Clemson vs. Temple Game Notes


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Clemson vs. Temple Series

*This is the third meeting between
Clemson and Temple. Clemson has won both
meetings by the same score, 37-7. The 1991
Tigers won at Death Valley by that 37-7 count,
then the 2005 Tigers won at home by that
score. This is the first meeting between the two
schools outside of Clemson.

*This will be Clemson’s fifth game
against a team from the Mid American
Conference. Clemson has a 4-0 record against
teams currently in the MAC, a 2-0 ledger
against Ball State and a 2-0 record against
Temple. Head coach Tommy Bowden is 2-0
against MAC teams, a victory over Ball State
and a win over Temple.


2005 Game vs. Temple


Clemson racked up over 500 yards of
total offense for the first time since 2003 in a 37-
7 win over visiting Temple in 2005. It was the
second meeting all-time between the Tigers and
the Owls, with the first coming in 1991. Clemson
also won that game by a 37-7 score.

The Tigers wasted little time getting on
the scoreboard after forcing Temple to go threeand-
out on its opening possession. Charlie
Whitehurst hit three consecutive passes, with the
third a 41-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Browning
over the middle. The drive took five plays and
lasted only 1:41.

An Owl punt was partially blocked by
C.J. Gaddis, and the Tigers started their next drive
at the Temple 36. Clemson moved the ball down
to the one-yard line, but an illegal procedure
penalty moved the Tigers back, and a 21-yard Jad
Dean field goal made the score 10-0.

Temple picked up one first down before
being forced to punt again, and Clemson began
its next drive with a reverse to Chansi Stuckey
that covered 18 yards. Three plays later, Reggie
Merriweather ran around left end untouched for a
21-yard touchdown. It was Clemson’s second
five-play touchdown drive of the day.

Temple had its first scoring threat of
the day in the second quarter, as Mike McGann
completed 6-6 passes in leading the Owls moved
down to the Clemson 14. A third-down screen
pass to Umar Ferguson looked as though it would
go for a first down, but Gaddis knocked the ball
loose and Dorell Scott recovered at the four. The
two teams went into halftime with Clemson leading
17-0.

Neither offense could get anything
going to begin the second half, and the Tigers
began their second drive of the third quarter at
their own 10. Whitehurst hit Stuckey for 17 yards
on a third-down play, and two plays later
connected with Aaron Kelly for a 41-yard hookup.
Clemson could not pick up another first down, and
Dean made his second field goal of the day, this
time from 27 yards out.


On the second play of the next Temple
drive, Jamaal Fudge intercepted a McGann pass
that was tipped by his own receiver. The Clemson
safety returned the ball eight yards to the Owl 34.
On the next play, Whitehurst faked a
handoff and found a wide-open Kelly behind the
Temple secondary for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
It was the first career touchdown for Kelly.
Temple had its most impressive drive
of the day in the fourth, as the Owls marched 80
yards in 15 plays. McGann capped the touchdown
drive with a four-yard pass to DoMerio Hamilton
on third-and-goal.

Tyler Grisham returned the ensuing
kickoff 24 yards to the Clemson 45, and Tiger
backup quarterback Will Proctor came into the
game and connected on his first two passes. After
a Merriweather run, Proctor’s first career
touchdown pass went to La’Donte Harris for 16
yards. It was also the first career touchdown
reception for Harris.


Kelly caught seven passes for 155
yards, with the yardage total resulting in Clemson freshman record. Whitehurst connected
on 19 of 27 passes for 307 yards, and Proctor
added 52 yards through the air. The 359 passing
yards were the third most in a single game in Tiger
history, and the most ever in a game at Death
Valley. Merriweather contributed 108 yards (on
17 carries) of the 514 yards of offense for
Clemson.

Freshman Antonio Clay, making his
first start, led the Tigers in tackles with nine,
including two tackles for loss and a sack.
Adams also added 2.5 sacks. In all, 10 different
Tigers had tackles for loss in the game, and
Clemson had 14 total stops behind the line.
Temple had only 12 yards rushing for the game.


Tigers and Owls Met in 1991


Clemson and Temple first met in
September of 1991 at Clemson, a 37-7 Tiger
victory. Clemson’s defense that year led the
nation in rushing defense, was fourth in total
defense and 10th in scoring defense, and it
enhanced its numbers that day when it held
Temple to 89 yards rushing in 46 attempts. The
Owls under Jerry Berndt gained just 104 yards
in total offense in 58 plays for the day, just 1.8
yards per play.

A look to Clemson’s roster that day
tells the story. Clemson’s point prevention unit
included future first-round draft choice Wayne
Simmons, 12-year NFL defensive tackle
Brentson Buckner, four-time Pro Bowl player
Chester McGlockton, 10-year NFL outside
linebacker Levon Kirkland, and nine-year NFL
linebacker Ed McDaniel. Those players
combined for nine tackles for loss on the day.

Clemson was led on offense by
sophomore running back Ronald Williams, who
had 14 rushes for 86 yards. Quarterback
DeChane Cameron completed 7-12 passes for
85 yards and two touchdowns, while the late
Terry Smith had four receptions for 60 yards.

Temple actually took a 7-0 lead in the
first period when quarterback Trent Thompson
hit tight end Bryant Garvin for a one-yard
touchdown pass. Temple had 81 yards and five
first downs in the first period, then had just 23
yards of total offense and just one first down
over the last three periods.

Clemson tied the game at 7-7 on a
trick play. Wide receiver Larry Ryans scored on
a 25-yard run on an end-around with 10:28 left
in the second period. Clemson scored 14 in the
second period and 13 in the third to put the
game away and capture its 10th straight home
victory. Clemson improved its record 2-0 and
moved to seventh in the AP poll after the
victory.


Cody Coached at Both Schools


There aren’t a lot of common
denominators between Clemson and Temple,
but Josh Cody is one coach who had a
prominent role in the history of both institutions.
Cody coached the football and basketball teams
at both schools.

In his first year as head football coach
at Clemson (1927), he led the Tigers to a 5-3-1
record, then guided Clemson to back-to-back
8-3 seasons in 1928 and 1929, before an 8-2
mark in 1930. It marked the first time in
Clemson history and the only time until 1977-79
that Clemson had three consecutive seasons of
at least eight wins.

Cody considered leaving for another
position after the 1928 season, but Clemson
students, faculty, staff and supporters raised
money to buy him a new Buick, and they
presented it to him on the steps of Tillman Hall
in the spring of 1929. Cody remained with the
program through the 1930 season and he
finished with a 29-11-1 record. That included a
4-0 record against South Carolina, still the only
Clemson coach with a perfect record against
the Gamecocks, given a minimum of three
games as head coach.

Cody also coached the Clemson
men’s basketball teams during this era. His
best season was 1929-30 when the Tigers were
16-9. His final year as the basketball coach
was the 1930-31 season.

Upon leaving Clemson, Cody
returned to Vanderbilt (his alma mater) as an
assistant football coach and a head basketball
coach. He was the head football coach and
athletic director at Florida from 1936-1939.

In 1940, Cody was a line coach at
Temple and was appointed Head Basketball
Coach in 1942. He held that post until he
became athletic director in 1952. During his
tenure as basketball coach, Cody racked up
124 victories and guided the Owls to the NCAA
Tournament in 1944, the first NCAA Tournament
appearance in the history of Owl basketball.
That team reached the Elite Eight of the
tournament.

In 1955, he coached the football team
at Temple after the original coach resigned on
the eve of the season. He passed away in
1961 at the age of 69.


Tigers in NFL Stadiums


When the Tigers face Temple on
October 12, Clemson will make its first
appearance in an NFL stadium since 2003
when the Tigers defeated sixth-ranked
Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the
Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta
Falcons. That win actually broke a five-game
losing streak for the Tigers in NFL stadiums.

This will mark the first time Clemson
has played a regular season game at an NFL
stadium since 1981 when Clemson defeated
Tulane in the Superdome in New Orleans.
Clemson first played in an NFL stadium in 1966
when the Tigers played Southern Cal in the Los
Angeles Coliseum, then the home of the Los
Angeles Rams. Clemson has an overall record
of 5-7 in NFL stadiums.


Clemson #12 Ranking Best since 2000


Clemson is ranked 12th in both polls
this week, the highest ranked ACC team in both
polls. Georgia Tech is ranked 13th by AP and
15th by USA Today, the second highest ranked
ACC team. Those two teams will meet at Death
Valley on October 21. Virginia Tech is 22nd by
AP and 17th in the coaches poll, while Boston
College is 25th in the coaches poll.

This is the second consecutive week
Clemson has been the highest ranked ACC
team in each poll. Prior to that you have to go
back to the October 22, 2000 poll to find the last
time Clemson was the top ranked team from the
league. Clemson actually was the highest
ranked team among ACC schools for three
consecutive weeks in October of 2000.

Clemson’s #12 ranking this week is its
highest of this season and the highest ranking
for the program in the AP poll since the October
29, 2000 poll when Clemson was 10th by AP.
Clemson is also ranked 12th in the Harris
Interactive poll this week.

The win on September 16 over ninthranked
Florida State was the second highest
ranked team Clemson has defeated on the road
in its history. The only win that is ranked higher
is the 10-8 victory over eighth-ranked North
Carolina in 1981.

Clemson has been ranked in the top
25 of both polls in six of the seven polls so far
this year and for 10 of the last 11 over two
years. Clemson was 21st in the final polls last
year.


Clemson in the Polls in 2006

Week 		AP USA
Preseason 	18 18
Sept. 3 	18 18
Sept. 10 	26 27
Sept. 17 	19 23
Sept. 24 	18 19
Oct. 1 		15 15
Oct. 8 		12 12


Kelly Steps up Production


With the injuries to Chansi Stuckey
and Rendrick Taylor, sophomore Aaron Kelly is
now the top receiver among active Tigers. Kelly
has 17 receptions for 223 yards and two
touchdowns, including a 20-yard score at Wake
Forest that tied the game at 17-17 in the fourth
quarter. Kelly had five receptions for 91 yards
in that contest, tying his season high in
receptions and establishing his season high in
reception yardage.

Kelly’s career high in both categories
took place last year against Temple, the team
the Tigers will face this Thursday evening in
Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Last
year at Clemson, Kelly had seven receptions for
155 yards and a touchdown against the Owls.
That reception yardage total was a record for a
Clemson freshman in a single game and it was
the third highest yardage game by an ACC
receiver during the 2005 season.


Adams Looks to Tie Sack Streak Record


Clemson senior bandit end Gaines
Adams has recorded at least one sack in four
consecutive games. The streak started when
he had 2.5 sacks at Florida State in the third
game of the year, and it includes the Wake
Forest game where he had a pair of sacks.
Adams now has 6.5 sacks for the season to
lead the ACC and rank ninth in the nation.

If Adams can record a sack against
Temple in Bank of America Stadium on October
12 he will tie a Clemson record for consecutive
games with at least one sack. The existing
mark is five in a row set by three players.

Chester McGlockton had a five game
streak over the end of the 1989 season and the
beginning of the 1990 season. Keith Adams
had a five-game streak with a sack in 1999 and
Leroy Hill had a five game streak in 2004. All
three of those players went on to NFL careers.
McGlockton was a four-time Pro Bowl player,
while Adams is currently with the Miami
Dolphins and Hill is starting with the Seattle
Seahawks. He started in the Super Bowl last
year.

Adams is now tied for fifth in Clemson
history with his 22 career sacks. He is tied with
Brentson Buckner (1990-93) and Bryant
McNeal (1999-02). If Adams can record a sack
against Temple he will move ahead of Buckner while playing in the
stadium where Buckner played over his last five years in the NFL.
Buckner was a starting defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers from
2001-05.

It is interesting to note that all the players above Adams on the
sack list played or are still in the NFL.


Clemson Career Sack Leaders

Rk Player, Pos 		  Years   Sacks
1. Michael Dean Perry, DT 1984-87 28
2. William Perry, MG 	  1981-84 27
3. Adrian Dingle, DT 	  1995-98 23
   Keith Adams, LB 	  1998-00 23
5. Brentson Buckner, DT   1990-93 22
   Bryant McNeal, DE 	  1999-02 22
   Gaines Adams 	  2003-06 22
8. Chester McGlockton, DT 1989-91 20.5
9. Levon Kirkland, OLB 	  1988-91 19
   Wayne Simmons, OLB 	  1995-97 19


Many Happy Returns


Twice this year Clemson has had two returns for touchdowns in
the same game. In the season opener against Florida Atlantic, Jacoby
Ford raced 92 yards for a touchdown on a punt return, the longest punt
return in Clemson history. In the same game, senior Sergio Gilliam took
a fumble back 31 yards for a score.

In the fifth game of the year against North Carolina, Ford had a
94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Nick Watkins ran back an
interception 26 yards for a score. Then, in the most important return of
the year and possibly in many seasons, Gaines Adams returned a fumble
66 yards for a score in the victory over Wake Forest.

With the five returns for touchdowns, this 2006 Clemson team
is already tied for second best in school history in this category for a
season. Only the 1990 team that led the nation in total defense had
more with seven returns for touchdowns. The 1997 Clemson team also
had five returns for touchdowns.


Clemson Returns for Touchdowns in 2006

Opponent 		Player 		Type Yards
Florida Atlantic 	Jacoby Ford 	PR 	92
			Sergio Gilliam 	FR 	31
North Carolina 		Jacoby Ford 	KOR     94
			Nick Watkins	IR 	26
Wake Forest 		Gaines Adams 	FR 	66


Tigers Overcome 14-Point Fourth Quarter Deficit


Clemson overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat
Wake Forest 27-17 on October 7 in Winston-Salem. It marked just the
third time in Clemson history that the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit
in the fourth quarter to gain victory. The other two occurrences took
place on the road as well, at Duke in 2002 and at Virginia in 1980. Two
of the three 14-point, fourth quarter comebacks have come under Tommy
Bowden.

Clemson scored 24 points in the fourth quarter at Wake Forest,
its highest scoring fourth quarter since the 2002 Duke game when it also
had 24 points.

Gaines Adams began the comeback when he jarred the ball
loose from Wake Forest holder Jon Temple. The ball popped into the
air and Adams deflected it to himself, caught the ball in mid-air and raced
66 yards for a touchdown to bring Clemson within 17-10. After a Wake
Forest fumble that was forced on a sack by senior Brandon Cannon and
recovered by senior Donnell Clark, Clemson drove 43 yards in five plays
to tie the score at 17 with 11:09 Left on a 20-yard scoring pass from Will
Proctor to Aaron Kelly.

Clemson then took the lead with 7:22 remaining on a 72-yard
touchdown run by freshman C.J. Spiller, the longest run by a Clemson
running back in 13 years. Jad Dean added a 23-yard field goal with 1:12
left to account for the final 10-point margin.

The 14-point comeback tied for the fourth biggest comeback in
Clemson history based on total points trailed at any time in a game. The
record is a 28-point comeback at Virginia in 1992. Clemson trailed in the
first half of that game 28-0, then won 29-28.
Clemson now has nine comebacks from at least a 14-point
deficit at any time in a game and four of the nine have been coached by
Tommy Bowden.


Clemson’s Greatest Comebacks

Date 	Opponent 		Score Def Final
10-10-92 at Virginia 		0-28   28 28-28
10-21-00 at North Carolina 	0-17   17 38-24
9-24-66  Virginia 		18-35  17 40-35
10-7-06  at Wake Forest 	3-17  *14 27-17
11-2-02  at Duke 		10-24 *14 34-31
11-6-04  at Miami 		3-17   14 24-17
10-11-80 at Virginia 		10-24 *14 27-24
11-17-62 at Maryland 		0-14   14 17-14
9-26-53  at Boston College 	0-14   14 14-14
*Denotes fourth quarter deficit


Tigers Need One Win to be Bowl Eligible


Clemson needs just one victory to reach the six-win mark and
become bowl eligible. A victory on October 12 against Temple would
make the Tigers bowl eligible, the second earliest on the calendar
Clemson has reached the six-victory mark. The Clemson record for
reaching bowl eligibility on the earliest date was set in 2000 when
Clemson had its sixth victory by October 7. Clemson has reached six
wins by October 28 nine times in its history.


Earliest Calendar Date for Bowl Eligibility

Year Rec Final Record Date 6th Win
2000 6-0 9-3   October 7
1981 6-0 12-0  October 17
1987 6-0 10-2  October 17
1990 6-2 10-2  October 20
1989 6-2 10-2  October 21
1930 6-0 8-3   October 23
1929 6-0 8-3   October 24
1928 6-0 8-3   October 25
1978 6-1 11-1  October 28


Injury Bug Continues to Deplete Roster


Tommy Bowden has had many injuries to deal with this season
and the list grew after the victory over Wake Forest. Wide receiver
Rendrick Taylor, Clemson’s third leading receiver with 12 receptions for
152 yards, suffered a broken arm against the Demon Deacons and is out
for the season. Taylor had started four of the first six games for the
Tigers.


In practice leading up to the Wake Forest game, All-ACC
receiver Chansi Stuckey suffered a broken foot and missed that game.
He will miss at least the next two games as well, meaning Clemson will
be without two of its top three receivers for at least the Temple and
Georgia Tech games.

Earlier this year, starting linebackers Anthony Waters (torn
ACL) and Tramaine Billie (broken ankle) suffered injuries. Waters is out
for the year after playing just 38 snaps in his red-shirt senior year. Billie
has missed the first six games and will not play against Temple. His
status for the remainder of the year is uncertain at this time.

Starting safety Michael Hamlin missed three games due to a
broken foot (same injury as Stuckey), but returned to action and played
every snap at Wake Forest. Senior running back Reggie Merriweather
has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, but could return
against Temple.

Freshman defensive tackle Etta Etta-Tawo played the first five
games this year, but had tests to determine the cause of a heart ailment
on October 6 and missed the Wake Forest game.


Games Missed by Clemson Players under Tommy Bowden

              Starters       All Players
Year        Players-Games   Players-Games
1999 		2-9 		4-18
2000 		6-10 		10-17
2001 		3-14 		4-15
2002 		6-38 		10-45
2003 		2-8 		7-37
2004 		3-5 		4-13
2005 		2-2 		8-31
2006 		4-15 		7-21

Note; Rendrick Taylor will be the eighth different player and fifth
starter to miss a game when the Tigers face Temple on October 12.


Clemson in Charlotte


Clemson will make its first trip to Charlotte since 1954 when
the Tigers meet Temple on October 12 at Bank of America Stadium.
Clemson last played a game in the Queen City in 1954 when the Tigers
defeated Wake Forest, 32-20. Ken Moore had an 81-yard punt return for
a touchdown to key the victory for the Tigers. Charlie Bussey, currently
the director of Clemson’s lettermen’s association, was 2-3 passing for 51
yards. Clemson scored 25 points in the second half to gain the victory
after trailing 13-7 at the half.

Clemson has won its last three games in Charlotte and has a
10-1-1 record in the city since 1929. Clemson and NC State met in
Charlotte for six consecutive years between 1939-44. The 25-6 victory in
1939 was on the way to a 9-1 season and the first top 20 season in
Clemson history.


Clemson in Charlotte (14-4-1)

Year Opponent 		W-L CU-Opp
1897 Charlotte Y 	W   10-0
1900 Virginia Tech 	W   12-5
1901 North Carolina	W   22-10
1909 Davidson 		W   17-5
1916 Davidson 		L   0-33
1917 Davidson 		L   9-21
1924 Davidson 		L   0-7
1929 Davidson 		W   32-14
1930 NC State 		W   27-0
1931 NC State 		W   6-0
1933 Wake Forest 	W   13-0
1938 Virginia Military 	T   7-7
1939 NC State 		W   25-6
1940 NC State 		W   26-7
1941 NC State 		W   27-6
1942 NC State 		L   6-7
1943 NC State 		W   19-7
1944 NC State 		W   13-7
1954 Wake Forest 	W   32-20

Clemson Second in the Nation in Total Offense Differential


An example of Clemson’s success on both sides of the ball at
the same time is shown in the difference between the Tigers total
offense stats and total defense stats so far this year. Clemson is the
only team in the nation to rank in the top 10 in total offense and
total defense and has out-gained its opposition by an average of
206.1 yards per game, second best in the nation.
Only Louisville with
a +257.8 total offense margin is better so far this season.

The only teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation in total
offense and total defense are Clemson, Louisville, Tulsa, Missouri, Boise
State and Florida.

Clemson ranks fifth in the nation in total defense so far this
year, allowing 236.2 yards per game. That is the exact same figure as
Clemson’s rushing offense average for the season, a rare statistical
oddity for sure. Clemson is 10th in the nation in total offense with a 442.3
figure. Clemson is on pace to establish a school record for total offense
margin over the course of a season. The existing record is 165.2 yards
per game by the 1978 Clemson team. The best previous total offense
margin under Tommy Bowden for the course of a season is +90 yards
per game by the 2000 Tiger team.

This Clemson team is attempting to become just the sixth team
in school history to rank in the top 25 in the nation in total offense and
total defense in the same year. It was last done in 1991 when Ken
Hatfield’s ACC Championship team ranked 25th in total offense and fourth
in total defense. The 1978, 1963, 1960 and 1957 Clemson teams also
accomplished the feat. No Clemson team has ever ranked in the top 10
in both categories in the same year. The 1978 team is the only squad to
rank in the top 15 in both.


National leaders in Total Offense Margin

Rk School 	Off   (Rk) Def   (Rk) Margin
1. Louisville 	523.6 (1)  265.8 (16) +257.8
2. Clemson 	442.3 (10) 236.2 (5)  +206.1
3. Missouri 	423.8 (15) 255.0 (11) +168.6
4. Tulsa 	424.4 (14) 268.0 (17) +156.4
5. Boise State 	413.7 (18) 259.0 (13) +154.7
6. West Va 	446.8 (9)  292.6 (34) +154.2
7. Florida 	413.4 (20) 259.7 (14) +153.7


Clemson Total Offense Margin Season Bests

Year Off   Def 	 Margin
2006 442.3 236.2 +206.1
1978 427.8 262.6 +165.2
1950 388.1 225.5 +162.6
1981 391.5 251.9 +139.6
1948 315.1 1772. +137.9
1990 355.4 219.2 +136.2
1987 378.5 245.4 +133.1
1991 403.0 272.6 +130.4
1939 282.0 157.5 +129.5
1963 313.9 184.7 +129.2


Tigers Open 5-1


Clemson has opened with a 5-1 record for the first six games of
the season. This is Clemson’s best record through six games since the
2000 season when Clemson its first eight games of the season. This is
just the second time Clemson has been at least 5-1 since the 1991
season.


Davis-Spiller Strong Combination


Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller have been a
strong running back combination for the Tigers this year, especially in
recent weeks. Over the last two weeks they have combined to average
234 yards per game on the ground. As a result, Clemson is averaging
236.2 yards per game rushing, sixth best in the nation.

For the year, Davis has averaged 101.2 yards per game, 17th
best in the nation. Spiller is at 55.7 yards per game, but has had backto-
back 100-yard rushing games. He had 127 against Louisiana Tech
and 104 in just nine carries in the win over Wake Forest.
For the year, Davis and Spiller have combined to average
156.8 yards per game (941 yards in six games). They already have a
combined 15 touchdowns and have averaged 5.96 yards per rush.

If the season ended today, their 156.8 yards per game would
be the fourth best two-person combination in Clemson history, the third
best for a running back combination. The record is 172.4 rushing yards
per game by Raymond Priester and Emory Smith in 1995. Woody
Dantzler and Travis Zachery averaged 171.3 yards per game in 2000,
but Dantzler was a quarterback and Zachery a running back.

Twenty years ago Clemson had a top running back duo in
Terrence Flagler and Kenny Flowers. Flagler was a first round draft
choice and first-team All-American in 1986. Flowers was injured part of
that year and still had nearly 600 yards. That duo combined for 154.4
yards per game and a 5.88 average per carry. Davis and Spiller are
currently at 5.96 yards per carry and ahead of that pace.


The record for combined touchdowns by a running back duo is
21 set by Cliff Austin and Chuck McSwain in 1982. Davis and Spiller
needs just six more to tie that mark.


Top Running Back Duos in Clemson History

(Yards/Game Basis)
Year Players 		GP Att Yds  Avg  TD Yds/G
1995 Priester-Smith 	12 383 2069 5.40 20 172.4
2000 Dantzler-Zachery 	12 396 2055 5.19 26 171.3
1985 Flowers-Driver 	12 408 2031 4.98 15 169.3
2006 Davis-Spiller 	 6 158  941 5.96 15 156.8
1982 Austin-McSwain 	11 328 1705 5.20 21 155.0
1986 Flagler-Flowers 	12 315 1853 5.88 15 154.4
1967 Gore-J. Jackson 	10 331 1495 4.52 12 149.5
1983 Mack-Driver 	11 297 1636 5.51 13 148.7
1987 Allen-McFadden 	12 320 1760 5.50 14 146.2


Tigers in the Top 10 in Eight Categories


Clemson ranks in the top 10 in the nation in eight different
statistical categories, four on offense, three on defense and one special
teams. Clemson has never finished a season ranked in the top 10 in
eight different categories.

Clemson is ranked in the top 10 in total offense and total
defense, an example of the team’s dominance on plays from the line of
scrimmage. The Tigers lead the ACC and rank 10th in the nation in total
offense with 442.3 yards per game. Clemson is fifth in the nation in total
defense with a 236.2 figure.

Clemson’s highest national ranking is actually scoring offense,
where Clemson is third with an average of 40.67 points per game.
Clemson is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency defense. The Tigers
are sixth in rushing and sixth in fewest sacks allowed, ninth in kickoff
returns

Clemson leads the ACC in rushing offense, total offense,
scoring offense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense,
turnover margin and fewest sacks allowed.

Individually, Clemson has four players ranked in the top 25 in
six total categories. James Davis has the highest individual ranking with
a #4 rating in scoring with an 11.0 average. He has scored 11
touchdowns to lead the ACC. Davis is also 17th in the nation in rushing
with 101.2 yards per game. Gaines Adams is ninth in the nation in
quarterback sacks with 0.92 per game. Jacoby Ford is 12th in the nation
in punt returns with a 16.8 average. Jad Dean is 22nd in the nation in
field goals per game with 1.33 and is 23rd in scoring at 8.33 points per
game.


Clemson’s Top 25 National Team Rankings

•3rd , scoring offense (40.67 PPG)

•4th in pass efficiency defense (95.52 rating points)

•4th in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.67 per game)

•5th in total defense (236.2 yards per game allowed)

•6th in rushing offense (236.2 rushing yards per game)

•7th in rushing defense (62.83 yards per game allowed)

•9th in kickoff returns (26.5 yards per return)

•10th in total offense(442.3 yards per game)

•14th in tackles for loss per game (7.5)

•16th in sacks per game by defense (3.17)

•16th in scoring defense (14.0 points per game allowed)

•19th in turnover margin (+0.83 per game)

•25th in net punting (37.71)



Tigers Had Consecutive 50-Point Scoring Games


Clemson ranks third in the nation in scoring with 40.67 points
per game , a figure that would be a school record if the season ended
today. The Tigers already have three 50-point games in the bank this
year, a 54-6 season opening victory against Florida Atlanta, a 52-7 win
over North Carolina and a 51-0 triumph over Louisiana Tech last
Saturday.

The victories over North Carolina and Louisiana Tech came in
consecutive games, the first time Clemson has scored at least 50 points
in consecutive games since the 2000 season when the Tigers defeated
Missouri , 62-9, and Wake Forest, 55-7. That was Tommy Bowden’s
second season as Clemson’s head coach and the wins took place during
the Tigers 8-0 start to that season. This was just the second time in
Clemson history the Tigers have scored at least 50 points in consecutive
games. Obviously, Tommy Bowden has been the Clemson head coach
both times it has occurred.

Clemson has scored at least 50 points in each of its three
home games this season, the first time the Tigers have had three
consecutive 50-point scoring games at home since the last two games of
1950 and the first home game of 1951. Clemson defeated Duquesne,
53-20 and Furman 57-2 in the last two home games of 1950, then
downed Presbyterian 53-6 in the home opener of 1951.

The three 50-point scoring games in 2006 have already tied a
Clemson record for a season. The teams of 2000 and 1950 each had
three 50-point scoring games. Clemson now has nine 50-point games
under Tommy Bowden, including the three this season.

Clemson’s 51-point scoring margin over Louisiana Tech was
the best by a Clemson team since a 62-9 victory over Missouri in 2000.
Clemson has just one other 50-point victory margin under Tommy
Bowden, a 58-7 win over Duke at home in 1999. Overall, the 51-0 win
over Louisiana Tech was the 33rd win by at least 50 points in Clemson
history.


Tigers average 9.1 Yards per Play vs. Louisiana Tech


Clemson had one of its most productive offensive games in
history in the 51-0 win over Louisiana Tech. Clemson gained 526 yards
of total offense in just 58 plays, an average of 9.07 yards per play That
was the fourth best yards per play average in Clemson history and the
best since 1947. That year Clemson averaged 10.41 yards per play
(531 yards on 51 plays) in a victory over Presbyterian. The record is
11.18 yards per play when Clemson had 615 yards on 55 plays in 1903
against Georgia Tech. John Heisman was in his last year as Clemson
head coach before leaving to go to Georgia Tech.

Clemson’s rushing game was the big contributor to that high
per play average against Louisiana Tech. Clemson had 41 rushes for
393 yards, an average of 9.59 yards per carry. Clemson averaged more
yards per rush than it did per pass attempt in that game. Clemson
averaged 7.8 yards per pass attempt in the win over Louisiana Tech.

Clemson’s 9.59 yards per rush was the third best in Clemson
history and the best since 1945 when Clemson averaged 10.3 yards per
rush in a victory over Presbyterian.

For the season, Clemson is averaging 6.5 yards per game, a
Clemson record pace. The existing season record is 6.16 yards per play
set in 1950.


Clemson’s All-time Best Yards Per Play

Year Opponent 		Plays 	Yards   Yd/P
1903 Georgia Tech 	55 	615 	11.18
1945 Presbyterian 	56 	597 	10.66
1947 Presbyterian 	51 	531 	10.41
2006 Louisiana Tech 	58 	526 	9.07
1952 Presbyterian 	69 	527 	8.93
1981 Wake Forest 	87 	756 	8.69


Clemson’s All-time Best Yards Per Rush

Year Opponent 		Rush 	Yds Yds/Att
1903 Georgia Tech 	55 	615 11.18
1945 Presbyterian 	50 	516 10.32
2006 Louisiana Tech 	41 	393 9.59
1939 Presbyterian 	41 	366 8.93
1947 Presbyterian 	37 	329 8.89


Clemson on Record pace in Many Areas


Clemson is at or near a record pace in many areas so far this
season. It is especially striking in total offense margin. Clemson has
out-gained the opposition by 205.6 yards per game so far this year,
ahead of the existing record by 40 yards per game. Here is a rundown of
some of the categories:

Category 		2006 	Existing Record
Passing Efficiency 	138.2 	148.0 in 1950
Yards/Play 		6.52 	6.16 in 1950
Yards/Game 		442.3 	436.8 in 2000
Touchdowns/G 		5.33 	4.58 in 2000
Points/Game 		40.7 	34.7 in 2000
3rd Down Conv. 		.468 	.516 in 1978
Total Offense Mar 	+206.1 	+165 in 1978


Three Tigers Go Over 100 Yards Rushing vs. Louisiana Tech


Clemson gained 393 yards rushing in 41 attempts in the victory
over Louisiana Tech. What was noteworthy was the performance of
running backs James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Demerick Chancellor. All
three players had at least 100 yards in the contest, the first time a
Clemson team has had three 100-yard rushers in the same game since
1982.


Davis led the way with 11 rushes for 143 yards and two scores,
including a 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that was his longest
run as a Tiger. In fact, it was the longest run by a Clemson running back
under Tommy Bowden, and the longest by any Clemson running back
since 1996 when Raymond Priester had a 65-yard run against South
Carolina. Davis played just the first half.

Spiller, the ACC Rookie of the Week for his two-touchdown
performance in the win over North Carolina, more than doubled that
performance with 127 yards in 15 carries and one touchdown.
Chancellor, a red-shirt freshman from Miramar, FL, had 113 yards
rushing in 11 attempts.

Clemson actually now has five players on its roster who have
rushed for 100 yards in a game. Reggie Merriweather was injured
against North Carolina and sat out the Louisiana Tech game. He has
had five 100-yard rushing games in his career, including three in a row in
2005, the only time any Tiger has done that in the last 10 years. Duane
Coleman, a starting cornerback for the Tigers, had a pair of 100-yard
rushing games as a freshman in 2003. He moved to the secondary last
year.

The performance against Louisiana Tech marked the first time
Clemson had three 100-yard rushers in the same game since October 9,
1982 when Cliff Austin (105), Jeff McCall (103) and Chuck McSwain
(103) all had over 100 yards in a 48-0 Clemson win at Virginia.
Overall it was the fifth time in Clemson history the Tigers have
had three 100-yard rushers in the same game. The first two times it
occurred it happened on consecutive games in 1950 vs. Presbyterian
and Missouri. It also happened in 1978 in a victory over South Carolina.
It also should be noted that Chansi Stuckey had a 100-yard
receiving game against Louisiana Tech (4-100), making it the first time in
history Clemson had three 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in
the same game.


3 100-yard Rusher in Same Game

Year Opponent 	    Players
1950 Presbyterian   Cone (143), Mathews (131), Calvert (109)
1950 Missouri       Calvert (175), Mathews (120), Cone (111)
1978 South Carolina Brown (121), Fuller (108), Sims (104)
1982 Virginia       Austin (105), McCall (103), C. McSwain (103)
2006 Louis. Tech    Davis (143), Spiller (127), Chancellor (113)


Davis Challenging Touchdown Record


Clemson running back James Davis ranks fourth in the nation
in scoring with 11 points per game. The sophomore from Atlanta already
has 11 touchdowns this year. He had four touchdowns in the victory over
North Carolina, the first time a Clemson player has scored four
touchdowns in a game since 2003 when Chad Jasmin scored four in a
63-17 win over South Carolina. He added two against Louisiana Tech,
the fourth straight game he has scored at least two touchdowns. His
streak ended when he did not score at Wake Forest, but he still rushed
for 95 yards in that game.


Davis became the ninth player in Clemson history to score at
least four touchdowns in a single game when he accomplished the feat
against North Carolina. The record is five, set by Maxcey Welch against
Newberry in 1930, and by Stumpy Banks against Furman in 1917. Travis
Zachery is the only Clemson player to score four touchdowns in a game
twice. He did that twice against Duke once in 1999 and again in 2001 in
his final home game.

Davis, the sophomore from Atlanta, ranks first in the ACC and
17th in the nation in rushing with 101.2 yards per game. He had a
season high 143 yards in just 11 carries against Louisiana Tech when he
played jut 19 offensive snaps.

Davis has already exceeded his touchdown total from last year
when he scored nine to lead the Clemson team. He now has 20 career
touchdowns. The school record is 50 touchdowns by Zachery, who
played for the Tigers from 1998-01. He is also the last Clemson player to
rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring for the course of a season.
Zachery was ninth in 2000 with 9.6 points per game when he scored a
school record 18 touchdowns.

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