CU-SC Game Notes: Final Home Game for 19 Clemson Seniors
Robert Carswell has 351 career tackles, more than any other defensive back in Clemson history.
Final Home Game for 19 Clemson seniors
Clemson’s 19 seniors (15 on scholarship and four walk-ons)
are heading down the home stretch with just one regular
season game left and then a bowl game. These seniors have
been the corps that has provided one of the great comebacks in
school history. The Tigers have gone from three wins in 1998
to six wins in 1999 to eight wins so far in 2000. A win today
would give Clemson an increase of at least three wins in
consecutive years for just the third time in school history.
Clemson did that from 1926 -1928 and from 1976 -1978.
This year’s senior class features wide receiver Rod
Gardner, who needs just eight receptions to become Clemson’s
career leader in that area. Fellow receiver Justin Watts will
receive his fifth varsity letter this year, the first Clemson player to
do that since Stumpy Banks in 1917. The offensive seniors
also include two year starters John McDermott, Theo Mougros
and Terry Witherspoon.
Robert Carswell is the senior defensive leader. He has
351 career tackles, more than any other defensive back in
Clemson history and sixth best in school records overall. The
senior defenders include three-year starter Terry Bryant and
two-year starters Terry Jolly and Jason Holloman.
As a team, this class has helped Clemson to a pair of
second place ACC finishes, three bowl games and 24 total
victories. This class can also become just the 10th in Clemson
history to defeat South Carolina four straight years. The
Clemson classes that were 4-0 against the rival Gamecocks
were the senior of 1900, 1919, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940,
1983, and 1991. That 1991 senior class featured Levon
Kirkland and Ed McDaniel, two linebackers who are still stars in
Clemson Senior Class for 2000
Player, Pos Hometown
Terry Bryant, DE Savannah, GA
Robert Carswell, FS Stone Mountain, GA
Gary Childress, DE Nashville, TN
Darrell Crutchfield, CB Jacksonville, FL
@Duane Goodine, DB Seneca, SC
Rod Gardner, WR Jacksonville, FL
Jason Holloman, DT Decatur, GA
Freddie James, DT St. Stephens, SC
Terry Jolly, DT Fort Valley, GA
@Marcus Mauney, WR Greenville, SC
John McDermott, OT Woodstock, GA
Theo Mougros, OG Tarpon Springs, FL
Kenzi Ross, LB Fort Valley, GA
Jamie Somaini, P Moore, SC
Chad Speck, FS Nashville, TN
@John Strait, PK Blythewood, SC
Justin Watts, WR Florence, SC
@Matt Whinghter, OL Beech Island, SC
Terry Witherspoon, FB Monroe, NC
Tigers Look for Nine-Win Regular Season
Another significant accomplishment for this senior class
would be to leave with a nine-win regular season. Clemson has
not won nine in the regular season since 1991 when Clemson
was 9-1-1 in the regular season. A total of 10 Clemson teams
have won at least nine games in the regular season. The list of
teams to accomplish this feat are: 1948 (10-0), 1978 (10-1),
1981 (11-0), 1982 (9-1-1), 1983 (9-1-1), 1987 (9-2), 1988 (9-2),
1989 (9-2), 1990 (9-2) and 1991 (9-1-1).
Clemson and South Carolina Both Ranked
This is just the fourth time in the history of the Clemson
vs. South Carolina series that both teams are ranked in the AP
national ranking heading into the game. Clemson is 14th in the
latest AP poll, while South Carolina is 25th. The other seasons
both teams were ranked heading into the game were 1979, 1987
and 1988. Only once have both teams been in the top 15 in the
nation heading into the game and that was in 1987. For the
game in Columbia, Clemson was eighth and South Carolina was
12. South Carolina won that game by a 20-7 count.
Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 heading into
the South Carolina game 22 previous games. Clemson has a
15-5-2 record in those previous 22 games. South Carolina has
been ranked coming into the game with Clemson five previous
occasions. Clemson has won six of the last seven times the
Tigers have been ranked coming into the South Carolina game.
But, the Gamecocks won the last won, 34-31 against a 22nd
ranked Clemson team in 1996.
The Gamecocks are 3-2 against Clemson when they
enter a game ranked against the Tigers. South Carolina holds a
2-1 advantage when both teams enter the game ranked by AP.
It should be noted that Associated Press national
rankings date to the 1936 season. In 1928, before the days of
national polls, Clemson and South Carolina were both 5-0
heading into the game in Columbia. Clemson won that game
32-0. The two teams were almost both ranked heading into the
1956 game. In the October 15, 1956 poll, Clemson was 15th
and South Carolina was 16th. Neither team played on Satur-day,
October 20th, yet Clemson dropped to 20th and South
Carolina dropped out of the October 22nd poll.
Years Both Clemson and South Carolina Have Been
Ranked by AP entering the contest
Year CU Rank USC Rank Outcome
1979 13 19 13-9, USC
1987 8 12 20-7, USC
1988 15 25 29-10, Clemson
2000 14 25 ???
Clemson and South Carolina Have Combined for 15 wins
Clemson and South Carolina have combined for 15
total victories entering this weekend’s game. Clemson is 8-2
and South Carolina is 7-3. This is just the sixth time in history
that the two teams had 15 wins combined entering the game. It
is the first time since the 1988 season when both teams were 8-
2 entering the contest. Clemson won that game 29-10.
This will also be just the fourth year in which both
Clemson and South Carolina went to a bowl game. The other
years were 1979, 1987 and 1988.
Here is a list of the seasons in which the two teams
have combined for at least 15 wins entering the game:
Year CU Rec USC Rec Total Outcome
1979 8-2 7-3 15-5 13-9, USC
1981 10-0 6-4 16-4 29-13, CU
1984 7-3 9-1 16-4 22-21, USC
1987 9-1 7-2 16-3 20-7, USC
1988 8-2 8-2 16-4 29-10, CU
1989 8-2 6-3-1 14-5-1 45-0, CU
2000 8-2 7-3 15-5 ???
Oldest Rivalry in the South
The Clemson vs. South Carolina game is the longest
active uninterrupted series in the South. This will be the 92nd
consecutive year that Clemson and South Carolina have met on
the gridiron, every year since 1909. There are just two
rivalries that are longer nationally in terms of an uninterrupted
series. Those are the Kansas vs. Nebraska rivalry and the
Minnesota vs. Wisonsin rivarlry.
This will be the 98th meeting between Clemson and
South Carolina. The 97 games played so far rank as the 14th
most games between two schools in college football history.
Minnesota and Wisconsin have played the most with 110 games
Longest Active Uninterrupted Series in College Football
Gms Matchup 1st Meeting
94 Kansas vs. Nebraska 1906
93 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin 1907
91 Clemson vs. South Carolina 1909
90 Wake Forest vs. NC State 1910
89 Kansas vs. Kansas State 1911
88 North Carolina vs. Virginia 1910
Other Notes on the Series
*This is the 98th game in the history of the series, Clemson has
a 58-35-4 advantage in the series. Clemson has scored 1834
points and South Carolina has 1240.
*Clemson has beaten South Carolina more than any other team.
In fact, 10 percent of all of Clemson’s wins in history are over
South Carolina. Wake Forest is second on the list of Clemson
victims with 51.
*Clemson has won 9 of the last 12 games against South
Carolina and the average score has been 29-19, which was
nearly the exact score of last year’s game, a 28-19 Clemson
victory in Death Valley in 1998. And, it was close to last year’s
result, 31-21 in favor of the Tigers.
*Clemson has an 12-7-1 (.625) lead in the series with South
Carolina in games played in Death Valley. Clemson has a 27-
16-2 (.622) advantage in games played in Williams Brice
Stadium. As you can see, Clemson has nearly the same
winning percentage at home as it has on the road.
*Over the last 38 games, or since the game was moved to the
end of the season for both teams, Clemson has had the better
record 26 times. Clemson has a 17-7-2 record since 1962
when the Tigers have had a better overall record entering the
Visitor Has Upper Hand Recently
There are many unusual notes and statistical oddities
about the Clemson vs. South Carolina rivalry, but the one that
sticks out currently is the success of the visiting team. The road
team has won eight of the last nine games between the two
teams dating to 1990. Clemson broke the streak of seven
straight wins by the road team in 1998 with a 28-19 Tiger victory
Clemson has had great success at South Carolina in
recent years. In fact, Clemson has won six in a row at Williams
Brice dating to a 45-0 victory in 1989. Clemson won in 1991 by
a 41-24 count, took the 1993 game by a 16-13 score, then won
in 1995, 38-17. Clemson won the 1997 game by a 47-21 score,
then won last year 31-21. That is an average Clemson victory
of 37 to 16 in the last six games in Columbia combined.
Holtz and Bowden Both Semifinalist for Coaching Award
Both coaches in today’s game have guided terrific
turnarounds in their respective programs. Clemson’s Tommy
Bowden took over a 3-8 team and took the Tigers to a bowl
game in his first year. Clemson has improved on that victory
total by two more so far this year, giving Clemson it first eight-win
regular season since 1995.
South Carolina Coach Lou Holtz has taken South
Carolina to seven wins, after an 0-11 season last year. A
victory over Clemson would give the Gamecocks an eight-win
improvement in one season. That would tie for the second best
one-season turnaround in NCAA history. Hawaii’s 1999 team
holds the record with an 8.5 game improvement over the
previous year. Purdue’s 1943 team and Stanford’s 1940 team
are the only teams to make an eight-game improvement in one
As a result, both coaches are listed as semifinalists for
the Football News National Coach of the Year. The other eight
coaches on the list are Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Mike
Bellotti of Oregon, Bob Davie of Notre Dame, Dennis Franchione
of TCU, Rick Neuheisel of Washington, Gary Nord of UTEP, bob
Stoops of Oklahoma and Randy Walker of Northwestern.
Four Clemson Players On Award Lists
Keith Adams, Robert Carswell and Woodrow Dantzler
were all named finalists or semifinalists for national position
awards on November 9. Adams, Clemson’s All-America
linebacker, was named one of three finalists for the Butkus
Carswell was listed among 12 semifinalists for the
Thorpe Award, which is presented to the top defensive back in
the nation, while Dantzler was named one of eight semifinalists
for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is give to the nation’s top
Earlier last week, wide receiver Rod Gardner was
named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. This is
the first time in history Clemson has had four different players
listed as semifinalists or better for national player position
Clemson had a pair of semifinalists in 1997 when Tony
Horne was among the final 10 for the Biletnikoff and Anthony
Simmons was one of the top 10 for the Butkus. Clemson also
had two top five players according to position rankings in 1990.
Levon Kirkland was listed among the final five for the Butkus and
Stacy Long was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.
Adams joins Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma and Dan
Morgan of Miami (FL) among the finalists for the Butkus Award.
Adams has 122 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks to rank
among the top linebackers in the nation. Calmus has 71 tackles
and three sacks for the top ranked Sooners, while Morgan has
93 tackles and eight tackles for loss for the Hurricanes.
The winner of the Butkus Award will be announced on
December 8 in Orlando, FL at an event televised nationally by
Fox Sports Net.
Dantzler is Clemson’s first quarterback in history to
rank among the semifinalists for a national award. The junior
from Orangeburg, SC has completed 108 of 184 passes for
1506 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 867
yards and 13 touchdowns. That is the highest rushing total in
history for a Clemson quarterback.
Dantzler is joined on the list by Drew Brees of Purdue,
Eric Crouch of Nebraska, Joey Harrington of Oregon, Josh
Heupel of Oklahoma, Marques Tuiasosopo of Washington,
Michael Vick of Virginia Tech and Chris Weinke of Florida State.
The winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 7 on the Home
Depot College Football Awards Show from Orlando, FL on
Carswell, who ranks fourth on the Clemson team in
tackles with 69 and is Clemson’s career leader among defensive
backs in that area, is among 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe
Award, which is also presented at the Home Depot College
Football Awards Show in Orlando on Dec. 7.
Clemson Award Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Name Award Ranking
1982 Terry Kinard CBS Defensive Winner
Player of the Year
1983 William Perry Outland Trophy Final 10
1984 William Perry Lombardi Award Final 4
1987 Michael Dean Perry Outland Trophy Final 3
1990 Levon Kirkland Butkus Final 5
Stacy Long Outland Trophy Final 3
1991 Ed McDaniel Butkus Award Final 4
1997 Tony Horne Biletnikoff Final 10
Anthony Simmons Butkus Award Final 10
1998 Antwan Edwards Thorpe Award Final 10
1999 Keith Adams Football News Final 15
Defensive Player of Year
2000 Keith Adams Butkus Award Final 3
Woodrow Dantzler O’Brien Award Final 8
Rod Gardner Biletnikoff Award Final 10
Robert Carswell Thorpe Award Final 12
Young, Carson Named Academic All-District
Kyle Young and Chad Carson, two mainstays of the
Clemson football team, have been named to the 2000 GTE
Academic All-District team. The team is made up of players
from Division I-A or Division I-AA teams from the states of
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
This is the second straight year both have made the
team. They will now be placed on the national ballot. The
national team will be announced in December. Young was a
first-team selection last year, while Carson was a second team
Carson is a biological sciences major with a 3.94 GPA.
He plans to become a Rhodes Scholar candidate in the second
semester this year. On the field, he has 128 tackles this year,
first on the Clemson team and second in the nation through
games played through October 28.
Young is a secondary education major and has a 3.97
career GPA. A senior academically and a junior athletically,
Young is the starting center and highest graded offensive
lineman on the Clemson team. He has started every game the
last two years and has averaged 70 snaps per game. He leads
the team in knock down blocks with 95. His consistent play is
one reason the Tigers have averaged 455 yards per game,
highest average in Clemson history and currently ninth best
average in the nation.
Other ACC players on the Academci All-District III team
are Chris Weinke (QB, Florida State), Dan Dyke (P, Georgia
Tech) and Chris Hope (DB, Florida State).
Gardner Needs 8 Catches for All-Time Record
Rod Gardner needs just eight catches to become
Clemson’s career leader in total receptions. He enters the
South Carolina game with 155 career receptions, second best in
Clemson history. Only Terry Smith (162) has more. In the win
over North Carolina, the native of Jacksonville, FL had seven
catches for a school record 182 yards and a school record tying
three touchdowns. He averaged 26 yards a catch in that
game. His yardage total broke the record of 163 yards by Ring
of Honor member Jerry Butler at Georgia Tech in 1977.
Gardner enters the South Carolina game ranked third
in Clemson history in total receiving yards. He went ahead of
all-time great Jerry Butler with 75 receiving yards at Florida
The 6-3 Gardner, who is on track to graduate in
December, had five catches for a career high148 yards against
Maryland and 10 catches for 137 in the win over NC State.
Gardner now has a streak of 28 straight games with at least
one catch, 26 in a row with at least two.
Last week, Gardner was one of 10 semifinalists for the
Biletnikoff Award, the honor given to the top receiver in the
nation. The others on the list were Antonio Bryant of Pittsburgh,
Marvin Minnis of Florida State, Freddie Mitchell of UCLA, Quincy
Morgan of Kansas State, Santana Moss of Miami (FL), Josh
Reed of LSU, Koren Robinson of NC State, Vinny Sutherland of
Purdue and David Terrell of Michigan.
Clemson career Reception Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Terry Smith 1990-93 162
2. Rod Gardner 1997-00 155
3. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 150
4. Jerry Butler 1975-78 139
5. Brian Wofford 1996-99 138
6. Tony Horne 1994-97 120
7. Phil Rogers 1965-67 106
8. Mal Lawyer 1996-99 99
Clemson career Reception Yardage Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Terry Smith 1990-93 2681
2. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 2534
3. Rod Gardner 1997-00 2297
4. Jerry Butler 1975-78 2223
5. Brian Wofford 1996-99 1857
6. Tony Horne 1994-97 1750
7. Gary Cooper 1985-89 1592
Zachery Looking for 1000-yard season
Clemson running back Travis Zachery, a midseason
addition to the Doak Walker Award list, needs just 72 yards
rushing against South Carolina to become the eighth different
player in Clemson history have at least 1000 yards rushing in a
season. A 1000-yard rushing season has been achieved just
eight times previous. Raymond Priester did it twice, 1996 and
1997, then had 956 yards rushing in 1997.
Zachery has averaged 93 yards rushing per game this
year, so he is certainly a candidate to reach 1000 for the
season. He had 76 yards in just 14 attempts at Florida State
after gaining at least 100 in three of his last four games.
For the season, Zachery has 12 rushing touchdowns
and four receiving for a total of 16. That is the same total he had
all of last year. The Clemson single season record is 17 set by
Lester Brown in 1978. Zachery now has 37 touchdowns for his
career, 32 rushing and five receiving. He has the Clemson
career record in both areas.
Zachery is also Clemson’s career record holder in
receptions by a running back. He now has 55 total receptions
for his three years, 10 more than any other running back in
Clemson history. His total for the season is 24 catches for 281
yards and four touchdowns. The 24 receptions are tied for the
best single season figure in Clemson history.
Heading into this weekend, Zachery is 11th in the
nation in scoring (9.6 points per game), 35th in rushing (92.8),
and 42nd in all-purpose running yards per game (123.9).
Three of Clemson’s previous eight 1000-yard seasons
have been achieved against South Carolina. Cliff Austin (1982),
Buddy Gore (1967) and Lester Brown (1978) all reached 1000
yards in the final regular season game against the Gamecocks.
Clemson’s 1000-yard Rushing Seasons
Rk Name Year Att Avg. GP Yds
1. Raymond Priester 1996 257 5.2 12 1345
2. Raymond Priester 1995 238 5.6 12 1322
3. Terrence Flagler 1986 192 6.6 12 1258
4. Kenny Flowers 1985 227 5.3 12 1200
5. Terry Allen 1988 216 5.5 12 1192
6. Cliff Austin 1982 197 5.4 10 1064
7. Buddy Gore 1967 230 4.5 10 1045
8. Lester Brown 1978 202 5.1 12 1022
Clemson on Record Pace in Terms of Scoring
Clemson is scoring points at a record rate through the
first 10 games. The Tigers rank 10th in the nation in scoring
with an average of 38.0 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, so this current team is right on
Clemson set two school records against Georgia Tech.
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 now has 52 touchdowns entering the South
Carolina game. Clemson also set the season record for total
points scored in the Tech game. The 28 points gave Clemson
373 for the season. That broke the previous best of 368 set in
1978 and 1989. Clemson enters the South Carolina game with
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 scored at least 28 points in
each of the first nine games of the 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 against South Carolina 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 38.0 38.0 (1901)
Total Points 380 368 (1989, 1978)
Touchdowns/Game 5.20 4.8 (1948)
Total Touchdowns 52 48 (1950)
Touchdown Passes 17 17 (1984)
Total Offense/Game 455.2 427.8 (1978
Total offense yards 4552 5134 (1978)
Plays/Game 77.3 78.8 (1978)
First downs/Game 23.3 22.75 (1978)
Yards/Play 5.89 6.1 6 (1950)
400-yard total off. Games 8 7 (1950, 1978, 1982)
Records already set in bold Italics denotes records tied
Tigers from South Carolina
The Clemson vs. South Carolina game is certainly
special to all Clemson players, but it might have a longer family
history with the players who are from the state. There are 30
players on the Clemson roster who are from the Palmetto
State. This list does not include players being red-shirted and
only includes those who have played in at least one game and
should dress for this weekend’s game. Seven of the 30 players
from South Carolina are starters. Only three of the 30 are
No Name Pos Hometown
2 Brian Mance DB Alcola, SC
3 Eric Meekins LB Easley, SC
5 Keith Kelly RB Walterboro, SC
6 *Justin Watts WR Florence, SC
11 *Woodrow Dantzler QB Orangeburg, SC
12 Jeff Scott WR Seneca, SC
16 Joe Don Reames WR Seneca, SC
20 Bernard Rambert RB Summerville, SC
24 *Jamie Somaini PK Moore, SC
27 Kevin Johnson CB Orangeburg, SC
36 Toure Francis DB Columbia, SC
38 Tony Elliott WR Charleston, SC
42 Altroy Bodrick LB Cameron, SC
44 David Ellis LB Lamar, SC
47 Rodney Feaster LB Chester, SC
50 *Will Merritt OG Easley, SC
51 Brian Outlaw C Gaffney, SC
58 J.J. Howard LB Huger, SC
59 *Kyle Young OG Clemson, SC
63 Henry Owen SN Clover, SC
70 William Henry OT Greenville, SC
73 *T.J. Watkins OT North Augusta, SC
78 Greg Walker OG Sumter, SC
82 *Jackie Robinson WR Orangeburg, SC
83 Morgan Woodward TE Florence, SC
84 J.J. McKevley WR Moncks Corner, SC
87 Tyrone Lee TE Florence, SC
90 Freddie James DL St. Stephens, SC
91 Bryant McNeal DE Swansea, SC
95 Jovon Bush DL Hardeeville, SC
Clemson Has Three-Game Winning Streak vs. South
Clemson has a three-game winning streak over South
Carolina. Here is a review of each of those last three contest:
Last Year in Review
Clemson 31, South Carolina 21
Behind outstanding individual performances by receiver
Rod Gardner and linebacker Keith Adams, Clemson outlasted
arch-rival South Carolina 31-21 before 83,523 fans in Columbia,
sending the Gamecocks (0-11) to their 21st consecutive defeat.
The victory was Clemson’s sixth in a row in Columbia and third in a row overall over the
Gamecocks, and clinched a bowl berth. Adams recorded a
Tiger-record 27 tackles, including four-for-loss and three sacks.
The sophomore First-Team All-American also had two
quarterback pressures and a caused fumble. Gardner had six
catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yard
scoring grab on fourth down in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
That play put Gardner over the 1,000-yard mark in receiving,
the first Tiger to do so.
Travis Zachery had his third 100-yard rushing game
with 105 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Bernard
Rambert added 54 yards on six carries. Woodrow Dantzler was
14-26 for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers
outgained South Carolina 425-252 in total offense.
After Phil Petty completed seven of 10 passes for 112 yards in
the first quarter, Clemson’s defense limited him to 8-22 for 55
yards over the final three quarters. He was also sacked six
times for minus 54 yards.
South Carolina held the Tiger offense scoreless for the
first 18 minutes. Meanwhile, the South Carolina offense was
clicking. After Tony Lazzara missed a 22-yard field goal, South
Carolina marched 70 yards in 10 plays, but had to settle for a
20-yard field goal by Steve Florio. South Carolina had to settle for field goals three
times after driving into the “red zone”.
After sacking Dantzler on back-to-back plays and
stopping him on a keeper, the Gamecocks drove 51 yards in
nine plays capped by a 24-yard field goal by Florio with 14:41
left in the second quarter. Clemson finally got rolling on the
ensuing drive, which featured a
new formation (the “pod”) where the tackles lined up 25 yards
from the center. Dantzler connected with Matt Bailey for 20
yards while in the formation; and after Zachery rushed 18 yards
to the Gamecock two, he scored on the next play.
Clemson upped its lead to 14-6 on its next possession
when Dantzler hit Gardner on a slant-in. Gardner raced 24
yards untouched for six. Dantzler was 3-4 for 59 yards on the
drive. But the Gamecocks came right back and cut the Tiger
lead to 14-12 with 1:21 left before
halftime, as they marched 71 yards in 13 plays capped by
Andrew Pinnock’s four-yard run. Petty’s two-point pass was
Clemson struck first in the second half when Zachery
scored from four yards, capping an eight-play, 63-yard drive.
Zachery and Rambert combined for 51 yards on seven carries
on the drive. Clemson looked to be in control of the game when
the Tiger defense sacked Petty on
four consecutive plays (over two possessions) at the end of the
third quarter, but South Carolina did not die.
After Ryan Brewer returned a punt to the Tiger 31,
South Carolina cut Clemson’s lead to 24-18 when Pinnock, who
had 18 carries for 76 yards, scored from 14 yards. The two-point
play was unsuccessful. Kenny Harney then picked off a
pass deep in Tiger territory, but
South Carolina could not punch it into the endzone and
had to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Florio, making the score
24-21. Clemson then drove 66 yards in five plays for the
clinching score. Facing fourth-and-10 at the 29, Clemson went
for the jugular. Dantzler lobbed a pass into the endzone and
Gardner snared the ball for six with 6:41 left in the game.
1998 at Clemson
Clemson 28, South Carolina 19
Clemson defeated arch-rival South Carolina for the first
time on its own field since 1990 by a 28-19 score in the before
84,423 fans, at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers also broke the
seven-year streak that saw the visiting team win the annual state
South Carolina took advantage of a Tiger defense, that
was without its leading tackler, Chris Jones, on its first posses-sion
of the game when Gamecock quarterback Anthony Wright
scrambled around right end four yards for the score. Troy
Hambrick’s 20-yard run to the Tiger 19 set up the score on the
14-play, 80-yard drive.
The Tigers responded with a 13-play, 72-yard, 6:15
drive capped by Brandon Streeter’s seven-yard shovel pass to
Javis Austin for a touchdown. The Gamecocks threatened on
their next possession by driving into Tiger territory, but red-shirt
freshman safety Charles Hafley got his first career interception
to stem the tide. Hafley, who also had a career-high eight
tackles, a caused fumble, and a touchdown-saving pass
breakup, was named the ACC Rookie-of-the-Week for his
Austin scored his second touchdown when he ran four
yards around right end with 6:28 left in the second quarter.
Austin, who had nine carries for 50 yards and three catches for
32 yards, capped the 12-play, 58-yard drive that saw the Tigers
convert all three third-down opportunities, including a Streeter to
Rod Gardner hookup to give the Tigers first-and-goal.
On South Carolina’s second play of the second half,
Tiger reserve outside linebacker Howard Bartley dropped into
coverage and picked off Wright’s pass for his first career
interception. Bartley then raced 48 yards to paydirt to give
Clemson a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter.
The Gamecocks cut into the Tiger lead early in the
fourth quarter on Steve Mixon’s one-yard plunge. But Courtney
Leavitt missed the extra point and Clemson held on to a 21-13
The Tigers responded two possessions later with a six-play,
53-yard scoring drive. On third-and-nine, Streeter con-nected
with Travis Zachery in the flat. Zachery, who had 53
rushing yards on 17 carries and three catches for 32 yards,
avoided would-be tacklers and raced 26 yards for six.
South Carolina came right back with a scoring drive
capped by a Petty to Mixon four-yard pass to cut the deficit to
28-19 with 7:01 remaining in the game. But Petty’s two-point try
fell incomplete and kept the Tiger lead at two scores. Clemson
kept the ball for the remaining time on its next drive to seal the
Clemson was led on defense by safety Robert Carswell
with 11 tackles. Harold Means also had 10 tackles, three
tackles-for-loss, and two sacks. Adrian Dingle, who was playing
in his last game as a Tiger, added 1.5 sacks to give him 10.5 on
the season, then a Clemson single-season record. The Tiger
defense had five sacks to South Carolina’s none.
1997 at Columbia, SC
Clemson 47, South Carolina 21
Clemson scored 44 unanswered points, including a 27-
0 run in the third period, and defeated archrival South Carolina
47-21 at Columbia, SC. Nealon Greene completed 12-15
passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns and Tony Horne
became the first player in Clemson history to score a touchdown
on a punt return and a reception in the same game. The Tigers
celebrated a 47-point performance, the most points scored by a
Clemson team against South Carolina since 1900.
After an opening field goal by Clemson, South Carolina
retaliated with a pair of rushing touchdowns, two of just 10
rushing scores yielded by Reggie Herring’s sixth-ranked rushing
defense all season. The Gamecocks were driving for a third
score of the first half when one play turned the course of the
game. Troy Hambrick threw a bad pitch and Clemson freshman
Chad Speck pounced on his first career fumble recover.
With just 1:48 remaining in the half, Clemson’s produc-tive
two-minute offense drove for a score. Greene was involved
in all six plays, including a pair of double digit yardage runs. He
found Brian Wofford for a seven-yard score 33 seconds before
Antwan Edwards, who had been moved to cornerback
in week seven, dominated the third period. First, he intercepted
Victor Penn’s sideline pass. Six plays later Nealon Greene
connected with Tony Horne for a record tying eighth touchdown
pass of the season. It as Greene’s 15th scoring pass of the
season, a Clemson single season mark.
The Clemson defense performed on cue. Tony Plantin,
who had a season best seven tackles, combined with Adrian
Dingle to sack Victor Penn. Punting from the shadow of their
goal line, The Gamecocks booted to Tony Horne. The ACC’s
top All-purpose player, made a few timely direction changes and
darted 39-yards for a touchdown, Clemson’s first punt return for
a score in six years.
The Clemson defense as not finished. On the very
next South Carolina possession, Edwards was at it again. This
time the ACC Defensive Player of the Week took the scoring
load into his own hands and pranced 42-yards for a touchdown
and a 33-14 Clemson lead.
After another 3-and-out by the Clemson defense, the
Tigers offensive line and Raymond Priester took its turn at
demonstrating its dominance. Seven rushing plays in the
middle of the field set up the Gamecocks for another scoring
pass, this time to Mal Lawyer, who was Greene’s third different
touchdown teammate of the evening.
The completion gave Clemson five touchdowns and 34
points in 15 minutes. The 27 points in the third period were the
most productive frame by a Clemson team in nine years. The
27 points were scored in just 14 offensive plays, and it marked
the first time in history that Clemson had two returns for touch-down
in one quarter.
Clemson’s offense was not finished. On its first
possession of the fourth period, Clemson drove 80 yards in 8
plays, all on the ground. Priester, who had 112 yards rushing
on the day, provided much of the yardage on this 24-yard run.
Freshman Javis Austin, who had a season high 90 yards for the
evening, finished the drive with a 19-yard sprint up the middle
behind outstanding blocks from a dominating offensive line. It
gave Clemson touchdowns on six consecutive possessions.
Clemson Has 24 Wins over Hall of Fame Coaches
The opponent this Saturday is South Carolina, coached
by future Hall of Fame Coach Lou Holtz. This will be the
second straight game for the Tigers against a future Hall of
Fame Coach. Clemson played Florida State and coach Bobby
Bowden in its most recent game.
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. Bowden defeated the current South Carolina
coach last year. Thus, Tommy Bowden already has three wins
over future Hall of Fame Coaches in his 22-game tenure at
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 92 percent, total
offense is up 49.2 percent, rushing yards have increased 101
percent and touchdowns per game is up 105 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 Improve %Impr
Total Offense/G 305.0 455.2 +150.2 +49.2%
Points/G 19.8 38.0 +18.2 +91.9%
Passing Yds/G 184.5 212.6 +28.1 +15.2%
Rush Yds/G 120.4 242.6 +122.2 +101.5%
Touchdowns/Game 2.54 5.20 +2.66 +104.7%
Pass Effic. Rating 114.9 136.7 +21.8 +18.9%
Turnovers/game 2.64 1.70 -0.94 -35.6%
3rd Down Conv.% .319 .426 +.107 +33.5%
First Downs/G 15.1 23.3 +8.2 +54.3%
Wins 3 8 +5 166.7%