Game 7: Wake Forest vs Clemson Notes


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Tigers Hope History Repeats



Clemson enters this weekend''s homecoming game with a 3-3 record. To those who
have been around the program a few years, this year has brought back memories of
the 1995 Clemson season. Tiger fans hope that this season turns out like the
1995 regular season did.

That year Clemson opened with a 3-3 record in the first half of the season,
losses to Virginia, Georgia and Florida State, the same three teams that have
beaten Clemson through six games this year. The margins were even similar in
two of the games. In 1995 Clemson lost to Florida State by 19 points, this year
the margin was 17. Georgia beat the Tigers by two points in 1995 and by three
points this year.

The chart below shows many other similarities. The 1995 team was winning the
total offense margin by 47 yards per game through six contests, similar to the
way Clemson has won the total offensive margin this year by 85 yards per game.
Clemson had 21 touchdowns through six games in 1995 and 20 so far this year.
Turnovers committed are identical, 14 each season at this point. The starting
quarterbacks, Nealon Greene in 1995 and Willie Simmons this year, had nearly
identical completion percentages.

Tiger fans hope the similarities continue. That 1995 team overcame the 3-3
start and ran the table over the last five regular season games to finish 8-3
and earn a bid to the Gator Bowl.


A Comparison of Seasons




Category

1995

2002

Record

3-3

3-3

Total Offense Margin

+47.0

+85.3

Points/Game

28.8

27.2

Touchdowns

21

20

3rd Down Conv. %

.413

.414

Turnovers Committed

14

14

Turnover Margin

-1

0

Penalties

43

42

First Downs by Offense

119

122

Yards/Play

5.40

5.20

Starting QB Comp. %

.581

.580



Clemson Has Played 7th Toughest Schedule



Clemson has a 3-3 record against a schedule ranked as the seventh most difficult
in the nation by the Jeff Sagarin computer poll, a rating published by USA
Today. Sagarin is one of the computer rankings used by the BCS standings. The
Tigers are ranked 34th overall in that ranking, ironically one spot ahead of
Virginia.

Clemson has losses to two top 15 teams so far this year, an undefeated
Georgia team and a 5-2 Florida State team that lost by a point to number-one
ranked Miami (FL) last weekend. Florida State is ranked second in the
Sagarin schedule rankings and fourth overall, the only team in the nation ranked
in the top 10 in both areas.

Clemson's highest schedule ranking in the history of the Sagarin poll is a #7
rating in 1999, Tommy Bowden's first year as head coach. Clemson was 6-6 that
year, but still had a final top 25 ranking (24th) according to Sagarin's
computer rankings. Clemson's highest overall final ranking by Sagarin is #15
in 2000.


Nation's Most Difficult Schedules, 2002




Rk Team Rec. Rating
1. Southern Cal 4-2 80.85
2. Florida State 5-2 79.63
3. Stanford 1-4 79.61
4. Texas Tech 4-3 78.15
5. Arkansas 3-2 77.12
6. UCLA 4-2 76.76
7. Clemson 3-3 76.63
8. Penn State 4-2 76.09
9. North Carolina 2-4 75.88
10. Colorado 4-2 75.87


Clemson Successful on Homecoming



Over the years Clemson has had great success on homecoming and Tiger fans hope
that continues today. The first homecoming game at Clemson was in 1922, a 21-0
loss to Centre. Clemson was 0-4-1 through its first five homecoming games, so
it is almost surprising that the tradition continued. But, Clemson defeated
Auburn in 1927 by a 3-0 score for its first homecoming victory.

There is no record of a homecoming game in 1930 or 1938, but the event has
been held in conjunction with a football game every year since 1939, even
through the war years. Clemson has a 56-19-3 overall on homecoming games, a
.737 winning percentage.

The Tigers are 26-3-2 on homecoming since the 1971 season. The only three
losses have been to Georgia Tech in 1989, Virginia in 1997 and last year to
North Carolina. Clemson has played Wake Forest for homecoming 12 times and the
Tigers have a 10-2 record in those games. However, this is just the second time
since 1975 that Wake Forest has been Clemson's opponent on homecoming. The only
other occasion was in 1994, a 24-8 Clemson victory in Tommy West's first year.

Clemson vs. Wake Forest Series



*Clemson owns 52 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second highest victory
total over any opponent. Clemson has 59 wins over South Carolina.

*Clemson leads the series 52-14-1 overall, including a 29-7 record in games
played at Clemson and a 25-7 mark in games played in Death Valley.

*Clemson has won three in a row and seven out of eight 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 3-0 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden. The Tigers
have outscored Wake Forest 88-24 in the three games.

*Wake Forest has scored more than 20 points against Clemson just once in the
last 13 years, the Deacs 29-19 win at Clemson in 1998. Clemson won last year
at Wake Forest 21-14 and the Tigers won the last time Wake Forest came to
Clemson by a 55-7 score.

*The Clemson vs. Wake Forest series dates to 1933, a 13-0 Clemson win in
Charlotte.

*Clemson won 15 games in a row in the series from 1977-91.

*Wake Forest enters this game with a better record than Clemson (4-3 to 3-3).
You only have to go back to 1999 to find the last time that has happened. In
1999 Wake Forest entered the game at Winston-Salem with a 4-3 record, while
Clemson was 3-4.

*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.

Wake Forest Update



Wake Forest is off to a 4-3 start and the Deacons come into this game riding a
two-game winning streak. That includes a 36-10 victory over Duke in its most
recent game at Wake Forest's homecoming. That game was typical for Wake
Forest in that they make the most of their opportunities, especially on defense
and special teams. The Deacs gained just 224 yards of total offense against
Duke, yet scored 36 points. Their scoring included a 90-yard missed field goal
return and a 29-yard interception return. Wake Forest won the second half
22-0.

Coach Jim Grobe's team is living testimony to the importance of turnover
margin in football. Wake Forest has averaged 383.3 yards per game on offense
and given up 383.0 per game on defense. But, the Deacons have forced 22
turnovers and committed just five, a +17 turnover margin. Wake Forest is second
in the nation in turnover margin per game.

Wake Forest likes to keep the ball on the ground and as a result they lead
the ACC in rushing yards per game with 233.4 yards per game. They have
accomplished that with a balanced attack as no Wake Forest back has averaged at
least 55 yards per game and no Deacon back is in the top six in the ACC in
rushing yards per game.

Nick Burney is the top rusher with 375 yards in seven games, 53.6 yards per
game. Tarence Williams is a senior who has missed much of the year with an
injury, but he was a second-team All-ACC back last year when he had over 1000
yards. He is healthy now and had 14 carries last week against Duke.

Wake Forest is last in the league in passing, but quarterback James
MacPherson has run the offensive efficiently. He has not thrown an interception
in 133 passes and has completed 55.6 percent of his passes. His favorite
receiver is Fabian Davis, who has 27 catches for 387 yards. Davis is second to
Clemson's Derrick Hamilton in all-purpose running with 156 yards per game. Like
Hamilton he returns punts and kickoffs in addition to his duties as a receiver.

Wake Forest has had a dominant player on defense in Calvin Pace. The senior
has 16 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks to rank among the ACC
leaders. He is the team's top tackler with 53 stops in the seven games. He
had an incredible six tackles for loss in the win over Duke.

Clemson Veterans vs. Wake Forest



*Altroy Bodrick (LB)-Had eight tackles and two tackles for loss in win at Wake
Forest in 1999. Added season high 10 tackles and a sack against the Deacons in
2000.

*Nick Eason (DT)-Has played three games, two as a starter against Wake Forest.
Had four tackles, including a sack in 2000 and had five tackles in 48 snaps in
2001.

*Ben Hall (TE)-Had three catches for 17 yards, including a touchdown at Wake
Forest in 2001.

*Derrick Hamilton (WR)-Ha six catches for 91 yards and a score at Wake Forest in
2001.

*Aaron Hunt (PK)-Had seven extra points and a field goal in Clemson's win in
2000. Had 3-3 PATs at Wake Forest last year.

*Chad Jasmin (RB)-Had five carries for 25 yards in Clemson's win in 2001.

*Yusef Kelly (RB)-Red-shirted last year, but in 2000 had 16-93, his season high
in terms of rushing yards.

*Wynn Kopp (P)-Had 40.0 average on four punts at Wake Forest in 2001.

*Brian Mance (CB)-Had three tackles in 39 snaps against Wake Forest in 2000,
then had three tackles in 80 plays and added a PBU at Wake Forest in 2001.

*Bryant McNeal (DE)-Had three tackles, including a sack at Wake Forest in 1999.
Had four tackles as a reserve in 2000 and a career high 11 tackles, including a
sack in 2001.

*Eric Meekins (SS)-Had career high 13 tackles at Wake Forest in 2001.

*Bernard Rambert (RB)-Had 6-46 in 2000 against the Deacs and had 3-8 last year
as a reserve.

*Jackie Robinson-had 3-31 receiving against Wake Forest in 2000.

*Eric Sampson (LB)-Had a career high 14 tackles when he came on for an injured
John Leake in 2001.

*Willie Simmons (QB)-Had 1-2 for 30 yards and a touchdown against Wake Forest in
2000.

*Rodney Thomas (LB)-Had career high 16 tackles at Wake Forest in 2001.

*Donnell Washington (DT)-Had four tackles, including a tackle for loss at Wake
Forest in 2001.

*Kevin Youngblood (WR)-Caught his first career touchdown pass, a 30-yarder from
Willie Simmons, in the win over the Deacs in 2000.

Clemson Completion Percentage at Record Rate



Clemson is completing passes at a near 61 percent rate, a record pace. Clemson
has completed 123 of 202 passes so far this season for a .609 rate. That is
ahead of the .605 pace set by the 1997 Clemson team that was led by current
Canadian Football league star Nealon Greene. The only other Clemson team to
complete 60 percent over the course of the season is the 1989 Tiger team that
was 117-195, exactly 60 percent.

Starting quarterback Willie Simmons has completed 58 percent of his passes so
far this year on 109-188. He has thrown for 1199 yards and seven scores, an
average of almost 200 yards per game. Clemson's reserves have had an impact on
the percentage as Tony Elliott, Charlie Whitehurst and Jeff Scott are a combined
14-14 this season, including 11-11 by Whitehurst. The freshman is still six
consecutive completions away from Nealon Greene's record of 17 straight
completions during the 1997 season.


Top Single Season Team Completion %




Rk Year Comp-Att Pct
1. 2002 123-202 .609
2. 1997 188-311 .605
3. 1989 117-195 .600
4. 1999 252-423 .596
5. 2001 226-395 .572
6. 1995 122-215 .567
7. 1985 137-247 .555
8. 1982 98-178 .551


Clemson Converting Before Halftime



Clemson has done a good job of scoring just prior to the half in 2002. So far
this year Clemson has recorded a touchdown on its last possession of the half
with 80 seconds or less remaining in five of the six games.

The streak started when Clemson scored at Georgia on a 21-yard touchdown pass
from Willie Simmons to Kevin Youngblood with just eight seconds left. The
Tigers failed to do it against Louisiana Tech, but have now done so the last
four games. The streak continued last week when Tye Hill scored his first
career touchdown on a 32-yard run with just a minute left in the first half.
Brian Mance had set up the score with an interception.


Clemson's Last Possession of the Half in 2002




Game Last Possession Drive Time Left
Georgia TD, Simmons to Youngblood 21 Yds 9-64-1:16 :08
Louisiana Tech Failed to score 3-20-1:07
Georgia Tech TD, Simmons toWilliamson, 2 yards 4-5-:50 :38
Ball State TD, Hamilton 9 run 3-21-1:03 1:20
Florida St. TD, Simmons to Hamilton, 9 yards 6-86-1:25 :27
Virginia TD, Hill 32 run 1-32-:08 1:00


Mance Now Has Nine Career Interceptions



Brian Mance recorded his third interception of the season and his ninth as a
Clemson Tiger at Virginia. The play came just before halftime and led directly
to a Clemson touchdown with just a minute left in the half.

Mance's nine career interceptions are best among active Tigers and his 10
total takeaways are also best among the active players. He is now ranked in a
tie for 15th in Clemson history and one more will move him into the top 10.
The senior from Alcolu, SC has now played 41 games at Clemson, 20 as a starter.
He has missed just one game in his career when he brother was killed in auto
accident last year after the NC State game. Tuesday, October 22nd will be his
21st birthday.

For the season, Mance hs 34 tackles to rank four the on the team. He has
played more snaps than any other Tiger with 363 and he also leads the team in
passes defensed with eight. Twenty-seven of his 34 tackles have been individual
hits.

Tigers Average 6.4 Yards/Play...but 0-2



Clemson gained 441 yards against Florida State in just 61 plays, an average of
7.23 yards per play. That was the highest yards per play average in Clemson
history in a game the Tigers lost. The previous record was a 6.78 figure in a
28-25 loss to Maryland in 1959. In that game Clemson had 434 yards in 64
plays. Clemson had won 33 in a row when averaging at least 6.5 yards per play
dating to the 1975 season when Clemson averaged 6.61 yards per play in a 25-21
loss to Duke.

Clemson followed that up with a 5.6 average at Virginia, yet lost the game.
Over the last two games Clemson has gained 853 yards in 139 plays, an average of
6.4 yards per play. But, Clemson does not have a victory to show for it. The
Tigers had 25 first downs at Virginia and held the Cavaliers to 80 yards rushing
40 attempts. Additionally, Clemson had a pair of drives of at least 92 yards,
the first time in history Clemson has had a pair of 90 yards in the same game.
But, Virginia came away with the victory.

Clemson Leads ACC in Total Defense



Clemson is most improved when it comes to defense. The Tigers are ranked
first in the ACC in total defense, allowing just 282.2 yards per game, and that
figure ranks 10th in the nation. Clemson has allowed just 165.2 yards per
game passing, 14th best in the nation. Last year Clemson ranked 71st in the
nation in total defense and 66th in pass defense.

Clemson allowed 395 yards a game last year, so it is easy to see the 282
figure for the first six games this year is considerably better. Clemson has
allowed just 4.2 yards per play, much improved from the 5.3 allowed per play a
year ago.

Many of the times the opposition has scored it has been the result of
difficult field position after a turnover or a long kick return. Over the first
six games the opposition has taken possession of the ball at their own 38 or
worse 49 times. They have driven for a touchdown just six times in those 49
possessions.


Clemson Defense Comparison




Category 2001 Avg. 2002
First Downs/Game Allowed 21.9 17.2
Total Yards/Game Allowed 394.9 282.2
Rushing Yards/Game Allowed 154.3 117.0
Passing Yards/Game Allowed 240.6 165.2
Yards/Play Allowed 5.3 4.2
Yards/Reception Allowed 13.4 9.4
Yards/rush Allowed 3.8 3.1


Clemson Second in the ACC in Total Offense Margin



As stated above, Clemson has outgained every opponent this year and has an
average total offense margin of +85.3 yards per game. Clemson has averaged
367.5 yards per game on offense and given up just 282.2 yards a game on
defense. Only NC State has a higher positive total offense margin at +127.6
yards per game. It is also interesting to note that Virginia is last in the
ACC in this category by a wide margin, yet has a 5-2 record and has won five
games in a row.

The +85.3 yards per game by the Clemson team this year would be the second
best by the Tigers in the last 12 years if the season ended today. Clemson was
+90.0 yards per game in total offense in 2000 as Tommy Bowden's second Clemson
team averaged 436.8 offensively and gave up 346.8 on defense.


ACC Leaders in Total Offense Margin




Team Offense Defense Margin
NC State 419.7 292.1 +127.6
Clemson 367.5 282.2 +85.3
Florida State 436.4 380.1 +56.3
Georgia Tech 372.3 324.0 +48.3
Maryland 348.7 320.3 +28.4
Duke 351.6 349.1 +2.5
Wake Forest 383.3 383.0 +0.3
North Carolina 392.3 447.2 -54.9
Virginia 354.7 435.3 -80.6


Hamilton All-Purpose Performer



The all-purpose running statistic was made for Derrick Hamilton. The sophomore
from Dillon, SC has averaged 174.7 all-purpose running yards/game this year
and has been especially effective in the last four games. He had 256
all-purpose yard against Georgia Tech on September 14, then followed that with
160 yards against Ball State. He added 248 yards at Florida State and followed
that with a 206-yard game at Virginia. As you can see by the chart below, he
has had two of the top eight all-purpose running games in Clemson history over
the last three weeks.

For the year, Hamilton has 177 yards rushing, second on the Clemson team,
has 238 yards receiving, third on the Clemson team, has 427 yards in kickoff
returns and 206 yards on punt returns. He leads the Clemson team in both return
areas. Last year Hamilton finished third in the nation in kickoff return
average and was the ACC champion in that category. Thus, Hamilton has at last
175 yards in all four categories already this year.

is current average of 174.7 yards per game is 26 yards per game ahead of
the Clemson record of 148.5 yards per game set by Tony Horne in 1997.

Hamilton has been very effective when it comes to rushing. He has 15 rushes on
reverses from his H-receiver position and has 177 yards, a 11.8 yards per carry
figure. No Clemson rusher has ever averaged over 10 yards per carry given a
minimum of 15 rushes for the course of a season. Five of his 15 carries have
been for at least 10 carries, including a 77-yarder against Georgia Tech.

ntering the Wake Forest game Hamilton ranks eighth in the nation and first in
the ACC in all-purpose yards per game. Horne ranked 14th in the nation in
1997, the highest final ranking for any Clemson player in history.


Top All-Purpose Running Games in Clemson History




Yds Player Opponent Year Rush Rec KOR PR
274 Terrence Flagler Wake Forest 1986 209 65 - -
267 Tony Horne Florida State 1997 - 131 109 27
263 Raymond Priester Duke 1995 263 - - -
260 Cliff Austin Duke 1982 260 - - -
256 Derrick Hamilton Georgia Tech 2002 97 22 41 96
254 Don King Fordham 1952 234 - 20 -
252 Ken Callicutt South Carolina 1974 197 55 - -
248 Derrick Hamilton Florida State 2002 23 69 104 52
246 Buck George Presbyterian 1952 204 42 - -
242 Ronald Williams Virginia 1991 185 57 - -


Hunt Sets Clemson Record



Aaron Hunt established a Clemson record for extra points in a career when he
booted two against Virginia. The junior now has 108 in 112 chances in his
career. He went ahead of the 107 career extra points by Bob Paulling, who
played for the Tigers from 1979-83.

Hunt scored five points in that game and now has 192 for his career, the same
total Lester Brown had in his four years as a Clemson running back. Hunt has
now made 28-39 field goals, including 8-11 this year. He ranks 23rd in the
nation in field goals per game and is 60th in scoring.

Hunt made 4-4 field goals in the win over Louisiana Tech. He became the first
Clemson player to record four field goals in a game since 1998 when David
Richardson had four in the season opener. Hunt's day included a 47-yard field
goal, second longest boot of his career. Hunt had field goals of 47, 22, 37 and
38 yards, distances that total to 144 yards. That was the seventh most yards on
made field goals in a single game in Clemson history.


Clemson all-time Scoring List




Rk Name Pos Years TD PAT FG Pts
1. Nelson Welch PK 1991-94 0 85-92 72-102 301
2. Travis Zachery RB 1998-01 50 300
3. Obed Ariri PK 1977-80 0 99-103 63-97 288
4. Chris Gardocki PK 1988-90 0 72-72 63-89 261
5. David Treadwell PK 1985-87 0 92-93 47-66 233
6. Bob Paulling PK 1979-83 0 107-109 23-41 209
7. Aaron Hunt PK 2000-02 0 108-112 28-39 192
8. Lester Brown RB 1976-79 32 192
9. Fred Cone RB 1948-50 31 3-4 189
10. Ray Matthews RB 1947-50 28 168
Terry Allen RB 1987-89 28 168
Kenny Flowers FB 1983-86 28 168


Simmons On Record Rate for Completions



Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons has averaged 18.2 completions per game, ahead
of Woody Dantzler's record of 16.9 completions per game set last yaer. Simmons
has completed 109 of 188 passes so far this year for 1199 yards and six scores.
He has a 58.0 completion percentage, a figure that would be fourth best in
Clemson history given a minimum of 100 completions. The record is .631 by
Brandon Streeter in 1999.

Simmons had made improvement each week during the 2002 season prior to the
Virginia game. He completed 15-25 passes for 135 yards against the Cavaliers,
his first decline from the previous week all season.

The chart below shows that his passing efficiency improved every game from
game's 1-5, hitting a high of 163.8 at Florida State in the most recent game.
He has completed at least 58 percent of his passes each of the last five games
and at least 60 percent in three straight. He is 67 of his last 108 passes for
863 yards, a .621 completion percent over his last four games.

He had his best all-around game as a Clemson quarterback at Florida State.
Playing in front of his mother and 50 other friends, the native of Quincy, FL
completed 17-27 passes for 293 yards and two scores. The yardage total was a
career high, as was his 11 yards per attempt. Simmons also had a career high 50
yards rushing in 13 attempts, giving him 343 yards of total offense, the eighth
highest single total in Clemson history. Only Woodrow Dantzler, Bobby Gage and
Brandon Streeter have had higher figures for a single game.

Simmons set a school record for pass completions and attempts by an
individual in a Clemson victory when Clemson defeated Louisiana Tech in the
second game of the season. He completed 25-43 passes in that game for 242
yards. The Clemson team threw 44 passes in the game and it was just the second
time Clemson had thrown 40 or more passes in a game and gained victory in the
process. Clemson was 1-16 prior to the Louisiana Tech game when throwing at
least 40 passes. The only other victory came at Wake Forest in 1999.

Simmons 25 completions against Louisiana Tech rank in a tie for fourth in
Clemson history for a single game. The record is 27 set by Brandon Streeter
against NC State in 1998 and at Virginia Tech in 1999. Simmons 43 attempts
was tied for fifth highest, most ever in a Clemson victory. It was the most
pass attempts by an individual without an interception in school history.

For the season, Simmons has completed 94-163 passes for 1064 yards and six
scores. He is on pace to throw for over 2400 yards this season, something
only Dantzler has done in Clemson history for a single season. Dantzler threw
for 2578 last year, an average of 214 per game for a season.


Willie Simmons Weekly Stats in 2002




Opponent

Com-Att

Yds

TD-Int

Eff

Pct

Rush

Yds

Plays

Tot Off

Georgia

17-37

165

1-1

86.9

.459

8

-29

25

136

Louisiana Tech

25-43

242

0-0

105.4

.581

6

-8

49

234

Georgia Tech

18-31

176

2-1

120.6

.581

8

8

39

184

Ball State

17-25

188

1-1

136.4

.680

3

13

28

201

Florida State

17-27

293

2-2

163.8

.630

13

50

40

343

Virginia

15-25

135

0-1

97.4

.600

6

2

31

137




Clemson Single Game Total Offense Bests




Yds

Rush

Pass

Player

Site-Opponent

Year

517

184

333

Woodrow Dantzler

a-NC State (45-37)

2001

435

185

252

Woodrow Dantzler

a-Maryland (42-30)

1999

418 164 254 Woodrow Dantzler a-Georgia Tech (47-44 OT) 2001
378 135 243 Woodrow Dantzler H-Duke (59-31) 2001
374 141 233 Bobby Gage H-Auburn (34-18) 1947
374 220 154 Woodrow Dantzler A-Virginia (31-10) 2000
366 23 343 Brandon Streeter H-Virginia (33-14) 1999
343 50 293 Willie Simmons A-Florida State (31-48) 2002
337 51 286 Nealon Greene a-Wake Forest (33-16) 1997
336 59 277 Woodrow Dantzler H-Florida State (27-41) 2001


Clemson Offense Making Weekly Improvement



Clemson has averaged 367 yards per game so far this year, far below the 432 per
game last year. But, the 2002 Tigers have shown improvement over the course of
the season. In fact, Clemson improved its total offense figure four games in a
row between weeks 1-5, then still had 412 yards at Virginia in the sixth game of
the season. Clemson improved its total offense, passing efficiency and yards
per play four straight from games 1-5, the first time that has happened in four
straight games since 1983.

The Tigers recorded a season high 441 yards of total offense against Florida
State thanks to a season high 334 yards passing. That passing yardage total
was th fifth highest in Clemson history, the second best under Bowden. The
record is 364 against Duke in 1963, and the best under Bowden is 343 against
Virginia in 1999.


Clemson's Game by Game Improvement




Category GA LT GT BS FSU VA
Total Offense 233 336 371 412 441 412
Passing Efficiency 86.9 106.6 120.6 137.4 173.8 130.4
Yards/Play 3.3 4.3 5.2 6.1 7.2 5.6


Clemson vs. Wake Forest in 2001

Clemson 21, Wake Forest 14

Clemson's defense forced a season high three turnovers and Woodrow Dantzler
gained 330 yards of total offense to lead the Tigers to a 21-14 victory at Wake
Forest on October 27, 2001. Clemson's defense forced two turnovers with the
game on the line inside the last seven minutes to preserve the win.

Chad Carson led the Clemson defense with 23 tackles, the third highest single
game total in Clemson history. Rodney Thomas gave great support with 16
tackles, while freshman Eric Sampson added 14. Wake Forest entered the game
sixth in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 235 yards per game.
But, the Deacs gained just 193 yards on the ground and 344 overall, their second
lowest figure

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