Game Seven Notes: Clemson at Wake Forest
Game Seven: Clemson at Wake Forest
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001
12:10 PM (EST)
Groves Stadium (31,500)
In the Rankings
Clemson - NR AP, #25 USA Today/ESPN
Wake Forest - Unranked
Television: Jefferson Pilot
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Series History: Clemson leads 51-14-1
Clemson Personnel Update
* Altroy Bodrick (LB) - Tore his ACL in a preseason scrimmage Aug.
18. Will red-shirt the season.
* Tony Elliott (WR) - Suffered broken wrist vs. Georgia Tech, will
miss Wake Forest game. Out 4-6 weeks.
* Marcus Houskin (CB) - Suffered broken neck vs. Wofford and is out
for the season.
* Brian Mance (CB) - Did not play vs. North Carolina because of the
death of his brother. Will return for the Wake Forest game.
* Kevin Youngblood (WR) - Suffered broken leg in Aug. 21 scrimmage.
Has not played all year. Will not play at Wake Forest. Could return
late in the season.
Last Meeting Between Clemson and Wake Forest
The Clemson offense gained 623 yards of total offense in a 55-7
victory over Wake Forest last year at Clemson. The Tigers featured a
balanced attack as five different players scored touchdowns. The game
was the first ACC matchup for the Tigers, who improved their record
to 3-0. Clemson had not opened a season with three victories since
1991, the last time they won an ACC championship.
Travis Zachery contributed to the effort with 73 rushing yards and 86
receiving yards including a 52-yard touchdown pass from Woodrow
Dantzler. Zachery was approaching 100 on the ground and through the
air, a feat no Tiger had ever accomplished. Zachery did not play in
the final 25 minutes of the game.
Zachery accounted for only one element of Clemson multi-faceted
attack. Bernard Rambert rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Keith
Kelly rushed 16 times for 93 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers
rushed for 436 yards against the Deacons. Dantzler amassed 166 of
those yards, while passing for an additional 157.
Clemson held only a 3-0 lead for nearly the entire first quarter.
Aaron Hunt connected on a 30-yard field goal on Clemson's second
possession of the game. Neither team registered a first down until
Dantzler scrambled for 54 yards shortly before the second quarter.
Rambert scored on a 13-yard run to finish a 6-play, 80-yard drive
that took 1:56 off the clock. The drive was typical of Tommy Bowden's
Dantzler rushed for a 39-yard touchdown on the first play of a
Clemson drive to give Clemson a 17-0 lead midway into the second
quarter. Tony Lazzara connected from 26 yards to give Clemson a
20-point advantage. Clemson's offense finished the quarter with a
10-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in Rambert's second touchdown of
the day. Wake Forest gained just one first down in the in the opening
half. Clemson led 27-0 at halftime.
Clemson scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second
half. Nick Eason forced a fumble on Wake Forest's first play from
scrimmage. Altroy Bodrick recovered that ball on the Wake Forest
seven-yard line. Dantzler capitalized on the Deacon turnover with a
1-yard touchdown run. Less than three minutes later Dantzler found
Zachery for a 52-yard scoring pass that gave the Tigers a 41-0 lead
3:56 into the second half.
Wake Forest gained just 32 yards of total offense in the first three
periods. Keith Adams registered his finest game of the season with 16
tackles, including three for loss. Chad Carson had 11 tackles as the
linebacker duo of Adams and Carson solidified its status as one of
the nations finest. First-Team All-American Robert Carswell broke
Terry Kinard's school record for tackles in a career by a defensive
back. Carswell finished the game with 301 career tackles, ahead of
the 294 set by Kinard from 1978-82.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Series
* Clemson owns 51 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second
highest victory total over any opponent. Clemson has 59 wins over
* Clemson leads the series 51-14-1 overall, including a 16-7-1 record
at Wake Forest and 9-3-1 in Groves Stadium.
* Clemson has won two in a row and six out of seven 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 2-0 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden.
The Tigers have outscored Wake Forest 67-10 in the two games.
* Clemson won by just 12-3 the last time it played at Wake Forest in
1999. Brandon Streeter led the Tigers in a reserve role to the
* Wake Forest has scored more than 20 points against Clemson just
once in the last 12 years, the Deacs 29-19 win at Clemson in 1998.
* Clemson has won three in a row and seven of eight, at Wake Forest
dating to the 1976 season.
* 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.
Clemson Veterans vs. Wake Forest
* Chad Carson has 27 tackles over the last two years against Wake
Forest. He had 16 as a sophomore in Clemson's win at Winston-Salem,
then had 11 in Clemson's win last year at Clemson.
* Travis Zachery had 73 yards rushing and 86 receiving against Wake
Forest last year in Clemson's 55-7 victory in Death Valley. His 86
receiving yards were a career high. He has 194 yards rushing in three
games and has scored four touchdowns in his career against the Deacs.
* Woodrow Dantzler is 2-0 as a starting quarterback against Wake
Forest. He has connected on 34-58 passes for 389 yards passing and
has 35-218 rushing and two scores in his career against the Deacs. He
has 607 career yards combined in 69 plays against the Deacs. That
includes last year when he had 157 passing and 166 rushing for 323
total in Clemson's victory.
* Nick Eason had four tackles, including two tackles for loss in the
win over Wake Forest last year.
* Charles Hafley had two tackles in 38 plays against Wake Forest last year.
* Aaron Hunt booted a 30-yard field goal and was 7-7 on extra points
in the 2000 Wake Forest game.
* Brian Mance had three tackles in 39 plays as a starter against Wake
Forest in 2000.
* Bryant McNeal had three tackles, including a sack in the win at
Wake Forest in 1999. He had four tackles in 17 plays last year.
* Bernard Rambert had 6-46 rushing and scored two touchdowns vs. the
Deacs in 2000.
* Jackie Robinson had 3-31 receiving in the win over Wake Forest in 2000.
* Willie Simmons was 1-2 for 30 yards and a touchdown against Wake
Forest in 2000.
Hafley Sets Clemson Single Game Record
Clemson graduate defensive back Charles Hafley set a school record
for tackles in a game by a defensive back in the Tigers 38-3 loss to
North Carolina on Oct. 20 at Death Valley. Hafley was credited with
19 tackles in the contest on 11 first hits and eight assists. That
broke the previous record of 18 set by Leomont Evans against Georgia
Hafley now ranks second on the Clemson team and is among the ACC
leaders in tackles with 69 through six games, an average of 11.5 per
game. The North Carolina game was his fourth double-figure tackle
game this season and the 10th of his career. A year ago Hafley had
106 tackles, most ever by a strong safety and third best in Clemson
history for a defensive back.
Hafley is on pace to break the Clemson record for tackles in a season
by a defensive back. Robert Carswell, now with the San Diego
Chargers, had 129 in 1999, an average of 10.75 per game. Hafley is on
pace to get 138 tackles in a 12-game season (including a bowl game).
Anthony Johnson had 117 tackles in 1985 and that is the only other
total higher than Hafley's figure from 1985.
Hunt Boots Longest Field Goal
Clemson placekicker Aaron Hunt booted a 48-yard field goal against
North Carolina, the Tigers only points of the day. The 48-yard field
goal would have been good from over 50 yards and it was the longest
of Hunt's career. In fact, it was the longest by a Clemson kicker
since 1997 when David Richardson kicked a 48-yard field goal in the
Peach Bowl against Auburn.
Hunt has kicked the ball 27 times this year and it has gone through
the uprights 26 times. The sophomore is 22-22 on extra points and 4-5
on field goals. His only miss was from 31 yards against Virginia. He
has three field goals of 43 yards or more after not making a field
goal over 40 yards all of last year.
Hunt made 45-47 extra points last year and is now 67-69 for his
career. His 45 made extra points last year set a Clemson record for a
season. His attempt total tied the Clemson record. Hunt made 5 of his
last 6 a year ago and is 4-5 this year, meaning he has made 9 of his
last 11 over two years. He was 10-16 last year overall and is now
14-21 in two years. His 25-yard field goal with three seconds left
gave the Tigers a 16-14 win over South Carolina in Death Valley last
Clemson Offense Averages 418 Yards Under Bowden
Clemson struggled on offense against North Carolina, gaining just 209
yards and scoring just three points, 30-game lows for the Clemson
offense under Bowden. However, the Tigers still have impressive
offensive averages in the Bowden era, better than any other
three-year period in school history.
Under Bowden, who came to Clemson for the beginning of the 1999
season, Clemson has averaged 30.53 points per game, 22.8 first downs
and 418.6 yards of total offense per game. Clemson has run 77 plays
per game, and averaged 186.5 yards rushing and 233.1 passing per
game. Clemson has scored 121 touchdowns in the 30 games, over four
per game. Eighteen of the 30 games Clemson has had at least 400 yards
of total offense.
Clemson Offense in the Tommy Bowden Era
Category Total Per Game
Points 916 30.53
Touchdowns 121 4.03
First Downs 683 22.76
Rushing Atts 1354 45.1
Rushing Yards 5594 186.5
Pass Attempts 964 32.1
Pass Comp 553 18.4
Passing Yards 6992 233.1
Completion % .574 .574
Plays 2318 77.27
Total Offense 12,559 418.63
Record 19-11 .633
Dantzler Stats Better on the Road
The ACC has seen a lot of success for the road team this year.
Through games of Oct. 20 the home team had won just eight of 20
games. Clemson certainly has contributed to that with a 2-0 record on
the road and a 0-2 mark at home.
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has been a player who does not
let the visiting crowd bother him, in fact it must motivate him
because his stats on the opponent's home field are considerably
better than they are at home. Clemson hopes the trend continues this
weekend when the Tigers travel to Wake Forest.
Over the last three years, seasons Dantzler has been the starter, or
a factor in the Clemson lineup, Dantzler has averaged 304.6 yards of
total offense per game in 11 contests on the road and has averaged
just 213.3 yards per game in 15 games played in Death Valley.
Dantzler has averaged a 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense game
on the road for those 11 games in the opponent's home facility. He
has averaged 204 passing and 100.5 rushing. His passing efficiency is
140.1 on the road and 130.1 in Death Valley. He has averaged 2.27
touchdowns rushing and passing on the road and 1.73 in Death Valley
In two road games this year, Dantzler has had 418 yards total offense
at Georgia Tech and 517 at N.C. State, two of the top three total
offense games in Clemson history. The third game in that list was
Dantzler's 435-yard game at Maryland in 1999. Each of Dantzler's top
four total offense games have been on the road. He had 374 at
Virginia in 2000.
Dantzler Stats Breakdown since 1999
Category Home Away
Games 15 11
Comp/Att 179-304 166-276
TD/Int 14/8 14/7
Pass yards 2219 2245
Yds/Game 147.9 204.1
Completion % .589 .601
Efficiency 130.13 140.14
Rush-Yds 221-980 202-1106
Yds/Game 65.3 100.5
Rushing TDs 12 11
Plays 525 478
Yds/Play 6.09 7.01
Total Off/Game 213.3 304.6
TDR 26 25
TDR/Game 1.73 2.27
Dantzler the Runner
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is the greatest running
quarterback in ACC history. His 2,259 yards on the ground are an ACC
record. Among the active ACC players, he is second to Georgia Tech's
Joe Burns in career 100-yard rushing games with eight. Burns got his
ninth as a Yellow Jacket against N.C. State on Oct. 20.
Dantzler is already tied for fifth in Clemson history in career
100-yard rushing games with his eight. Raymond Priester has the
record with 15, while Kenny Flowers and Buddy Gore both had 11. Terry
Allen had 10. Dantzler is tied with Ray Yauger, Ronald Williams,
Lester Brown and Fred Cone with eight.
Dantzler's 2,259 rushing yards rank 10th in Clemson history. He went
ahead of Lester Brown in the North Carolina game and needs just four
yards to go ahead of Ken Callicutt into eighth place on the all-time
list. He needs just 241 yards rushing to become just the sixth player
in Clemson history to reach 2,500 in his career.
Zachery Closing in on Scoring Record
Clemson running back Travis Zachery is closing in on a number of
milestones. The senior all-purpose running back has scored 46
touchdowns in his Clemson career, already a school record. He has 38
rushing and eight receiving and obviously needs four touchdowns to
become the first Clemson player to reach 50 touchdowns.
Those touchdowns translate into scoring. He now has 276 points in his
Clemson career and needs 26 to break Nelson Welch's career record of
301. Welch was a placekicker for the Tigers from 1991-94. He booted a
school record 72 field goals and added 85 extra points for his 301
As you can see by the chart below, Zachery is already third on the
Clemson scoring list. He recently passes Chris Gardocki, who had 261
points. Gardocki will be inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of
Fame on Feb. 1.
Zachery had his streak of 13 consecutive games with at least one
touchdown rushing or receiving, snapped when he failed to score
against North Carolina. That is the Clemson record for consecutive
games with at least one score. He shattered the mark, as the previous
best was a streak of nine straight games by Lester Brown, 1978-79.
Zachery has 45 regular season touchdowns in his career. Only two ACC
players in history have reached 50 touchdowns in regular season play.
Five more TDs in the last five regular season games would give
Zachery an even 50. The others to do it are Ted Brown, who had 51 for
N.C. State between 1975-78, and Leon Johnson, who had 50 at North
Carolina between 1993-96.
Clemson Career Leaders Scoring
Rk Name Years TDs PATs FGs Pts
1. Nelson Welch 1991-94 0 85-92 72-102 301
2. Obed Ariri 1977-80 0 99-103 63-97 288
3. Travis Zachery 1998-01 46 0-0 0-0 276
4. Chris Gardocki 1988-90 0 72-72 63-89 261
5. David Treadwell 1985-87 0 92-93 47-66 233
6. Bob Paulling 1979-83 0 107-109 23-41 209
Zachery Approaching 3,000/1,000 Club
Clemson senior running back Travis Zachery is among the best
all-around ball carriers in the nation. That is one reason he was
listed among the preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award.
So far this year Zachery has 333 yards rushing and 275 yards
receiving, giving him 608 yards from scrimmage. It ranks him fifth in
the ACC in all-purpose running. He has had five touchdowns rushing
and got his second receiving at N.C. State for seven total touchdowns.
Zachery now has 2,815 yards rushing in his career and 918 receiving.
No Clemson player in history has had at least 3,000 yards rushing and
1,000 receiving. It is quite a difficult accomplishment, something
only three players in ACC history have accomplished. The others to do
it are Leon Johnson, a former running back from North Carolina
(1993-96), Warrick Dunn of Florida State (1993-96), and Terry Kirby
of Virginia (1989-92). Zachery needs 185 yards rushing and 82
receiving to pull off the 3,000/1,000 double.
Zachery scored three touchdowns at Tech and one more at N.C. State,
giving him 46 for his career, already a Clemson record. He has scored
40 touchdowns in his last 30 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 Wake Forest game with 2,815 career rushing yards,
third best in school history. He moved ahead of Terry Allen (now with
the Baltimore Ravens) on the all-time list in the win over N.C.
State. Now, only Kenny Flowers and Raymond Priester have more rushing
yards than Zachery.
Zachery went over the 4,000-yard mark in all-purpose running in the
loss to North Carolina. He now has 4,009 for his career, just the
second Clemson runner to reach 4,000 yards. 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. Travis Zachery 98-01 643 4.38 38 2815
4. Terry Allen 87-89 523 5.31 28 2778
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 2815 918 0-276 4009
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
Kopp Punting Improved
There weren't many positives in Clemson's performance against North
Carolina on Oct. 20. However, Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden did
compliment the special teams. Aaron Hunt booted a career best 48-yard
field goal, and punter Wynn Kopp averaged 40.7 yards per punt on
seven boots and he allowed just three total punt return yards,
meaning he had a 40.3 net punting average.
Kopp has now had a net punting average of at least 40 yards in four
of the first six games. Opponents have just 45 total punt return
yards in eight returns out of his 23 punts so far this year. His 37.7
net punting average is best by a Clemson punter since Chris McInally
had a 38.3 net punting average for the 1995 season.
All punters are compared to Clemson great Chris Gardocki, who now is
in his 11th year in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Gardocki's
final season at Clemson, 1990, he had 39.3 net punting average for
Mance Should Return
Starting cornerback Brian Mance missed the North Carolina game after
his brother, Kenny was tragically killed in an automobile accident in
the early morning hours of Oct. 14. He was just two miles from his
home and fell asleep at the wheel.
Mance missed all of last week's practice. He came to the North
Carolina game and sat on the bench, but was not in uniform. He is
expected back at practice this week and should be ready to play
against Wake Forest.
Mance is a valuable member of the Clemson lineup. He has 23 tackles
and three passes broken up in five games, all as a starter in the
secondary. He also is Clemson's top kick returner. According to this
week's NCAA stats, Mance is 24th in the nation and first in the ACC
in kickoff returns with a 26.86 average. He is 26th in punt returns
with a 11.92 average.
Bowden 7-1 Week After a Loss
Clemson will travel to Wake Forest for its first game since suffering
a loss to North Carolina. Earlier this year the Tigers showed an
ability to come back from 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.
Former Walk-on Francis Contributing
Clemson has received considerable contribution in its secondary from
former walk-on Toure Francis the last two weeks. Francis, a sophomore
from Columbia, SC and Richland Northeast High School, has started
each of the last two weeks and played at least 50 plays in each game.
In the win over N.C. State, Francis replaced cornerback Kevin
Johnson, who had suffered a broken rib in the win at Georgia Tech.
Francis had five tackles in 54 plays and broke up two passes at N.C.
State. He then started the North Carolina game and played 50 plays as
the starter replacing Brian Mance. Mance missed the game after his
brother, Kenny, was killed in an automobile accident in the early
morning hours of Oct. 14.
Francis had four tackles in 50 plays against North Carolina. For the
season, Francis has 15 tackles, including 13 first hits. He has one
tackle for loss and three passes broken up in his 153 plays of
action. Francis is now on scholarship. He was put on aide in the
spring of 2000. He entered Clemson as a walk-on in 1999 and
red-shirted that season. An impressive performance in the spring of
2000 led to the scholarship.
Dantzler Dazzling at N.C. State
Clemson quarterback's performance in the Tigers 45-37 victory in
Raleigh is hard to put into words. It was the greatest combination of
rushing and passing for a Clemson football player in history and
ranks among the best in college football history.
How can we make such a statement? A look to the NCAA record book
tells us that only one player in one game has ever had at least 300
yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game. Washington's
Marques Tuiasosopo had 302 yards passing and 207 rushing against
Stanford on Oct. 30,1999, the only player in history to achieve the
300/200 in the same game.
At State, Dantzler passed for 333 and 184 net yards rushing. Had it
not been for two sacks in the second quarter, one of 13 yards and
another of 11, Dantzler would have joined Tuiasosopo in that
exclusive club. As it was, Dantzler's performance was the fifth best
in ACC history in terms of total offense, and a Clemson record. The
ACC mark is 554 yards of total offense by Rusty LaRue for Wake Forest
against N.C. State in 1995. LaRue threw 78 passes in that game.
Dantzler did more than just pick up yardage, he led the Tigers to six
touchdowns. He ran for two and passed for four, and the six
touchdowns combined broke the Clemson single game record that had
stood since 1947. Dantzler tied the Clemson single game record for
touchdown passes in a single game, a mark he now co-owns with his
backup, Willie Simmons.
It was Dantzler's top passing game as a Tiger, and in many ways the
best by any Clemson quarterback. The graduate student from
Orangeburg, SC completed 23-27 passes for 333 yards and four
touchdowns. His passing efficiency rating of 237.6 was a Clemson
record for a minimum of 20 attempts. His stats included a 79-yard
pass to freshman Airese Currie, the longest pass play for the Tigers
in five years.
Dantzler achieved the 517 yards of total offense one game and two
weeks after gaining 418 yards in Clemson's thrilling 47-44 win over a
ninth ranked Georgia Tech team in Atlanta. Obviously it is the top
total offense figure for consecutive games in Clemson history.
Here is a list of Clemson Records Dantzler Set in the win at N.C. State
* Single game passing efficiency (Min 20 attempts)-237.58
* Single game total offense-517 yards (333 passing, 184 rushing)
* Single game touchdown responsibility-6
* Tied single game touchdown passes-4
* Single game completion percentage (min 20 attempts)-.851
* Career total offense-6874
* Career total offense vs. same team-1127 vs. N.C. State
Below is a chart that documents Dantzler's stats the last two Road games
Category vs. GT vs. NCS Avg.
Total Offense 418 517 467.5
Passing yards 254 333 293.5
Rushing yards 164 184 174
Passing (Cm-Att) 18-32 23-27 20.5-29.5
TDs Rushing 2 2 2
TDs Passing 2 4 3
Passing Efficiency 143.6 237.7 186.6
Yards/Play 7.33 10.34 8.74
Dantzler Stats Similar to Ward Heisman Numbers
Woodrow Dantzler received rave reviews for his performance against
N.C. State on Oct. 13.
N.C. State strongside linebacker Brandon Jamison told The State
Newspaper, "He has got to be one of the best athletes in
America...That is why he is up for the Heisman. The man can run. He
can pass. He has moves. He has speed. He can break tackles. There is
nothing bad you can say about him."
During the broadcast on Jefferson Pilot television, guest commentator
and legendary former ACC coach Bill Dooley remarked, "If I had him as
a quarterback, I'd get back into coaching."
Another person who was impressed was N.C. State coach Chuck Amato. "I
had the fortune to be around Charlie Ward (at Florida State, 1992-93)
and Dantzler has more athletic ability. He is their football team.
He's their inspiration.
"He put on a display out there today that I don't know if we'll ever
see again in this stadium. I hope not by an opposing quarterback. I
can't imagine a better player in the country in America. We must have
set a record for missed tackles on him."
Ward, now the starting point guard for the NBA's New York Knicks, won
the Heisman Trophy in 1993 when he led Florida State to the national
championship and a 12-1 record. He did so with an all-around game as
he had the ability to run as well as pass. Dantzler has had similar
success as a runner and passer this year.
A look to the stats shows that Dantzler is ahead of Ward's pace in
total offense/game, touchdown responsibility per game, rushing yards
per game. They have similar stats in passing efficiency and
Comparison of 2 Quarterbacks
Category Ward, 1993 Dantzler, 2001
Passing Yards/Game 275.6 212.0
Rushing Yards/Game 30.8 93.2
Total Offense/Game 306.5 305.2
Touchdowns/Game 2.82 2.50
Passing Efficiency 157.82 139.0
Completion % .695 .647
Yards/Attempt 7.97 7.35
Dantzler Ranked in Top 35 in Three Categories
Woodrow Dantzler is ranked in the top 35 in the nation in three
different statistical categories. The Tiger signal caller who now
owns 30 school records is seventh in the country in total offense,
30th in passing efficiency and 32nd in rushing. That's right, 32nd in
Dantzler has gained 559 net yards on the ground for an average of
93.2 yards per game. That is ahead of his record setting pace last
year. He is on pace for 1,025 yards rushing in the regular season. He
is on pace for 2,332 passing. No player in NCAA history has had 1,000
yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing in the same season.
He had 947 rushing and 1,691 passing last season during the regular
season. If he is to achieve the distinction he will have to do it in
the regular season as NCAA records do not count bowl games. The
closest to achieve the milestone is Brian Mitchell of
Lousiana-Lafayette, who had 1311 rushing and 1966 passing in 1989.
Dantzler Reaches 4,000/2,000 mark; Now Owns 30 Clemson Records
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler became the first quarterback in
ACC history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 2,000 when he had
his 517-yard total offense game at N.C. State.
Including bowl games, Dantzler has 2,259 rushing and 4,731 passing in
his four-year career. So far this season, Dantzler has 559 yards
rushing and 1,272 passing for 1,833 total, an average of 305 yards
per game in total offense. He ranks first in the conference in total
offense per game and is seventh in the nation. He is third in the ACC
in rushing and fourth in passing efficiency.
The graduate student has connected on nearly 65 percent of his passes
this year, a record pace, and is now at 58.1 percent for his career,
also best in school history.
Dantzler became Clemson's all-time leader in total offense with his
performance at Tech and now has 6,990 career yards, ahead of the
previous record held by Nealon Greene. He is also second in school
history in passing efficiency
Dantzler on Clemson career Records Lists
Rank/Category/Figure Left for Record
* 1st in quarterback rushing (2216) has record
* 1st in completion percentage (.589) has record
* 1st in touchdown responsibility (52) has record
* 1st in total offense (6874 ) has record
* 2nd in passing efficiency (130.41) 131.30 rating points
* 2nd in interception avoidance (2.67) 2.55 percent
* 2nd in total plays (1119) 40 plays
* 2nd in completions (369) 90 completions
* 2nd in passing yards (4731) 991 yards
* 3rd in touchdown passes (29) 7 TD passes
Clemson Records Held by Dantzler (30)
Single Game (8)
* Touchdown Responsibility-6 vs. N.C. State, 2001
* Total Offense-517 vs. N.C. State, 2001
* Completion % (Min 20 attempts)-.851 vs. N.C. State, 2001
* Completion % (Min 15 attempts)-.941 vs. The Citadel 2000
* Yards rushing by a quarterback-220 vs. Virginia, 2000
* Passing Efficiency (Min 15 attempts)-247.2 vs. The Citadel, 2000
* Passing Efficiency (Min 20 attempts)-237.6 vs. N.C. State, 2001
* Touchdown Passes-#4 vs. N.C. State, 2001
* Total offense-2899, (2000)
* Quarterback rushing-1028, (2000)
* 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback-4 (2000)
* Touchdowns rushing and passing-24 (2000)
* 200-yard total offense games-9 (2000)
* 300-yard total offense games-4 (2000)
* Consecutive 200-yard total offense games-7 (2000)
* Consecutive games throwing a TD pass-6 (2000)
* 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games-4 (2000)
* 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 plays in season-434 (2000)
* Completion percentage in career-.589
* Career passing efficiency-133.4
* Total offense-6874
* Yards rushing by a quarterback in a career-2216
* 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback-8
* Most total offense/game in career-214.8
* Most 300-yard total offense games in career-8
* Most 100-yard rushing, 300-yard total offense games in a career-8
* Most touchdowns rushing and passing in a career-52
Clemson Career total Offense leaders
Rk Name Years Plays Rush Pass Total
1. W Dantzler 98-01 1119 2259 4731 6990
2. Nealon Greene 94-97 1158 1067 5719 6786
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. W Dantzler 98-01 369 635 .581
2. Nealon Greene 94-87 458 805 .569
3. Chris Morocco 86-89 89 157 .567
4. B Streeter 96-99 294 519 .566
5. Mike Eppley 80-84 252 449 .561
Clemson Offense Proficient in Second Half Last Two Road Games
Clemson has scored at least 45 points and gained at least 500 yards
of total offense in each of its last two road games, a 47-44 overtime
win over Georgia Tech and a 45-37 victory over N.C. State. Clemson's
point total against Tech was its high total against the Yellow
Jackets since 1903, a 73-0 win behind coach John Heisman. Clemson's
45-37 victory against N.C. State was the highest point total Clemson
has ever scored against the Pack.
A reason for the high scoring on the road has been proficiency in the
second half. Clemson scored four touchdowns in the second half after
halftime in each game. Clemson has had 12 possessions in the second
half the last two games combined (not including possessions when
trying to run out the clock) and has nine touchdowns. Once Clemson
was held on downs and once Clemson kicked a field goal. Clemson has
had to punt in the second half just once in the last two games.
Some of the touchdown drives have been deliberate and some have been
time consuming, as the chart below shows:
Clemson Second half Possessions last two Road Games
Opponent Plays-Yds Time Result
Georgia Tech 4-80 1:37 Touchdown
Georgia Tech 13-80 5:11 Touchdown
Georgia Tech 18-80 6:25 Touchdown
Georgia Tech 3-(-6) 1:16 Punt
Georgia Tech 4-60 1:53 Touchdown
Georgia Tech 6-25 OT Touchdown
N.C. State 4-54 0:57 Touchdown
N.C. State 8-69 3:31 Touchdown
N.C. State 13-92 5:51 Touchdown
N.C. State 4-39 1:31 Touchdown
N.C. State 5-79 2:24 On Downs
N.C. State 6-34 3:14 Field Goal
Clemson Gains 500 Yards In Consecutive Road Wins
Clemson has had at least 500 yards in each of its last two road
games. That is certainly an accomplishment anywhere, but especially
on the road. Clemson gained 502 yards at Georgia Tech and 567 at N.C.
State in gaining consecutive victories. It marks the first time in
Clemson history that the Tigers have had at least 500 yards in
consecutive road games. The 567 yards gained at N.C. State were the
most recorded on the road since 1903 when John Heisman coached
Clemson to a 73-0 victory with 615 yards, all on the ground.
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.
Clemson has now had four 500-yard total offense games under Tommy
Bowden. Clemson is now 40-0-1 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 with Virginia.
Hamilton Approaching Freshman Record
Freshman wide receiver Derrick Hamilton continued his outstanding
rookie season with eight catches for 106 yards at N.C. State. The
red-shirt freshman from Mullins, SC now has 31 receptions for 339
yards and a touchdown. He needs just four catches against Wake Forest
to break Terry Smith's freshman record. Smith had 34 catches in 1990.
He needs 142 yards to break Smith's freshman receiving yardage mark.
Hamilton's 106 yards receiving at State broke Ray Williams single
game freshman receiving yardage mark. Ironically, Williams mark had
been recorded against N.C. State, a 105 yard effort in 1983. Hamilton
is now 42nd in the nation in receptions per game with 5.1 and is
second among freshmen. Hamilton is fifth in the ACC in receptions per
game and is sixth in yardage.
It was a big day for Clemson freshman receivers at N.C. State. In
addition to Hamilton's heroics, freshman tight end Ben Hall had three
catches for 39 yards and his first college touchdown. Airese Currie
had a 79-yard reception in the fourth period from Woodrow Dantzler to
put the quarterback over the 300-yard mark for the first time in his
Clemson freshman receivers caught 12 passes for 224 yards and two
scores on the day.