Clemson vs. Miami Post-Game Notes

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Clemson's Airese Currie leaves Miami's Brandon Meriweather in his wake after hauling in a Charlie Whitehurst pass during third-quarter action in Miami. (Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina)

Below is just some of the numbers Clemson had to overcome to get the win versus Miami on Saturday night in the Orange bowl. Going into the game Miami was…..

Alltime, 163-28-1 as a top 10 team.

Since 1990, Miami was 103-8 against unranked teams.

Miami had beaten 65 out of its last 66 unranked opponents.

Since 1983, Miami was 174-15 when scoring first.

Since 1985, Miami had won 174 of 176 regular season games when entering the 4th quarter with a lead.

Miami had won 18 consecutive night games in the Orange Bowl.

Under Larry Coker, Miami was 22-3 at night.

Nation’s best record since 1983 at 218-43 (.835).

Nation’s best record since 2000 at 52-5 (.912).

Clemson had lost 10 straight games in the state of Florida dating to a victory over Illinois in the 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl (end of 1990 season).

Other Notes…..

Justin Miller had the longest punt returns against Miami this season with a 16 yard return and 36 yard return in the 4th quarter. The longest return Miami had given up was 9 yards by Willie Reed of Florida State in the opener.

The much hyped Battle of the Returners between Justin Miller and Devin Hester was a knockout victory for Miller. Kick off returns - Miller 3 for 85 yards with a long of 37 yards. Hester 1 for 2 yards with a long of 2 yards. Punt returns – Miller 5 for 64 yards with a long of 36 yards. Hester 2 for 8 yards with a long of 5.

Jad Dean’s 48 yard field goal put the Tigers over the 20,000 point mark alltime with 20,002.

Clemson ends a Bowden losing streak against Miami. Miami has defeated Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles six consecutive times. Florida State’s last win in the series took place in 1999.

Reggie Merriweather recorded 21 carries for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns. The last time Miami gave up 3 rushing touchdown was 2002 to Virginia Tech’s Lee Suggs.

Airese Currie had 7 receptions for 128 yards. The 128 yards was the most Miami had given up to any receiver this year. Currie leads the ACC in both receptions and reception yards on a total and per game basis.
Currie is trying to become the first Clemson receiver to
lead the league in either category since 1980.

Clemson is now 5-0 all-time in overtime, the most wins in the NCAA history without an overtime loss of all Divison I-1 schools.
The overtime rule came into existence in 1996. BYU, Louisiana
Monroe, Northern Illinois and South Florida are all 4-0 all time in overtime games. Michigan and Nebraska are both 3-0. Those are all the undefeated overtime records given a minimum of three games.

Clemson now has 13 wins over top 10 teams in its history and four
have been recorded by head coach Tommy Bowden.

Clemson now has 4 top 10 road wins in its history and two have been under Tommy Bowden – Miami ’04 and GT ’01.

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