Game Five Notes: Clemson at N.C. State
Last year, the Tiger defense came up big on North Carolina State's fourth quarter drive.
Game Five: Clemson at N.C. State
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001
12:00 Noon (EST)
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)
In the Rankings
Clemson - 19 AP, #21 USA Today/ESPN
N.C. State - Unranked
Play By Play: Steve Martin * Color: Doc Walker
Sideline: Mike Hogewood
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network
Play By Play: Jim Phillips * Color: Mike Eppley
Sideline: Rodney Williams
Series History: Clemson leads 43-25-1
Clemson at N.C. State
The 21st Annual Textile Bowl
Clemson and N.C. State will do battle in the 21st annual Textile Bowl
when the two teams meet in Raleigh on October 13th. Clemson has a
14-6 advantage in the series since the game took on the Textile Bowl
title in 1981, the year Clemson won the National Championship. The
Textile Industry has a very important effect on the economy of North
Carolina and South Carolina and the two schools competing in
Many of the Textile Bowl contests have been close, including each of
the last four, which have been decided by a touchdown or less. Four
years ago in Raleigh, Matt Padgett booted a 20-yard field goal with
just 19 seconds left to give Clemson a 19-17 victory. The Tigers
drove 78 yards in 14 plays to set up the winning score. Nealon Greene
hit 20-32 passes for 250 yards and Tony Horne caught eight passes for
112 to key the Clemson offense. Raymond Priester added 89 yards
rushing on 24 attempts.
In 1998 at Clemson, Torry Holt completed an incredible day with a
nine-yard scoring pass from Jamie Barnette with just 37 seconds left.
It was his fourth touchdown reception of the day.
In 1999, N.C. State, behind head coach Mike O'Cain, defeated Clemson
35-31 in an exciting contest in Raleigh that featured 35 first
quarter points between the two teams combined. Clemson had five
possessions in the fourth period with a chance to take the lead, but
could not drive for a winning touchdown.
And, last year was a thriller that came down to the last possession
before the Tigers came away with a 34-27 victory. A complete rundown
of that game follows.
Another close game took place in 1993. Clemson held a 20-0 lead after
three quarters thanks to an offense that gained 250 yards rushing,
but had to hang on in the last minute to gain the victory. Tim Jones
broke up each of the Wolfpack's last two pass plays of the game at
the Clemson goal line over the last 12 seconds of the contest to
preserve the Tiger victory.
The last three games combined the two teams have combined for an
average of 70.7 points a game. The point total for the last three
games combined has been N.C. State 108 and Clemson 104.
Bowden and Amato Were on Same FSU Staff
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden and N.C. State Head Coach Chuck Amato
were both on Bobby Bowden's Florida State staff in 1982. That Florida
State team finished 9-3, ranked 13th in the country and appeared in
the Gator Bowl. Bowden was a part-time coach working with the
receivers, while Amato was a fulltime coach in charge of the
defensive line. Amato worked for Bobby Bowden from 1982-99 before
becoming the head coach at N.C. State last year.
Both coaches have had success early in their respective head coaching
careers. Bowden took Tulane to an undefeated 11-0 record in the
regular season of 1998 and now has Clemson at 18-10 and ranked in the
top 20 in the nation just 28 games into his career as Clemson's head
coach. Amato had N.C. State in a bowl game and with an 8-4 record his
O'Cain Faces Former Teams Next Two Weeks
Current Clemson quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain will face a past
employer each of the next two games. O'Cain, a 1977 Clemson graduate,
served as head coach of N.C. State from 1993-99. He replaced Dick
Sheridan at N.C. State in 1993 and took the pack to an 8-4 record,
including a Peach Bowl invitation. The next year he had the pack at
9-3 in the regular season, including a victory over Clemson in Death
Valley, the first Clemson graduate to defeat the Tigers. He and Lou
Holtz are the only two coaches in N.C. State history to take the Pack
to a bowl game in their first two years with the program.
His 1998 season included a win at Texas and a triumph over Florida
State, one of just three league losses for the Seminoles since they
joined the ACC in 1992. He took the pack to another bowl game in
1998, his third as head coach of the Pack.
Ironically, one of O'Cain's top games as a player at Clemson came
against N.C. State. In 1976, he rushed for 140 yards against the
Pack, the Clemson quarterback rushing record for a game until 1994.
As a Tiger he still ranks 14th in school history in passing
In the 2000 season he served as quarterbacks coach and offensive
coordinator at North Carolina. The Tigers will face the Tar Heels at
Clemson on October 20th.
2000 Meeting at Clemson
Clemson 34, N.C. State 27
While Clemson's 34-27 win over N.C. State was a less than comfortable
margin of victory, the win was significant in reestablishing the
Tigers' ability to win a tight game. Clemson (6-0) had lost 13
previous games that were decided by a touchdown or less. Trailing by
seven points with 3:30 remaining in the game, N.C. State (4-1) had
the ball on the Clemson 18, but the Tigers preserved the victory when
a fourth-down pass by Philip Rivers was broken up by Charles Hafley
in the endzone.
Philip Rivers threw for all three Wolfpack touchdowns. The freshman
completed 21 of 48 passes for 370 yards, sixth most passing yards in
history at Clemson at the time. A 52-yard reception by Bryan Peterson
proved to be the shortest N.C. State touchdown of the game. Rivers
also threw for scores of 81 and 63 yards. The Wolfpack jumped out to
a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game. Ray Robinson took a
short pass from Rivers and won the 81-yard foot race into the
endzone. It was the first time all season that Clemson trailed.
On Clemson's next possession, the Tigers had a fourth-and-nine on the
N.C. State 21, when Aaron Hunt lined up for the field goal. But,
holder Jeff Scott took the snap and ran 9 yards for a first down.
Woodrow Dantzler finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Clemson added another touchdown on its next possession as Dantzler
hit Travis Zachery for a touchdown from 24 yards out. Then Dantzler
added another score with 8:16 left in the half, giving Clemson a
commanding 20-7 lead. N.C. State added two field goals in the second
quarter, converting two Clemson miscues to make it a 20-13 game at
N.C. State was forced to punt from deep inside its own territory on
the opening possession of the second half. Joe Don Reames returned
the kick 12 yards. A personal foul on N.C. State put Clemson on the
Wolfpack 17. Zachery made quick results, rushing for a four-yard
touchdown. N.C. State responded quickly. Less than three minutes
later Rivers found Peterson for a 52-yard touchdown pass that made
the score 27-20.
On their opening possession of the fourth quarter the Tigers faced a
fourth-and-two situation on the N.C. State 31. Leading by only a
touchdown, Tommy Bowden elected to go for the first down. Zachery
sustained the drive with a four-yard rush over right tackle. A 16
yard reception by Rod Gardner set up a five-yard Zachery touchdown.
That score, his third of the day, tied Zachery for first on Clemson's
all-time touchdown list with Lester Brown (32).
The Wolfpack cut the deficit in half exactly one minute later when
Rivers found Koren Robinson for a 63-yard touchdown completion.
Clemson failed to extend its lead when the next drive ended with the
block of a 35-yard Hunt field goal attempt. N.C. State marched the
ball from their own 20 to the Clemson 18. Hafley deflected the last
of three straight incompletions by Rivers as Clemson regained
possession and preserved the win.
The game marked the first time in Clemson history that the Tigers
have had two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver in the same
game. Gardner had his best game of the season with a 10 reception
137-yard effort. Both of those figures were just one unit off of his
career high in each area. The Biletnikoff candidate also tallied 64
yards on kickoffs to give him 201 all-purpose yards. Zachery's 147
rushing yards on 31 carries were both personal bests.
Dantzler completed his fourth straight 300-yard total offense,
100-yard rushing effort. He ran for 103 yards and threw for 220.
Tiger Veterans vs. N.C. State
* Chad Carson had six tackles in 83 plays as a starter in the 1999
game at Raleigh and seven tackles in 71 snaps as a starter in 2000.
* Woodrow Dantzler has started two games against N.C. State and has
completed 41-71 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns. He has
38-106 rushing in the two games, giving him 610 yards of total
offense in two games against N.C. State. He had 220 passing and 103
rushing in last year's Clemson win.
* Nick Eason had one tackle in 50 snaps against N.C. State last year.
* Charles Hafley had three tackles in 53 plays in 1999 and five
tackles in 75 snaps in 2000.
* Aaron Hunt was 4-5 on extra points and 0-1 on field goals against
the Pack last year.
* Brian Mance had two tackles in nine snaps and 1-14 on punt returns
in 2000 vs. N.C. State.
* Bryant McNeal had two tackles, including a sack in the win over
N.C. State last year.
* Braxton K. Williams had seven tackles in 81 snaps in 1999 and four
tackles in 64 plays against N.C. State in 2000.
* Travis Zachery had 14-47 rushing and 5-51 receiving vs. N.C. State
in 1998. He had 18-82 rushing and 4-29 receiving in 1999, then had
31-147 and two scores in the 2000 game. The 147 yards rushing is the
second highest total of his Clemson career.
Tigers win in Overtime
Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 47-44 in overtime on Sept. 29, just the
second time in history that Clemson has participated in an overtime
game. Clemson is now 2-0 since the rule came into effect for the 1996
season. Clemson's only other overtime game was a 29-20 victory over
Duke in 1997. Clemson won by the odd margin when Rahim Abdullah
returned an interception 63 yards for a score to end the game. The
Tigers had scored three points on their offensive possession when
David Richardson kicked a field goal.
Including the two overtime games, Clemson has now won four games in
its history on the last play of the game. In addition to the Duke
game listed above and Dantzler's touchdown run to beat Tech, David
Treadwell twice booted field goals on the last play of the game to
give Clemson a victory. In 1985 he booted a 36-yard field goal on the
last play to give Clemson a 20-17 win at Virginia Tech. Then, the
following year he kicked a 46-yard field on the final play to give
Clemson a 31-28 victory at Georgia.
Not included in the list are the heroics turned in by lineman Bob
Patton in 1950. A top 20 Wake Forest scored a touchdown with five
seconds left to come within 13-12 of the Tigers at Winston-Salem. The
two-point conversion rule was not in college football at the time, so
Wake Forest attempted to kick the extra point and tie the game.
Patton broke through the Wake Forest line and blocked the attempt,
giving Clemson the victory. The clock ran out on the ensuing kickoff.
Clemson Victories on the last Play of the Game
Year Opponent Score Clinching Play
1985 Virginia Tech 20-17 Treadwell 36-yard field goal
1986 Georgia 31-28 Treadwell 46-yard field goal
1997 Duke 29-20 (OT) Abdullah 63-yard interception return
2001 Georgia Tech 47-44 (OT) Dantzler 11-yard run
Clemson Gains 500 Yards vs. #9 Georgia Tech
Clemson had one of its top offensive games in the Tommy Bowden era in
the 47-44 win over Georgia Tech on Sept. 29. The Tigers gained 502
yards of total offense, third highest figure under Bowden and second
best in an ACC game.
It marked just the second time in Clemson history that the Tigers had
at least 500 yards of total offense against a top 25 team. The only
other occasion came in 1983 when Clemson had 544 yards against an
11th ranked Maryland team in a 52-27 Clemson victory.
It was a balanced attack for the Tigers, perhaps the most balanced in
Clemson history for a 500-yard performance. Clemson had 248 rushing
and 254 passing in the contest. It marked just the fourth game in
Clemson history that Clemson had at least 240 yards rushing and
passing in the same game.
It was also the third game under Tommy Bowden that the Tigers have
had at least 500 yards of total offense. Clemson is now 39-0-1 in its
history when gaining at least 500 yards of total offense. The only
non-victory came in 1991 when Clemson gained 511 yards in a 20-20 tie
Win at Tech Was Landmark Victory
Clemson's win at Georgia Tech was a landmark accomplishment in many
ways. The Yellow Jackets were ranked ninth in the nation in the AP
poll heading into the game. The victory was the highest ranked win on
the road by a Clemson team in 20 years. The last one and the highest
ranked win on an opponent's home field took place in 1981 when
Clemson won at eighth ranked North Carolina.
The win at Georgia Tech was more remarkable in that Clemson entered
the game ranked 25th in the nation in the USA Today poll, unranked by
AP. Clemson was ranked second in the nation when it won at North
Carolina in 1981.
The win at Tech was the 17th in Clemson history over a top-25 team on
the road. It was the first since 1997 when Clemson won at 25th ranked
N.C. State and it was the first top-10 road win since 1992 when
Clemson won at 10th ranked Virginia.
A road win over a top 25 team means a tombstone will be added to the
entrance at the Clemson practice fields. A tombstone commemorating
the victory is added each time Clemson gets a road win over a top 25
Clemson Road Wins over Top 25 Teams
Year Opponent Rk Score
1948 Wake Forest 19th 21-14
1950 Wake Forest 17th 13-12
Miami (FL) 15th 15-14
1954 Florida 14th 14-7
1959 North Carolina 12th 20-18
1977 Georgia 17th 7-6
1978 Maryland 11th 28-24
1981 North Carolina 8th 10-8
1982 Maryland 18th 24-22
1983 North Carolina 10th 16-3
1986 Georgia 14th 31-28
1989 Florida State 16th 34-23
1992 Virginia 10th 29-28
1994 North Carolina @12th 28-17
1996 Virginia 15th 24-16
1997 N.C. State @25th 19-17
2001 Georgia Tech 9th #47-44
@Coaches poll only, # overtime
Clemson's Highest Ranked Wins
The win for over ninth ranked Georgia Tech was be the highest-ranked
Clemson win regardless of site since 1981 when Clemson defeated
fourth-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, a 22-15 victory that gave
Clemson the National Championship.
Regardless of site, Clemson now has nine wins over top 10 teams in
its history, three in Death Valley. Clemson has now had 21 wins over
top 25 teams since 1986 and has had at least one ranked win in 14 of
the last 15 seasons (including this season). The Tigers defeated
Virginia, 33-14, in 1999 when the Cavs were ranked 19th (USA Today),
then downed a 25th ranked South Carolina team last year.
The win over Tech now assures that Tommy Bowden will have at least
one ranked win in each of his first three years with the Tigers. The
win over Tech was the fifth highest ranked win in school history.
Clemson's Top 10 Victories
Year Opponent Site Rk Score
1981 Georgia Clemson, SC 4 13-3
1981 Nebraska Miami, FL 4 22-15
1959 Texas Christian Houston, TX 7 23-7
1981 North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 8 10-8
2001 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 9 47-44
1967 N.C. State Clemson, SC 10 14-6
1983 North Carolina Clemson, SC 10 16-3
1988 Oklahoma Orlando, FL 10 13-6
1992 Virginia Charlottesville, VA 10 29-28
Dantzler Named National Player of the Week
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler was named National Player of the
Week by USA Today.com for his performance against Georgia Tech.
Dantzler gained 418 yards of total offense in Clemson's 47-44 victory
at Atlanta, 164 rushing and 254 passing. He ran for two scores and
threw for two. His 11-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw on the
last play of overtime gave the Tigers the victory.
It marked the first time a Clemson player had won the National Player
of the Week from USA Today.com. Dantzler was also the ACC Player of
the Week according to the site, the third time in three years he has
won that honor. He was the ACC Player of the Week according to the
site in 1999 for his 435-yard performance against Maryland, and in
2000 when he led the Tigers to a 62-9 win over Missouri.
Dantzler was named National Player of the Week in 2000 by cnnsi.com
for his performance at Virginia. He had 220 yards rushing, an
all-time ACC record for a quarterback, and 154 passing in Clemson's
31-10 win over the Cavs.
Dantzler is the first Tiger in history to be named a National Player
of the Week twice. A Clemson player has been named National Player of
the week 10 times in history, including Dantzler's performance last
week. Here is a listing:
Clemson National Player of the Week Selections
Year Player Opponent Named By
1951 Glenn Smith Auburn Associated Press
1958 Harvey White Vanderbilt Associated Press
1974 Willie Anderson South Carolina Sports Illustrated
1978 Bubba Brown N.C. State Sports Illustrated
1980 Willie Underwood South Carolina Sports Illustrated
1995 Brian Dawkins Duke Sports Illustrated
1999 Brandon Streeter Virginia USA Today
Keith Adams Duke Bronko Nagurski Award
2000 Woodrow Dantzler Virginia CNNSI.com
2001 Woodrow Dantzler Georgia Tech USA Today.com
Even Regis Watched!
The last five minutes of regulation and the overtime period of
Clemson's victory at Georgia Tech on Sept. 29 were broadcast to most
of the nation. ABC switched from the Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M game
with five minutes left and at the conclusion of other contests that
finished prior to the end of the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech game.
Most of the nation saw the Tigers win in overtime. That includes
famed television personality Regis Philbin. The Notre Dame graduate
and host of "Do You Want to be a Millionaire" and "Live with Regis
and Kelly" said he was watching the Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M game
when ABC switched, "to a great Southern football game between Clemson
and Georgia Tech." He made the comment on Monday during his "Live
with Regis and Kelly," program and was one of the millions who saw
Woodrow Dantzler score the winning touchdown for the Tigers in
Offensive Line Has Best Game
One of the reasons for Clemson's success against Georgia Tech was the
play of its offensive line. The veteran group includes three players
who are graduates (Will Merritt, Kyle Young and T.J. Watkins) and two
red-shirt juniors (Gary Byrd and Akil Smith). The combined to help
the Tigers gain 502 yards of total offense and scored seven
touchdowns and 47 points in the victory. It was the most points
Clemson has scored against Georgia Tech since a 73-0 Tiger victory in
1903. John Heisman was Clemson's coach in that game.
The starting offensive line combined for 68 knockdown blocks in the
game, high total for the season. In fact, the total against Georgia
Tech was 20 more than the previous best of 48 knockdowns for the
starting offensive line against Central Florida.
Four different starters had double figures in knockdown blocks in the
game. T.J. Watkins led the way with 19, while Akil Smith had 17, more
ever for a Clemson tackle. Center Kyle Young had 14 and Gary Byrd
added 11. Smith was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the
first time in his career. Will Merritt was the only Tiger who failed
to reach double figures, but he had seven.
Watkins leads the way for the season with 52, while Young is second
with 45. Young had 120 last year to lead the team. Byrd and Merritt
are next this season with 37, while Smith has 34. Smith leads the
team in intimidation blocks with nine.
Two Tigers Earn ACC Player of the Week Honors
Two Clemson players, both on offense, earned ACC Player of the Week
honors for the Georgia Tech game. Quarterback Woodrow Dantzler and
offensive tackle Akil Smith were both singled out by the league for
their play in Atlanta on Sept. 29.
Dantzler completed 18 of 32 passes for 254 yards and a pair of
scores. He also rushed 25 times for 164 yards and two more scores. He
threw a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 left to give Clemson a
three-point lead, then scored the winning touchdown on the last play
in overtime on an 11-yard rush. His 418 yards of total offense rank
as the second highest in Clemson history.
Smith played all 86 snaps on offense for the Tigers and had a 91
percent grade. He also contributed 17 knockdown blocks, including
three intimidation blocks in helping he Clemson offense to 502 yards,
second most in school history against a ranked opponent.
Bowden 7-1 Week After a Loss
Clemson faced an uphill battle when it went to Georgia Tech. The
Tigers were trying to defeat a top 10 team on the road after
suffering a heart-breaking loss to Virginia with one second left.
But, the Tigers have done well coming off a loss under Bowden. In his
two and a half years as Clemson head coach the Tigers are now 7-1 in
regular season games coming off a loss. The lone loss, and thus the
only two-game losing streak of Bowden's career came last year at
Florida State. After a loss to Tech at Clemson, the Tigers dropped a
54-7 decision at Florida State. Clemson broke the streak against
South Carolina. Bowden was 3-1 at Tulane coming off a loss. Thus, he
is 10-2 in his head coaching career the week after a loss.
Leake Among National Leaders
Clemson sophomore linebacker John Leake is among the national leaders
in tackles according to the first round of NCAA defensive statistics
released Oct. 1. Through games of Sept. 29, Leake ranked 11th in the
nation in tackles with 13.5 per game. The native of Plano, TX had 54
tackles through the first four games, including 19 in the win at
Georgia Tech. That was his career high and the most by a Clemson
player in 2001.
Leake is tie for 11th in the nation with Auburn sophomore Dontarrious
Thomas, who also had 54 through four games. Those two players lead
all sophomores in the nation.
Leake would get some votes for most improved player in the nation if
there was such an award. He did not play a single snap on defense as
a first-year freshman, and made all nine of his tackles on special
teams. Now he has played 229 plays through four games and ranks 11th
in the nation and second in the ACC behind N.C. State's Levar Fisher
in tackles per game. Fisher, who led the nation last year, is
currently third at 16.33 tackles per game. Hanik Milligan of Houston,
a junior, leads the nation with an average of 21 tackles per game.
Hafley Leader of Clemson Secondary
Clemson safety Charles Hafley ranked among the national leaders in
three defensive categories through games of Sept. 29. The graduate
student from Pompano Beach, FL had 34 solo tackles in the first four
games of the season to rank 11th in the nation in solo tackles per
game with an 8.5 figure. He ranked second in the ACC in the category.
Hafley has two interceptions through four games and his 0.5
interceptions per game ranks30th in the nation. Finally, Hafley is
tied for 26th in passes defended per game. He had five passes broken
up and two interceptions for seven total passes defended through the
first four games of the season.
Hafley has 44 tackles through the four games, second on the Clemson
team behind John Leake. He has had double figures in three
consecutive games, including 15 in the loss to Virginia and 14 in the
win over Georgia Tech. He has played more snaps than any other Tiger
Dantzler Sets ACC Rushing Record for QBs
Woodrow Dantzler's 11-yard scoring run on third down for the winning
touchdown at Georgia Tech was big enough by itself. However, he also
became the ACC's career quarterback rushing leader in the process.
The 11-yard run gave him 1943 career rushing yards, four more than
former Duke quarterback Mike Dunn, who had 1939 between 1975-78.
Dantzler's total does not include bowl games. Soon Dantzler will
become the 35th quarterback in NCAA history to go over the 2000-yard
rushing mark. The only active quarterbacks in college football over
the 2000-yard mark are Antwaan Randle El of Indiana and Eric Crouch
of Nebraska. Both entered the year over 2000. In fact, Randle El is
now over 3000 yards rushing. The NCAA career leader for yards rushing
by a quarterback is Dee Dowis, who played for Air Force between
1986-89. He had 3612 career rushing yards.
Dantzler has averaged 63 yards a game on the ground over his career.
If he continues that pace the rest of the season he would reach 2400
yards. Only 15 quarterbacks in NCAA history have reached that rushing
Dantzler also set a Clemson record in the Georgia Tech win. He
accounted for four touchdowns in the game, two rushing and two
passing, giving him 46 in terms of touchdown responsibility for his
career. He broke the record of 44 that had been set by Steve Fuller
from 1975-78. Dantzler now has 25 passing and 21 rushing in his
career. He needs two rushing touchdowns to break Fuller's record for
rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
Dantzler Ranked Nationally in Many Areas
Just as he did at this time last years, Woodrow Dantzler has shown
his all-around abilities as a quarterback. That is reflected in the
NCAA statistics. Dantzler ranks in the top 50 in the nation in
rushing, passing efficiency, total offense and touchdown
responsibility. He is currently eighth in the nation in total
offense, 33rd in passing efficiency, 24th in touchdown responsibility
and 49th in rushing.
He ranked in the top 50 in the nation in all four categories last
year through the first seven games of the season. Then, an injured
suffered at North Carolina in the eighth came, limited his play. He
still ended the 2000 season ranked in the top 50 in the nation in
total offense and passing efficiency.
Dantzler's all-around abilities are also reflected in the latest ACC
stats. Through games of Sept. 29 he was second in the league in
passing yards per game, first in total offense, fourth in rushing and
fourth in passing efficiency. He was also seventh in scoring
Dantzler Nearing 4,000-2,000 Mark
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler enters the N.C. State game with
1,943 yards rushing and 4,140 yards passing in regular season games
in his Clemson career. He needs 57 yards rushing to become the first
ACC player in history to reach 2,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards
passing in a career. ACC statistics do not include bowl games, thus
the above qualifier. Including bowl games, Dantzler has 2,032 rushing
and 4,325 passing in his four-year career.
So far this season, Dantzler has 332 yards rushing and 866 passing
for 1,198 total, an average of 299.8 yards per game in total offense.
He ranks first in the conference in total offense per game and is
eighth in the nation in that category.
The graduate student has connected on 65.3 percent of his passes this
year, a record pace, and is now at 57.6 percent for his career, also
best in school history. Dantzler is now in the top four in Clemson
history in every passing and total offense figure. He needs just 429
yards of total offense to become Clemson's all-time leader.
Dantzler on Clemson career Records Lists
Rank/Category/Figure Left for Record
* 1st in quarterback rushing (2,032) has record
* 1st in completion percentage (.56) has record
* 1st in touchdown responsibility (46) has record
* 2nd in total offense (6,357) 429 yards
* 3rd in passing efficiency (128.1) 131.3 rating
* 4th in interception avoidance (2.7 percent) 2.55 percent
* 3rd in total plays (1,032) 127 plays
* 2nd in completions (336) 122 completions
* 4th in passing yards (4,325) 1,395 yards
* 3rd in touchdown passes (25) 11 TD passes
Clemson Records Held by Dantzler (23)
* Total offense in a season-2,899 (2000)
* Completion percentage in career-.576
* Most total offense in a game-435 vs. Maryland, 1999
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in season-1,028 (2000)
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in a game-220 vs. Virginia, 2000
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in a career-2,032
* 100-yard rushing games in season by a quarterback-4 (2000)
* 100-yard rushing games by quarterback in career-7
* Most yards rushing in series of 3 games-520 (2000)
* Most yards rushing in series of 4 games-623 (2000)
* Most total offense/game in season-241.6 (2000)
* Most total offense/game in career-205.1
* Most 200-yard total offense games in season-9 (2000)
* Most 300-yard total offense games in career-8
* Most 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games in a season-4 (2000)
* Most 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games in a career-7
* Most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass-6 (2000)
* Most consecutive games with 200 yards total offense-7 (2000)
* Most touchdowns rushing and passing in a season-24 (2000)
* Most touchdowns rushing and passing in a career-46
* Single game pass completion percentage-.941 vs. The Citadel, 2000
* Single game passing efficiency (Min 15 att)-247.2 vs. The Citadel, 2000
* Most total offense plays in season-434 (2000)
Clemson Career total Offense leaders
Rk Name Years Plays Rush Pass Total
1. Nealon Greene 94-97 1158 1067 5719 6786
2. Woodrow Dantzler 98-01 1032 2032 4325 6357
3. Steve Fuller 75-78 1089 1737 4359 6096
4. Rodney Williams 85-88 1024 863 4647 5510
5. Homer Jordan 79-82 859 971 3643 4614
6. DeChane Cameron 88-91 765 926 3300 4226
Clemson Career Leaders in Completion Percentage
Rk. Name Years Com Att Pct
1. Woodrow Dantzler 98-01 336 583 .576
2. Nealon Greene 94-87 458 805 .569
3. Chris Morocco 86-89 89 157 .567
4. Brandon Streeter 96-99 294 519 .566
5. Mike Eppley 80-84 252 449 .561
Zachery Nearing 2,000/1,000 Mark
For the second straight year, Travis Zachery opened the regular
season having to prove himself after suffering a painful injury in a
bowl game. The Doak Walker Award candidate suffered a broken ankle on
a 23-yard scoring reception from Woodrow Dantzler in the Gator Bowl
against Virginia Tech and that kept him out of the rest of the game
and Spring practice.
He proved that he is back to full strength against Virginia with a
season high 87 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving for a total of
122 yards from scrimmage. He continued the all-around performances at
Tech with 22-79 and three touchdowns rushing, plus another 46 yards
on seven catches. Zachery tied a Clemson single game record for
receptions by a running back. Dick Bukowsky had seven against Florida
State in 1970.
Zachery scored three touchdowns at Tech, giving him 45 for his
career, already a Clemson record. He has scored 39 touchdowns in his
last 28 games. His three scores at Tech gave him eight for his career
against the Yellow Jackets, including six at Grant Field in Atlanta.
Zachery is from nearby Marietta, GA.
Zachery enters the N.C. State game with 2749 career rushing yards,
fourth best in school history. He needs just 29 yards at N.C. State
to surpass Terry Allen and move into third place on the Clemson
career rushing list.
A case could be made that Zachery is the top all-around back in
Clemson history. In addition to his 2,749 rushing yards, he now has
804 career reception yards on 79 receptions. No Clemson player in
history has had 2,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the
same career. He is already the first Clemson player with more than
2,000 yards rushing and 800 yards receiving in a career.
Zachery had 125 all-purpose yards at Georgia Tech and now has 3,829
for his career, second best in school history. Raymond Priester is
the career leader in all-purpose running with 4,282.
Clemson Career Rushing Leaders
Rk Name Years Att Avg TD Total
1. Raymond Priester 94-97 805 4.93 21 3966
2. Kenny Flowers 83-86 590 4.94 26 2914
3. Terry Allen 87-89 523 5.31 28 2778
4. Travis Zachery 98-01 618 4.44 38 2749
5. Buddy Gore 66-68 600 4.29 15 2571
Clemson Career All-Purpose running Leaders
Rk. Name Years Rush Rec KR-PR Total
1. Raymond Priester 94-97 3966 316 4282
2. Travis Zachery 98-01 2749 804 0-276 3829
3. Buddy Gore 66-68 2571 65 637-0 3273
4. Kenny Flowers 83-86 2914 192 40-0 3146
5. Ray Mathews 47-50 1886 650 294-298 3128
Hamilton Second Nationally Among Freshmen
Clemson freshman Derrick Hamilton is the second ranked freshman
receiver in the nation with an average of 5.75 receptions per game.
He is 30thoverall. Only Kelley Washington of Tennessee, with an
average of 6.67 per game is ahead of Hamilton's figure.
Hamilton has 23-233 for the season, tops on the Clemson team. He had
9-90 receiving against Virginia, tied for the most receptions in a
single game by a Clemson freshman. He tied the mark held by Terry
Smith, who had 9-84 against Maryland in 1990. Hamilton's 90 yards
receiving were the second highest figure by a Clemson freshman. Ray
Williams had 105 yards receiving on four catches against N.C. State
in 1983, the only 100-yard receiving game by a Clemson freshman in
He came back with 7-75 in the win at Georgia Tech. The Clemson
freshman record for receptions is 34 set by Terry Smith in 1990. The
freshman reception yardage mark is 480 by Smith the same year.
Five Tigers on Football Writers Association Watch List
Five Clemson players were on the Football Writers Association
All-American Watch List heading into the season. Four of the players
are on offense and one on defense. All five should play at Tech. The
list includes quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, running back Travis
Zachery, guard Will Merritt, center Kyle Young and linebacker Chad
Clemson Picks Up 29 First Downs, and Loses
Clemson gained 29 first downs against Virginia on Sept. 22, yet lost
the game 26-24. That was the most first downs by a Clemson team in a
loss since Nov. 6, 1976. The Tigers had 29 first downs in a 27-23
loss to North Carolina at Death Valley. Clemson quarterback coach
Mike O'Cain played as a reserve in that game for the Tigers. One
other odd common stat, both starting quarterbacks for Clemson in
those games had exactly 67 yards rushing. Steve Fuller had 67 in that
loss 25 years ago, while Woodrow Dantzler rushed for 67 in the loss
Those are the only two games in Clemson history that the Tigers have
had at least 28 first downs, yet lost. Clemson had won 16 in a row
when recording at least 28 first downs dating to that 1976 game. In
history, Clemson has had an even-50 games in which it has at least 25
first downs. The Tigers are now 44-5-1 in those games, an 89 percent
Field Position Important
Field position is an important statistic in any football game. That
has certainly been the case when evaluating the Clemson defense this
year. Clemson has allowed 18 scoring drives in four games, 12
touchdowns and six field goals. Opponents have driven over 66 yards
for a touchdown just twice all year, an 81-yard drive for a touchdown
by Central Florida in the season opener and a 74-yard touchdown drive
by Georgia Tech.
Twenty-five times this year the opposition has taken possession of
the ball at its own 30 or worse. They have driven for a touchdown
just twice in those 25 possessions. They have added three field
goals. On seven of the opposition's 12 touchdowns, they have had to
drive 53 yards or less. That includes a 44-yard drive for the winning
drive by Virginia.
Mance In top 15 in Punt and Kickoff Returns
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden said during the preseason that he
thought he would have the best special teams since he has been the
head coach of the Tigers. That is proving to be a correct prediction,
and the leader of the special teams production has been cornerback
Mance has been a terror for opposing special teams coaches through
the first four weeks of the season. His production is reflected in
the NCAA Statistics released Sept. 30. The junior was ranked 20th in
the nation in kickoff returns with a 28.2-yard average on five
returns, and 12 in punt returns with a 14.4-yard average on six
returns. He has 338 yards on kickoff returns and 101 on punt returns
for a total of 439 yards on 19 total returns.
Mance is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in the
country in both categories. One former Tiger, Antwuan Wyatt, ranked
in the top 15 in both categories in 1995. That season Wyatt averaged
25.0 on kickoff returns to average 12th in the nation, and his
12.3-yard average on punt returns ranked 15th.
Mance had flashes of brilliance in the return game as a sophomore, so
his production this year is really no surprise. Last year he had six
kickoff returns for a 26-yard average, and had a Clemson record
32-yard average on six punt returns in 2000. That punt return total
included an 88-yard return in Death Valley against Georgia Tech,
fifth longest punt return by a Tiger in history.
Mance is off to quite a start overall. He was the ACC Defensive Back
of the Week in the first game of the season when he had 10 tackles
and a pass broken up against Central Florida. He was then chosen ACC
Specialist of the Week for his performance against Wofford.
Clemson 35-0-1 With 200 Yards Passing and Rushing
Clemson gained 200 yards rushing and 286 yards passing in the win
over Wofford, then had 248 rushing and 254 passing at Georgia Tech.
Clemson is now 9-0 under Tommy Bowden when gaining at least 200 yards
or each in the same game. The Tigers are now 35-0-1 in history when
gaining at least 200 of each. Clemson first turned the trick against
Wake Forest in 1953.
The program had just 28 such games in the first 103 years of Clemson
football prior to Bowden's arrival and now has had nine in the 28
games he has been head coach of the Tigers. The streak was nearly
snapped at Georgia Tech in 1999. Clemson had 231 yards rushing and
197 passing in the loss at Georgia Tech. The only tie game in which
Clemson had at least 200 of each took place in 1976 when Clemson had
248 rushing and 234 passing in a 24-24 tie in Atlanta against Tech.
Clemson in Top 25
Clemson was ranked 21st in the latest USA Today Coach's poll and 19th
by AP on Sept. 30. The Tigers have been ranked in the top 25 in the
USA Today poll for 24 consecutive weeks. This is the second longest
streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 in a poll in Clemson
history. The record for consecutive top 20 rankings is 41, set
between the final poll of the 1986 season and the Oct. 10, 1989 poll.
The Tigers were ranked between third and 17th in the nation in all 41
or those polls.
The record for consecutive weeks in the top 25 is 50 in a row between
Oct. 24, 1989 and Oct. 19, 1992. The Tigers were ranked between 6 and
25 during that streak. Clemson was ranked between 21-25 in six of
those 50 weeks. Clemson has had two other streaks of 14 weeks or more
ranked in the top 20. One took place from Sept. 21, 1981 through
Sept. 13, 1982, a 15-week streak, while the other took place between
Oct.12, 1959 and Oct. 10, 1960, a 14-week streak.
Carson, Leake Top Clemson Tacklers
Chad Carson and John Leake are becoming quite a one-two punch on
Clemson's second line of defense. Against Wofford's run oriented
attack numbers 45 and 46 combined for 34 tackles. Carson had 18 and
Leake picked up a career high 16. In the win at Tech, Leake had 19
and Carson added 10.
For Carson the 18 tackles against Wofford tied for his second highest
single game total as a Tiger. The only performance that is higher is
the 22-tackle performance he had against Georgia Tech at Death Valley
last year. That is an ironic fact in itself considering that Carson's
father played for Georgia Tech.
Carson now has 353 tackles for his career, eighth best in school
history. He moved ahead of Tim Jones with seven tackles against
Virginia. Next on the list is former teammate Robert Carswell, who
had 374 between 1997-00. If he averages 10 tackles a game over the
rest of the season he will finish his career ranked fourth in Clemson
history, trailing only Bubba Brown, Anthony Simmons and Jeff Davis.
That is impressive company.
Leake has a long way to go to catch Carson, but he is taking a
similar path. Carson had just 11 tackles his freshman year as a
reserve linebacker in 1998. Leake had nine as a reserve last year.
Clemson Career Tackle Leaders
Rk. Player, Pos Years No
1. Bubba Brown, LB 1976-79 515
2. Anthony Simmons, LB 1995-97 486
3. Jeff Davis, LB 1978-81 469
4. Ed McDaniel, LB 1988-91 489
5. Randy Scott, LB 1975-78 382
6. Keith Adams, LB 1998-00 379
7. Robert Carswell, FS 1997-00 374
8. Chad Carson, LB 1998-01 353
9. Tim Jones, LB 1991-94 338
10. Henry Walls, LB 1983-85 316
Clemson vs. Duke Moved to Dec. 1
The Clemson vs. Duke football game, originally scheduled for Sept. 15
at Clemson, will be played Dec.1 at Clemson Memorial Stadium. The
contest was postponed due to the terrorist attacks on New York and
Washington last Tuesday. The game will kickoff at 1:00 PM.
This will be the latest Clemson has played a regular season game
since 1956 when the Tigers defeated Furman at Death Valley, 28-7 on
Dec. 1. It will be just the sixth regular season game in the month of
December in Clemson football history. The latest Clemson has had a
regular season game is Dec. 8, a 1928 loss to The Citadel in
The change in schedule means that Duke and Clemson will meet in the
major sports of football and men's basketball on consecutive days.
The two schools will meet in men's basketball at Cameron Indoor
Stadium on December 2nd. That will be the earliest conference
basketball game for the Tigers since 1966. Clemson played at North
Carolina to open the 1966-67 season on December 1.
Clemson to Play 92-day Regular season
As a result of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast on Sept. 11,
and the subsequent schedule change, Clemson's 2001 regular season
will stretch 92 days, longest in school history. The Clemson vs. Duke
game originally scheduled for Sept. 15 was moved to Dec. 1st, two
weeks after the original season finale at South Carolina on Nov. 17.
The previous longest season in Clemson history was 87 days, set in
1991 when Clemson began the season on Sept. 7, then concluded the
regular season on Nov. 30 in Tokyo. That season also finished with a
game against Duke. Clemson had 85-day regular seasons in 1984 and
1996. Fifteen consecutive Clemson seasons have lasted at least 78
days dating to the 1986 season that lasted 71 days.
The shortest 11-game regular season took place in 1977 and 1980 when
the season spanned 70 days. Six other 11-game seasons went across 71
Longest Regular Seasons in Clemson History
Year 1st Game Last Game Days
2001 Sept. 1 Dec. 1 92
1991 Sept. 7 Nov. 30 87
1984 Sept. 1 Nov. 24 85
1996 Aug. 31 Nov. 23 85
1993 Sept. 4 Nov. 20 84
1982 Sept. 6 Nov. 27 83