Clemson vs Duke Notes: Record Setting Day for Tigers


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RodGardner is 90 yards away from breaking Perry Tuttle's single season mark of 915 yards in 1980.

*Clemson linebacker Keith Adams shattered two all-time Clemson single game records in today's game. He totaled five sacks and six total tackles for loss, records in both areas. No Clemson defensive player in history has had even four sacks in a game, never mind five. Three sacks in a game had been done many times by many players.


The previous best for tackles for loss in a game was five, set by Michael Dean Perry against NC State in 1987, by Steve Durham vs. Maryland in 1979 and by Adams earlier this year against North Carolina.
'Adams also set a single season record today and tied another. He now has 12 sacks for the season, breaking the record of 10.5 set by Adrian Dingle last year. He also now has 27 tackles for loss, tying the single season record held by William Perry in 1984 and Rob Bodine in 1991. Adams came into the game leading the ACC in tackles, and tackles for loss. This past Thursday he was named one of 15 semifinalists for the National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News.


*Clemson defensive tackle Terry Jolly scored on a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third period. He became the first Clemson defensive lineman to score a touchdown on an interception return since 1964 when Ted Bunton scored on a 48-yard interception return against Virginia.


*Robert Carswell had his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season on Saturday. He never had an interception prior to this season, now has five in his junior year. Clemson had four interceptions on defense and now has 17 for the season. Clemson has just seven interceptions all of last year.


*Clemson wide receivers Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer became the school's greatest receiving tandem in school history for players who came to Clemson in the same class. They combined for nine receptions for 1l2 yards and two touchdowns today. They have now combined for 217 career receptions, one more than Perry Tuttle and Jerry Gaillard (1 978-81) accumulated.


*Wofford had 7-83 today and now has an even 50 catches for the season. Junior receiver Rod Gardner now has 65 catches for the season. This is the first time in Clemson history that the Tigers have had two receivers with at least 50 catches in the same season.


*Gardner had 10-122 receiving this afternoon, his fourth l00-yard game of the season. He now has 65 catches for 826 yards. That reception total is second best in Clemson history and he needs just six catches to break Tony Horne's single season record of 70 set in 1997. His 826 yards are sixth best in Clemson history, but just 90 yards away from breaking Perry Tuttle's single season mark of 915 yards in 1980.


*Brandon Streeter completed 22 of 30 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns this afternoon in his final performance in Death Valley. It was the most yards ever by a Clemson quarterback in the final home game of the season and thus the best passing performance in history (completions and yards) for a Tiger quarterback in his final game in Death Valley. Streeter went over the l000 yard mark for the season and now has 1153 yards. Woodrow Dantzler has 1027 yards passing this year and this ranks as the first time in Clemson history that Clemson has had two 1000-yard passers in the same season. As a team, Clemson now has 2267 yards for the season, just 33 yards away from breaking the school season record. The 1997 team had 2299 yards passing.

*Streeter completed 22-30 passes today, a.733 accuracy. He is now 107 for 157 for the season, a .681 percentage. That is far ahead of the existing Clemson record and he obviously has enough attempts to be considered for the record.


*Travis Zachery had a career day with 17 for 141 and four rushing touchdowns. That was a career high rushing total for Zachery and he became the first Clemson player to record four touchdowns in a game since Emory Smith had four rushing at Wake Forest in 1995. He is one of just six players in Clemson history to have four rushing scores in a game. He now has 11 touchdowns for the season, most by a Tiger since Smith had 15 in 1995.


*Woodrow Dantzier connected with Jackie Robinson for Clemson's final touchdown, a 25-yard score. It was the first time the two former high school teammates connected on a scoring pass. In fact, Robinson and Dantzler connected on two passes today, the first receptions of Robinson's career.


*Clemson had 558 yards of total offense today, most by the Tigers this season and most by a Clemson team since 1992 when Clemson picked up 606 in a win over UT Chattanooga.


*Clemson scored 58 points this afternoon, Clemson's highest scoring output in any game since a 59-0 win over Long Beach State in the season opener of 1990. The point total today was Clemson's second highest total ever in an ACC game, and most since Clemson scored an ACC record 82 points in an 82-24 win over Wake Forest in 1981.


*Today's victory margin of 51 points was also Clemson's largest in any game since the 54-3 win over UT Chattanooga in 1992. It was the largest victory margin in an ACC game since a 55-0 win over Virginia in 1984.


*Today was the most points Clemson has ever scored in a game against Duke. The previous high was 54 points scored on the Blue Devils for Homecoming of 1984. One of the assistant coaches for Duke that day was current Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden.


*Clemson had 319 yards passing and 239 yards rushing this afternoon. Clemson is now 29-0-1 in history with when it gains at least 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game. This was Clemson's second 500-yard total offense game of the season and 37th in history. Clemson has never lost a game in which it has gained 500 yards of offense. Clemson is now 360-1 when gaining 500 yards.


*Clemson is now 5-2 in the ACC, clinching its first winning ACC season since 1995. The Tigers now needs just one victory to become bowl eligible. Clemson has won at least nine games or been bowl eligible in every odd numbered season since 1977.


*Clemson is now averaging 398.6 yards per game in total offense. Only two teams in Clemson history have averaged at least 400 yards of offense over the course of a season. The 1978 team averaged 427.8 and the 1991 team averaged 404 per game.


*Clemson drew 75,000 for today's game with Duke and finished the season with an average crowd of 77, 787. The exact attendance for today's game will be released at a later day, but it will be close to that 75,000 number. The 77,787 average for this season is the best since 1990 when Clemson averaged 79,196. It would be the sixth best single season average in school history.

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