Clemson vs Wake Forest Game Notes


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Clemson used a last-minute drive, a two-point conversion, and two overtimes to defeat Wake Forest last year.

Clemson vs. Wake Forest Series

·Clemson owns 54 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second highest victory
total over any opponent. Clemson has 62 wins over South Carolina. Forty-three of
those wins against Wake Forest have taken place since the ACC was formed in
1953.

· Clemson has a 43-7-1 edge in the series since 1953. Clemson has played Wake
Forest in football 51 consecutive years, as the last year the two schools did
not play was 1952. The two schools are in the same division, so they will
continue to play annually.

·Clemson leads the series 54-15-1 overall, including a 31-7 record in games
played at Clemson and a 27-7 mark in games played in Death Valley. Clemson did
not lose at home to Wake Forest between 1962-92. Wake Forest broke the streak in
1993 when Jim Caldwell's first team defeated Clemson 20-16 at Death Valley.
Clemson went on to finish that season 9-3.

·Only one coach in history won as many as four games against Clemson without a
loss in Death Valley and the coach was from Wake Forest. Frank Howard and
Peahead Walker had a close friendship, but Peahead had a 4-0 record against
Howard in Death Valley.

·Clemson has won nine out of 11 against Wake Forest dating to 1994. The Demon
Deacons won back-to-back games in 1992-93, the only time Wake Forest has won
consecutive contests against Clemson since 1946-47.

·Clemson has a 17-8-1 lead in the series in games played at Wake Forest,
including 10-4-1 in games played at Groves Stadium. Clemson had won four in a
row at Wake Forest prior to the loss in 2003. Bill Dooley defeated the Tigers
18-15 in 1992 at Winston-Salem, and that was the last Wake Forest win on its
home turf before last year.

·Clemson lost at Wake Forest 45-17 the last time the Tigers went to
Winston-Salem. Clemson had 29 first downs and 405 yards of total offense, but
lost by 28 points.

·Clemson has a 5-1 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden, but four of
the five Clemson wins have been close. The Tigers won 12-3 in 1999, 21-14 in
2001, 31-23 in 2002 and 37-30 in double overtime in 2004. Clemson's only blowout
against Wake Forest took place in 2000 when Clemson won by a 55-9 score.

·The two teams have played at three neutral sites in history, including Tokyo,
Japan. Clemson won that game in 1982 by a 21-17 score to close out an ACC
Championship season.

·Clemson defeated a Wake Forest team coached by current Virginia coach Al Groh
on Halloween Day 1981 by an 82-24 score. That is the highest scoring game in ACC
history involving two league teams. Clemson was 12-12 on third down in that
game, a school record. The Tigers went on to win the national championship.



Last Year vs. Wake Forest


Clemson 37, Wake Forest 30 (2OT)

Clemson used a last-minute drive, a two-point conversion, and two overtimes to
defeat Wake Forest 37-30 in the 2004 season opener. Charlie Whitehurst found
Kyle Browning for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime and the Tiger
defense held Wake Forest on four downs to win a conference game on opening day
for the first time since 1969.



Clemson got off to a quick start after a Whitehurst
to Airese Currie 31-yard touchdown pass combined with a Justin Miller 69-yard
punt return gave the Tigers a 14-3 lead after the opening quarter. Chansi
Stuckey blocked a Ryan Plackemeier punt through the endzone for a safety and
Stephen Furr booted a 42-yard field goal (his first career made field goal) off
the left upright for a 19-3 Clemson lead.


Wake Forest came storming back, as backup quarterback Ben Mauk found Jason
Anderson for an 85-yard touchdown pass, which tied for the longest pass in the
history of Death Valley by an opponent. Wake Forest scored later in the quarter
when Cornelius Birgs scored from two yards out.


The Wake Forest defense forced Clemson into a three-and-out on its next
possession and needed only three plays to find the endzone. Chris Barclay, who
rushed for 179 yards on 29 carries, broke free from the pile on a third-and-two
play and dashed 50 yards for a touchdown. After trailing 19-3, the Demon Deacons
reeled off 24 unanswered points. Whitehurst hit Stuckey on each of the first two
plays of the game's most important drive to move the ball into Demon Deacon
territory. The Tigers would end up taking eight snaps inside the Wake Forest
10-yard line before Yusef Kelly plunged over from a yard out to cut the Demon
Deacon lead to 27-25 with 1:48 remaining. On the two-point conversion play,



Whitehurst lofted a pass to Kelvin Grant in the corner of the endzone, and
the sophomore receiver out-jumped the Wake Forest defender to pull down the
two-pointer. Clemson won the overtime coin toss and elected to play defense
first. Wake Forest could not pick up a first down, and Wisnosky booted his third
field goal of the day, this time a 38-yarder. Furr connected from 23 yards out
to send the game to a second overtime period, a first in Clemson history.


The Tigers got the ball first in the second overtime. After picking up a
first down, Whitehurst dropped back and lofted a screen pass to Browning, and he
raced untouched into the endzone. One Barclay run and three incomplete Cory
Randolph passes gave Clemson its fourth overtime win in its history. Currie and
Stuckey became just the third tandem in Tiger history to amass at least 100
receiving yards in the same game. Anthony Waters and Miller led the Tigers with
nine tackles apiece. Miller also was named ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week for
his performance.



Two of the ACC's Best on Display Saturday


Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and Wake Forest running back Chris
Barclay are both among the ACC leaders in their respective categories of
expertise. Barclay enters the Clemson game with 3261 career rushing yards, third
in Wake Forest history and 19th in ACC history. If he continues his current pace
of 118.7 yards per game, he will reach the 4,000 yard mark for his career. He
would become just the fifth player in ACC history to reach 4,000 yards rushing.


Whitehurst has 800 yards passing this season, giving him 7982 for his career,
obviously just 18 yards short of 8,000 for his career. He is currently 12th in
ACC history in career passing yardage. He is on pace to go over the 9000 yard
mark sometime late this year. When he does, he will become just the sixth player
in ACC history to reach 9,000 yards passing.


Veterans vs. Wake Forest

Gaines Adams (DE)--Had six tackles, including a tackle for
loss, in 29 plays off the bench in Clemson's victory in 2004.

Curtis Baham (WR)--Had career high six receptions for 50 yards
at Wake Forest in 2003. Played 48 snaps as a starter in the 2004 game, but did
not have a reception.

Charles Bennett (DE)--Had three tackles in 57 plays as a starter against Wake
Forest in 2004.

Tramaine Billie (LB)--Had three tackles in nine plays in win
over Wake Forest in 2004.

Kyle Browning (RB)--Scored game winner in overtime on 11-yard
touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst in second overtime of 2004 game. That is
the only touchdown reception of Browning's career.

Cole Chason (P)--Has averaged at least 40 yards per punt in his
two games against Wake Forest. Had 41.3 average on three punts at Winston-Salem
in 2003, then had 40.6 average on five punts in Clemson's victory in Death
Valley in 2004. Has 40.9 average for eight punts in his career against the Demon
Deacons.

Jad Dean (PK)--Has played in two games against Wake Forest as
the kickoff man, but has never attempted a field goal against the Demon Deacons.

Jamaal Fudge (FS)--Has 21 career tackles in three games against
the Demon Deacons. Had three as a reserve in the 2002 game at Clemson, had 12
stops in 67 plays as a starter in the 2003 game at Wake Forest, and six tackles
in 87 plays in the 2004 game at Clemson. Had an interception and a pass broken
up in the 2004 game at Clemson.

Kelvin Grant (WR)--Had five receptions for 36 yards and his
only career touchdown at Wake Forest in 2003 as a freshman. Had one reception
for 14 yards in the 2004 game, but also caught a two-point conversion pass that
tied the game with 1:48 remaining in regulation.

Cory Groover (DT)--Had four tackles in 29 plays, including his
first career sack in 2004 victory over Wake Forest.

Tye Hill (CB)--Had three tackles in 53 snaps as starter at Wake
Forest in 2003. Had four tackles and two passes broken up in 87 plays as a
starter against Wake Forest in 2004.

Chansi Stuckey (WR)--Completed 9-15 passes for 71 yards and two
touchdowns at Wake Forest as a quarterback in 2003. Also had 4-35 rushing in
that game, giving him 106 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter of that
game. In 2004 had 8-112 receiving in Clemson overtime victory. He was Clemson's
Chevrolet Player of the Game according to ABC Sports for that contest.

Trey Tate (DT)--Had three tackles in 57 plays as a starter in
2004 against the Demon Deacons.

Anthony Waters (LB)--Had three tackles in 17 plays as a reserve
in 2003 game at Wake Forest. Had eight tackles in 63 plays as a starter in 2004
against the Demon Deacons.

Nick Watkins (LB)--Had five tackles, including a tackle for
loss in 21 snaps against Wake Forest in 2004.

Charlie Whitehurst (QB)--Played three snaps and was 1-2 passing
for three yards as a freshman reserve in 2002 game at Clemson. Was 26-42 for 272
yards in 62 plays in game at Wake Forest in 2003. Connected on 20-41 for 288
yards and two touchdowns in 2004 Clemson overtime win. For his career, he is
47-85 for 563 yards and two touchdowns against the Demon Deacons. Has 551 yards
of total offense in the three appearances combined.


Clemson Has Played Consecutive Overtime Games

Clemson has played consecutive overtime games, losses at home to 13th ranked
Miami (FL) 36-30 in triple overtime on September 17, and 16-13 in overtime to
25th ranked (USA) Boston College. This is the first time in ACC history that a
league school has played consecutive overtime games, but it has happened quite
often nationally.


In fact, Clemson and TCU have a streak going, as both have gone overtime each
of the last two games. No team has ever played three overtime games in
succession. The overtime rule dates to the 1996 season. TCU has won consecutive
overtime games, a 23-20 win over Utah on September 15 and a 51-50 win over BYU
this past Saturday (September 24). Clemson and TCU are the 17th and 18th
occurrences of a team playing back to back overtime games. The first school to
do it was Southern Cal in 1996, as the Trojans concluded their season with a
loss to Southern Cal and a win over Notre Dame (Lou Holtz's last game as Notre
Dame coach).


In 2004 Texas A&M and Northwestern were the only teams to play consecutive
overtime games. The last team to lose consecutive overtime games was Temple in
2003. However, the Owls had an open date in between overtime losses to Villanova
and Cincinnati. Arizona State lost consecutive games in overtime on consecutive
Saturdays in 2000. Both of those games were in double overtime.


Clemson won its first five overtime games between 1997-2004, but the Tigers
have now lost two in a row. Entering the 2005 season there were two Division I
teams with an all-time record of 5-0 in overtime, Clemson and BYU. Both lost in
overtime last Saturday. BYU lost to TCU, 51-50.



Scott Family Goes overtime

Clemson Assistant Head Coach Brad Scott was on the sidelines for the Tigers in
the 16-13 overtime loss to Boston College. While he was enduring that game, his
son, John, was playing in a double overtime game for Harvard against Brown.
Ironically, Clemson was playing Boston College and his son John was playing in
Boston, for Harvard.


John had the upper hand on the day as the Crimson beat Brown 38-35. It was
the 12th straight victory for Harvard, as the Crimson went 10-0 last year. That
is the longest winning streak among Division I-AA teams. John Scott is a reserve
defensive back and special teams player for Tim Murphy's team.


Wake Forest Productive vs. Clemson under Grobe

Clemson has a 5-1 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden and a 3-1 record
against the Demon Deacons since Jim Grobe has been the head coach. But, the
Demon Deacons have been productive against the Tigers. In the four games Jim
Grobe has coached against Clemson the Tigers his Demon Deacons have gained 1161
yards rushing, an average of 290 yards per game. They have picked up 420.8 yards
of total offense per contest. Clemson has not held Wake Forest under 221 yards
rushing in the four games Grobe has coached against the Tigers. Wake Forest has
averaged 28 points per game against Clemson the last four years.


The leader for Wake Forest on offense through much of the Grobe era has been
Chris Barclay. The senior running back has 67 rushes for 431 career yards
against Clemson, a 6.4 per carry figure and an average of 143.7 yards per game.
He had 29-179 against Clemson last year and 24-163 and two touchdowns in Wake
Forest's victory in 2003. He had 89 off the bench as a freshman in 2002.


These Games are Good

Clemson has played four games this season and all four have been decided by a
touchdown or less within the last three minutes of the game. Three of the four
have come down to the last play, including the last two that have been decided
in overtime.


It has been thrill-a-minute for Clemson players, coaches and fans, and that
has been the opinion of the editors of collegefootballnews.com. The internet
site devoted exclusively to college football selects its top 10 games of college
football each week. In each of the first four weeks, Clemson's game has been
ranked among the top seven games in college football that weekend.


In the first week of college football, Clemson's 25-24 victory over Texas A&M
ranked as the top game of the week. Jad Dean's field goal with two seconds left
was the game winner. Clemson's game with Maryland in week II ranked seventh
best, as the Tigers overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and scored the
game winner on a 38-yard run by Reggie Merriweather with 2:58 remaining.
Clemson's 36-30 triple overtime loss to Miami (FL) was the second best game of
Week III, trailing only Michigan State's overtime victory at Notre Dame. The
Clemson vs. Boston College game, another overtime affair that ended in the
Eagles victory column by a 16-13 score, ranked seventh.


Clemson is the only team in the country to have played a "Top10 game" each of
the first four weeks of the season according to the site. The internet site also
ranks the best game each week by conference. Each of the first four weeks
Clemson's game has been ranked as the best game in the ACC.


Bowden Coaches 100th Game on Saturday

Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden will coach his 100th game as a Division I head
coach this weekend when the Tigers travel to Wake Forest. Bowden has a record of
64-35 for his first 99 games as a head coach, 22 at Tulane and 77 at Clemson. He
was 18-4 in two seasons with the Green Wave and 46-31 so far in his seven
seasons at Clemson.


Bowden is the 24th head coach in Clemson history and he is already third in
school history in coaching victories with 46. Bowden trails only Frank Howard
(165) and Danny Ford (96) on the Clemson list. When Bowden defeated South
Carolina in the final game of the 2004 season, he moved ahead of Hall of Fame
coach Jess Neely, who had 43 wins for the Tigers in his nine seasons (1931-39).
That was also the 600th win in Clemson history.


Bowden is also moving up the Clemson coaching ranks in other areas. He now
has eight wins over top 25 teams at Clemson, also third among Tiger head
coaches. Danny Ford had 20 top 25 wins in his career between 1978-89, still the
Clemson record, while Frank Howard had 11 top 25 wins in his career between
1940-69. Howard might have had more top 25 wins than he is credited for because
the AP polls only ranked a top 10 from 1961-68 and poll point totals for teams
11-25 don't exist. Bowden went ahead of Ken Hatfield with the win over Texas
A&M. Hatfield had seven wins over top 25 teams during his tenure from 1990-93.


Bowden is also third in conference wins with 29 and fourth in wins by seven
points or less. He has 13 of those close victories, one less than third place
Jess Neely who had 14 between 1931-39. Frank Howard had 49 and Danny Ford had 26
wins by seven points or less.


Clemson's Winningest Coaches



Coach

Yrs

Seasons

Record

Frank Howard

30

1940-69

165-118-12

Danny Ford

11

1978-89

96-29-4

Tommy Bowden

7

1999-Pres.

46-31

Jess Neely

9

1931-40

43-35-7

Ken Hatfield

4

1990-93

32-13-1

Tommy West

5

1993-98

31-28-0

Josh Cody

4

1927-30

29-11-1



Tigers Have Faced Difficult Schedule

Clemson has played three top 25 teams (USA/Coaches poll) within its first four
games, the only school in the nation who has done that. It is also the first
time in Clemson history the Tigers have had to play three top 25 teams within
the first four games of the season. The only year that is close is the 1966
Tiger team that played three top 10s within the first five games.


In many ways this is the most challenging home schedule in Clemson history.
Four of the six opponents (Texas A&M, Miami (FL), Boston College and Florida
State) were ranked in the preseason top 25 of the AP poll. That is a first in
Clemson history. There is a strong chance all four will be ranked when they come
to Clemson. Miami (FL) was 13th entering its game at Clemson and Boston College
is 25th in the USA Today poll. Florida State is a consensus top 10 team at the
moment. They will come to Clemson on November 12.


Clemson has never had four top 25 teams come to Clemson in the same season.
In fact, only the 2003 and 1988 seasons have seen as many as three top 25 teams
play against Clemson in Death Valley. In 1988, Clemson lost to a 10th ranked
Florida State team at home, but beat top 25 teams from Duke and South Carolina
later in the season. In 2003, Clemson lost the opener at home to a top 10
Georgia team, then beat 25th ranked Virginia in overtime, and defeated third
ranked Florida State.


Overall, Clemson is 22-26-1 against top 25 teams in Death Valley over the
years. Coach Bowden is 5-6 against top 25 teams at home in his seven years,
including the 26-10 win over third ranked Florida State in 2003, the highest
ranked team Clemson has beaten in history at home.


The number of games against top 25 teams at home shows how the ACC has gotten
stronger over the years. Clemson played just four games against top 25 teams at
home between 1942-66. That is four games in 25 years. In the last 25 years
Clemson has played 34 games against top 25 teams at home.


Clemson Schedule Ranked Eighth

As stated above, Clemson's schedule is among the toughest in school history and
is the toughest in school history for the first four games of the year. The
schedule is ranked eighth toughest in the nation according to the Sagarin
computer ranking this week. Clemson as a team is ranked 25th, the highest ranked
team in the country with two losses.



Sagarin Schedule Ranking



Rk

School

W-L

Rating

1.

Rice

0-2

96.47

2.

LSU

1-0

992.68

3.

Miami (FL)

2-1

86.79

4.

Hawaii

1-2

84.74

5.

Louisiana Tech

0-2

84.57

6.

North Carolina

1-2

83.75

7.

Tennessee

1-1

80.40

8.

Clemson

2-2

80.32

9.

Georgia Tech

3-1

79.74

10.

Notre Dame

3-1

78.81

11.

Temple

0-4

78.78

12.

Arkansas

1-3

78.14

13.

Boise State

1-2

77.83

14.

Colorado State

1-2

77.37

15.

Southern Cal

3-0

77.20




Clemson Limiting Mistakes

One hallmark of Clemson's offense under offensive coordinator Rob Spence has
been efficiency and a lack of mistakes. Clemson did not commit a turnover for
its first 213 offensive snaps of the season, or until Charlie Whitehurst threw
an interception on the last play of the third overtime against Miami. Clemson
then went the entire game against Boston College without committing a turnover.
Thus, the Tigers have just one turnover in four games, non in regulation. That
is one turnover in 271 plays so far this year. Clemson is ranked 18th in the
nation in turnover margin so far this year, a marked improvement over the #99
ranking last year.


This is the first time Clemson has gone four games and committed just one
turnover since the 1994 season when Clemson led the nation in fewest turnovers
committed. Most coaches will tell you that winning the turnover statistic, or
limiting turnovers on offense will usually lead to victory. That has been the
case with Clemson. However a streak was stopped on Saturday when Clemson lost to
Boston College. The Tigers had won 11 consecutive games dating to 2002 when it
won the turnover margin stat (forces more turnovers than it commits). Clemson
forced two turnovers (interceptions by Tye Hill and Jamaal Fudge) against Boston
College. Clemson is 28-8 under Bowden when the Tigers win the turnover margin
stat.


Clemson has now had 12 games under Tommy Bowden when it has not committed a
turnover and the Tigers are now 10-2 in those games. Another area that shows the
discipline of this Clemson team is penalty differential. Clemson leads the ACC
in fewest penalties committed with just 13 for 118 yards in the first four
games. The opposition has had 42 for 361 penalty yards, which is the most by any
team's opponent. That is 29 more penalties for 243 more penalty yards for the
opposition so far this year.


Clemson is ranked third in the nation in fewest penalties committed per game,
trailing only Stanford and Iowa. The Tigers are tied for second in the nation in
fewest turnovers committed with just one. UCLA has not committed a turnover this
year, while Clemson Fresno State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Texas Tech are tied
for second with just one.

Stanford has just three penalties in two games and is thus first in the nation
in fewest penalties per game. Iowa is second with 11 in four games. Clemson and
Kentucky are tied for third with 13 in four games for a 3.25 average.


Clemson's 13 penalties in a four-game stretch rank as the fewest in any
four-game period in Clemson history.


Clemson Efficient in Red zone

Through four games Clemson is a perfect 14-14 in terms of scoring in the red
zone. The Tigers have scored six touchdowns and added eight field goals in their
14 trips inside the opponent 20 so far this year. Of course, the efficient
kicking of Jad Dean has a lot to do with that success rate.


Clemson is the only ACC school to bat 1.000 in that area so far and one of
seven teams to have a perfect record in that area given a minimum of 10 attempts
inside the red zone so far this year. Texas Tech is an incredible 29-29 inside
the red zone, including 28 touchdowns through four games.



Nation's Top Red Zone Teams/Percentage Basis

(Minimum of 10 attempts)



School

Made

Att

TD

FGs

Texas Tech

29

29

28

1

Missouri

21

21

16

5

Illinois

18

18

11

7

Toledo

16

16

14

2

Clemson

14

14

6

8

Kansas

14

14

11

3

UCLA

14

14

12

2




Waters Top Tackler

One of the top Clemson players of the 1960s was Charlie Waters, who went on to
fame with the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s. Now another player named Waters (no
relation) is making a name for himself at Clemson. Anthony Waters is Clemson's
top tackler so far this year with 44 stops and ranks fourth in the ACC in that
category. That is saying something because the ACC might be the best conference
in the nation when it comes to defense.


Waters has taken over the middle linebacker position left vacant by Leroy
Hill, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and a third-team AP
All-American. Last year, Hill had 106 tackles for 11 games and contributed 19
tackles for loss and eight sacks. Waters level of production is not far behind
so far this year. Through four games Waters has 44 stops and 6.4 tackles for
loss to lead the Tigers in each category.


On a per game basis, Waters is averaging 11 tackles per game, above the 9.6
per game by Hill. Hill averaged 1.72 tackles for loss last year, among the top
20 in the nation, and Waters stands at 1.63 per game. Waters has led Clemson in
tackles in each of the last three games. He had 14 at Maryland when he was in a
matchup with D'Quell Jackson, the ACC's top tackler. He then posted 11 stops in
the triple overtime game with Miami (FL). Last Saturday he led the Tigers again
with 14 stops, tying his career high for the second time in three games.


The native of Lake View, SC is averaging a tackle every 4.6 plays, better
than the tackle for every 6.4 plays by Hill in 2004.


Whitehurst on Clemson Career Lists

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is Clemson's career leader in five
passing categories. He is the school leader in passing yardage, pass attempts,
completions, touchdown passes and completion percentage. He is second in total
offense and touchdown responsibility.


Whitehurst ranks third among active Division I quarterbacks in completions
with 670 and he is second in passing yards with 7982. He is just two yards short
of the total accumulated by Northwestern quarterback Brett Basanez, and just 76
yards ahead of Southern Cal quarterback Matt Leinart.




Charlie Whitehurst on Clemson Career Records List


Category

Rank

Figure

Record

Passing Yards

1

7982

 

Pass Attempts

1

1152

 

Touchdown Passes

1

42

 

Completions

1

670

 

Completion %

1

.582

 

TD Responsibility

2

51

68, Woody Dantzler

Total Offense

2

8092

8798, Woody Dantzler

Interception %

5

3.21%

2.55%, Chris Morocco

Passing Efficiency

10

122.0

132.46, Woody Dantzler



Whitehurst Sets Clemson Career TD Pass Record

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst became Clemson's career leader in
touchdown passes when he completed a five-yard scoring pass to Curtis Baham on
fourth down in the first overtime of Clemson's 36-30 triple overtime loss to
Miami. It was his second TD pass of the day and fourth of the season. It gave
him 42 touchdown passes for his career, one ahead of former teammate Woodrow
Dantzler, who had 41 between 1998-01.


Whitehurst also tied the Clemson record for pass attempts in that game with
55. Patrick Sapp had 55 in a loss at Maryland in 1992. Whitehurst's 31
completions in the Miami game were the second most in Clemson history, trailing
only the 34 he had at Duke in 2002, his first career start.


Clemson gained 378 yards of total offense against Miami (FL) and Whitehurst
had 346 of them on his stat line, 288 passing and a career high 58 rushing. It
marked the first time Whitehurst had led the Tigers in rushing in a game. The
346 yards rank as his second best single game figure of his four year career and
the ninth highest total for any quarterback in Clemson history. Whitehurst's
career high in terms of total offense is 414 for that Duke game in 2002.


Clemson Career Leaders in Touchdown Passes



Rk

Player

Years

Att

TD

1.

Charlie Whitehurst

2002-05

1152

42

2.

Woodrow Dantler

1998-01

796

41

3.

Nealon Greene

1994-97

805

35

4.

Mike Eppley

1980-84

449

28

5.

Bobby Gage

1945-48

278

24

 

Tommy Kendrick

1969-71

644

24

7.

Steve Fuller

1975-78

554

22

8.

Harvey White

1957-59

289

18

9.

Brandon Streeter

1996-99

519

17



Whitehurst is a 20-game Winner

Charlie Whitehurst became the sixth 20-game winner in Clemson history when the
Tigers defeated Maryland 28-24 on September 10. He is the first Clemson
quarterback to reach 20 wins in a career since Nealon Greene recorded 24 wins as
a starter from 1994-97. Greene is still active in the game as the starting
quarterback for Saskatchewan in the CFL.

Rodney Williams is the career leader with 32 victories, a total that is among
the top 25 victories totals in NCAA history at the Division I level. Williams, a
member of the Clemson Hall of Fame, guided the Tigers to three consecutive
seasons of two losses from 1986-88 and won three bowl games as a starting
quarterback.


While Whitehurst can't catch Williams on the career wins list, he can reach
second ranked Greene with just four more wins. Other Clemson 20-game winners are
Homer Jordan, Steve Fuller and Mike Eppley. Whitehurst is currently sixth on the
victories list with DeChane Cameron and Woodrow Dantzler.


With the win over 17th ranked Texas A&M, Whitehurst now has five top 25 wins
under his belt. He moved ahead of Homer Jordan, Mike Eppley and Nealon Greene in
career wins over top 25 teams with that Texas A&M win. He trails only Williams,
who had seven top 25 wins between the 1986-88 seasons. Whitehurst is 5-6 against
ranked teams in his career, while Williams was 7-4.


Clemson's Winningest Quarterbacks



Rk

Player

Years

Record

1.

Rodney Williams

1985-88

32-10-2

2.

Nealon Greene

1994-97

24-16

3.

Homer Jordan

1979-82

22-6-1

4.

Steve Fuller

1975-78

21-11-3

 

Mike Eppley

1980-84

21-5-1

6.

Charlie Whitehurst

2002-05

20-13

7.

DeChane Cameron

1988-91

19-4-1

 

Woodrow Dantzler

1998-01

19-11

9.

Harvey White

1957-59

18-7



Clemson Defense Solid vs. Miami

The NCAA overtime rule can play havoc with the evaluation of various statistics.
That is the case with Clemson's defensive performance against Miami (FL) in the
most recent game, a 36-30 Miami triple overtime win. Miami scored 16 of its 36
points in the three overtime periods, which will hurt Clemson's scoring defense
stats all year. The same goes for total offense and yards per game, as Miami
gained 73 yards in the overtime.


Through the 60 minutes of regulation, the Hurricanes gained just 264 yards of
total offense, 49 yards less than they gained against Florida State's famed
defensive unit. The Hurricanes threw for just 109 yards on 23 pass attempts
during regulation as Vic Koenning's defensive unit allowed less than five yards
per pass attempt. Clemson allowed just 5-14 third-down conversions in regulation
and allowed just 15 first downs. Miami gained just 4.0 yards per play during
regulation.


Anthony Waters led Clemson in tackles for the second consecutive game in the
Miami loss with 11. C.J. Gaddis had his second consecutive double figure tackle
game with 10, while Sergio Gilliam had a career high nine stops, including one
behind the line of scrimmage.


Bennett Posts Top Game

Senior defensive end Charles Bennett had his best game of the young 2005 season
and the second best tackle game of his career when he had eight tackles against
Miami (FL). The native of Camden, SC had five first hits and three assists for
his eight tackles. Two of the eight were behind the line of scrimmage, including
an eight-yard sack on Miami's last possession of regulation, a stop that gave
Clemson the ball back with a chance to tie the game. He also had three
quarterback pressures in the Miami game.


Bennett's career high for tackles in a game is 10, recorded at Florida State
last year, a game in which he also had two tackles for loss. The sack against
Miami (FL) was the seventh of his career and the first this season. The Miami
game was his 13th career start, he has now started every game over the last two
years with the exception of the Texas A&M game in 2004.


Downer Likely Out for Remainder of the Season

Clemson tight end Cole Downer had surgery Saturday night to have his spleen
removed after suffering an injury while making a reception in the fourth quarter
of Clemson's triple overtime loss to Miami (FL) at Death Valley. He will likely
miss the remainder of the season.Downer made a six-yard reception early in the
fourth period, but was injured on the play and was helped to the sideline. After
increasing stomach discomfort, he was taken to Oconee Hospital in Seneca, SC,
where he underwent surgery to remove his spleen. The surgery was successful.


The senior from Chantilly, VA had scored his first career touchdown for the
Tigers in the first half of the game on an eight-yard reception from Charlie
Whitehurst. He had two receptions for 14 yards in the contest and 5-38 for the
season. He lettered in 2004 as a reserve tight end and offensive tackle. He
first attended Clemson in 2003 as a transfer from Hampden-Sydney College in
Virginia.


"We are really going to miss Cole Downer," said Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "He
has good hands, is an outstanding blocker and really fits what we are doing with
this offense. He has been working very hard. This is a blow to our team."

Clemson coaches voted Downer as the Offensive Player of the Week for the Miami
(FL) game.



Another Last Second Thriller


Eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 15 Clemson games, including all four
this year, have been decided by seven points or less, and all on plays within
the last three minutes of the game or in overtime. Clemson has won six of those
10 close games over the last two years with either pivotal offensive or
defensive plays. The 42-yard field goal by Jad Dean that gave Clemson a 25-24
victory over Texas A&M came with just two seconds left and was the latest
game-winning field goal by a Tiger player since David Treadwell's 21-yard field
goal with two seconds left best Georgia in 1987.


The Tigers followed that with the win at Maryland on a 38-yard run by Reggie
Merriweather with just 2:58 left. The Clemson defense then forced Maryland to
relinquish the ball with 47 seconds remaining, thanks to a sack by Gaines Adams.
Miami then defeated Clemson in three overtimes and Boston College stopped the
Tigers in one overtime.


Clemson has had many a close victory under Tommy Bowden. Since he became the
head coach in 1999, Clemson has registered 10 victories in which it has overcome
a deficit or a tie game to score the winning points in the fourth quarter. Eight
of the 10 have come with offensive plays inside the last 23 seconds or in
overtime. Clemson has overcome a 10 point deficit to win or tie the game each of
the last three weeks. In all four games this year Clemson has led and trailed in
the fourth quarter or overtime.


Clemson Heart Stoppers the last Two Seasons (6-2)



Year

Opponent

Cu-Opp

Winning Play

Time

2004

Wake Forest

37-30

Whitehurst-Browning 11 pass

2nd OT

 

Georgia Tech

24-28

Johnson 11 pass from Ball

:11

 

Maryland

10-7

R. Merriweather 2 run

:23

 

NC State

26-20

C. Bennett interception

:00

 

Miami (FL)

24-17

R. Merriweather 2 run

OT

 

Duke

13-16

Brooks 53 FG

:00

2005

Texas A&M

25-24

Jad Dean 42 FG

:02

 

at Maryland

28-24

R. Merriweather 38 yard run

2:58

 

Miami (FL)

30-36 (3OT)

Moss 25-yard run

3rd OT

 

Boston Coll

13-16

Toal 1-yard run

OT



Dean 23-27 on Field Goals in Career

Clemson kicker Jad Dean had the greatest field goal kicking day in Clemson
history when the Tigers defeated Texas A&M 25-24. The junior was a perfect 6-6
on field goals, including a 42-yarder with two seconds left to give the Tigers
the one-point win. Dean was successful on attempts from 21, 21, 25, 18, 44 and
42 yards in breaking the single game record of five field goals set by Nelson
Welch three times. Welch had five against NC State in 1991, Maryland in 1992 and
North Carolina in 1994.


In addition to setting the Clemson record for field goals in a game, Dean
also established a Clemson record for kick scoring points in a game with 19. He
had one extra point in addition to the six field goals, breaking the record of
17 kick scoring points set by Welch in the game against Maryland in 1992.


Dean tied the ACC record for field goals with the performance. Josh McGee of
North Carolina was 6-6 on field goals against Duke in 1999 and Vince Fusco of
Duke was 6-7 on field goals against Clemson in 1976. His last field goal was
from 57 yards, hit the cross bar and bounced over to tie the game at 18-18 at
the final horn. Thus, two of the three ACC games in which a player has booted
six field goals have come in games played at Death Valley.


Dean was the first Division I player to kick six field goals in a game since
September 27, 2003 when Jonathan Nichols of Mississippi booted six against Texas
Tech. Dean was just the third player to have six field goals in game in the 21st
century and just the 18th to accomplish the feat in NCAA history dating to 1965
when Charley Gogolak of Princeton booted six against Rutgers.


Dean was just one field goal off the national record. Dale Klein of Nebraska
had seven against Missouri on October 19, 1985 and Mike Prindle of Western
Michigan had seven against Marshall on September 29, 1984.


The junior added three field goals against Miami (FL) and two more against
Boston College and is now 11-12 for the year and 23 for 27 in his career. He has
just four misses and all four have come against Miami (FL). He saw his
consecutive made field goals streak stopped at 12 in the Miami (FL) game, but
has made 17 straight in his career inside 40 yards.


Dean is second among active Division I kickers in field goal percentage given
a minimum of 20 field goals made. It is interesting to note that four of the top
eight are from the ACC. He is second in the nation this week in field goals made
per game. He leads the ACC in field goals made per game, scoring and kick
scoring. Dean also handles kickoffs for the Tigers. So far this year he has had
seven touchbacks in 21 attempts and has 59 touchbacks in 145 career kickoffs,
.407.




Active Division I Leaders in Field Goal Percentage


Rk

Player

School

FG-A

Pct

1.

Andrew Wellock

Eastern Michigan

41-48

.8542

2.

Jad Dean

Clemson

23-27

.8519

3.

Kyle Schlicher

Iowa

25-30

.8333

4.

Alexis Serna

Oregon State

25-30

.8333

5.

Darren McCaleb

Southern Miss.

32-39

.8205

6.

Connor Hughes

Virginia

49-61

.8033

7.

Travis Bell

Georgia Tech

20-25

.800

 

Brandon Pace

Virginia Tech

28-35

.800

9.

Garrett Rivas

Michigan

34-43

.7907

10.

Mason Crosby

Colorado

36-46

.7826



Bring a Pillow

The Clemson vs. Miami (FL) game took 4:10 to play, the longest game in Clemson
history in terms of overtimes and real time. The previous long was the 4:05 it
took to play the Peach Bowl at the end of the 2003 season. That game, however,
had a 27-minute halftime, five minutes longer than a normal game.


As you can see by the list below, of the 11 longest games in Clemson history,
eight have taken place since Tommy Bowden became Clemson's head coach.




Clemson's Longest Games in terms of Real Time


































































Season


Opponent


Score


Time


2005


Miami (FL) (3OT)


30-36


4:10


2003


#Tennessee


27-14


4:05


2004


Wake Forest (2OT)


37-30


3:58


1992


at Maryland


23-53


3:50


2004


Georgia Tech


24-28


3:48


1999


at NC State


31-35


3:45


2002


at Duke


34-31


3:45


1997


Florida State


28-35


3:44


2001


at NC State


45-37


3:43


2001


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