Game Notes: Virginia at Clemson


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Charlie Whitehurst is listed as questionable for the Virginia game.

Personnel Update


Charlie Whitehurst (QB)-Foot injury suffered in Maryland game,
questionable for Virginia. If can't play, Chansi Stuckey will start.


Khaleed Vaughn (DE)-Knee (cartilage) injury suffered in first half of
Maryland game, surgery on Sunday, doubtful for Virginia. If can't
play, Mo Fountain will start.


Airese Currie (WR)-Ankle injury suffered in first half against
Maryland, returned to game, questionable for Virginia. If can't go,
Tony Elliott will start.


Toure Francis (CB)-Re-injured sprained ankle against Maryland,
questionable for Virginia. If can't go, Tye Hill will start.


Eric Sampson (LB)-Sprained ankle vs. Maryland, questionable for
Virginia. If can't go, Lionel Richardson will start.


Clemson Successful on Homecoming


Over the years Clemson has had
great success on homecoming and Tiger fans
hope that continues on Saturday. 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
surprising that the tradition continued.
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 57-19-3 overall on homecoming
games, a .741 winning percentage.


The Tigers are 27-3-2 on
homecoming since the 1971 season. The only
three losses have been to Georgia Tech in
1989, Virginia in 1997 and 2001 to North
Carolina. Clemson defeated Wake Forest 31-
23 in a thrilling homecoming game last year.
Clemson has an 8-1-1 record against
Virginia on homecoming. The only Cavaliers
win took place in 1997, by a 21-7 score. That
was the last time Virginia was the opponent on
Clemson’s homecoming.


Virginia enters this game with a #24
ranking in the USA Today poll and 25th in
Associated Press. This is the first time since
1996 and just the third time since 1971 that a
ranked team has been Clemson’s opponent on
homecoming. Clemson defeated Georgia Tech
28-25 in 1996 when the Yellow Jackets were
ranked 22nd entering the game. In 1988
Clemson defeated a 5-0 and 22nd ranked Duke
team on homecoming, 49-17. Clemson also
defeated a 15 th ranked Virginia Tech team 21-6
on homecoming in 1956. Overall, Clemson is
3-3 against ranked opponents on a Clemson
homecoming.


Clemson vs. Virginia Series

Clemson holds a commanding 34-7-1
lead in the series with Virginia, but the
Cavaliers hold 7-5-1 advantage since 1990,
including a 22-17 victory at Charlottesville last
year, and a 26-24 win at Clemson in 2001.


Virginia has never beaten Clemson three years
in a row. Clemson has gained at least 400
yards total offense in each of the last two years
against Virginia, yet lost both games.
Clemson won the first 29 games of the series
before Virginia cracked the win column with a
20-7 victory in Charlottesville in 1990.
Ironically, Clemson’s first win in the history of
the series (in 1955) was also by a 20-7 score.


Clemson’s 29-game winning streak
between 1955-90 is tied for the fourth longest
winning streak in NCAA history for one team
over another. The record is 39 in a row held by
Notre Dame over Navy, a streak that is still
active heading into the meeting between the
two schools in South Bend this year on
November 8.


Virginia has gained its most success
against Clemson when the game has been in
September, an example of the Cavaliers
traditional good start to a season. Virginia has
celebrated five of its seven wins over the
Tigers in the month of September, including its
last trip to Death Valley in 2001, a game it won
with just one second left. Virginia is 5-1 against
Clemson in the month of September since
1990, but just 2-4-1 in October and November
since that year.


Overall, Clemson is 24-2-1 against
Virginia in October and November all-time, but
just 10-5 against the Cavs in September.
Clemson is 18-3-1 against Virginia in Death
Valley and 15-4 in Charlottesville. Clemson
won in Richmond in 1971, 32-15, the only
neutral site game in the history of the series.
The only tie in the series took place in
1991, a 20-20 score at Clemson that was also
played on homecoming. The Tigers had 511
yards of total offense in that game and did not
win, the only game in Clemson history in which
Clemson picked up at least 500 yards, yet did
not win the game.


Clemson is 2-2 against Virginia under
Tommy Bowden. Bowden picked up his first
win as a Clemson head coach in 1999 against
George Welsh and the Cavaliers, 33-14 in a
game at Clemson. Clemson led that game 33-
0, 35 minutes into the game. In 2000, Woody
Dantzler led the Tigers to victory with a dazzling
performance. Dantzler rushed for 220 yards
and passed for 154 leading Clemson to a 31-10
victory.


The two teams have been ACC rivals
since that first meeting in 1955, but the two
teams have not played every year since the
league was formed in 1953. The two teams did
not play in 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1975, and
1976.


Clemson Veterans versus Virginia


Eric Coleman (DT) - Had two tackles in 21 snaps
in 2002.


Airese Currie (WR) - Had two catches for 14
yards in the 2002 contest; played 23 snaps in
2001, but did not catch a pass.

Maurice Fountain (DE) - Had three tackles in
17 snaps in 2002; had two tackles, including one
for loss, in 2001.

Toure Francis (CB) - Had one tackle in the 2001
game.

Jamaal Fudge (ROV) - Had one tackle and a
pass deflection in last year’s game.

Ben Hall (TE) - Played just four snaps in 2002
due to injury; was in on 30 snaps in 2001, but
did not catch a pass.

Derrick Hamilton (WR) - Had eight catches for
81 yards and 206 all-purpose yards in 2002; had
nine catches for 90 yards in 2001.

Leroy Hill (LB) - Had one tackle in three snaps
in 2002; had three tackles in eight snaps in 2001
game.

Tye Hill (RB) - Had three carries for 43 yards at
tailback in 2002 game; had 32-yard touchdown
run just before halftime.

J.J. Howard (DE) - Had four tackles in 15 snaps
in 2002.

Aaron Hunt (PK) - Had a 19-yard field goal in
the 2002 game; made 1-2 in the 2001 game, a
45-yarder; was also 1-2 in the 2000 contest.

Chad Jasmin (RB) - Had four carries for 10 yards
in last year’s game; had one carry for three yards
in 2001.

Cedric Johnson (OG) - Led the team in
knockdown blocks in 2002.

Yusef Kelly (RB) - Had 17 carries for 72 yards
and three receptions in the 2002 contest; did not
play in the 2000 of 2001 games.

John Leake (LB) - Had 11 tackles in the 2002
game; posted 10 tackles and one for loss in 2001.

Justin Miller (CB) - Had three tackles and a pass
deflection last year.

Dejuan Polk (DT) - Had four tackles in 23 snaps
in 2002.

Travis Pugh (FS) - Had three tackles in 20 snaps
in 2002.

Eric Sampson (WHIP) - Posted seven tackles
in 2002 and two in the 2001 game.

Khaleed Vaughn (DE) - Had six tackles,
including a sack, in 2002; had one tackle in 2001;
had one sack in the 2000 game.

Donnell Washington (DT) - Had seven tackles,
including one for loss, last year; Had a sack and
two quarterback pressures in the 2001 game.
Charlie Whitehurst (QB) - Came in on the final
scoring drive of the game for Clemson and
completed all seven pass attempts for 92 yards
last year.

Kevin Youngblood (WR) - Had five catches for
42 yards in 2002.


Ranked Virginia Team Comes to Death
Valley


A 24th ranked (USA Today) Virginia
team on three-game winning streak will come
into Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday
for a contest that will kickoff at high noon and
will be televised by the Jefferson Pilot television
network.


Clemson hopes history repeats itself
on Saturday. Each of the last two meetings
between Clemson and Virginia at Death Valley
have featured an unranked team upsetting a
top 25 team. In 1999, Tommy Bowden’s first
year at Clemson, the Tigers upset a 19th ranked
Virginia team coached by George Welsh by a
33-14 score. That was Bowden’s first win as
Clemson head coach. Two years later,
Clemson was ranked 19th in the nation, but was
upset by the Cavaliers 26-24 on a touchdown
pass with just one second remaining in the
game.

Virginia has won four of five games
this year with the only loss coming in the state
of South Carolina to the University of South
Carolina on September 6 in Williams Brice
Stadium by a 31-7 score. Virginia was without
the services of starting quarterback and
reigning ACC Player of the year Matt Schaub,
who missed the game with a shoulder injury.
Marques Hagans, the backup quarterback,
also missed that game with an injury.
Schaub has had outstanding statistics
over his career and this season. In 2003 he
has completed 54-73 passes for 694 yards and
four scores. He has completed 74 percent of
his passes and has an efficiency rating of
163.7. He would be among the national
leaders in those categories, but has not played
enough games (must play in 75 percent of your
team’s games) to be ranked in the NCAA stats.
It won’t be long before he returns to the
rankings.

Another in a long line of great
quarterbacks from the state of Pennsylvania
(Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, etc)
Schaub finished the 2002 season sixth in the
nation in passing, first in the ACC. He led the
ACC in completions, touchdown passes and
completion percentage in addition to his first
place ranking in efficiency. He completed 19 of
22 passes for 283 yards in a 38-13 win over
North Carolina last week.

In addition to completing passes at a
65 percent rate, the Cavs lead the league in
rushing with 184 yards per game. Wali Lundy
leads the ACC and ranks 21st in the nation in
rushing with a 102.4 average. He has only six
catches this year, but is gifted receiver as
shown by his 58 receptions last year. He had
four touchdowns, 127 yards rushing and 76
receiving in Virginia’s win over West Virginia in
the Continental Tire Bowl to conclude 2002, his
freshman season.


The Cavaliers allow 352 yards of total offense
per game, just 55th in the nation, but rank 21st
in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just
16.8 points per game. Clemson allows just 17
points per game.


Virginia’s defense is led by Jermaine
Hardy, the team’s top tackler from a linebacker
position with 41 stops this year. Ahmad Brooks
has 32 stops from a safety position, while Chris
Canty, a junior, has 31 tackles. Darryl
Blackstock has three sacks to lead the way on
the defensive line. The sophomore from
Newport News, VA was a thorn in Clemson’s
side last year when he had a career high 11
tackles. He led the nation’s freshmen in sacks
last year with 10. The sack total was an ACC
record for a freshman.


Almondo Curry leads the ACC in
interceptions with three in just five games and
he has returned those for 62 yards and one
score. The 5-8 senior from Hampton, VA is
one of the captains of the Virginia team along
with Schaub. The honorable mention All-ACC
cornerback had three sacks to go with his 59
tackles a year ago.


Virginia’s last Appearance at Clemson

Virginia 26, Clemson 24


Billy McMullen made a leaping
reception in the Clemson end zone with one
second remaining to give Virginia a 26-24 upset
victory in Death Valley on September 22nd.
The Cavaliers’ win was their first over the
Tigers since 1998.

Virginia managed to escape with a
win despite a strong offensive performance
from Woodrow Dantzler and the Tigers. The
Clemson graduate completed 25 of 34 passes
for 251 yards. His 25 completions were a new
career high, breaking his previous mark of 23
that he set against NC State in 1999.


Clemson accumulated 29 first downs
in the game, just the second time in school
history that Clemson has had that many first
downs yet lost the game. The Tigers gained
433 yards of total offense and controlled the
clock for over 35 minutes, yet lost.


Dantzler helped ignite the Tiger
offense in the first quarter, going 4 for 4 for 44
yards on a scoring drive capped off by Terrance
Huey’s 16-yard “Panther Play” touchdown run
that made the score 7-0 Clemson. Huey took a
handoff through his legs from quarterback
Woodrow Dantzler stood still for a split second,
then raced the 16 yards for the score. It was
not only his first career carry, it was his first
career offensive play.


After Aaron Hunt kicked a 45-yard
field goal with 14:09 remaining before halftime
to give Clemson a 10-0 lead, Virginia’s David
Greene countered with two field goals of 30 and
31 yards. Capping off drives of 14 and 10 plays
respectively, Greene’s efforts cut Clemson’s
lead to four at the half.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 10-
point lead behind two third-period touchdowns..
Quarterback Bryson Spinner’s six-yard
touchdown run following a Dantzler interception
made the score 13-10, and Spinner’s 14-yard
pass to McMullen with 8:24 remaining in the
third quarter finished off an eight play, 52-yard
drive that gave Virginia a 20-10 lead.


Clemson’s offense responded on its
next two possessions. Dantzler led the way on
a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive as he
completed 7 of 7 passes for 61 yards on the
drive. His one-yard run cut the Virginia lead to
20-17. On the next possession following a Virginia punt, Dantzler would
complete two more passes before scrambling for an 18-yard run down to
the Virginia 13-yard line. Travis Zachery’s two-yard touchdown run
capped off a seven play, 59-yard drive that gave Clemson a 24-20 lead.
When Clemson regained possession with 10:05 remaining, the offense
seemed poised to put the Cavaliers out of reach. The Tigers were three
for three on third-down conversions on the drive, but the march was
abruptly stalled at the Virginia 31-yard line. Almondo Curry’s sack of
Dantzler forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Larry
Simmons.


The Tiger defensive effort, led by Charles Hafley with 16
tackles and an interception, was able to contain the Cavaliers. A
Donnell Washington sack was big in forcing Virginia to punt.
The Cavaliers pinned Clemson at their own four. After the Tigers went
three and out, Virginia took over the ball at the Clemson 44 with 1:44
remaining. Billy McMullen (eight catches, 88 yards, 2 TD) caught three
passes for 29 yards on the Cavalier drive, which included a 17-yard
reception off a fullback option pass from Tyree Foreman. Three plays
later McMullen made his catch over Brian Mance with just one second
left on the clock.


Last Year’s Game vs. Virginia

The Virginia Cavaliers scored 16 consecutive points in the
fourth quarter and overcame a 10-6 halftime deficit to defeat Clemson
22-17 in front of over 54,000 fans at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville in
2002. The win was the Cavaliers’ second straight over Clemson and
followed up on their last-second victory over the Tigers in 2001.


Clemson out-gained Virginia in virtually every offensive
category, including total rushing yards, passing yards and average yards
per play, yet still lost. The Tigers racked up 412 yards of total offense,
but also committed two turnovers and were forced to punt six times. The
play of the Cavaliers’ defense and their ability to prevent Clemson from
scoring on big plays was the difference in the game.


Although he did not score, Derrick Hamilton led the Clemson
individual effort by totaling over 200 all-purpose yards and leading the
team in receptions. It was the third time in four games that Hamilton had
exceeded 200 yards in all-purpose running.Backup quarterback Charlie
Whitehurst also had an impressive showing during his late fourth-quarter
appearance. While seeing his first significant action of the 2002 season,
Whitehurst completed all seven of his passes for 92
yards and a touchdown pass.


Brian Mance, who recorded seven tackles and an interception, led
Clemson’s defense, which held Virginia to just 80 rushing yards.
Defensive ends Bryant McNeal and Khaleed Vaughn each had six
tackles and a sack. Roverback Altroy Bodrick had six tackles, two for a
loss.


The Tigers scored first on their opening drive. After Hamilton
was tackled inside the Clemson 10-yard line after bringing the kickoff out
of the end zone, the Tigers marched 93 yards down the field and took
nearly seven minutes off the clock. The offense finally stalled at the twoyard
line, and Aaron Hunt’s 19-yard field goal capped off the 19-play
drive. It was the longest drive by Clemson in terms of plays since 1979
when the Tigers had 19 plays against Georgia.


The Cavaliers countered early in the second quarter on Kurt
Smith’s 42-yard field goal, and Smith gave Virginia its first lead of the
game with 5:18 remaining when he kicked a 28-yard field goal.
Clemson regained the lead just before halftime. After an
outstanding effort by Mance to intercept a pass along the Clemson
sideline, running back Tye Hill ran for 32 yards and a touchdown on the
next play to give the Tigers a 10-6 advantage with one minute remaining
before the intermission. It was his first career touchdown and the fifth
time in six games that Clemson has scored a touchdown inside the last
80 seconds of the first half.


The Cavaliers began their comeback after a scoreless third
quarter. On the second play of the fourth quarter, facing fourth-downand-
goal from the Clemson one-yard line, Virginia quarterback Matt
Schaub handed the ball off to All-ACC receiver Billy McMullen on a
reverse play; McMullen stumbled, but kept his balance and stretched
across the goal line, giving the Cavaliers a 13-10 lead.


After the Cavalier defense forced Wynn Kopp to punt, the
Virginia offense organized a 17-play, 85-yard drive that erased over six
minutes off the clock. Smith tallied his third field goal of the day when he
nailed a 21-yard attempt that finished off the Cavaliers’ drive.
Following the ensuing kickoff, quarterback Willie Simmons’ pass was
intercepted by Rich Bedesem and returned to the Clemson 17-yard line.
Three plays later, Schaub found tight end Heath Miller in the end zone on
a 15-yard touchdown reception.


Simmons entered the game once more and fumble the football,
which was recovered by the Cavaliers but did not yield any points.
Whitehurst entered the game on the next possession and guided the
Tigers’ offense downfield on seven consecutive passes. His nine-yard
touchdown pass to J.J. McKelvey with 1:31 remaining reduced the lead
to five, but Clemson could not recover the on-side kick and Virginia came
away with its fifth straight win.


Clemson Has Come Back Against Virginia


Clemson has come back from a deficit of 13 points or more to win
seven times in its history and four of the victories have come against Virginia.
Two of those wins have taken place in Charlottesville and two in Clemson.
Clemson’s greatest comeback in history took place at Virginia in
1992 when it overcame a 28-0 deficit with 32 minutes left to win 29-28. Louis
Solomon, now a high school coach in New Jersey, led that comeback with an
option offense. His 64-yard run just before halftime gave Clemson some
momentum going into the locker room at halftime. Nelson Welch booted a
32-yard field goal with 55 seconds left to provide the winning margin. Virginia
was undefeated and ranked 10th in the nation heading into that game. That
remains the greatest comeback in ACC history involving two conference
teams.


Clemson’s greatest comeback in Death Valley also took place
against Virginia. Clemson trailed Virginia by 17 points at home in 1966, but
came back to win 40-35. That was the first game that Howard’s Rock was
present in Death Valley. Coincidence?


Clemson also overcame a 14-point deficit to Virginia in 1980 to win
27-24 in Charlottesville. Bill Smith, now on the Clemson Board of Trustees,
returned a block punt for a touchdown to provide a key play in the victory.
Obed Ariri then booted a 52-yard field goal with six seconds left to win the
game.Clemson also overcame a 13-point deficit in 1973 to win 32-27.


Clemson’s Greatest Comebacks to win or Tie

Date     Opponent     Site Down Deficit Final
10-10-92 Virginia       A  0-28  28     29-28
10-21-00 North Carolina A  0-17  17     38-24
9-24-66  Virginia       H  18-35 17     40-35
10-11-80 Virginia       A  10-24 14     27-24
11-17-62 Maryland       A  0-14  14     17-14
9-26-53  Boston College A  0-14  14     14-14
10-13-73 Virginia       H  0-13  13     32-27


Clemson Improved on Defense

Clemson continued to show improvement on defense in the
game at Maryland. The Tigers allowed the Terps just 134 yards rushing
and 338 yards total, well below their averages entering the game and
under Ralph Friedgen. In the three years Friedgen has been the head
coach at Maryland the Terps have averaged 34 points and 447 yards per
game.


Clemson’s defense has made a steady improvement since
John Lovett became the defensive coordinator at the beginning of the
2002 season. The Tigers allowed 395 yards and 28 points per game in
2001, then Lovett improved those numbers to 355.4 yards per game and
27 points per game in 2002. This year the numbers have dropped again
to 316 yards per game and 17.0 points per game.


Clemson is now getting near the top 25 in the nation in various
statistical categories. According to this week’s NCAA stats the Tigers are
28th in the nation in total defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 27th in
pass defense. On the conference level, Clemson is third in the ACC in
total defense, third in pass defense and fourth in scoring defense.


The Tigers made a slow start defensively against Maryland as
the Terps scored on each of their first two drives. But, Clemson held
the Terps to just one score over their final 11 possessions and that came
on a fluke play when a Maryland wide receiver came back into the field
of play after running out of bounds along the Clemson sideline.
Maryland tailbacks Josh Allen and Bruce Perry combined for 33 rushes
for 98 yards, just 2.96 yards per carry.


Below is a chart that shows how Clemson has improved in
many important areas this year as compared to 2002 and as compared
to 2001, the year before Lovett became Clemson’s defensive
coordinator.

Category                   2001  2002  2003
Points/Game Allowed        28.3  26.8  17.0
TD Allowed/Game            3.50  2.85  2.00
TD passes Allowed/Game     1.83  1.58  0.83
Rushing Yards Allowed      154.3 158.2 132.8
Passing Yards Allowed      240.6 197.2 183.2
Total offense Allowed      395.0 355.4 316.0
Yards/Play Allowed         5.3   5.0   4.6
Yards/rush Allowed         3.8   3.9   3.1


Clemson Looks for 200th ACC Win


Clemson will strive to become the first ACC school to win 200
conference games when the Tigers meet Virginia in Death Valley on
Saturday. Clemson was a charter member of the ACC in 1953 and is
now in its 51 st season in the conference.


Clemson has a record of 199-108-6 (.645) in conference play for its 51
seasons. Clemson’s 39-3 win over Georgia Tech on September 20 was
the program’s 199 th victory. Clemson ranks first among league teams in
conference victories all-time. North Carolina is second with 177, while
Maryland is third with 176. NC State holds the fourth position with 171.
Clemson has a winning record against every other ACC team since the
league began with the exception of Florida State.


Clemson also leads the ACC in conference championships with
13. Florida State is second with 10, followed by Maryland with nine (this
includes co-championships). NC State and Duke are tied for fourth with
seven wins apiece. Every current league member has won the league
title at least once. Of course Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech will join the
ACC next season.


Bowden Won 50th Game at Georgia Tech

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden won his 50th career
game when the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta on September
20. He enters the Virginia game with a 50-26 overall record, a .658
winning percentage. Given a minimum of five years as a head coach,
Bowden is currently ninth among winningest active coaches in Division I.
Bowden is in his seventh season as a head coach. He had an
18-4 record in two seasons at Tulane (1997-98), including a perfect 11-0
season in 1998. He is in his fifth year at Clemson and has a 32-22
record with the Tigers. Prior to becoming a head coach, Bowden was an
assistant coach on a part-time or full-time basis for 19 years (1978-96) at
Florida State, Auburn, Duke, Alabama, and Kentucky.


Now in his 26 th year in college coaching, he has been to 12
bowl games, been a part of 10 top 25 seasons, five of which have been
top 10 teams. Teams he has coached have been to a bowl game each
of the last five years and seven of the last eight.


Tommy is now just 287 victories behind his father, Bobby, who
has a record of 337-96-4 in his 38 years as a head coach. Florida
State plays Miami (FL) today at the same time the Tigers meet Virginia.


Hill Continuing #43 Tradition


The early season favorite for most improved player on the
Clemson football team would be junior linebacker Leroy Hill. The native
of Haddock, GA ranks in the top five in the ACC in tackles, tackles for
loss and sacks. His 61 tackles rank first among Clemson players. He
had 29 tackles all of last year in 13 games. He exceeded that total in
the first three games this year and has already doubled it. He had at
least two tackles for loss and one sack in each of the first four games of
the season. He had a career high 16 tackles in the opener against
Georgia and has been in double figures in four of the five games so far
this year. Twice he has been named Clemson’s defensive player of the
week by the Tiger coaches.


Hill played in all 13 games last year, all in reserve. He was the
top special teams tackler on the squad with 21, but played just 47 snaps
from scrimmage at linebacker. He spent the 2002 season as a backup
behind Eric Sampson. He has moved to middle linebacker and has
flourished. He had just one tackle for loss last year and now has 12 this
year, at least two in every game. He has nine more tackles than any
other Clemson player and has averaged a tackle every 4.64 plays.


Hill is carrying on the tradition of the number-43 at Clemson.
Terry Kinard, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in
2001, wore that number between 1978-82. Kinard was a first-team AP
All-American in 1981 and 1982 and was named one of the top 50 male
athletes in ACC history. Keith Adams, who many compare Hill to in
terms of his style of play as a linebacker, was an All-American at
Clemson in 2000. He led the nation in tackles and tackles for loss in
1999. He had 35 tackles for loss that year to set a Clemson record.


Hamilton Records Second Best Yardage Game


Clemson junior wide receiver Derrick Hamilton had seven
receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown at Maryland on October 4.
That was the second greatest reception yardage game in Clemson
history. The only performance that is better was a 7-182 game by Rod
Gardner at North Carolina in 2000.


Hamilton’s total was boosted by a 70-yard touchdown catch
and run from Charlie Whitehurst in the second period. Hamilton caught
the ball about 20 yards up field near the Maryland sideline, ran to the
middle of the field, then made his way back to the sideline before diving
the final five yards to the endzone. It was the longest reception of
Hamilton’s career.


The all-around performer now has a 100-yard kickoff return
(also at Maryland in 2001), a 79-yard punt return (vs. Georgia Tech at
Clemson in 2002), a 77-yard run (vs. Georgia Tech at Clemson in 2002)
and the 70-yard pass reception. They have all contributed to
Hamilton’s current ranking as the number-three all-purpose runner in
Clemson history. With his 207-yard game at Maryland, Hamilton now
has 3804 all-purpose yards in his career. It was his fifth game of at least
200 yards in his Clemson career. His career high is 256 yards against
Georgia Tech in 2002.


Hamilton is just five games into his junior season, so he is on
his way to putting up some all-purpose numbers that will stand for a few
years. He entered this season in sixth place on the list, but is now third
with his 3804 figure. He needs just 588 yards to break Travis Zachery’s
record of 4391 set between 1998-01. He needs just 196 yards to
become the third Clemson player to reach 4000 all-purpose yards in a
career.


Hamilton is the first Clemson receiver in history to have at least
100 catches through the end of his sophomore season. The
performance of Maryland now gives him 131 catches for 1724 yards.
He is now sixth in total receptions and seventh in reception yardage in
Clemson history.


Virginia is well aware of Hamilton’s talents. He had a 206-yard
all-purpose running day last year in Charlottesville. He has 17
receptions in his two previous games against he Cavaliers, more than
any other conference opponent over his freshman and sophomore
seasons.


Clemson All-Purpose Running Leaders

Clemson All-Purpose Running Leaders
Rk Player           Years   Rush Rec  KOR  PR  Tot
1. Travis Zachery   1998-01 3058 1057 276      4391
2. Raymond Priester 1994-97 3966 316  4282
3. Derrick Hamilton 2001-03 246  1724 1361 473 3804
4. Buddy Gore       1966-68 2571 65   637      3273
5. Kenny Flowers    1983-86 2914 192  40       3146
6. Ray Mathews      1947-50 1886 650  294  298 3128
7. Terry Allen      1987-89 2778 243  80       3101
8. Ray Yauger       1968-70 2439 328  177      2944

Clemson Single Game Reception Yards Bests
Yds Rec Player           Opponent Year
182 7   Rod Gardner      at North Carolina 2000
175 7   Derrick Hamilton at Maryland       2003
163 5   Jerry Butler     at Georgia Tech   1977
161 7   Perry Tuttle     Wake Forest       1981
156 8   Terry Smith      at Florida State  1993
152 2   Craig Brantley   Virginia          1974
152 7   Tony Horne       at Wake Forest    1997
151 10  Perry Tuttle     Maryland          1981
148 10  Henry Walker     Auburn            1947

Clemson Career Reception Leaders
Rk Player            Years   Yds  Avg. TD Rec
1. Rod Gardner       1997-00 2498 15.0 13 166
2. Terry Smith       1990-03 2681 16.5 15 162
3. Perry Tuttle      1978-81 2534 16.9 17 150
4. Jerry Butler      1975-78 2223 16.0 11 139
5. Brian Wofford     1996-99 1857 13.5 13 138
6. Derrick Hamilton  2001-03 1724 12.5 9  131
7. Tony Horne        1994-97 1750 14.6 13 120
8. Phil Rogers       1965-67 1469 13.9 5  106
9. Travis Zachery    1998-01 1057 10.1 9  105
10. Kevin Youngblood 2000-03 1154 11.5 5  101
11. Mal Lawyer       1996-99 1255 12.7 9  99

Clemson Career Reception Yardage Leaders
Rk Player            Years   Rec Avg. TD Yds
1. Terry Smith       1990-93 162 16.5 15 2681
2. Perry Tuttle      1978-81 150 16.9 17 2534
3. Rod Gardner       1997-00 166 15.0 13 2498
4. Jerry Butler      1975-78 139 16.0 11 2223
5. Brian Wofford     1996-99 138 13.5 13 1857
6. Tony Horne        1994-97 120 14.6 13 1750
7. Derrick Hamilton  2001-03 131 13.2 9  1724
8. Gary Cooper       1985-89 79 20.2 11  1592
9. Glenn Smith       1949-51 88 17.9 18  1576
10. Terrance Roulhac 1983-86 92 16.2 16  1487

Whitehurst Clemson Career Leader in Six Categories

Clemson sophomore quarterback Charlie Whitehurst
completed 23 of 28 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns in
Clemson’s win over Middle Tennessee. That computes to a passing
efficiency of 219 for the game. According to NCAA statistics, that is the
seventh best passing efficiency game so far this year in Division I college
football (given a minimum of 20 attempts).


Whitehurst completed exactly 23 passes in victories over Furman,
Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech, and had 22 completions at
Maryland. He is now ranked 26th in the nation in passing efficiency and
is just below the Clemson single season record for that category. His
rating is first in school history on a career basis.


The native of Duluth, GA now has three separate games of at
least four touchdowns passes, tying the school record. That is quite an
accomplishment considering he has started just 10 games in his career.
He is already seventh in Clemson history in touchdown passes with 20.
Woody Dantzler, who watched Clemson’s victory over Georgia Tech from
the sidelines, has that record with 41.


In his 10 games as a starter he has completed 215-359
passes for 2742 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That is a
.600 completion percentage. His average game as a starter is 21.5 for
36 attempts for 274.2 yards, and two touchdowns.


Whitehurst has completed 91 of his last 142 passes for 1217
yards and 10 touchdowns against just four interception over the last four
games. The 320-yard figure against Maryland ranks as just the ninth
300-yard passing game in Clemson history for an individual, the third by
Whitehurst. He actually holds the Clemson record with 420 passing
yards at Duke last year in a 34-31 Clemson victory. He has tied
Brandon Streeter’s record for 300-yard passing games in a career.
Whitehurst went over the 2500-yard passing in the win over Georgia
Tech and enters the Virginia game with 2922.


His recent performances have moved him to number-one in
Clemson history (ahead of Woody Dantzler) on Clemson’s passing
efficiency list. He now has a rating of 134.3, better than Dantzler’s
132.46 figure. Whitehurst has an efficiency of 141.7 for this season,
just behind the single season record of 146.0, set by Mike Eppley in
1984. Whitehurst is also completing his passes at a 62.9 percent rate,
just behind the 63.1 by Brandon Streeter in 1999.

Clemson Career Leaders in Completion Percentage
(Minimum of 150 attempts)
Rk Player             Years Com Att Pct
1. Charlie Whitehurst 2002-03 233 389 .599
2. Woodrow Dantzler   1998-01 460 796 .578
3. Nealon Greene      1994-97 458 805 .569
4. Chris Morocco      1986-89  89 157 .567
5. Brandon Streeter   1996-99 294 519 .566
6. Mike Eppley        1980-84 252 449 .561
7. DeChane Cameron    1988-91 257 470 .547
8. Billy Lott         1977-79 105 198 .530
9. Homer Jordan       1979-82 250 479 .5219
10. Willie Simmons    2000-02 204 391 .5217

Clemson Career Passing Efficiency Leaders
(Minimum of 100 attempts)
Rk Player            Years   Com Att Yds  TD-I  Eff
1. Charlie Whitehurst2002-03 233 389 2922 20-11 134.31
2. Woodrow Dantzler  1998-01 460 796 6037 41-24 132.46
3. Mark Fellers      1972-74 58  124 943   12-7 131.30
4. Chris Morocco     1986-89 89  157 1238   6-4 130.44
5. Mike Eppley       1980-84 252 449 3354 28-26 127.85
6. Bobby Gage        1945-48 123 278 2448 24-27 127.26
7. Nealon Greene     1994-97 458 805 5719 35-26 124.46
8. Harvey White      1957-59 145 289 2103 18-12 123.58
9. Jackie Calvert    1948-50 40  101 885    8-8 123.48
10. Steve Fuller     1975-78 287 554 4359 22-21 123.43

Charlie Whitehurst Career Quarterback Rankings
Category            Figure Ranking
Passing Efficiency  134.31 First
Completion %          .599 First
Passing Yards/Game   208.7 First
Completions/Game      16.6 First
Attempts/Game         27.8 First
TD/Int Ratio          1.82 First
Touchdown Passes        20 7th
Yards/Attempt         7.51 8th
Completions            233 10th
Passing yards         2922 10th
Attempts               389 12th


Whitehurst on Record pace


Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is on a record pace,
or near a record pace for many Clemson single season marks. Below is
a chart to show how e stands:

Category               Current Record      Whitehurst, 2003
Completions/Game       16.9, Woody Dantzler, 2001   22.0
Attempts/Game          27.8,Woody Dantzler, 2001    35.0
Passing Yards/Game     214.8, Woody Dantzler, 2001  273.6
Touchdowns/Game        1.75, Woody Dantzler, 2001   2.0
Passing Efficency      146.0, Mike Eppley, 1984     141.67
Completion Percent     .631, Brandon Streeter, 1999 62.9


Quarterbacks Have Flourished under Bowden

Watching Charlie Whitehurst move up the Clemson career
passing efficiency charts should be of no surprise. Clemson head coach
Tommy Bowden has a history of developing outstanding quarterbacks
since he became a head coach in 1997.


In his two years at Tulane, he guided Shawn King to many
school and national records. In fact, in 1998, King led the nation with a
passing efficiency rating of 183.3. That year he completed 223-328
passes for 3232 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. That
183.3 rating remains the all-time NCAA record for passing efficiency
rating over the course of a season.


One of the players Bowden recruited before he left Tulane was
current Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey
played at Tulane through the 2001 season and is now the starting signal
caller for the Washington Redskins. Ironically, one of his top receivers is
former Tiger Rod Gardner. Ramsey was 17-23 for 185 yards in the
Redskins season opening victory over the New York Jets.


Since Bowden has been at Clemson, 54 Clemson passing
records have been set or tied. Brandon Streeter set the Clemson single
season completion percentage in 1999 when he connected on 63.1
percent of his passes. Whitehurst is currently near that pace with a 62.9
mark. In 2001, Woodrow Dantzler became the first player in college
football history to pass for 2000 yards and rush for 1000 in the same
season.


Birthdays in Season


Clemson has eight scholarship football players who will
celebrate birthdays on game days in 2003. That might be the most for
one season in history. David Dunham celebrated his 21st birthday the
day the Tigers defeated Furman, while Chansi Stuckey celebrated his
20th birthday when Clemson played at Maryland on October 4.


Upcoming birthdays on game days include William Henry
(October 16, 1981 at NC State), Tommy Sharpe (October 25, 1981,
North Carolina), Travaghn Monts (November 8, 1982, Florida State),
Tremaine Billie (November 15, 1983, Duke), Kevin Youngblood
(November 22, 1980) and Marion Dukes (November 22, 1984). That
will be Youngblood’s final regular season game as a Clemson player.


The most memorable performance on a Clemson player’s
birthday probably took place on November 1, 1986 when Rodney
Williams led the Tigers to a 28-20 victory at Wake Forest. Williams
completed 13-18 passes for 193 yards and two scores that day. His
passing efficiency for that game was 187.83, the highest of his career
given a minimum of 15 attempts.

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