Clemson at Georgia Tech
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001
3:30 PM (EST)
Bobby Dodd Stadium (41,924)
In the Rankings
Clemson - NR AP, #25 USA Today/ESPN
Georgia Tech - #9 AP, #11 USA Today/ESPN
Play By Play: Sean McDonough * Color: Ed Cunningham * Sideline: Leslie Gudel
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network
Play By Play: Jim Phillips * Color: Mike Eppley
Sideline: Rodney Williams
Series History: Georgia Tech leads 43-20-2
Tickets: Sold Out
Clemson Personnel Update
* Altroy Bodrick (LB) - Tore his ACL in a preseason scrimmage Aug.
18. Will Redshirt the season.
* Matt Bailey (WR) - Pulled hamstring vs. Virginia Sept. 22,
questionable for Georgia Tech.
* Roscoe Crosby (WR) - Suffered sprained knee vs. Wofford,
questionable for Georgia Tech.
* Nick Eason (DT) - Sprained ankle last week against Virginia,
questionable for Georgia Tech.
* Eric Meekins (FS) - Pulled hamstring against Virginia last week,
questionable for Georgia Tech.
* Marcus Houskin (SS) - Suffered a broken neck vs. Wofford and is out
for the remainder of the year.
* Keith Kelly (RB) - Sprined knee in practice this week, questionable
for Georgia Tech.
* Jackie Robinson (WR) - Broke jaw vs. Virginia last week, out for
* Kevin Youngblood (WR) - Broke his leg in scrimmage on Aug. 21. Will
probably be forced to sit out the entire season. Not eligible for
red-shirt season since he redshirted as a freshman.
Clemson-Tech Series Notes
Georgia Tech has a 43-20-2 lead in the series with Clemson dating
back to a 23-0 Tiger win in Augusta, GA in 1898, just the 11th game
in Clemson football history. In fact, Clemson won the first four
games of the series, including games in 1902 and 1903 when John
Heisman was at the helm. Clemson defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta
73-0 in 1903 with Heisman as head coach. Heisman then moved to
Georgia Tech and defeated Clemson two years later (1905) by a 17-10
The series was incredibly close in the 1990s. Eight times the two
teams played a game decided by four points or less, including each of
the last four of the decade and all were decided by exactly three
points. The trend continued last year in the first season of the 21st
century when Tech won 31-28. That means, each of the last five games
have been decided by exactly three points. Tech has won each of the
last four meetings by exactly three points. The last time the two
teams played in Atlanta, GA, the final was a 45-42 thriller in favor
of the Yellow Jackets.
The Tigers have a 7-4 advantage in games at Clemson, but Georgia Tech
leads 39-10-2 in games played in Atlanta. Every game between the two
teams in the 1907-74 era was held in Atlanta. Clemson's only wins in
those 36 meetings came in 1907, 1936, 1945 and 1969. The 1969 victory
was Frank Howard's final season as head coach.
The first time Georgia Tech played in Clemson's stadium was 1974, a
21-17 Clemson victory. The series is tied at 9-9, regardless of site,
since Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1983. Clemson had a four -game
winning streak over Georgia Tech snapped in 1997 when Tech won in
Atlanta, 23-20. Now Tech has won four in a row. This is not Tech's
longest streak of victories in the series. They defeated Clemson 15
straight games between 1908-34.
Clemson's last win over the Yellow Jackets took place at Clemson in
1996, a 28-25 Tiger win. Nealon Greene, now playing in the CFL,
clinched that game with a one-yard run with just 4:10 left.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Recent Thrillers
Year Result Ending<
1990 Tech 21-19 Gardocki missed 60 yard FG with 1 minute left
1991 Clemson 9-7 Ronald Williams 2 yard run with 2:06 left,
Sisson missed 44-yard FG with 8 seconds left tipped by Wayne Simmons
1992 Tech 20-16 Clemson never in Tech territory in last 5 minutes
1993 Clemson 16-13 Tech's Jarrett misses 41-yard FG with 3:01 left
1996 Clemson 28-25 Nealon Greene 1 run with 4:10 left
1997 Tech, 23-20 Chambers 20-yard FG with 1:54 left
1998 Tech, 24-21 Joe Burns 1-yard run, 1:00 left
1999 Tech, 45-42 Hamilton threw for 5 TDs and 322 yards for Tech
2000 Tech, 31-28 Godsey throws TD pass to Watkins with 7 seconds
Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 28
Kerry Watkins made a one-hand diving catch in the back of the Clemson
endzone with just seven seconds left to give Georgia Tech a 31-28
victory at Death Valley in 2000. The Tech victory ended Clemson's
eight-game win streak to open the season. It marked the fourth
straight year Tech had beaten Clemson by exactly three points.
For the second straight game Clemson had to go without Woodrow
Dantzler at quarterback due to an injury. Willie Simmons came off the
bench and played well, connecting on 9-18 passes for 131 yards,
including an 18-yard scoring pass to Rod Gardner with just 1:52 left,
a play that many thought would give Clemson its ninth straight win.
Travis Zachery had a strong day for Clemson with 16-101 rushing, his
third 100-yard day in the last four outings. He also caught a 29-yard
scoring pass from Dantzler in the first half. He finished with 150
all-purpose yards for the afternoon.
Clemson burst to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. Clemson forced a
Tech punt on the first possession of the game and Toure Francis burst
through to block it. Joel Gardner recovered at the Georgia Tech
one-yard-line. Dantzler scored from there.
After a Tech field goal, Clemson drove 72 yards in just six plays
behind Dantzler and Zachery. The duo hooked up on a 29-yard touchdown
pass, giving Clemson a 14-3 lead just halfway through the first
period. But, Georgia Tech took command the rest of the half, going on
a 16-0 run to take the lead at intermission. George Godsey, who threw
for a Clemson opponent record 454 yards and completed 35 passes on
the day, hit Watkins on a 33-yard scoring pass with 7:47 to go before
halftime. That would be Tech's only touchdown over the first 53
minutes of the game.
It was a defensive struggle in the third period. Clemson's punt
return team broke the ice on the next to the last play of the third
period. Brian Mance, who was in the game for an injured Joe Don
Reames, raced 88 yards with a Tech punt, giving Clemson a 21-16 lead
heading into the final period. It was Clemson's 50th touchdown of the
season a school record.
Tech came back to take a 24-21 advantage with 6:35 to go. Godsey hit
Kelly Campbell on a 48-yard touchdown pass to give Tech the lead.
Campbell finished the day with 14 catches for 209 yards, the most
catches ever against Clemson.
But, two possessions later, Clemson took the lead 28-24. Simmons hit
Gardner in the back of the Clemson end zone on an 18-yard scoring
pass to culminate a 3-play 42-yard drive. But, Tech still had time.
Behind Godsey, who hit 7-11 passes on the drive, Tech drove 80 yards
in 11 plays and with just seven seconds left, Watkins made his
Chad Carson, a native of Georgia, had 22 tackles to lead the Clemson
defense, which was on the field for 97 plays this day. Alex Ardley
had 17 tackles, while Charles Hafley added 13. Nick Eason had nine
tackles, most by a Clemson defensive lineman this season, and also
had two tackles for loss, including a sack.
Last Meeting in Atlanta
Georgia Tech 45, Clemson 42
The last time the two teams met in Atlanta, 87 points were scored. It
is the only game in Clemson history in which the Tigers have scored
40 points and lost. Travis Zachery scored on a one-yard run with 6:58
left to cut the deficit to 45-42. Clemson got the ball back, but a
Woody Dantzler to Mal Lawyer pass in the Georgia Tech endzone was
broken up by Chris Young and Georgia Tech ran out the clock to gain
The two teams combined for 87 points and 965 yards of total offense.
It was the first game and still only game in Clemson history in which
both teams scored in the 40s. Clemson made two major comebacks
against the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets. Woodrow Dantzler replaced an
injured Brandon Streeter with the Tigers trailing 7-0 in the first
period. Tech improved the margin to 21-0 before Dantzler got the
Tigers going in the right direction with a 17-yard touchdown pass to
Pat Cyrgalis. Dantzler took Clemson to 28 points in the second period
and the score was tied at 28 at intermission.
Clemson then trailed 45-28 in the fourth period before Dantzler led
Clemson to two fourth-quarter scores. Joe Hamilton led Tech with 410
yards of total offense, most ever against Clemson at the time. He was
22-30 for 322 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 88 more on 19
attempts. Tech was 11-17 on third-down conversions.
Dantzler had a big game for Clemson with 305 yards of total offense,
185 passing and 120 rushing. Travis Zachery added 86 yards rushing
and three touchdowns. Keith Adams and Chad Carson had 15 tackles
apiece for the Clemson defense, while Robert Carswell added 14.
Tiger Veterans vs. Georgia Tech
* Starting defensive tackle Jovon Bush has played 47 snaps in two
games against Georgia Tech and has five tackles, including one for
* Chad Carson has played in three games against Tech, two as a
starter. He had one tackle on special teams in 1998, 15 tackles in 79
plays as a starter in 1999 and a career-high 22 tackles in 97 plays
against Tech in 2000.
* Woodrow Dantzler has completed 19-33 passes for 261 yards and three
scores against Tech in his career. He also has 37 rushes for 138
yards and two scores against the Yellow Jackets. In two games he has
70 plays of total offense for 399 yards.
* Nick Eason has 11 tackles in two games against Tech. He had a
career-high nine tackles in 64 plays as a starter last year. He had
two tackles for loss, including a sack against Tech in 2000.
* Toure Francis, a second team defensive back this year, had a
blocked punt that set up a touchdown against Georgia Tech last year.
* Charles Hafley has played in three games in his career against Tech
and has 19 tackles. That includes 13 tackles in last year's game, his
second highest total of the season.
* Clemson punter Wynn Kopp has played two games against Tech, both as
a Georgia Bulldog. He had nine punts for a 37.2-yard average in 1998,
then had five punts for a 40.2 average at Tech in 1999.
* Kicker Tony Lazzara was 6-6 on extra points at Tech in 1999.
* Brian Mance had an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tech
in Death Valley in 2000. He had three punt returns for 105 yards
* Reserve quarterback Willie Simmons came off the bench to hit 9-18
for 131 yards and a touchdown against Tech in 2000.
* Braxton K.Williams has played two games against Georgia Tech and
has 11 tackles.
* Travis Zachery had 22-94 and a touchdown against Tech in 1998, then
18-86 and three touchdowns in 1999, then 16-101 rushing and 4-49
receiving and a touchdown in 2000. He has 56-281 and four rushing
touchdowns, plus 6-86 and one touchdown receiving.
Clemson Faces 9th-Ranked Georgia Tech Team
Clemson faces a ninth ranked (AP) Georgia Tech team in Atlanta this
weekend. This is the highest ranked Georgia Tech team Clemson has
faced since 1966 when Frank Howard's eventual ACC champions faced
Tech in Atlanta. Tech was ranked ninth in AP heading into that game
also. Tech won the contest 13-12.
Clemson is 2-9 against ranked Georgia Tech teams over the years. The
two wins came at Death Valley in the 1990s. Clemson defeated a
22nd-ranked Tech team at Clemson in 1996, 28-25, and a 19th-ranked
Tech team at Clemson in 1991 by a 9-7 score.
The highest ranked Tech team Clemson has faced is an eighth-ranked
Yellow Jacket team in 1959. Tech won that game in Atlanta, 16-6.
Bowden 6-1 Week After a Loss
Clemson faces an uphill battle this week, trying to defeat a top-10
team on the road after a heart-breaking loss to Virginia. The Cavs
scored the winning touchdown with just one second left. But, the
Tigers have done well coming off a loss under Bowden. In his two and
a half years as Clemson head coach the Tigers are 6-1 in regular
season games coming off a loss. The lone loss, and thus the only
two-game losing streak of Bowden's career came last year at Florida
State. After a loss to Tech at Clemson, the Tigers dropped a 54-7
decision at Florida State. Clemson broke the streak against South
Bowden was 3-1 at Tulane coming off a loss. Thus, he is 9-2 in his
head-coaching career the week after a loss.
Tigers From Georgia
Clemson has 17 players on its roster, including 13 who should be on
the travel roster, from the state of Georgia. Eight of Clemson's 24
starters (including punter and place kicker) are from Atlanta.
Clemson has two players, Khaleed Vaughn and Chip Myrick, who list
Atlanta as their hometown. Myrick is being red-shirted, but Vaughn is
a starting defensive end.
The list of Clemson starters from Georgia include Chad Carson, whose
father Thomas, played football for Tech. Nick Eason, Matt Bailey,
Gary Byrd, Rodney Thomas, Travis Zachery and Wynn Kopp are six other
Tigers from Georgia who are slated to start at Tech.
Clemson Player from Georgia
Name Pos Yr. Hometown
Charlie Whitehurst# QB Fr. Duluth
Travis Zachery* RB Sr. Marietta
Brian Carr DB Fr. Conyers
Matt Schell QB Sr. Covington
Wynn Kopp* P Jr. Athens
Terrance Huey RB So. Marietta
Marvis Jenkins WR Jr. Decatur
Rodney Thomas* LB Jr. Cadwell
LeRoy Hill LB Fr. Haddock
Chad Carson* LB Sr. Newnan
Tommy Sharpe SN Fr. Albany
Khaleed Vaughn* DE So. Atlanta
Chip Myrick# OL Fr. Atlanta
Cedric Johnson OG Fr. Barwick
Gary Byrd* OT Jr. Stone Mountain
Matt Bailey* WR Gr. Stone Mountain
Nick Eason* DT Gr. Lyons
*Denotes slated to start vs. Georgia Tech
#Denotes could be red-shirted this year
Georgia Tech Update
Georgia Tech enters this week's game with a 3-0 record and a top 10
national ranking. The Yellow Jackets own wins over Syracuse, The
Citadel and Navy. This will be their first ACC game of the season.
This will be Tech's first game since Sept. 8, meaning the Yellow
Jackets will have three weeks to prepare for the Tigers, the same
amount of time Virginia had heading into last week's game.
Tech is led by George Godsey, the nation's top-ranked passer in terms
of passing efficiency. He has completed 37-51 passes for 604 yards, a
72.5 percent accuracy mark. Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler, like Godsey a
graduate student, has completed 68.5 percent of his passes. Godsey
has not thrown an interception all year and has four touchdowns.
Kelly Campbell is the top receiver for the Yellow Jackets with 14
receptions for 230 yards. He had 14 catches at Clemson last year, the
most ever against Clemson, for 209 yards. Jonathan Smith had 11-157
receiving in the first three games. Joe Burns is the top rusher with
50-210 yards and four scores, while Jimmy Dixon has 21-71, but also
has four touchdowns.
Tech's defense leads the ACC in passing efficiency defense, allowing
just 426 passing yards in three games. They have allowed opponents to
be successful on third down just 23 percent of the time, best in the
ACC. Clemson is best in the league at converting on third down (52.3
percent). Daryl Smith and Keyaron Fox lead the Yellow Jackets in
tackles with 20 apiece. Recardo Wimbush has 16, while Greg Gathers
has just eight tackles, but five are for losses.
Tigers Must Overcome Injuries
Clemson will have to overcome some significant injuries to defeat
Georgia Tech on Sept. 29. That is especially the case at the wide
receiver position. Heading into the middle of August it appeared that
Clemson's top three receivers would be Kevin Youngblood, Roscoe
Crosby and Jackie Robinson. Youngblood (broken leg) and Robinson
(broken jaw) will not play at Tech and Crosby is questionable at this
The Clemson defense also has two starters out in linebacker Altroy
Bodrick and safety Marcus Houskin. Defensive tackle Nick Eason,
Clemson's defensive MVP last year, played just five snaps against
Virginia before spraining an ankle. He is also questionable for this
Five Tigers on Football Writers Association Watch List
Five Clemson players were on the Football Writers Association
All-American Watch List heading into the season. Four of the players
are on offense and one on defense. All five should play at Tech. The
list includes quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, running back Travis
Zachery, guard Will Merritt, center Kyle Young and linebacker Chad
Clemson to Play 92-Day Regular season
As a result of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast on Sept. 11,
and the subsequent schedule change, Clemson's 2001 regular season
will stretch 92 days, longest in school history. The Clemson vs. Duke
game originally scheduled for Sept. 15 was moved to Dec. 1, two weeks
after the original season finale at South Carolina on Nov. 17.
The previous longest season in Clemson history was 87 days, set in
1991 when Clemson began the season on Sept. 7, then concluded the
regular season on Nov. 30 in Tokyo. That season also finished with a
game against Duke. Clemson had 85-day regular seasons in 1984 and
1996. Fifteen consecutive Clemson seasons have lasted at least 78
days dating to the 1986 season that lasted 71 days.
The shortest 11-game regular season took place in 1977 and 1980 when
the season spanned 70 days. Six other 11-game seasons went across 71
Longest Regular Seasons in Clemson History
Year 1st Game last Game Days
2001 Sept. 1 Dec. 1 92
1991 Sept. 7 Nov. 30 87
1984 Sept. 1 Nov. 24 85
1996 Aug. 31 Nov. 23 85
1993 Sept. 4 Nov. 20 84
1982 Sept. 6 Nov. 27 83
Hamilton Second Nationally Among Freshmen
Clemson freshman Derrick Hamilton is the second ranked freshman
receiver in the nation with an average of 5.33 receptions per game.
He is 48th overall. Only Nehemiah Glover of Texas Tech has a higher
per game average among freshmen. He has averaged 5.5 catches per game.
Hamilton is 16-158 for the season, tops on the Clemson team. He had
9-90 receiving against Virginia, tied for the most receptions in a
single game by a Clemson freshman. He tied the mark held by Terry
Smith, who had 9-84 against Maryland in 1990. Hamilton's 90 yards
receiving were the second highest figure by a Clemson freshman. Ray
Williams had 105 yards receiving on four catches against N.C. State
in 1983, the only 100-yard receiving game by a Clemson freshman in
Clemson Picks up 29 First Downs, and loses
Clemson gained 29 first downs against Virginia on Sept. 22, yet lost
the game 26-24. That was the most first downs by a Clemson team in a
loss since Nov. 6, 1976. The Tigers had 29 first downs in a 27-23
loss to North Carolina at Death Valley. Clemson quarterback coach
Mike O'Cain played as a reserve in that game for the Tigers. One
other odd common stat, both starting quarterbacks for Clemson in
those games had exactly 67 yards rushing. Steve Fuller had 67 in that
loss 25 years ago, while Woodrow Dantzler rushed for 67 in the loss
Those are the only two games in Clemson history that the Tigers have
had at least 28 first downs, yet lost. Clemson had won 16 in a row
when recording at least 28 first downs dating to that 1976 game. In
history, Clemson has had an even 50 games in which it has at least 25
first downs. The Tigers are now 44-5-1 in those games, an 89 percent
Field Position Important
Field position is an important statistic in any football game. That
has certainly been the case when evaluating the Clemson defense this
year. Clemson has allowed nine scoring drives in three games, seven
touchdowns and two field goals. Opponents have driven over 66 yards
for a score just once all year, an 81-yard drive for a touchdown by
Central Florida in the season opener.
Twenty-three times this year the opposition has taken possession of
the ball at their own 30 or worse. They have driven for a touchdown
just once in those 23 possessions. They have added two field goals.
On four of the opposition's seven touchdowns, they have had to drive
52 yards or less. That includes a 44-yard drive for the winning drive
Tigers Drop Heartbreaker to Virginia
Billy McMullen caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Bryson Spinner
with just one second left, leading Virginia to a 26-24 win over
Clemson at Death Valley on Sept. 22. It was the first game for the
Tigers in two weeks, the first for Virginia in three weeks after
college football play was stopped as the result of terrorist
activities in New York and Washington DC on Sept. 11.
The scoring drive was the climax of a contest that kept the crowd of
79,000 fans at the edge of their seats. There were three lead changes
in the contest. Clemson held a 10-6 lead at intermission, but
Virginia scored two touchdowns within the first seven minutes of the
third period to take a 20-10 lead. Clemson came back with two
touchdowns of its own, one in the third period on a one-yard run by
Woodrow Dantzler and one on a two-yard run by Travis Zachery in the
Clemson had a 24-20 lead with five minutes left. The Tigers had
driven the ball to the Virginia 31 and appeared to be on the verge of
putting the game away. But quarterback Woodrow Dantzler was sacked by
the Cavalier defense and fumbled ending the drive.
Clemson's defense stood tall, thanks in part to a Donnell Washington
sack. But, the Cavs downed a punt at the Clemson four to win the
field position battle. The exchange of punts allowed Virginia to take
over at the Clemson 44 with just 1:44 remaining. The Cavaliers drove
the final 44 yards with a second to spare and came away with the
victory, its third in history in Death Valley.
Clemson won the statistical battle, but not the scoreboard. Clemson
had 433 yards of total offense, compared to 387 for Virginia. Clemson
had the ball for 35 minutes, compared to 25 for the Cavs. As stated
earlier, Clemson had 29 first downs, most ever for a Clemson team in
a loss. Dantzler completed 25-34 passes for 251 yards. He had 10
consecutive completions at one point. Freshman Derrick Hamilton led
the receivers with 9-90. Travis Zachery led the rushers with 23-87
and added 3-35 receiving. Dantzler added 67 yards rushing, giving him
318 yards of total offense.
Charles Hafley led the Tiger tacklers with 16, including 13 first
hits. He also had an interception, Clemson's first theft of the year.
John Leake added 10 tackles, while Braxton K. Williams added nine in
his first game as a free safety.
Turnover Margin Must Improve
When Tommy Bowden became head coach of the Tigers he stated that
turnover margin is the most important statistic when evaluating the
success of a football team. When he turned around the Tulane program
in 1997-98, that was a key stat. Both his 1997 and 1998 Tulane teams
ranked fifth in the nation in turnover margin and the teams were a
In his first year at Clemson the Tigers made considerable improvement
and that was the case in turnover margin. Clemson was 103rd in the
nation in turnover margin in 1998, the year before Bowden came to
Clemson, then ranked 11th nationally in that category in 1999, his
first year. Last year Clemson was third in the ACC and 35th in the
nation in that category in recording a 9-3 ledger.
This year turnovers have been a problem. Clemson has committed eight
turnovers and forced just four, a -1.33 per game. Clemson is
currently 99th in the nation in turnover margin. Clemson has lost the
turnover margin statistic in all three games so far this year.
Clemson's Road Ranked Wins
Clemson will have a chance to add to its list of road wins over
ranked teams this weekend at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are
ranked ninth in the latest AP poll and 11th in the USA Today poll.
Clemson last defeated a ranked team on road in 1997, a 19-17 win over
a 25th-ranked (USA Today) N.C. State team.
Clemson has 16 road wins over ranked teams in its history. Clemson's
highest ranked road win took place at North Carolina in 1981 when the
Tigers defeated an eighth-ranked Tar Heel team. Clemson was ranked
second in the nation heading into that game. Clemson has two other
road wins over top 10 teams, a 1983 win over 10th ranked North
Carolina and a 1992 win at 10th ranked Virginia.
Year Opponent Rk Score
1948 Wake Forest 19th 21-14
1950 Wake Forest 17th 13-12
Miami (FL) 15th 15-14
1954 Florida 14th 14-7
1959 North Carolina 12th 20-18
1977 Georgia 17th 7-6
1978 Maryland 11th 28-24
1981 North Carolina 8th 10-8
1982 Maryland 18th 24-22
1983 North Carolina 10th 16-3
1986 Georgia 14th 31-28
1989 Florida State 16th 34-23
1992 Virginia 10th 29-28
1994 North Carolina 12th@ 28-17
1996 Virginia 15th 24-16
1997 N.C. State 25th@ 19-17
@Coaches poll only
Clemson's Highest Ranked Wins
A win for Clemson over ninth ranked Georgia Tech would be the highest
ranked Clemson win in since 1981 when Clemson defeated fourth-ranked
Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, a 22-15 victory that gave Clemson the
Regardless of site, Clemson has eight wins over top 10 teams in its
history, three in Death Valley. Clemson has had 20 wins over top 25
teams since 1986 and has had at least one ranked win in 13 of the
last 15 seasons (including this season). The Tigers defeated
Virginia, 33-14, in 1999 when the Cavs were ranked 19th (USA Today),
then downed a 25th-ranked South Carolina team last year. That was
Clemson's last win over a ranked team.
Clemson's Top 10 Victories
Year Opponent Site Rk Score
1981 Georgia Clemson, SC 4 13-3
1981 Nebraska Miami, FL 4 22-15
1959 Texas Christian Houston, TX 7 23-7
1981 North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 8 10-8
1967 N.C. State Clemson, SC 10 14-6
1983 North Carolina Clemson, SC 10 16-3
1988 Oklahoma Orlando, FL 10 13-6
1992 Virginia Charlottesville, VA 10 29-28
Dantzler Nearing 4,000-2,000 Mark
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler enters the Georgia Tech game
with 1,779 yards rushing and 3,886 yards passing in regular season
games in his Clemson career. He needs 221 yards rushing and 114
passing to become the first ACC player in history to reach 2,000
yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing in a career. ACC statistics do
not include bowl games, thus the above qualifier. Including bowl
games, Dantzler has 1,868 rushing and 4,071 passing in his four-year
So far this season, Dantzler has 168 yards rushing and 612 passing
for 780 total, an average of 260 yards per game in total offense. He
ranks first in the conference in total offense per game and is 26th
in the nation in that category.
Dantzler is coming close to an ACC record. As listed above, he has
1,779 career rushing yards in regular season play, just 161 away from
Mike Dunn's ACC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback.
Dunn, a senior in 1978, had 1939 rushing yards for the Blue Devils in
his career. Dunn is also the last ACC player (1976) to lead his team
in rushing and passing in the same regular season. Dantzler currently
leads the Tigers in both areas. He led the Tigers in both areas
including bowl games last year.
Dantzler became Clemson's career rushing leader among quarterbacks in
the season opener against Central Florida when he gained 46 yards
rushing. That put him ahead of Steve Fuller's 1737 total. Dantzler
now has 1868 (including bowl games).
The graduate student has connected on 68.5 percent of his passes this
year, a record pace, and is now at 57.7 percent for his career, also
best in school history. He needs just three touchdowns rushing or
passing to break Steve Fuller's touchdown responsibility record (44).
He has improved to third in school history in passing efficiency and
is also in the top five in total offense, passing yards and
Dantzler on Clemson career Records Lists
Rank/Category/Figure Left for Record
* 1st, quarterback rushing (1801) has record
* 1st, completion percentage (.577) has record
* 2nd in touchdown responsibility (42) 3 TDs
* 3rd in total offense (5939) 847 yards
* 3rd in completions (318) 141 completions
* 4th in passing efficiency (127.7) 131.3 rating
* 4th in interception avoidance (2.9 percent) 2.55 percent
* 4th in total plays (975) 184 plays
* 5th in passing yards (3820) 1900 yards
* 6th in touchdown passes (23) 13 TD passes
Clemson Records Held by Dantzler (22)
* Total offense in a season-2899 (2000)
* Completion percentage in career-.577
* Most total offense in a game-435 vs. Maryland, 1999
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in season-1028 (2000)
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in a game-220 vs. Virginia, 2000
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in a career-1868
* 100-yard rushing games in season by a quarterback-4 (2000)
* 100-yard rushing games by quarterback in career-6
* Most yards rushing in series of 3 games-520 (2000)
* Most yards rushing in series of 4 games-623 (2000)
* Most total offense/game in season-241.6 (2000)
* Most total offense/game in career-198
* Most 200-yard total offense games in season-9 (2000)
* Most 300-yard total offense games in career-7
* Most 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games in a season-4 (2000)
* Most 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games in a career-6
* Most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass-6 (2000)
* Most consecutive games with 200 yards total offense-7 (2000)
* Most touchdowns rushing and passing in a season-24 (2000)
* Single game pass completion percentage-.941 vs. The Citadel, 2000
* Single game passing efficiency (Min 15 att.)-247.2 vs. The Citadel, 2000
* Most total offense plays in season-434 (2000)
Clemson Career total Offense leaders
Rk Name Years Plays Rush Pass Total
1. Nealon Greene 94-97 1158 1067 5719 6786
2. Steve Fuller 75-78 1089 1737 4359 6096
3. Woodrow Dantzler 98-01 975 1868 4071 5939
4. Rodney Williams 85-88 1024 863 4647 5510
5. Homer Jordan 79-82 859 971 3643 4614
6. DeChane Cameron 88-91 765 926 3300 4226
Clemson Career Leaders in Completion Percentage
Name Years Com Att Pct
1. Woodrow Dantzler 98-01 318 551 .577
2. Nealon Greene 94-87 458 805 .569
3. Chris Morocco 86-89 89 157 .567
4. Brandon Streeter 96-99 294 519 .566
5. Mike Eppley 80-84 252 449 .561
Mance In top 15 in Punt and Kickoff Returns
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden said during the preseason that he
thought he would have the best special teams since he has been the
head coach of the Tigers. That is proving to be a correct prediction,
and the leader of the special teams production has been cornerback
Mance has been a terror for opposing special teams coaches through
the first three weeks of the season. His production is reflected in
the NCAA Statistics released Sept. 23. The junior was ranked 12th in
the nation in kickoff returns with a 29.6-yard average on five
returns, and 11th in punt returns with a 14.4-yard average on six
returns. He has 237 yards on kickoff returns and 101 on punt returns
for a total of 338 yards on 15 total returns.
Mance is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 15 in the
country in both categories, making him king of return men in the
nation. One former Tiger, Antwuan Wyatt, ranked in the top 15 in both
categories in 1995. That season Wyatt averaged 25.0 on kickoff
returns to average 12th in the nation, and his 12.3-yard average on
punt returns ranked 15th.
Mance had flashes of brilliance in the return game as a sophomore, so
his production this year is really no surprise. Last year he had six
kickoff returns for a 26-yard average, and had a Clemson record
32-yard average on six punt returns in 2000. That punt return total
included an 88-yard return in Death Valley against Georgia Tech,
fifth longest punt return by a Tiger in history.
Mance is off to quite a start overall. He was the ACC Defensive Back
of the Week in the first game of the season when he had 10 tackles
and a pass broken up against Central Florida. He was then chosen ACC
Specialist of the Week for his performance against Wofford.
Big Day for Clemson Big Macs
The Sept. 8 win over Wofford was a big day for Clemson wide receiver
J.J. McKelvey and defensive end Bryant McNeal. Both had a direct
impact on Clemson's 38-14 victory with career best performances. In
fact, both players went from zero in their prime stat category in the
first game to leading the Tigers in the second.
McKelvey had eight receptions for 73 yards and two scores in the
victory over the Terriers. That included six catches in the second
period alone. McKelvey did not have a reception in the first game,
then had the eight against Wofford. In fact, he had just three career
receptions for 90 yards in his career entering that contest. McKelvey
joined Rod Gardner as the only Clemson receivers to catch two
touchdown passes in a game under Tommy Bowden.
McNeal did not have a tackle in the season opener against Central
Florida. He had six in the Wofford game, including four tackles for
loss, the top total for the Tigers against Wofford. That included two
sacks and a caused fumble. McNeal had just nine career tackles for
loss entering the Wofford game, then had four in that game. He joined
Keith Adams as the only Tigers to have at least four tackles for loss
in a game under Tommy Bowden. He was the first defensive lineman to
have four tackles for loss in a game since Adrian Dingle had four
against Furman in the 1998 season opener.
Carson, Leake top Clemson Tacklers
Chad Carson and John Leake are becoming quite a one-two punch on
Clemson's second line of defense. Against Wofford's run oriented
attack numbers 45 and 46 combined for 34 tackles. Carson had 18 and
Leake picked up a career high 16. Leake now leads the team with 35,
while Carson is second with 32.
For Carson the 18 tackles against Wofford tied for his second highest
single game total as a Tiger. The only performance that is higher is
the 22-tackle performance he had against Georgia Tech at Death Valley
last year. That is an ironic fact in itself considering that Carson's
father played for Georgia Tech.
Carson now has 343 tackles for his career, eighth best in school
history. He moved ahead of Tim Jones with seven tackles against
Virginia. Next on the list is former teammate Robert Carswell, who
had 374 between 1997-00. If he averages 10 tackles a game over the
rest of the season he will finish his career ranked fourth in Clemson
history, trailing only Bubba Brown, Anthony Simmons and Jeff Davis.
That is impressive company.
Leake has a long way to go to catch Carson, but he is taking a
similar path. Carson had just 11 tackles his freshman year as a
reserve linebacker in 1998. Leake had nine as a reserve last year.
Clemson Career Tackle Leaders
Rk Player, Pos Years No
1. Bubba Brown, LB 1976-79 515
2. Anthony Simmons, LB 1995-97 486
3. Jeff Davis, LB 1978-81 469
4. Ed McDaniel, LB 1988-91 489
5. Randy Scott, LB 1975-78 382
6. Keith Adams, LB 1998-00 379
7. Robert Carswell, FS 1997-00 374
8. Chad Carson, LB 1998-01 343
9. Tim Jones, LB 1991-94 338
10. Henry Walls, LB 1983-85 316
Zachery Goes over 2600 Rushing
For the second straight year, Travis Zachery opened the regular
season having to prove himself after suffering a painful injury in a
bowl game. The Doak Walker Award candidate suffered a broken ankle on
a 23-yard scoring reception from Woodrow Dantzler in the Gator Bowl
against Virginia Tech and that kept him out of the rest of the game
and spring practice.
He proved that he is back to full strength against Virginia with a
season high 87 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving for a total of
122 yards from scrimmage. He scored a touchdown on a two-yard run and
now has 42 in his career, 35 rushing and seven receiving. He has 36
touchdowns over his last 27 games.
Zachery enters the Georgia Tech game with 2670 career rushing yards,
fourth best in school history. The greatest receiving running back in
Clemson history, he has a record 72 career catches for 758 yards. He
has 3704 all-purpose running yards in his career, second best in
Zachery probably won't catch Raymond Priester when it comes to the
career rushing record (he needs over 1300 yards), but he will have a
good chance to catch Priester in all-purpose yards. Priester had 4282
all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and kick returns combined),
just 578 yards ahead of Zachery's current total (3704).
Clemson Career Rushing Leaders
Rk Name Years Att Avg TD Total
1. Raymond Priester 94-97 805 4.93 21 3966
2. Kenny Flowers 83-86 590 4.94 26 2914
3. Terry Allen 87-89 523 5.31 28 2778
4. Travis Zachery 98-01 596 4.48 35 2670
5. Buddy Gore 66-68 600 4.29 15 2571
Clemson Career All-Purpose running Leaders
Rk. Name Years Rush Rec KR-PR Total
1. Raymond Priester 94-97 3966 316 4282
2. Travis Zachery 98-01 2670 758 0-276 3704
3. Buddy Gore 66-68 2571 65 637-0 3273
4. Kenny Flowers 83-86 2914 192 40- 3146
5. Ray Mathews 47-50 1886 650 294-298 3128