CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -
- Woodrow Dantzler broke his own record for rushing yards by a Clemson quarterback with his 220-yard outburst against Virginia. Dantzler’s previous high was 185-yards set last year at Maryland. After Dantzler’s second touchdown run in the third quarter a Virginia fan seated just below the press box bellowed hoarsely, “if you can’t tackle him then just sock him!”
“I’m telling you, you don’t want to mess with Woody,” linebacker Altroy Bodrick said outside the Clemson locker room. “He’s got Heisman written all over him. If he doesn’t start getting recognition for the Heisman then there’s something wrong.”
- Saturday’s win bumped Clemson’s record to 4-0, marking the first time since 1989 since a Tiger team has won its first four games of the season.
-After taking the majority of snaps in only eleven games, Dantzler has already moved to 13th all-time among Clemson’s career leaders in total offense. Dantzler is currently averaging over 275-yards per game in total offense in games in which he takes more than half of the snaps.
-Joe Don Reames’ 69-yard punt return for touchdown in the second quarter was the first by a Clemson player since Tony Horne scored on a punt from 49-yards against South Carolina in 1997.
- Entering Saturday’s game, Clemson’s national ranking of 11th marked the highest the Tigers have climbed in the polls since 1991. That year, Clemson started off 3-0 and rose to sixth in the AP polls before losing to #18 Georgia and falling to 18th nationally. The last time a ranked Clemson team played Virginia in Charlottesville was in 1992.
- Clemson senior receiver Rod Gardner lined up at kickoff returner for the first time this season. Gardner is the fourth player this season to return kickoffs for the tigers. Brian Mance, Joe Don Reaves, and Jackie Robinson have all handled the return duties previously.
- Seniors defensive tackles Terry Jolly and Jason Holloman each returned to the starting lineup against Virginia. Jolly had been slowed by pulled calf muscle while Holloman sat out the last two weeks with a sprained ankle. Junior receiver Matt Bailey also returned for the Tigers after missing the past two weeks with a pulled groin muscle. Bailey finished the game with four catches and a game-high 64 yards receiving.
- Travis Zachery’s fumble of punter Mike Abrams punt early in the first quarter marked the second turnover of the season for the Tigers. It also opened the floodgates for a rash of Clemson fumbles to follow, with Zachery again coughing up the ball on third and goal from the Virginia four yard-line. Bernard Rambert followed suit in the third quarter with a fumble inside the Tiger 45 yard-line. On Clemson’s ensuing possession, Tommy Bowden roamed the sidelines shouting, “Hold onto the ball! Hold onto the ball!”
- With 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Dantzler did something unusual: he completed a pass to himself. Virginia defensive end Ljubomir Stamenich batted an attempted pass to Rod Gardner back to Dantzler and the junior quarterback never missed a beat, snatching the ball out of the air and struggling forward for three yards.