Clemson vs Florida State Game Notes


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Bowden Bowl VI

When Florida State's Bobby Bowden and Clemson's Tommy Bowden take the field Saturday to coach their respective teams at Clemson Memorial Stadium, it will be the sixth competition of father and son in NCAA Division I history. The previous five occasions have taken place the last five years when the two teams met. Father has beaten son four of the previous five, but Tommy won last year by a 26-10 score. The average margin of victory for Bobby over Tommy is 34-21. Only the first game has been a close contest, as Florida State defeated Clemson 17-14 in Bowden Bowl I. Since then the closest margin has been 14 points.


Clemson has moved the ball against Florida State the last three years. The current senior class has seen the Tigers average 28 points, 443 yards total offense and 294 yards passing over the last three contests vs. Florida State.



  • 1999 --The first meeting in 1999 was a festive atmosphere at Clemson as a record 86,092 fans attended, a Death Valley record that still stands today. In addition to the hype concerning a father coaching against a son for the first time, Bobby Bowden was going for career victory number-300. He got it, but it was a struggle, as the Tigers fought the Seminoles to the wire before #1 ranked Florida State came away with a 17-14 victory. It was the closest victory for the Seminoles on the way to the 1999 National Championship. Clemson had two offensive touchdowns to Florida State's one and Florida State's 17 points were the fewest scored by the Seminoles that year.

  • 2000 -- Florida State won the second meeting in 2000 in Tallahassee by a 54-7 count. Clemson entered the game with an 8-1 record and #10 national ranking, while Florida State was ranked fourth in the nation. It was just the third meeting of top 10 ACC teams in league history. Clemson was coming off a heart-breaking 31-28 loss to Georgia Tech the previous week, a game that Georgia Tech had won with a touchdown pass with just seven seconds left. (Georgia Tech beat Clemson in similar fashion this year on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left). Florida State gained 771 yards of total offense, most ever against a Clemson team, including 521 passing, also a high against a Clemson team.

  • 2001 -- In a game at Death Valley, Clemson gained 463 yards of total offense against Florida State, its high total ever against the Seminoles, but still lost 41-27. The Tigers could not stop freshman quarterback Chris Rix and the Florida State passing game as the Seminoles threw for 369 yards and gained 557 overall. Woody Dantzler had 336 yards of total offense, but it was not enough as the Seminoles won for the sixth straight time in Death Valley.

  • 2002 --The last time the two teams met in Tallahassee, FSU came away with a 48-31 victory. It was the most points scored by Clemson in Tallahassee since its last victory in 1989. Clemson won the total offense war 441-386, as Willie Simmons had a career high 343 yards rushing and passing, the most total offense in history by a Clemson player against the Seminoles. J.J. McKelvey had five catches for 117 yards to key the Clemson offense. But, Florida State scored on a 97-yard kickoff return by Leon Washington and Greg Jones rushed for 165 yards and three scores to give Florida State its victory.

  • 2003 --Clemson finally defeated Bobby Bowden in Death Valley with a convincing 26-10 victory. It was just the second of what would be three losses for the Seminole in the 2003 season. Florida State was ranked third in the nation entering the game and it was the highest ranked team Clemson has beaten in history. Charlie Whitehurst threw for 272 yards to lead Clemson as Bobby Bowden suffered a loss on his birthday for the first time ever. It was the first loss for Bobby Bowden in Death Valley after six straight wins, the longest winning streak for any opposing coach in the facility.



The Clemson vs. Florida State games the last five years are not the only times Bowdens have been on opposite sides of the field. In 1991, Auburn, with assistant coach Tommy Bowden , faced Southern Mississippi, with assistant coach Jeff Bowden. Southern Mississippi upset Auburn that day. Jeff Bowden will also be at the scene this year also as he is Florida State's offensive coordinator.


Past Bowden Bowl Stats


Year

Site

Score CU-FS

Total Off CU-FS

Rushing CU-FS

Passing CU-FS

Turn CU-FS

1999

CU

14-17

265-356

126-98

139-258

1-1

2000

FS

7-54

262-771

95-250

167-521

6-2

2001

CU

27-41

463-557

186-188

277-369

1-2

2002

FS

31-48

441-386

107-272

334-114

4-0

2003

CU

26-10

425-369

153-11

272-358

1-3

Totals

 

105-170

1856-2439

667-819

1189-1620

13-8

Averages

 

21-34

371-488

133-164

238-324

2.6-1.6



Clemson-Florida State Series

Florida State holds a 14-3 advantage in the series with Clemson dating to a 38-13 Florida State win in Tallahassee in 1970. Clemson has three wins in the series, but two took place in Tallahassee, in 1976 by a 15-12 score and in 1989 by a 34-23 score. Clemson's only win in Death Valley took place last year, a 26-10 victory.

Florida State is 7-1 at Clemson and 7-2 at Florida State against the Tigers. Florida State had won 11 in a row prior to last year and all 11 had taken place since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. Florida State has been ranked in the top 15 in the nation heading into all 13 games in the series since the Seminoles joined the ACC (including this year . Clemson, Virginia, NC State (three times) and North Carolina are the only league schools to beat Florida State since they joined the league for the 1992 season, a total of six losses.


In four straight meetings between 1988 and 1993 both Clemson and Florida State were ranked in the top 25. Both teams have been ranked in the top 25 of at least one poll in seven of the last 13 meetings, including 2001 when Clemson entered the game 24th in USA Today and Florida Sate was 14th in both polls. Clemson and Florida State were both ranked in the top 25 of the final AP and USA Today polls.


In 2000, in the game played in Tallahassee both were ranked in the top 10 of the AP, as Clemson was 10th and Florida State was fourth. That marked just the third time in ACC history that two league teams were ranked in the top 10 heading into a contest.


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", a 78-yard run on a fake punt by Leroy Butler, and a 76-yard punt return by Deion Sanders, the only time a Chris Gardocki punt was returned for a touchdown in his Clemson career.


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 was the only loss by Florida State at home against a non-Florida team in a 17-year period. A pair of 73-yard plays were pivotal for Clemson in that game. The late Wayne Simmons ran 73 yards with an interception and Terry Allen ran 73 yards from scrimmage in the second period to give Clemson a 28-7 lead. Clemson was trying to run out the clock on Allen's run. Florida State scored in the last minute to close the gap to 11 points.


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. Trapp went on to play 10 years in the NFL and that play certainly made the NFL scouts take notice.


The 1997 game featured one of the greatest individual duals in the history of Death Valley. Tony Horne 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.


The 1999 game was certainly a series highlight as it was the first father-son coaching matchup in NCAA history. Florida State claimed a 17-14 victory behind the passing of Chris Weinke and went on to win the national championship. It was the closest game the Seminoles had all season.


Last Year vs. Florida State

Clemson ended 14 years of frustration by defeating #3 Florida State 26-10 in front of 79,826 fans in Death Valley. The win over the third-ranked Seminoles was the highest-ranked victory in Clemson history. It also marked the first time since 1989 that Clemson defeated Florida State. The victory came just one week after Clemson had suffered a 45-17 loss at Wake Forest.


Several landmarks occurred in the 16-point victory for Clemson. For coach Tommy Bowden, it was his first win in five tries against father Bobby. He was doused with Gatorade by Kevin Youngblood and Khaleed Vaughn in the final moments of the win. Aaron Hunt became Clemson's all-time scoring leader with 302 points, breaking Nelson Welch's previous record of 301. Derrick Hamilton became the school's all-time all-purpose yardage leader with 4,412, breaking Travis Zachery's record. Charlie Whitehurst broke Woodrow Dantzler's single-season record for passing yards (2,682) with two regular season games remaining.


Clemson set the tone in the game's opening moments. On its first offensive possession, the Tigers moved 65 yards in 11 plays before Aaron Hunt connected on a 23-yard field goal. On Florida State's ensuing possession, Tye Hill notched his second interception of the season when he stepped in front of a long Chris Rix pass. The Tigers tacked on Hunt's second field goal minutes later, giving Clemson a 6-0 lead. Clemson got the ball back with less than three minutes to go in the first half. Whitehurst drove the Tigers from their own 35-yard line. The big play was a 51-yard hookup with Youngblood on third-and-10. Three plays later, Whitehurst rolled to the right and then scrambled back to the left for a one-yard touchdown run. His effort gave Clemson a 13-0 lead at halftime.


Florida State missed a field goal on its opening possession of the second half. Clemson took advantage by marching 63 yards in 11 plays. Hunt kicked his third field goal of the game from 32 yards away, giving Clemson a 16-0 cushion. The drive was set up by Whitehurst, who zipped a pass between three defenders as he was getting hit and found Curtis Baham for a 23-yard gain on third down.


The Seminoles responded with three points, as Xavier Beitia made a 46-yard field goal. However, Clemson put the game away on the next two drives. First, Whitehurst executed a beautiful pump-fake to the right before throwing left to a streaking Hamilton. His 58-yard touchdown catch gave Clemson a commanding 23-3 lead. Clemson kept the intensity up, as LeRoy Hill intercepted a Rix pass four plays later. The ball was tipped by Khaleed Vaughn . On the next Seminole drive, David Dunham sacked Rix 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble. It was recovered by DeJuan Polk of Clemson. Hunt came on to nail his fourth field goal of the night, giving Clemson the 26-3 lead.


Florida State finally scored a touchdown in the final three minutes of the contest. Chauncey Stovall was able to get behind the Tiger secondary for a 71-yard touchdown, but it mattered little at that point of the game.


Whitehurst was outstanding in his first career start against Florida State. He finished 17-27 for 272 yards and one touchdown pass and he also rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Hamilton, who grabbed six balls for 123 yards and a touchdown. Hunt came into the game needing 14 points to set the school scoring record, and he did just that. He was 4-4 on field goals and 2-2 on extra points.


Defensively, the Tigers held Florida State to 11 rushing yards the entire game, the fewest total by Florida State in the Bobby Bowden era. LeRoy Hill had 10 tackles and was named ACC Lineman-of-the-Week. Clemson also blitzed more than normal, and the result was 15 quarterback hurries in the contest. Five Tigers recorded tackles for loss, including two by freshman Gaines Adams . John Leake and David Dunham each recorded their first sacks of the year as well.


Tye Hill played well for Clemson, as he grabbed his second career interception and also had another pass breakup in earning ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week honors. Travis Pugh tied for the team lead in tackles with 10 from his free safety position.


Last Meeting at Tallahassee (2002)

Florida State 48, Clemson 31

Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden defeated his son and Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden for the fourth consecutive game as the Seminoles rolled to a 48-31 victory in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN on October 3rd, 2002 The 11th ranked Seminoles handed the Tigers their second defeat of the season and also their second defeat against a nationally ranked opponent.


Despite the loss, the Tigers made a significant improvement on their recent performances at Doak Campbell Stadium. Clemson had scored only one touchdown in five previous appearances in Tallahassee and averaged just two points per game in those contests. The Tigers dominated the game statistically in the first half and finished with 334 passing yards, more than 200 yards greater than the total reached by the Seminoles (114). Clemson averaged 7.2 yards per play, highest average in history in a Clemson loss.


In the end, however, the play of Florida State running back Greg Jones proved to be the difference in the game. The South Carolina native gained 165 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored three times. He also had a 64-yard run just before halftime that swayed the momentum in favor of the Seminoles. The run set up a with six seconds remaining that gave Florida State the lead for good. Clemson would close the gap to 35-31 in the third period, but could get no closer.


A host of Tigers led the team offensively in the losing effort. Willie Simmons had a tremendous performance, gaining 50 yards rushing while completing 17 of his 27 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. It was his ability to run and pass in the first half that helped keep the Tigers in front for much of the first half. Derrick Hamilton had another all-around stellar performance as he racked up 248 all-purpose yards. J.J. McKelvey had over 100 yards receiving for the second straight game as he tallied 117 yards on five receptions.


Clemson suffered in the kicking game. The Tigers fumbled a kickoff return and a punt return and dropped the snap from center in a punt situation that gave Florida State the ball at the Clemson 18. Florida State drove from its territory for a touchdown just one time in the game. The Seminoles had 155 kickoff return yards in the game and won the turnover stat 4-0.


It was Rix who gave the Seminoles the lead on their first possession of the game. Following the fumbled punt snap by Wynn Kopp , Florida State took over at the Clemson 18. Three plays later, Rix took a one-yard plunge over the goal line that gave the Seminoles the lead. Two possessions later, Simmons and the Tiger offense capitalized on a big play by special teams.


After Hamilton returned Chance Gwaltney's punt 46 yards to the Seminoles' 39-yard line, Simmons took just two plays to connect with Airese Currie for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Stephen Furr's ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Tigers just inside Florida State territory, and five plays later, Yusef Kelly found the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run that gave Clemson a lead it would hold until the end of the first quarter. It marked the first time since 1979 that Clemson has successfully executed an onside kick.


Florida State retaliated in the first 10 seconds of the second quarter. Greg Jones rushed for a 20-yard touchdown run on the first play of the period that tied the game at 14. Clemson re-gained the lead 17-14 on Aaron Hunt's 20-yard field goal with 6:20 remaining before halftime, but immediately relinquished it when Leon Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.


The Tigers gained their final lead of the game with less than one minute remaining before halftime. Following a 59-yard completion to McKelvey, Simmons capped off a six-play, 86-yard drive when he found Hamilton in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown pass. On the Seminoles' first play of the ensuing possession, Jones took the handoff from Rix and rumbled 64 yards down the left sideline before being knocked out of bounds at the five-yard line. Rix's touchdown pass to Talman Gardner two plays later sealed the momentum-swinging effort.


Clemson-Florida State Connections

There are many connections between Clemson and Florida State in terms of coaching and administrative personnel:



  • Clemson Assistant Head Coach and offensive line coach Brad Scott served as offensive coordinator of Florida State's National Championship team of 1993. He served as an assistant with the Florida State program from 1983-93, including the 1990-93 era when he was offensive coordinator. He has a master's degree from Florida State in athletic administration, a degree he earned in 1984. He was on the Florida State sideline in 1988 when the Seminoles executed the "Puntrooskie play".

  • 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.

  • Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden was a graduate 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.

  • Tommy Bowden's brother Jeff Bowden is the offensive coordinator for Florida State.

  • Hootie Ingram, now retired and living in Alabama, was Clemson's head football coach from 1970-72, then served as Florida State's Athletic Director in the 1980s.



Tigers Face Top 15 Teams Next Two Weeks

Clemson could face a pair of top 12 teams over its next two games. In the Associated Press poll of September 19, Florida State is ranked 8th and Virginia, Clemson's opponent on October 7, is 12th. Florida State is 11th in USA Today and Virginia is 12th .


Clemson has not had to play consecutive games against top 12 opponents since the 1983 season when the Tigers defeated a 10th ranked North Carolina team 16-3 and an 11th ranked Maryland team, 52-27, in November. It could be the first time Clemson has played consecutive games against top 12 teams on the road since 1966 when Clemson played at #9 Georgia Tech and at #4 Alabama in consecutive non-conference games.


Clemson has had to play consecutive games against teams ranked in the top dozen in the nation just four times in its history. In addition to the 1983 listing, the other seasons were in 1966 (vs. #9 Georgia Tech and #4 Alabama), 1963 (vs. #4 Oklahoma and #9 Georgia Tech), and 1955 (vs. #2 Maryland and #12 Auburn). Clemson did not win any of those games.


Clemson's Highest Ranked Wins

When Clemson defeated third-ranked Florida State last year at Clemson it was the highest ranked team Clemson has beaten in its history. Clemson has 12 wins over top 10 teams in its history and three have been recorded by head coach Tommy Bowden . In addition to the win over Florida State, Clemson's win over sixth-ranked Tennessee in the 2004 Gator Bowl was the fourth highest ranked team Clemson has beaten. Bowden and the Tigers also won over a ninth-ranked Georgia Tech team in 2001. Thus, a win over #8 Florida State would be the sixth highest ranked team Clemson has defeated.


Prior to last year, the highest ranked teams Clemson had beaten were #4 ranked Georgia and #4 Nebraska, both in the 1981 season. Regardless of site, Clemson has 12 wins over top 10 teams in its history, four in Death Valley four on an opponent's home field and four at a neutral site (bowl game).


Clemson has had 25 wins over top 25 teams since 1986 and has had at least one ranked win in 15 of the last 17 seasons. That includes last year's three wins. Clemson enters this Florida State game with a three-game winning streak against top 25 teams.. This is the longest winning streak against ranked teams since the Tigers won three in a row between 1990-91. The record is five straight wins over ranked teams from 1988-89.


Prior to last year's win over Florida State, Clemson was 0-9 all-time in games against teams ranked in the top three in the nation.


Clemson's Highest Ranked Wins


Year

Opponent

Site

Rk

Score

2003

Florida State

Clemson , SC

3

26-10

1981

Georgia

Clemson , SC

4

13-3

1981

Nebraska

Miami , FL

4

22-15

2003

Tennessee

Atlanta , GA

6

27-14

1959

Texas Christian

Houston , TX

7

23-7

1981

North Carolina

Chapel Hill , NC

8

10-8

2001

Georgia Tech

Atlanta , GA

9

#47-44

1967

NC State

Clemson , SC

10

14-6

1991

NC State

Clemson , SC

10

29-19

1983

North Carolina

Clemson , SC

10

16-3

1988

Oklahoma

Orlando , FL

10

13-6

1992

Virginia

Charlottesville , VA

10

29-28

1983

Maryland

Clemson , SC

11

52-27

1978

Maryland

College Park , MD

11

28-24



#Overtime

Tommy Bowden coached wins in bold face.


Ranked Wins on the Road

Clemson has 53 wins over Associated Press top 25 teams over the years and 16 of them have taken place on an opponent's home field. The highest ranked team Clemson has beaten on its home field is a victory over an eighth-ranked North Carolina team in Chapel Hill in 1981, Clemson's national championship season. Thus, a victory on Saturday over #8 Florida State would tie for the highest ranked road win in Clemson history.


The second highest ranked road win is the 47-44 overtime victory against #9 Georgia Tech in 2001, a victory that was recorded under current head coach Tommy Bowden. To document such victories, Clemson has constructed a Graveyard at the entrance to the practice field and a tombstone has been erected for each victory over a ranked team on the road.


One of the 16 road wins over ranked teams took place at Florida State, a 34-23 win over a 16th ranked Seminole team in 1989. It was Florida State's last loss that season and the Seminoles ended the year third in the final AP poll. The win over Miami (FL) on January 1, 1951 was in the Orange Bowl, but it was still played on Miami's home field.


Clemson Ranked Road Wins


Date

Score

Opp Rk

Opponent

11-13-48

21-14

19

Wake Forest

10-28-50

13-12

17

Wake Forest

1-1-51

15-14

15

Miami (FL)

9-19-59

20-18

12

North Carolina

9-17-77

7-6

17

Georgia

11-18-78

28-24

11

Maryland

11-8-81

10-8

8

North Carolina

11-13-82

24-22

18

Maryland

11-5-83

16-3

10

North Carolina

9-20-86

31-28

14

Georgia

9-9-89

34-23

16

Florida State

10-10-92

29-28

10

Virginia

11-5-94

28-17

19

North Carolina

11-8-96

24-16

15

Virginia

9-13-97

19-17

25

NC State

9-29-01

47-44

9

Georgia Tech



Bowden Comparison



  • 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 games and a top 15 final national ranking in his second year with the program. Tommy Bowden had Tulane and Clemson in a bowl game and a top 15 national ranking in his second year with each program.

  • This is Bobby Bowden's 52nd season in coaching. This is Tommy Bowden's 27th year in coaching (graduate assistant, full time assistant or head coach).

  • Both Bowden's had perfect seasons as head coaches in the 1990s. Bobby had an 11-0 season at Florida State in 1999 after Tommy had a perfect 11-0 regular season as head coach at Tulane.

  • Tommy Bowden has a better record than Bobby Bowden at the 87-game mark of his Division I coaching career. Tommy is 57-30 for his first 87 games as a Division I head coach, while Bobby was 54-33 for his first 87 games. That includes his six years at West Virginia and his first year plus eight games at Florida State.



Here is a comparison of the Bowdens at similar stages of their careers:


Category

Tommy

Bobby

First seven full Seasons as D-I Head Coach

56-28 (.667)

47-32 (.595)

First 87 Games as a Division I Head Coach

57-30 (.655)

54-33 (.621)



Tigers From Florida

Clemson has 17 players on its roster from the state of Florida. That list includes starters Jamaal Fudge and Eric Sampson on defense and Duane Coleman , who was a starter last year, but has been injured much of this season, but is returning to health.


Jacksonville is the home of five current Tigers. In addition to Fudge and Sampson , Tavaghn Monts , Gerald McCloud and freshman Brandon Croley are all from the home of the Gator Bowl. Jacksonville has been good to Clemson as former Clemson All-Americans Rod Gardner and Brian Dawkins came to Clemson from that city. Both are now starters in the NFL. In fact, Dawkins is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.


Clemson Players From Florida


Player

Pos

Yr

City

High School

Christian Capote

OL

Fr.

Miami

Killian

Chris Clemons

DB

Fr.

Arcadia

DeSoto

Duane Coleman

RB

Jr.

Naples

Naples

Brandon Croley

CB

Fr.

Jacksonville

First Coast

Andrew Diomonde

WR

Fr.

Miami

Christopher Columbus

David Dunham

LB

So.

Lake City

Columbia

•Jamaal Fudge

CB

Jr.

Jacksonville

White

Stephen Furr

PK

Jr.

Lakeland

Lakeland

Cliff Harrell

FB

Jr.

Tallahassee

N. Florida Chris. Acad.

Bobby Hutchinson

C

Fr.

Greenville

Madison County

Gerald McCloud

WR

So.

Jacksonville

Arlington Cnty Day

Tavaghn Monts

ROV

Jr.

Jacksonville

Ribault

Will Proctor

QB

So.

Winter Park

Trinity Prep

Akeem Robinson

OT

Fr.

Miami

Carol City

•Eric Sampson

LB

Sr.

Jacksonville

White

Taylor Tremel

OL

Fr.

Lake Mary

Lake Mary

Bobby Williamson

DE

Jr.

Tarpon Springs

East Lake



·Denotes starter


 


Currie Three Catches from 100

If Reggie Jackson was known as Mr. October then Clemson wide receiver Airese Currie could be known as Mr. September. For the second year in a row the Clemson senior is off to a great start. A year ago, Currie had 26 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns before the end of that month. He then suffered some injuries and had just 17 catches the rest of the season.


So far this year, Currie has 20 catches for 296 yards and a touchdown. Currie ranks 15th in the nation in receptions per game with a 6.67 figure, the highest average in the ACC, and is 17th in reception yards per game at 98.6, also first in the ACC. Currie had nine catches for 152 yards in the season opener against Wake Forest. The 152 receiving yards in that game rank in a tie for sixth best in school history and the 15th best single game performance in the nation so far this year. He continued his fine performance at Texas A&M with five catches for 64 yards.


In addition to his receiving accomplishments, Currie has been outstanding in terms of kickoff returns, averaging 37.3 yards per return. He is not ranked nationally because he does not have enough attempts.. He has 136.3 all-purpose yards per game, 30th best in the nation. Currie's strong start has him closing in on 100 career receptions and 1500 yards. He could eclipse both at Florida State, as he enters that game with 97 receptions for 1458 yards.When he reaches the 100 receptions mark he will become just the 11th Tiger in history to do so. When he reaches 1500 reception yards he will also be the 11th Tiger to reach that plateau.


The effect Tommy Bowden has had on the Clemson passing game is shown by the list of players below. Even though he is in just his sixth year as Clemson head coach, seven of the top 12 receivers in Clemson history have played under Bowden at some point in their career.


Clemson Career Reception Leaders



Rk

Player

Years

Yards

Avg.

TD

Rec

1.

Derrick Hamilton

2001-03

2312

13.8

16

167

2.

Rod Gardner

1997-00

2498

15.0

13

166

3.

Terry Smith

1990-03

2681

16.5

15

162

4.

Perry Tuttle

1978-81

2534

16.9

17

150

5.

Kevin Youngblood

2000-03

1713

12.1

6

142

6.

Jerry Butler

1975-78

2223

16.0

11

139

7.

Brian Wofford

1996-99

1857

13.5

13

138

8.

Tony Horne

1994-97

1750

14.6

13

120

9.

Phil Rogers

1965-67

1469

13.9

5

106

10.

Travis Zachery

1998-01

1057

10.1

9

105

11.

Mal Lawyer

1996-99

1255

12.7

9

99

12.

Airese Currie

2001-04

1458

15.0

9

97



Clemson Career Reception Yardage Leaders



Rk

Player

Years

Rec

Avg.

TD

Yds

1.

Terry Smith

1990-93

162

16.5

15

2681

2.

Perry Tuttle

1978-81

150

16.9

17

2534

3.

Rod Gardner

1997-00

166

15.0

13

2498

4.

Derrick Hamilton

2001-03

167

13.8

16

2312

5.

Jerry Butler

1975-78

139

16.0

11

2223

6.

Brian Wofford

1996-99

138

13.5

13

1857

7.

Tony Horne

1994-97

120

14.6

13

1750

8.

Kevin Youngblood

2000-03

142

12.1

6

1713

9.

Gary Cooper

1985-89

79

20.2

11

1592

10.

Glenn Smith

1949-51

88

17.9

18

1576

11.

Terrance Roulhac

1983-86

92

16.2

16

1487

12.

Phil Rogers

1965-67

106

13.9

5

1469

13.

Airese Currie

2001-04

97

15.0

9

1458



Ben Hall Has TD Catch in All Four Seasons

Clemson tight end Ben Hall had a 15-yard touchdown pass against Texas A&M, Clemson's only score of the game. It was the first touchdown catch of the year for Hall, but the sixth of his career. He had three touchdown receptions his first year (2001), one in 2002 and one in 2003. That means Hall now has at least one touchdown reception in each season he has been at Clemson. Hall is the first tight end in Clemson history to catch at least one touchdown pass in four consecutive seasons. Bennie Cunningham had at least one every year he played, but he did not appear in a game as a freshman in 1972, the first year freshmen were eligible.


Hall has three catches for 55 yards so far this season and now has 26 for 346 yards for his career, a 13.3 average. One of his top games as a Tiger took place at Florida State in 2002 when he had three catches for 69 yards, including a 41-yarder that set up a Tiger score. It is still the longest reception of his Clemson career.


Grant Exceeds 2003 Stats

Clemson sophomore Kelvin Grant is the second leading receiver on the Tiger squad with 14 catches for 157 yards. His 4.7 receptions per game rank third in the ACC. He was Clemson's top receiver at Texas A&M with seven receptions for 63 yards, a performance that came off a six-catch game against Georgia Tech. Grant has already exceeded his numbers from 2003 when he had 12 catches for 79 yards. He had 10 of those 12 catches over the last five games of the 2003 season, so he has 24 of his 26 career receptions over Clemson's last eight games.


Miller Ranks in Top 25 in Punt and Kickoff Returns

Clemson cornerback Justin Miller is one of the top return men in the nation. Through the first three games, Miller ranks 14th kickoff returns with a 27.3 average and 23rd in punt returns with a 12.7 figure. Miller and Adam Jones of West Virginia are the only two players in the nation ranked in the top 25 in both categories. Jones is 13th in kickoff returns and fourth in punt returns.


Miller already has a 69-yard punt return for a score this year, a return he made against Wake Forest on the last play of the first quarter. He ranks first in the ACC in kickoff returns and second in punt returns. Over his career, Miller has two punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score. He joins Bobby Gage (1945-48) as the only players in Clemson history with at least one kickoff return and one punt return for a touchdown over their career.


Miller enters the FSU game ranked fifth in Clemson history in total kickoff return yards with 1064. He had 134 on four returns at Texas A&M to go over the 1000-yard mark in that category. He is first in school history in kickoff return average on a career basis with a 28.8 figure. That list requires a minimum of 20 attempts.


Clemson Career Leaders in Yards/Kickoff Return



Rk

Player

Years

No

Yds

Avg

1.

Justin Miller

2002-03

37

1064

28.8

2.

Joe Henderson

1987-89

30

802

27.6

3.

Derrick Hamilton

2001-03

58

1552

26.8

4.

Tony Horne

1994-97

30

795

26.5

5.

Terrance Roulhac

1983-86

42

1108

26.4

6.

Doug Thomas

1987-90

23

582

25.3



Clemson Career Leaders in Career Kickoff Return Yards



Rk

Player

Years

No

Avg.

Yards

1.

Derrick Hamilton

2001-03

58

26.8

1552

2.

Andre Humphrey

1992-95

68

21.9

1486

3.

Ray Williams

1983-86

66

20.5

1350

4.

Terrence Roulhac

1983-86

42

26.4

1108

5.

Justin Miller

2002-04

37

28.8

1064



Whitehurst, Rix Have Similar Stats

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and Florida State quarterback Chris Rix have both had a positive impact the recent history of their respective programs and have similar passing statistics. A look to the career record books of each school shows that both players rank second in career passing yardage at their respective schools. Rix has more yards, but has played an extra year and 13 more games as a starter. But, Whitehurst needs just 168 yards passing against Florida State to become Clemson's career leader in that category.


Whitehurst just set the Clemson career completion record last week and now has 471 as a Tiger, while Rix is tied for second in Florida State history with 529. Both are also second in their respective school's history in career touchdown passes.


Both are not off to starts that are in line with their career numbers, but both have had outstanding games against Saturday's opposition. As a freshman in 2001, Rix threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns at Death Valley in a 14-point Florida State win. A year ago, Whitehurst had 272 yards passing and 311 in total offense to lead Clemson to a 16-point win over the Seminoles.


Career Ranking Comparison of Chris Rix and Charlie Whitehurst



 

Whitehurst

Rix

Category

Figure (Rank)

Figure (Rank)

Completions

471 (1st)

529 (tied for 2nd)

Passing Yards

5870 (2nd)

7824 (2nd)

Touchdowns

35 (tied for 2nd)

60 (2nd)

300-yard passing games

6 (1st)

9 (3rd)

Total Offense

5898 (4th)

8649 (2nd)



Fastest Football Players

Who is the fastest football player in the country. That is hard to say, but one means of evaluation is to look at the 100 meter track times of college track athletes who are also members of their track team. Based on that theory, Clemson has the two fastest football players in the nation.


During the 2004 track season, Airese Currie ran a 10.22 time in the 100 meters at the Clemson Orange & Purple Track Classic, the fastest time recorded in that event by a track athlete who also plays on his school's football team. Hill ran a 10.27 at the NCAA national meet for the second fastest time. Hill was the ACC 60 meter indoor champion and the 100-meter outdoor champion, the seventh sprinter in Clemson history to win both in the same year. One of the other former Tigers to do it is Shawn Crawford, a sprinter on the United States Olympic track team in 2004.


It is interesting to note that four of the top 12 players listed will be on the same field when Clemson plays Miami (FL) in the Orange Bowl on November 6, 2004.

Here is a list of the fastest college football players for 2004 based on 100 meter track times recorded in the spring of 2004:


Fastest College Football Players based on Track Times



 

Athlete, Pos.

School

Time

1.

Airese Currie , WR

Clemson

10.22

2/

Tye Hill , DB

Clemson

10.27

3.

Jonathan Wade, DB

Tennessee

10.38

4.

Stanford Routt, DB

Houston

10.39

5.

Devin Hester, WR

Miami (FL)

10.42

6.

Pedro Holiday, WR

Middle Tennessee

10.43

 

Terrell Walden, DB

Miami (FL)

10.43

 

Dennis Mitchell, DB

W. Kentucky

10.43

9.

Stanley Wilson, DB

Stanford

10.46

 

Nate Soleberg, DB

BYU

10.46

11.

Jarvis Murchison, WR

Louisiana-Laf.

10.47

 

Darnell Jenkins, WR

Miami (FL)

10.47



Notes on Clemson's 2004 Schedule




  • Clemson's fourth game of the year will be at Florida State. The Tigers defeated a sixth ranked Seminoles team at Clemson last season by a 26-10 score. Clemson has not won in Tallahassee since 1989.

  • The Tigers will have October 2 open, then face Virginia in Charlottesville for a Thursday night game. It will be Clemson's third straight road game, the first time Clemson has played three straight road games since 1994. The contest will be televised nationally by ESPN. Clemson defeated Virginia 30-27 in overtime last year and each of the last three meetings between the two schools have been decided by five points or less, including two on plays within the last five seconds.

  • Clemson will return home on October 16 to face Utah State for the first time in history. It will be Clemson's first home game in 35 days. This is the longest stretch without a home game during the regular season since 1984. Utah State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, the same league as 2003 Clemson opponent Middle Tennessee.

  • Clemson concludes a three-game home stand with conference games against Maryland (October 23) and NC State (October 30), two teams that defeated the Tigers in 2003.

  • The Tigers then will go back on the road to face first-year ACC school Miami (FL) in the Orange Bowl. Clemson has not played Miami (FL) since 1956, but the Tigers have played in their stadium. Clemson won the 1982 Orange Bowl, by a 22-15 score over Nebraska to win the 1981 National Championship at the Orange Bowl. It will be Clemson's first game in that facility since that triumph.

  • Clemson and Miami (FL) have played five times in history, including two games in bowl games. All five games were played in the Frank Howard era at Clemson and all five were played in the state of Florida. Clemson defeated Miami (FL) 15-14 in the 1951 Orange Bowl. The following year Miami (FL) defeated Clemson 14-0 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

  • Miami (FL) defeated Clemson 21-0 in a regular season game at the Orange Bowl in 1956, the last time Clemson has played the Hurricanes. That game was a match-up of a 12th ranked Clemson team against an eighth ranked Miami (FL) team.

  • Clemson finishes its road schedule at Duke. The Tigers have defeated the Blue Devils all five years Tommy Bowden has been the head coach at Clemson, but the last meeting in Durham was a close 34-31 Tiger victory.

  • Clemson concludes the season against archrival South Carolina on November 20. The game will be played at Clemson. The Tigers have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams overall and each of the last three played at Death Valley. The last South Carolina coach to win at Death Valley is current Clemson offensive coordinator Brad Scott , who led the Gamecocks to a 34-31 win at Clemson in 1996.



Clemson Record by Uniform

Clemson has used many uniform combinations over the last six years. Clemson has had a different combination for each game this year. Last year, the Tigers broke out purple jerseys for the Georgia Tech game in Atlanta on September 20 and the Tigers gained a 39-3 victory. It was the first time Clemson had worn purple jerseys since the 1991 season when Clemson wore them in a regular season game against NC State and for a bowl game against California.


Clemson has had seven jersey/pant combinations since Tommy Bowden came to Clemson. Clemson was in orange jersey and white pants for the opening win over Wake Forest, then all orange for the Georgia Tech game. Clemson had a white jersey and purple pants at Texas A&M.


Clemson Record by Uniform Combination Under Bowden



Jersey

Pant

2004

Record

Pct

Purple

White

 

1-0

1.000

Purple

Orange

 

1-0

1.000

Orange

White

1-0

19-6

.731

White

Orange

 

9-7

.500

White

White

 

2-2

.500

Orange

Orange

0-1

5-6

.444

White

Purple

0-1

2-5

.286

 

 

1-2

39-26

.600



Whitehurst, Baham Offspring of NFL Players

Clemson has two players who are the offspring of NFL players. Curtis Baham , a wide receiver who has four caches for 48 yards so far this season, and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst , both have NFL blood. Both are juniors on the current Clemson team.


Baham was injured much of the preseason, but is healthy now. Last year he was fourth on the team in receptions with 22 for 241 yards. He had at least one catch in each of the last eight games. Baham's father Curtis played in three games for the Seattle Seahawks in 1987. He was a star player at Tulane prior to his year in the NFL.


Whitehurst is the son of former Green Bay Packers quarterback David Whitehurst. The elder Whitehurst played seven years in the NFL. During that time he played in 54 games, completed 51.4 percent of his passes for 6205 yards and 28 scores. H

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