GT Notes: Tigers Aim for First Win Over Tech Since '96


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Clemson-Tech Series Notes

Georgia Tech has a 42-20-2 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 score.
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 that have been decided by
exactly three points. Georgia Tech has won three straight
decided by exactly three points, including last year’s 45-42
thriller in Atlanta, the only game in Clemson history in which both
teams scored in the 40s.


The Tigers have a 7-3 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 later 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. Clemson has a 9-8
advantage in the series, 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 in a game televised by ESPN.


Clemson’s last win over the Yellow Jackets took place
at Clemson in 1996, a 28-25 Tiger win. Nealon Greene clinched
that game with a one-yard run with just 4:10 left.


Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

Clemson Games in the 1990s


Year Result Ending

1990 Tech 21-19 Gardocki missed 60-ydFG with 1 min. left

1991 Clemson 9-7 Ronald Williams 2-yd 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 of game

1993 Clemson 16-13 Tech’s Jarrett misses 41-yard FG @3:01

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 Tigers pull to within 3 with 6:58 left


Last Year: Georgia Tech 45, Clemson 41

Last year’s game was a three-point decision, but it was
not decided on a late score. 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 win.


The two teams combined for 87 points and 965 yards
of total offense. It was the first game and still only game in
school history in which both teams scored in the 40s. Clemson
made two major comebacks agains tthe 13th ranked Yellow
Jackets. Woodrow Dantzler replaced an injured Brandon
Streeter with the Tigers trailing 7-0. 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 twofourth quarter scores. Joe Hamilton
led Tech with 410 yards of total offense, most ever against
Clemson. 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.


Simmons Ties Clemson Record
Last week, national college football writers Richard
Rosenblatt (Associated Press), Mark Blaudschun (Boston
Globe) and Dick Weiss (New York Daily News) came to the
Clemson vs. North Carolina game expecting to write a story
about Clemson’s Heisman Trophy candidate for 2000, Woodrow
Dantzler. By the end of the night they were writing about a
possible Clemson Heisman Trophy candidate for 2002, Willie
Simmons.


Dantzler gained 90 yards of total offense over the first
24 minutes of the game before suffering a bruised ankle at the
end of a 22-yard run. Enter backup quarterback Willie
Simmons. The rookie from Quincy, FL came off the bench to
complete 10 of 18 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns,
leading the Tigers to 38 points in his 36 minutes of play, and a
38-24 victory.


Simmons connected on scoring passes of 29 yards to
Jackie Robinson and 20 yards to Rod Gardner just before
halftime. Then, in the second half, he led the Tigers to 24
points, completing two more touchdown passes (43, 25 yards) to
Gardner.


Simmons tied the Clemson record for touchdown
passes in a single game with his four against North Carolina.
The record is also held by Bobby Gage against Auburn in 1947
and by Nealon Greene against UTEP in 1997. It was obviously
a record for a non-starter.


Simmons passing efficiency for the North Carolina
game was the fifth best in Clemson history given a minimum of
15 attempts. His efficiency figure for the game was 235.29, best
by a Tiger since.....Woodrow Dantzler had a record 247.21
efficiency rating for the season opener against The Citadel.
Thus, two of the top five individual efficiency games in Clemson
history have taken place this year. Simmons performance at
Chapel Hill was the best ever by a Clemson quarterback on the
road.


Clemson’s Highest Passing Efficiency Games

(Min. 15 Attempts)

Player Opponent Year Stats Effic
Woodrow Dantzler Citadel 2000 16-17-192-0-3 247.21

Jimmy Addison Virginia 1966 12-19-283-0-3 240.39

Nealon Greene W. Carolina 1995 12-16-191-0-3 237.19

Mike Eppley Virginia 1983 12-15-199-0-3 235.44

Willie Simmons N. Carolina 2000 10-18-228-0-4 235.29

Nealon Greene S. Carolina 1997 12-15-157-0-3 233.92


Top Tigers from Georgia

The state of Georgia has been a strong recruiting area
in recent years. No less than 17 players, including nine starters
from the state of Georgia figure to play prominent roles when
Clemson meets Georgia Tech this weekend. This list includes
some of Clemson’s top players, including seven starters on
defense. Preseason first-team All-Americans Robert Carswell
and Keith Adams are both from Georgia. Chad Carson, tied for
the team lead in tackles with Adams, is from Newnan, GA and
Woodward Academy. On offense, Travis Zachery, Clemson’s
top touchdown scorer with 14, is from Marietta.


Key Clemson Players from Georgia

Player Hometown High School

#Keith Adams College Park Westlake

Matt Bailey Stone Mountain Stone Mountain

#Terry Bryant Savannah Johnson

Gary Byrd Stone Mountain Stone Mountain

#Chad Carson Newnan Woodward

#Robert Carswell Lithonia Stone Mountain

#Nick Eason Lyons Toombs County

Marcus Houskin Douglas Douglasville, GA

#Jason Holloman Decatur Lakeside

#Terry Jolly Fort Valley Peach County

Marcus Lewis Lithonia Dunwoody

#John McDermott Woodstock Sequoyah

Kenzi Ross Fort Valley Peach County

Matt Schell Covington Eastside

Rodney Thomas Cadell West Laurens

Khaleed Vaughan Atlanta North Atlanta

#Travis Zachery Marietta Marietta

#slated to start this weekend.



Clemson Overcomes 17-point Deficit

Clemson overcame a 17-0 deficit to defeat North
Carolina last weekend in Chapel Hill. That was only the third
time in school history that the Tigers overcame that large a
deficit to win, the first time since 1992. Willie Simmons and Rod
Gardner led the Clemson comeback to the eventual 38-24 win.
The only two other games in which Clemson overcame
that large a deficit were both against Virginia. In 1992, Clemson
trailed the Cavaliers 28-0 with two minutes left in the half.



Clemson, behind quarterback Louis Solomon, went on a 29-0
run to win 29-28. Nelson Welsh kicked the game-winning field
goal from 32 yards with 52 seconds left.



In 1966, in another game against Virginia, the Tigers
trailed the Cavs 35-18 with just 18 minutes left. But, Clemson
went on a 22-0 run over the last 18 minutes of the contest to win
40-35. That game was played in Death Valley.



The Clemson record for the greatest comeback in the
fourth quarter also took place at Virginia. In the 1980 contest on
the road, Clemson trailed 24-10 entering the final period. But,
Clemson scored a pair of touchdowns, then Obed Ariri kicked a
52-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to give Clemson the win.



Tigers Over 200 Rushing and Passing

Offensive balance usually means victory for the
Clemson Tigers. Over the years, Clemson is 33-0-1 in games in
which the Tigers have at least 200 yards passing and 200 yards
rushing in the same game. Along the same lines, averaging at
least 200 rushing and 200 passing per game over a season
would certainly indicate a successful season.



No team in Clemson history has ever averaged 200 of
each in the same year. The closest a Clemson teams has come
to doing it took place in 1984 when Clemson averaged 211.5
rushing and 169 a game passing. That was a team
quarterbacked by Mike Eppley, now a color commentator on
Clemson’s radio network. Currently, Clemson is averaging 273
yards a game rushing and 219 passing. The Tigers are one of
five teams at the Division I level averaging at least 200 of each.
The others are Northwestern, Michigan Kansas State and
Boston College.



Teams Averaging 200 Rushing and Passing/ Game

Rushing Passing

School Rk Yds/G Rk Yds/G

Clemson 6th 273.0 54 219.0

Northwestern 8th 245.7 61 208.6

Michigan 12th 235.6 65 205.6

Kansas State 15 207.4 46 226.8

Boston College 17 204.6 39 232.4



Clemson Looks for Scoring and Touchdown Records
Saturday


Scoring points and touchdowns in bunches have been
a hallmark of this 2000 Clemson football team. the Tigers have
scored 47 touchdowns and 345 points in just eight games this
year and could very easily break the school season records in
both categories against Georgia Tech.



The Clemson record for total touchdowns in a season
is 48, set by the 9-0-1 team of 1950. This year’s Clemson team
already has 47, so two more will break that record. This year’s
team is already tied for second with the 1978 team, which had
47 touchdowns. Fifteen of the Clemson touchdowns have come
via the pass this year, just two away from tying the school record
of 17 set in 1984.



The record for points scored in a season is 368, set by
the 1978 and 1989 clubs. The 1978 team was 11-1 and finished
sixth in the nation, while the 1989 club finished 10-2 and ranked
12th in the nation. This year’s Clemson team is already the
fourth highest scoring team in school history. The 1984 team
scored 346 points. Thus, Clemson needs to score just 24 points
on Saturday against Tech to set the school record for a season.
Clemson is far ahead of the record in pace in a number
of other areas. Clemson is averaging 492 yards per game of
total offense, ahead of the previous best of 427.8 set in 1978.
Clemson is also on pace to break records in scoring average,
touchdowns per game, plays per game and passing efficiency.
Clemson is in range for many other offensive records
on a team basis. Here is a list of the team offense records that
have been set or are in range for this 2000 Clemson team:



Category 2000 Record

Points/Game 43.1 38.0 (1901)

Total Points 345 368 (1989, 1978)

Touchdowns/Game 5.9 4.8 (1948)

Total Touchdowns 47 48 (1950)

Touchdown Passes 15 17 (1984)

Total Offense/Game 492.0 427.8 (1978)

Plays/Game 79.4 78.8 (1978)

Rushing Yards/Game 273.0 289.1 (1978)

First downs/Game 24.8 22.75 (1978)

Passing Efficiency 151.1 148.2 (1950)

Yards/Play 6.20 6.1 6 (1950)

3rd down Conversion % .476 .516 (1978)

400-yard total off. Games 8 7 (1950, 1978, 1982, 2000)



Tigers Have 8 Straight 400-yard, 30-point Games

Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Woodrow Dantzler,
center Kyle Young, running back Travis Zachery and wide
receiver Rod Gardner, Clemson has gained at least 400 yards
and scored at least 30 points in each of the first 8 games. This
is the first time in history that Clemson has had eight consecu-tive
400-yard total offense games. All but one of the games
(408 vs. N Carolina) the Tigers have gained at least 450 yards.
Clemson has already set a school record for 400-yard
games in a season with eight. Three Clemson teams (1950,
1978 and 1982) had seven 400-yard games in one season.
Clemson has also averaged at least five yards per play in each
of the first eight games, also a first in Clemson history.



In four of the first eight games, Clemson has had at
least 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. Clemson is
undefeated in its history when it has at least 200 of each.
Clemson is now 33-0-1 in its history when gaining at least 200
yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game.
Clemson has done that 200-double 34 times in its history, six in
the last 20 games under Bowden after doing it just 28 times in its
first 985 games.



Clemson Looks for 7-0 ACC Start, 9-0 overall

Clemson is 6-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1983.
This is already the most ACC wins in a season for Clemson
since 1996 (Clemson finished 6-2). With eight regular season
wins in the bank, it is already Clemson’s highest regular season
victory total since 1995.



The Tigers went 7-0 against the ACC in 1983.
Clemson was perfect against ACC teams in 1982, 1981, 1967
and 1978.



Clemson ended an important streak in the win over NC
State. Clemson had lost 13 straight games decided by seven
points or less, dating to a 19-17 win over the Pack in 1997.
The NC State game marked the fourth straight time Clemson
and NC State had played a game decided by seven points or
less.



Clemson is 8-0 overall, the first time Clemson has been
8-0 since 1981. It is actually just the third time in history
Clemson has been 8-0. In addition to this year and1981, the
1948 team, which finished 11-0, obviously had an 8-0 run to
start the season.



Clemson will be looking for its ninth win of the season
when Georgia Tech comes to town on Saturday. Clemson has
not won nine games in a season since 1993 when Ken Hatfield’s
team had a 9-3 overall record. One of those victories was
claimed in a bowl win over Kentucky by Tommy West, his first
game as Clemson Head Coach. The 1993 season was also the
last time Clemson finished in the top 25 of either poll.



Clemson has not had a 10-win season since 1990
(Hatfield’s first year) and has not had an 11-win season since
the 12-0 team of 1981.



It is interesting to note that the beginning and middle of
a century means a special season at Clemson. John Heisman’s
1900 teams was 6-0, then Frank Howard’s 1950 team finished
with a 9-0-1 ledger and a #10 final ranking. This is the 50-year
anniversary of that season and that club will be honored at the
Georgia Tech game in two weeks. Now we are in the year
2000 and Clemson has a 7-0 record.



Records Held by Current Clemson Players

Ten different active Clemson players hold a total of 45
Clemson records. Woody Dantzler has the most records with
13, 12 of which have been established this year. His backup,
Willie Simmons, tied the Clemson record for touchdown passes
in a game against North Carolina. Linebacker Keith Adams, has
11 records, including the mark for consecutive games with a
tackle for loss (20). Rod Gardner is third with 10 records,
including the record for reception yards in a game with 182 vs.
North Carolina.



Woodrow Dantzler (13)

*Total offense in a game: 435 vs. Maryland, 1999

*Yards rushing by a QB in a game: 220 vs. Virginia, 2000

*Single game completion %: .941 vs. Citadel, 2000

*Single game passing efficiency: 247.1 vs. Citadel, 2000

*300-yard total offense games in a career: 6

*Yards Rushing over 3 consecutive games: 520 in 2000

*Career passing efficiency: 134.3

*Career completion percentage: .578

*Yards rushing by QB in season: 841 in 2000

*Most Touchdowns rushing and passing, season: 21 in 2000

*Consecutive 200-yard total offense games: 7 in 2000

*Consecutive 300-yard total offense games: 4, in 2000

*Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by QB: 4 in 2000



Keith Adams (11)

*Tackles in a game: 27 vs. South Carolina, 1999

*First hits in a game: 18 vs. South Carolina, 1999

*Sacks in a game: 4 vs. Duke, 1999

*Tackles for loss in a game: 6 vs. Duke, 1999

*First hits in a season: @119 in 1999

*Tackles in a season: 186 in 1999

*Sacks in a season: 16 in 1999

*Tackles for loss in a season: 35 in 1999

*Consecutive Games with a sack: @5 in 1999

*Consecutive Games with a tackle for loss: 20 in 1999-00

*ACC Player of the Week Selections: 5 in 1999



Rod Gardner (10)

*Receptions in a game: @11 vs. Marshall, 1999

*Receptions in a season: 80 in 1999

*Reception yards in a season: 1084 in 1999

*Receptions/Game in season: 6.67 in 1999

*Reception Yards/Game in season: 90.3 in 1999

*Reception Yards in game: 182 vs. North Carolina, 2000

*Reception TDs in game: @3 vs. North Carolina, 2000

*Consecutive 100-yard reception games: @3 in 2000

*Reception yards consecutive games: 330 in 2000

*Reception yards 3 consecutive games: 467 in 2000



Travis Zachery (3)

*Touchdowns in a career: 35

*Rushing Touchdowns in career: @31

*Career Receptions by a running back: 47



Robert Carswell (2)

*Tackles in season by defensive back: 129 in 1999

*Career tackles by defensive back: 329



Alex Ardley (2)

*Interceptions in a game: @3 vs. Maryland, 2000

*Takeaways in a game: @3 vs. Maryland, 2000



John McDermott (1)

*Snaps from scrimmage in a season, 923 in 1999



Willie Simmons (1)

*Touchdown passes in a game: 4 vs. North Carolina, 2000



Chad Speck (1)

*Special teams tackles in game: 7 vs. Georgia Tech in 1999



Brian Mance (1)

*Takeaways in a game: @3 vs. Missouri, 2000



Carson Tied for Team Lead in Tackles

Cerebral linebacker Chad Carson is now tied for the
Clemson team lead in tackles with 95. He has led the Tigers in
each of the last two games with 16 tackles in each game to
catch Keith Adams for the team lead. The junior from Georgia
has had an all-star season and has matched Adams most of the
year. Both players average 11.9 tackles per game and a tackle
every 4.7 plays.



For the eight games this year, Carson has led the
Tigers four times and Adams has led the Tigers four times.
Carson has seven tackles for loss to rank third on the team
behind Adams and defensive lineman Nick Eason. Carson, a
3.94 student in biological sciences and a future Rhodes Scholar
candidate, is certainly a first-team Academic All-America
candidate for 2000. He was a second-team selection last year
when he had 144 tackles, 10th highest figure in Clemson history.
For his career, Carson now has an even 250 tackles.



The 11 Butkus Award semi-finalists (in alphabetical order)

1. Keith Adams Clemson

2. Brian Allen Florida State

3. Adam Archuleta Arizona State

4. Rocky Calmus Oklahoma

5. Dan Morgan Miami (FL)

6. Carlos Polk Nebraska

7. Tommy Polley Florida State

8. Matt Smith Oregon

9. Ben Taylor Virginia Tech

10. Robert Thomas UCLA

11. Eric Westmoreland Tennessee



Adams reached a landmark in his Clemson career in
the win at North Carolina. The native of College Park, GA had
two tackles for loss, giving him an even 50 for his career. He
joins Michael Dean Perry, William Perry and Anthony Simmons
as the only players in Clemson history with 50 career tackles for
loss. He also has 22 career sacks, tied for fourth in school
history.



Adams is coming off one of his best games of the
season. In addition to getting 15 tackles, he caused a fumble
and had his first career interception. With Clemson leading by
just seven points late in the fourth period, he intercepted a
Ronald Curry pass and returned it 27 yards to the North Carolina
two-yard-line. Travis Zachery scored from the one, giving
Clemson a 14-point lead. Adams 15 tackles in that game give
him 326 for his career, eighth on the Clemson all-time list.
Teammate Robert Carswell is actually three tackles ahead of
him with 329.



Clemson Career Tackles for Loss Leaders

1. Michael Dean Perry, DT 1984-87 61

2. William Perry, DT 1981-84 60

3. Anthony Simmons, LB 1995-97 52

4. Keith Adams, LB 1998-00 50

Rob Bodine, MG 1989-91 48

6. Brentson Buckner, MG 1990-93 46

7. Adrian Dingle, DE 1995-98 45

8. Randy Scott, LB 1975-78 43



Clemson Career Sacks Leaders

1. Michael Dean Perry, DT 1984-87 28

2. William Perry, MG 1981-84 27

3. Adrian Dingle, DE 1995-98 23

4. Keith Adams, LB 1998-00 22

Brentson Buckner, MG 1990-93 22

6. Chester McGlockton, MG 1989-91 20.5

7. Levon Kirkland, OLB 1988-91 19

Wayne Simmons, OLB 1989-92 19

9. Anthony Simmons, OLB 1995-97 18.5



Gardner Coming Off Best Game

For the third straight game, we can make the statement
that Rod Gardner is coming off his best game of the season. He
just keeps taking his game to another level. In the win over
North Carolina, the native of Jacksonville, FL had seven catches
for a school record 182 yards and a school record tying three
touchdowns. He averaged 26 yards a catch in that game. His
yardage total broke the record of 163 yards by Ring of Honor
member Jerry Butler at Georgia Tech in 1977.



The 6-3 receiver had five catches for a career high148
yards against Maryland and 10 catches for 137 in the win over
NC State. That means, Gardner has had 22 catches for 467
yards and three scores in his last three games. That is the
highest three-game reception yardage total in Clemson history.
Gardner has 149 receptions for his career and obvi-ously
needs one catch to become the third player in Clemson
history to reach 150. He is just 13 receptions short of tying the
Clemson career record of 162 by Terry Smith from 1990-93. He
is now third in career catches and fourth in reception yardage.
He moved ahead of Tony Horne and Brian Wofford in terms of
yardage with his performance against NC State.



He now has 2195 career yards and needs just 29 yards
to go ahead of Jerry Butler into third place on the Clemson list.
Gardner is also returning kickoffs for the Tigers this season. He
had 64 kickoff return yards against NC State, giving him 201 all-purpose
running yards in that game. He had 80 against



Maryland, giving him back-to-back 200-yard all-purpose running
games. He had 231 all-purpose yards against Maryland, 9th
highest in Clemson history and most by a Tiger since 1997 when
Tony Horne had 267 in a loss to Florida State.



Clemson career Reception Leaders

Rk Player Years Rec

1. Terry Smith 1990-93 162

2. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 150

3. Rod Gardner 1997-00 149

4. Jerry Butler 1975-78 139

5. Brian Wofford 1996-99 138

6. Tony Horne 1994-97 120

7. Phil Rogers 1965-67 106

8. Mal Lawyer 1996-99 99



Clemson career Reception Yardage Leaders

Rk Player Years Rec

1. Terry Smith 1990-93 2681

2. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 2534

3. Jerry Butler 1975-78 2223

4. Rod Gardner 1997-00 2195

5. Brian Wofford 1996-99 1857

6. Tony Horne 1994-97 1750

7. Gary Cooper 1985-89 1592




Polls Are Flashback to the 1980s

This week’s college football polls are a virtual
flashback to the 1980s. Four of the five teams in the AP and
USA Today Top five ranked among the top five winningest
teams in college football in the 1980s. This year has seen a
rejuvenation of the programs at Clemson, Oklahoma and Miami
(FL), while Nebraska has been a strong top five team for many
years.



Nebraska, Miami (FL), Oklahoma and Clemson are all
ranked in the top five of both polls this week and ranked in the
top five winningest programs in the 1980s. Here is a chart that
makes the point:



Winningest Teams in the 1980s
2000

Rk Team Record in 1980s AP-USA

1. Nebraska 103-20 (.837) 1-1

2. Miami (FL) 98-20-0 (.831) 4-5

3. Brigham Young 102-26-0 (.797) NR-NR

4. Oklahoma 91-25-2 (.780) 3-3

5. Clemson 86-25-4 (.765) 5-4



Clemson’s last 3 Opponents are 19-4

Clemson has a 8-0 record so far this season, but the
Tigers will face tough competition over the last three games of
the season. Clemson’s last three opponents have a combined
record of 19-4. Florida State and South Carolina are both 7-1,
while Georgia Tech is 5-2. Tech’s only two blemishes are a five-point
loss to Florida State and an overtime loss at NC State.
Clemson’s schedule rating will rise dramatically over the last
three games of the season.



Clemson In top 5 in Total Offense and Defense

Clemson ranks third in the nation in total offense and
fifth in the country in total defense this week. The Tigers give
up 257.8 yards a game, and gain 492 yards a game on offense.
That is a differential of 234 yards per game and has translated to
a scoring margin differential of 29 points a game.



With three games left it is still a possibility that Clemson
could lead the nation in both areas. Leading the nation in total
offense and total defense in the same year would be quite an
accomplishment. Four teams have done it in NCAA history.
Notre Dame’s 1946 team was the first to do it. That Notre Dame
team had 38 players who were eventually drafted into the NFL.
Cincinnati did it in 1953, while Syracuse pulled off the national
yardage double in 1959. Oklahoma was the last to do it in 1987.
Notre Dame and Syracuse won the national championship in
those respective seasons. Oklahoma finished third in 1987.
Curiously, Cincinnati did not finish in the final AP top 20 the year
they led the nation in both areas.



This level of offensive and defensive balance is fairly
unusual for Clemson. Five times in history Clemson has
finished in the top 25 in the nation in total offense and total
defense in the same year. The Tigers last did it in 1991 when
Clemson was 25th in total offense and fourth in total defense.
Clemson also finished in the top 25 in both in 1957, 1960, 1963
and 1978.



The 1978 Clemson team is probably the school’s most
successful from a statistical standpoint. That offense led by
Steve Fuller, finished fourth in the nation in total offense,
Clemson’s highest ranking in that category in history. That 1978
defense was ranked 15th in the final rankings. That is the only
Clemson team to rank in the top 15 in both areas.



Clemson has been more prevalent in the total defense
area than the total offense area over the years. Clemson has
finished in the final top 25 in total offense, just six times, but has
ranked in the top 25 in total defnse 17 times, including 11 since
1978.



Clemson’s Final Top 25 Rankings in Total Offense and total Defense

Year Total Offense Total Defense

1951 20th (231.7)

1954 3rd (176.1)

1957 19th (327.7) 16th (215.9)

1958 21st (315.3)

1959 11th (197.1)

1960 25th (305.2) 18th (214.3)

1963 20th (313.9) 5th (184.7)

1978 4th (436.7) 15th (254.2)

1979 7th (237.5)

1981 7th (251.5)

1986 25th (309.5)

1987 5th (240.0)

1988 12th (279.5)

1989 5th (267.9)

1990 1st (216.9)

1991 25th (409.7) 4th (263.2)

1997 18th (312.5)

1998 25th (320.1)



Clemson in top 11 in 8 Categories

Clemson ranks in the top 11 in the nation in eight
different statistical categories, three on offense and five on
defense. As documented above, Clemson is third in the nation
in total offense and fifth in total defense. In terms of scoring,
Clemson is fifth in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense.
Clemson is also in the top 11 in rushing offense (6th) and
rushing defense (6th).



When it comes to a national top 50 ranking from an
individual standpoint, Clemson has five different players listed
13 times in 11 different categories. Woodrow Dantzler leads
the way with five top 30 rankings, including three areas in which
he is 11th or 12th.



Clemson in the National Statistics Rankings

Total Offense 492.0 3rd

Total Defense 257.8 5th

Scoring Defense 14.1 11th

Scoring Offense 43.1 5th

Rushing Offense 273.0 6th

Rushing Defense 76.5 6th

Pass Efficiency Offense 151.1 7th

Pass Efficiency Defense 91.3 9th



Clemson Individuals in Top 50

Woodrow Dantzler

Total Offense 272.5 11th

Points Responsibility 15.75 11th

Passing Efficiency 148.8 12th

Rushing 105.1 17th

Scoring 9.00 28th



Travis Zachery
Rushing 93.9 31th

Scoring 10.5 8th

All-purpose running 125.4 41st

Points Responsible 19.5 42



Rod Gardner

Reception Yards/Game 93.4 16

Receptions/Game 5.1 48



Alex Ardley

Interceptions/Game 0.50 20th



Joe Don Reames

Punt Return Average 12.2 27th



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