hamrick’s one-handed, 51-yard catch helped set up the score.
The Tigers marched down the field again. David
Richardson’s 40-yard field goal gave Clemson the 39-38 lead
with 2:15 left. But Barnette led N.C. State down the field, as he
was 6-6 for 76 yards, on the winning drive. Barnette hit Holt
from nine yards for the winning score with 0:37 remaining.
Clemson had five of its starting defenders, including ACC sack
leader Adrian Dingle, injured and unavailable on the drive.
Clemson vs. N.C. State
The 20th Annual Textile Bowl
Clemson and N.C. State will do battle in the 20th
annual Textile Bowl when the two teams meet in Clemson on
Saturday. Clemson has a 13-6 advantage in the series since
the game took on the Textile Bowl title in 1981, the year
Clemson won the National Championship. The Textile Industry
has a very important effect on the economy of North Carolina
and South Carolina and the two schools competing in Saturday’s
Many of the Textile Bowl contests have been close,
including each of the last three, which have been decided by a
touchdown or less. Three years ago in Raleigh, Matt Padgett
booted a 20-yard field goal with just 19 seconds left to give
Clemson a 19-17 victory. The Tigers drove 78 yards in 14 plays
to set up the winning score. Nealon Greene hit 20-32 passes for
250 yards and Tony Horne caught eight passes for 112 to key
the Clemson offense. Raymond Priester added 89 yards
rushing on 24 attempts.
In 1998 at Clemson, Torry Holt completed an incredible
day with a nine yard scoring pass from Jamie Barnette with just
37 seconds left. It was his fourth touchdown reception of the
day. Last year, NC State defeated Clemson 35-31 in an exciting
contest in Raleigh that featured 35 first quarter points between
the two teams combined. Clemson had five possessions in the
fourth period with a chance to take the lead, but could not drive
for a winning touchdown.
Thus, Clemson has scored 70 points against NC State
over the last two years and lost both games. NC State had two
weeks to prepare for last year’s game and they have 16 days to
prepare for this year’s game.
Another close game took place in 1993. Clemson held
a 20-0 lead after three quarters thanks to an offense that gained
250 yards rushing, but had to hang on in the last minute to gain
the victory. Tim Jones broke up each of the Wolfpack’s last two
pass plays of the game at the Clemson goal line over the last 12
seconds of the contest to preserve the Tiger victory.
Big Day for Reames Family
Clemson receiver and punt returner Joe Don Reames
returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter
of Clemson’s 31-10 victory over Virginia. It was an important
score, bringing the Tigers to a 10-10 at the time.
That was the first kick return for a touchdown in the
Tommy Bowden era at Clemson(16 games). It was the first
Clemson punt return for a score since the last regular season
game of 1997 when Tony Horne raced 40 yards for a score at
South Carolina. Clemson has not had a kickoff return for a
touchdown since 1990.
Reames had 9 punt returns for 59 yards this season
prior to that return, then exeeded his return yardage in that one
return in Charlottesville. It was an entertaining run in that he
changed directions four times. He resembled the cartoon
character “The Roadrunner” on that return. It is a fitting
comparison because Reames has a tatoo of the character on his
left leg. Reames is now 33rd in the nation in punt returns with
an 11.67 average.
Reames was one of two members of his family to
receive headlines in the sports page on Sunday morning. His
brother, Britt Reames, pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5
win over the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field on Saturday. The
Cardinals final out and Joe Don’s punt return took place within a
half hour of each other. Britt Reames is now 2-1 this year for the
Cardinals and is a candidate to make the team’s playoff roster.
Clemson Records Second Greatest Total Offense Day
Clemson had its second most productive total offense
day in school history in the win over Wake Forest on September
16. The Tigers gained 623 yards of total offense in the 55-7
win, 436 on the ground and 187 in the air. The only total offense
figure that is higher is the 756 yards Clemson accumulated
against Wake Forest in 1981, Clemson’s National Championship
season. Clemson now has just four games of 600 yards or
The 436 yards rushing ranked in a tie for seventh best
single game total in school history. The record is 615 against
Georgia Tech in 1903. The modern record (since 1937) is 536
against Wake Forest in 1981. The 436 yards against Wake
Forest were the most by a Clemson team since 1992 when the
Tigers had 440 in a win over UT Chattanooga.
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden often states
that when Clemson is gaining a lot of yards on the grounds the
result is usually a victory. That has been the case for the
Clemson program overall. In he 105-year history of Clemson
football the Tigers are now 98-3-1 when gaining at least 300
yards rushing. The 436 yards against Wake Forest were a high
for the Tigers in the Tommy Bowden era. Clemson added 327
more rushing yards in the win at Virginia and 315 at Duke.
Clemson had 30 first downs in the win over Wake
Forest, most first downs by a Clemson team since the Tigers
had 30 against Maryland in a victory in 1983.
Clemson has 3 of top 8 Rushers in ACC
Clemson’s offense has the reputation of an attack that
likes to throw a lot of passes. Clemson did set many passing
records last year. But, Clemson has really excelled in terms of
rushing offense so far in 2000. Clemson has averaged 304
yards a game on the ground in the first five games, tops in the
ACC by a large margin. In fact, Clemson averages almost
twice as many rushing yards per game compared with any other
team in the league.
A look to the ACC stats shows that Clemson has three
of the top 8 rushers in the ACC. Woodrow Dantzler is first at
125.8 yards a game, while Travis Zachery is seventh at 72.8.
Keith Kelly, a freshman who is really Clemson’s third team
tailback, stands eighth at 60.3.
James Making Impact on Defensive Front
Clemson fifth-year senior Freddie James is making a
name for himself in his final year as a Tiger. The native of St.
Stephens, SC made his first college start against Wake Forest
and had a lot to do with Clemson holding the Demon Deacons to
just seven points and 159 yards of total offense.
James played a career high 31 plays and made two
tackles, and caused a fumble. In the win over Missouri the
previous week, James had a career high five tackles, all first
hits. For the season, James has 13 tackles, nine of which have
been first hits. For his career, he has played in 26 games and
has 43 career tackles.
“Freddie James has been one of the heroes of our
defense this year,” said Clemson Defensive Coordinator Reggie
Herring. The Tigers are leading the nation in total defense and
scoring defense so far this year. The only chemical engineer-ing
major on the Clemson team, James is a strong team leader
who is vice president of Clemson’s LIFELINE organization, a
leadership group composed of Clemson football players. The
group is active in terms of team leadership and community
James is part of an athletic family. His cousin is Lance
Legree, starting defensive lineman at Notre Dame. Both are
fifth-year seniors, both wear #90, and they were born just eight
days apart. Legree was born three days before Christmas in
1977, while James was born five days after Christmas in 1977.
Carson Has Shown Improvement
Chad Carson, a second-team Academic All-American
last year, has 56 tackles in five games, tied for the team lead
with Keith Adams. Carson had a career high 18 tackles in the
win over Missouri in the second game of the year and had 11
against Wake Forest. He added 10 more against Virginia and
led Clemson at Duke with seven.
Carson and Adams are quite a duo. Both are juniors
from Georgia. In fact, they used to tackle each other in high
school games. Carson was a running back most of his career
at Woodward Academy in Georgia. Adams was the top
linebacker at rival Westlake High School in College Park, GA.
Carson has his own weekly column on ESPN.com in
conjunction with the Bowl Championship Series site.
Clemson Leads Nation in Two Categories
Clemson leads the nation, or is tied for the lead
nationally two different areas, total defense, and pass efficiency
defense. Clemson is also ranked in the top five in the nation in
four other categories.
Clemson’s excellence on both sides of the ball is
shown in the NCAA stats. Clemson leads the nation in total
defense and is second in total offense. Clemson is fourth in
scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense.
Clemson in the National Statistics Rankings
Total Offense 514.0 2nd
Scoring Defense 9.6 6th
Pass Efficiency Defense 74.48 1st
Total Defense 199.2 1st
Scoring Offense 47.6 4th
Rushing Offense 304.0 4th
Rushing Defense 81.8 15th
Pass Efficiency Offense 152.2 9th
Turnover Margin +1.2 17th
Carswell Breaks Kinard’s Record
Senior safety Robert Carswell eclipsed a record held by
one of Clemson’s all-time greats in the Wake Forest game.
With his eight tackles, Carswell moved ahead of Terry Kinard to
set the school record for tackles in a career by a defensive back.
Carswell now has 312 career tackles, ahead of the 294 set by
Kinard from 1978-82. Kinard was a two-time consensus All-American
at Clemson, including a unanimous selection in 1982
when he was National Defensive Player of the Year. Kinard
was named Clemson’s greatest player of the 20th Century by
Sports Illustrated earlier this summer.
That said, Carswell certainly should take pride in this
record. He had 129 tackles last year to set the Clemson record
for stops by a Tiger defensive back. But, Carswell can do more
than just tackle, he had six interceptions last year to tie for the
ACC statistical championship in that category. He was named a
preseason first-team All-American by Playboy, Clemson’s first
Playboy All-American since Anthony Simmons.
Carswell now is ranked 10th in Clemson history in total
tackles regardless of position with his 309 total. He needs just
eight to jump all the way to seventh in Clemson history.
Top Career Tackle Totals by Clemson Defensive Backs
Rk Player Years Tot
1. Robert Carswell 1997-00 312
2. Terry Kinard 1978-82 294
3. Robert O’Neal 1989-92 252
4. Brian Dawkins 1992-95 251
5. Gene Beasley 1985-88 241
Points Off Turnovers Impressive
While turnover margin is important, points off turnover
might be even more important. Clemson was about as
productive as you can get in terms of converting turnovers into
points in its 76-16 win over Missouri.
Clemson forced six turnovers in the game, most forced
by a Tiger team since 1995 when Clemson forced seven in a win
over NC State in Raleigh. Clemson scored 34 points off those
six Missouri turnovers. When you figure the maximum you can
score (assuming you try to kick the extra points and not go for
two) is 42 points, that is good production. Missouri scored just
three points off Clemson’s one turnover.
This year, Clemson has a 76-16 advantage when it
comes to points off turnovers. In the 17 games Tommy Bowden
has coached at Clemson the margin is 176-61.
Mance Ties Clemson Record
Clemson sophomore Brian Mance had a very produc-tive
16 plays of action against Missouri in the second game of
the season. For those 16 plays, Mance had two interceptions
and a fumble recovery. In addition to those three takeaways, he
also had four tackles and two passes broken up. He also
contributed a 28-yard punt return on special teams in the fourth
quarter, second longest punt return by a Tiger under Tommy
Mance, a backup cornerback in the Missouri game,
became just the seventh Clemson player in history to have three
takeaways in the same game. He was the first to do it since
Brian Dawkins had three interceptions against Duke in 1995.
Mance leads the team in takeaways this year. He had a third
interception at Duke and now ranks 15th in the nation in
Single Game Takeaways Leaders
Player Year Opponent Int FR
Kit Jackson 1965 Wake Forest 3 0
Dennis Smith 1975 North Carolina 1 2
Randy Smith 1978 Duke 1 2
Andre Carter 1994 Virginia 2 1
Leomont Evans 1995 NC State 3 0
Brian Dawkins 1995 Duke 3 0
Brian Mance 2000 Missouri 2 1
Young Leads O-Line
Center Kyle Young has been Clemson’s highest graded
offensive lineman in three of the five games this year. The
junior first-team Academic All-American had an 80 percent
grade and four knockdown blocks from the Clemson coaches for
his 55 plays against Missouri. For his performance he was
named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
He played his finest game as a Clemson Tiger in the
win at Virginia in the fourth game of the season and was again
named ACC Lineman of the Week. He registered a career high
16 knockdown blocks, most by a Clemson lineman in seven
years. He graded 93 percent for his 65 plays and had a 100
percent grade in terms of effort from the Tiger offensive line
Young was Clemson’s highest graded lineman in eight
of the 12 games last year. The native of Clemson is the
grandson of Ed McClendon, who was a member of Clemson’s
1939 Southern Conference Championship team. His brother,
Will Young, was an All-ACC player for the Tigers in 1995.
The offensive line, which also features graduate
students Theo Mougros and John McDermott, had a strong
game against Virginia helping Clemson to 481 yards of total