Game Ten Notes: Clemson at South Carolina


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Game 10: Clemson at South Carolina



Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001

12:30 PM (EST)

Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Columbia, SC



In the Rankings

Clemson - Unranked

South Carolina - #22 AP, #22 USA Today/ESPN



Television: Jefferson Pilot

Play By Play: Bill Rosinski * Color: Jim Szoke

Sideline: Warren Peper



Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network

Play By Play: Jim Phillips * Color: Mike Eppley

Sideline: Rodney Williams



Series History: Clemson leads 59-35-4

Tickets: Sold Out



Clemson Personnel Update


* Altroy Bodrick (LB) - Tore his ACL in a preseason scrimmage Aug.
18. Will red-shirt the season.

* Jovon Bush (DT) - Sprained shoulder at Maryland. Probable for South Carolina.

* Tony Elliott (WR) - Suffered broken wrist vs. Georgia Tech. Could
return this week vs. South Carolina.

* Toure Francis (CB) - Strained neck at Maryland. Probable for South Carolina.

* Charles Hafley (SS) - Pulled hamstring at Maryland. Probable for
South Carolina.

* Marcus Houskin (CB) - Suffered broken neck vs. Wofford and is out
for the season.

* Brian Mance (CB) - Suffered lower back strain vs. Maryland.
Probable for South Carolina.

* Morgan Woodward (TE) - Suffered concussion at Maryland. Probable
for South Carolina.

* Kevin Youngblood (WR) - Suffered broken leg in Aug. 21 scrimmage.
Has not played all year. Will not play at South Carolina. Could
return later this season.



Oldest Rivalry in the South


The Clemson vs. South Carolina game is the third longest active
uninterrupted series in the South. This will be the 93rd consecutive
year that Clemson and South Carolina have met on the gridiron, every
year since 1909. There are just two rivalries that are longer
nationally in terms of an uninterrupted series. Those are the Kansas
vs. Nebraska rivalry (active since 1906) and the Minnesota vs.
Wisconsin rivalry (active since 1907). The Kansas vs. Oklahoma
rivalry, which ran consecutively from 1903-97, is the longest
uninterrupted series in the history of the game. It ran 96
consecutive games.



This will be the 99th meeting between Clemson and South Carolina. The
98 games played so far rank as the 14th most games between two
schools in college football history. The Kansas vs. Kansas State
rivalry and the Mississippi vs. Mississippi State rivalry have also
gone 98 games. Minnesota and Wisconsin have played the most with 110
games overall.



Longest Active Uninterrupted Series in College Football

Gms	Matchup                 	1st Meeting
95	Kansas vs. Nebraska        	1906
94	Minnesota vs. Wisconsin  	1907
92	Clemson vs. South Carolina	1909
91	Wake Forest vs. N.C. State	1910
90	Kansas vs. Kansas State 	1911
89	North Carolina vs. Virginia	1910




Other Notes on the Series

* This is the 99th game in the history of the series, Clemson has a
59-35-4 advantage in the series. Clemson has scored 1850 points and
South Carolina has 1254.

* Clemson has won four consecutive games against South Carolina, two
at Clemson and two at South Carolina.

* Clemson has beaten South Carolina more than any other team. In
fact, 10 percent of all of Clemson's wins in history are over South
Carolina. Wake Forest is second on the list of Clemson victims with
51.

* Clemson has won 10 of the last 13 games against South Carolina and
the average score has been 28-18.

* Clemson has a 13-7-1 (.643) lead in the series with South Carolina
in games played in Death Valley. Clemson has a 27-16-2 (.622)

advantage in games played in Williams Brice Stadium. As you can see,
Clemson has nearly the same winning percentage at home as it has on
the road.

* There are many unusual notes and statistical oddities about the
Clemson vs. South Carolina rivalry, but the one that sticks out
currently is the success of the visiting team. The road team has won
eight of the last 10 games between the two teams dating to 1990.
Clemson broke the streak of seven straight wins by the road team in
1998 with a 28-19 Tiger victory in Clemson. Clemson also won at home
last year, 16-14.

* Clemson has had great success at South Carolina in recent years. In
fact, Clemson has won six in a row at Williams Brice dating to a 45-0
victory in 1989. Clemson won in 1991 by a 41-24 count, took the 1993
game by a 16-13 score, then won in 1995, 38-17. Clemson won the 1997
game by a 47-21 score, then won in1999 by a 31-21 count. That is an
average Clemson victory of 36 to 16 in the last six games in Columbia
combined.



Clemson vs. South Carolina on Jefferson Pilot Television


The Clemson vs. South Carolina contest will be televised by Jefferson
Pilot and will have a 12:30 PM kickoff. That bodes well for the
Tigers who seem to play well in afternoon games televised by
Jefferson Pilot. Clemson has a 17-3 record in afternoon games
televised by that network since 1995. During the same period of time,
Clemson is 4-16 in games shown on ESPN or ESPN2.



South Carolina Enters Contest with the Better Record


South Carolina enters Saturday's game against Clemson with a 7-3
record, better than the 5-4 mark the Tigers have posted so far this
season. This marks the first time since 1984 that South Carolina
enters the contest with the better overall record. In 1984, South
Carolina came to Clemson with a 9-1 mark, while Clemson was 7-3. The
Gamecocks came away with a thrilling 22-21 victory. That was the only
home loss for William "Refrigerator" Perry and Mike Eppley, among
others in the senior class of 1984.



South Carolina has had a better record than Clemson nine times since
1960, the year the series began a home and home rivalry. South
Carolina has a 5-4 advantage in contests in which it enters the game
with a better record. The last time Clemson defeated South Carolina
when the Gamecocks had a better record was 1980 when a 5-5 Clemson
team defeated an 8-2 South Carolina team in Death Valley, 27-6. The
last time Clemson defeated a South Carolina team with a better record
in Columbia was 1971 when a 4-6 Clemson team defeated a 6-4 South
Carolina team, 17-7.



The two schools have entered the game with the same record four times
since 1960 and Clemson has a 3-1 record in those contest. Clemson is
19-8-1 against South Carolina since 1960 when the Tigers enter the
rivalry game with a better record.



Overall, the team with the better record has a 23-13-1 record since 1960.



Clemson Has Four-Game Winning Streak vs. South Carolina


Clemson has a four-game winning streak over South Carolina. Here is a
review of each of those last four contests:





2000 at Clemson

November 18, 2000, at Clemson, SC


A sold-out crowd erupted in Death Valley as Aaron Hunt's 25-yard
field goal provided Clemson with a thrilling, comeback 16-14 victory
over arch-rival South Carolina. Starting from their own 32, the
Tigers trailed by one point with 59 second remaining. Rod Gardner
caught a 50-yard pass from Woodrow Dantzler with just 10 seconds left
to setup Hunt for the winning field goal. Clemson's 19 seniors became
just the third class since 1940 to post four consecutive victories
over the Gamecocks.



Woodrow Dantzler played his first complete game since the Maryland
contest. He finished with 265 yards of total offense - 185 passing
and 80 rushing. Gardner was once again Dantzler's favorite target.
For the second consecutive year, Gardner sealed the Gamecock's fate.
In 1999, his 29-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-down play
clinched a Clemson bowl bid. Gardner's 4-catch, 107-yard effort gave
him the Clemson record with nine 100-yard games in his career. Clemson scored its only touchdown of the game on its first
possession. Travis Zachery ran the ball seven times for 23 yards
during a 16-play, 77-yard drive that Zachery finished with a one-yard
scoring run. South Carolina answered quickly when Derek Watson broke
a 61-yard touchdown run just over two minutes later.
Aaron Hunt connected on a field goal with three seconds remaining in
each half. The freshman gave Clemson a 10-7 advantage going into
halftime.



The third period was scoreless. Alex Ardley provided two highlights
for Clemson with a pair of interceptions. The Gamecocks drove to the
Clemson 32 when Ardley recorded his second interception of the
period. More than 10 minutes elapsed on the clock before Clemson
earned a first down in the second half. Neither team scored in the
third quarter.



Hunt's longest field goal of the day came on a 31-yard connection
with 14:05 remaining in the final period. South Carolina then began
a, nine-minute drive that put the Gamecocks at the Clemson five.
Trailing by six, South Carolina went for the touchdown on fourth
down. Clemson took over after Darrel Crutchfield broke up an endzone
pass intended for Jermale Kelly.



On South Carolina's next possession, Petty threw two consecutive
first down passes that put South Carolina in the Clemson redzone.
Pass interference was called on the Tigers, and the Gamecocks
received a first-and-goal at the two. Watson then fumbled the ball
into the endzone when he collided with Keith Adams, but it was
recovered in the endzone by tight end Thomas Hill. Jason Corse's
extra point game put South Carolina in front by a point, 14-13. Brian Mance brought the ensuing kickoff from the four to the 32.
Following an incomplete pass and a sack, Dantzler threw up a pass for
Gardner, who was streaking down the right sideline. Falling
backwards, Gardner made the catch at the South Carolina eight. The
Tigers sprinted to the line, and Dantzler spiked the ball with three
seconds remaining. Hunt's 25-yarder gave Clemson its ninth victory of
the year - solidifying the most successful Tiger regular season since
1991. Reggie Herring's defense turned in a solid effort, only
allowing the pair of touchdowns. Alex Ardley and Keith Adams earned
ACC Player-of-the-Week recognition. Chad Carson had a team-high 18
tackles. Adams and Robert Carswell followed closely with 16 and 11
tackles, respectively.



1999 at Columbia, SC

Clemson 31, South Carolina 21


Behind outstanding individual performances by receiver Rod Gardner
and linebacker Keith Adams, Clemson outlasted archrival South
Carolina 31-21 before 83,523 fans in Columbia. The victory was
Clemson's sixth in a row in Columbia and third in a row overall over
the Gamecocks, and clinched a bowl berth. Adams recorded a
Tiger-record 27 tackles, including four-for-loss and three sacks. Gardner had six catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a
29-yard scoring grab on fourth down in the fourth quarter to seal the
win. That play put Gardner over the 1,000-yard mark in receiving, the
first Tiger to do so.



Travis Zachery had his third 100-yard rushing game with 105 yards on
17 carries and two touchdowns. Bernard Rambert added 54 yards on six
carries. Woodrow Dantzler was 14-26 for 249 yards and two touchdowns
as the Tigers out-gained South Carolina 425-252 in total offense. After Phil Petty completed seven of 10 passes for 112 yards in the
first quarter, Clemson's defense limited him to 8-22 for 55 yards
over the final three quarters. He was also sacked six times for minus
54 yards.



South Carolina held the Tiger offense scoreless for the first 18
minutes. Meanwhile, the South Carolina offense was clicking. After
Tony Lazzara missed a 22-yard field goal, South Carolina marched 70
yards in 10 plays, but had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by
Steve Florio. South Carolina had to settle for field goals three
times after driving into the "red zone".



After sacking Dantzler on back-to-back plays and stopping him on a
keeper, the Gamecocks drove 51 yards in nine plays capped by a
24-yard field goal by Florio with 14:41 left in the second quarter.
Clemson finally got rolling on the ensuing drive. Dantzler connected
with Matt Bailey for 20 yards while in the POD formation; and after
Zachery rushed 18 yards to the Gamecock two, he scored on the next
play.



Clemson upped its lead to 14-6 on its next possession when Dantzler
hit Gardner on a slant-in. Gardner raced 24 yards untouched for six.
Dantzler was 3-4 for 59 yards on the drive. But the Gamecocks came
right back and cut the Tiger lead to 14-12 with 1:21 left before
halftime, as they marched 71 yards in 13 plays capped by Andrew
Pinnock's four-yard run. Petty's two-point pass was unsuccessful. Clemson struck first in the second half when Zachery scored from four
yards, capping an eight-play, 63-yard drive. Zachery and Rambert
combined for 51 yards on seven carries on the drive. Clemson looked
to be in control of the game when the Tiger defense sacked Petty on
four consecutive plays (over two possessions) at the end of the third
quarter, but South Carolina did not die.



After Ryan Brewer returned a punt to the Tiger 31, South Carolina cut
Clemson's lead to 24-18 when Pinnock, who had 18 carries for 76
yards, scored from 14 yards. The two-point play was unsuccessful.
Kenny Harney then picked off a pass deep in Tiger territory, but
South Carolina could not punch it into the endzone and had to settle
for a 29-yard field goal by Florio, making the score 24-21. Clemson then drove 66 yards in five plays for the clinching score.
Facing fourth-and-10 at the 29, Clemson went for the jugular.
Dantzler lobbed a pass into the endzone and Gardner snared the ball
for six with 6:41 left in the game.



1998 at Clemson

Clemson 28, South Carolina 19


Clemson defeated archrival South Carolina for the first time on its
own field since 1990 by a 28-19 score before 84,423 fans, at Memorial
Stadium. The Tigers also broke the seven-year streak that saw the
visiting team win the annual state championship game.
South Carolina took advantage of a Tiger defense that was without its
leading tackler, Chris Jones, on its first possession of the game
when Gamecock quarterback Anthony Wright scrambled around right end
four yards for the score. Troy Hambrick's 20-yard run to the Tiger 19
set up the score on the 14-play, 80-yard drive.



The Tigers responded with a 13-play, 72-yard, 6:15 drive capped by
Brandon Streeter's seven-yard shovel pass to Javis Austin for a
touchdown. The Gamecocks threatened on their next possession by
driving into Tiger territory, but red-shirt freshman safety Charles
Hafley got his first career interception to stem the tide. Hafley,
who also had a career-high eight tackles, a caused fumble and a
touchdown-saving pass breakup, was named the ACC Rookie-of-the-Week
for his efforts.



Austin scored his second touchdown when he ran four yards around
right end with 6:28 left in the second quarter. Austin, who had nine
carries for 50 yards and three catches for 32 yards, capped the
12-play, 58-yard drive that saw the Tigers convert all three
third-down opportunities, including a Streeter to Rod Gardner hookup
to give the Tigers first-and-goal.



On South Carolina's second play of the second half, Tiger reserve
outside linebacker Howard Bartley dropped into coverage and picked
off Wright's pass for his first career interception. Bartley then
raced 48 yards to paydirt to give Clemson a 21-7 lead early in the
third quarter.



The Gamecocks cut into the Tiger lead early in the fourth quarter on
Steve Mixon's one-yard plunge. But Courtney Leavitt missed the extra
point and Clemson held on to a 21-13 lead.



The Tigers responded two possessions later with a six-play, 53-yard
scoring drive. On third-and-nine, Streeter connected with Travis
Zachery in the flat. Zachery, who had 53 rushing yards on 17 carries
and three catches for 32 yards, avoided would-be tacklers and raced
26 yards for six.



South Carolina came right back with a scoring drive capped by a Petty
to Mixon four-yard pass to cut the deficit to 28-19 with 7:01
remaining in the game. But Petty's two-point try fell incomplete and
kept the Tiger lead at two scores. Clemson kept the ball for the
remaining time on its next drive to seal the game.



Clemson was led on defense by safety Robert Carswell with 11 tackles.
Harold Means also had 10 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and two
sacks. Adrian Dingle, who was playing in his last game as a Tiger,
added 1.5 sacks to give him 10.5 on the season, then a Clemson
single-season record. The Tiger defense had five sacks to South
Carolina's none.



1997 at Columbia, SC

Clemson 47, South Carolina 21


Clemson scored 44 unanswered points, including a 27-0 run in the
third period, and defeated archrival South Carolina 47-21 at
Columbia, SC. Nealon Greene completed 12-15 passes for 157 yards and
three touchdowns and Tony Horne became the first player in Clemson
history to score a touchdown on a punt return and a reception in the
same game. The Tigers celebrated a 47-point performance, the most
points scored by a Clemson team against South Carolina since 1900. After an opening field goal by Clemson, South Carolina retaliated
with a pair of rushing touchdowns, two of just 10 rushing scores
yielded by Reggie Herring's sixth-ranked rushing defense all season.
The Gamecocks were driving for a third score of the first half when
one play turned the course of the game. Troy Hambrick threw a bad
pitch and Clemson freshman Chad Speck pounced on his first career
fumble recover.



With just 1:48 remaining in the half, Clemson's productive two-minute
offense drove for a score. Greene was involved in all six plays,
including a pair of double-digit yardage runs. He found Brian Wofford
for a seven-yard score 33 seconds before halftime.
Antwan Edwards, who had been moved to cornerback in week seven,
dominated the third period. First, he intercepted Victor Penn's
sideline pass. Six plays later Nealon Greene connected with Tony
Horne for a record tying eighth touchdown pass of the season. It as
Greene's 15th scoring pass of the season, a Clemson single-season
mark.



The Clemson defense performed on cue. Tony Plantin, who had a season
best seven tackles, combined with Adrian Dingle to sack Victor Penn.
Punting from the shadow of their goal line, The Gamecocks booted to
Tony Horne. The ACC's top All-purpose player, made a few timely
direction changes and darted 39-yards for a touchdown, Clemson's
first punt return for a score in six years.



The Clemson defense as not finished. On the very next South Carolina
possession, Edwards was at it again. This time the ACC Defensive
Player of the Week took the scoring load into his own hands and
pranced 42-yards for a touchdown and a 33-14 Clemson lead. After another 3-and-out by the Clemson defense, the Tigers offensive
line and Raymond Priester took its turn at demonstrating its
dominance. Seven rushing plays in the middle of the field set up the
Gamecocks for another scoring pass, this time to Mal Lawyer, who was
Greene's third different touchdown teammate of the evening.
The completion gave Clemson five touchdowns and 34 points in 15
minutes. The 27 points in the third period were the most productive
frame by a Clemson team in nine years. The 27 points were scored in
just 14 offensive plays, and it marked the first time in history that
Clemson had two returns for touchdown in one quarter.



Clemson's offense was not finished. On its first possession of the
fourth period, Clemson drove 80 yards in 8 plays, all on the ground.
Priester, who had 112 yards rushing on the day, provided much of the
yardage on this 24-yard run. Freshman Javis Austin, who had a season
high 90 yards for the evening, finished the drive with a 19-yard
sprint up the middle behind outstanding blocks from a dominating
offensive line. It gave Clemson touchdowns on six consecutive
possessions.



Hunt Booted Game Winner Last Year


Clemson placekicker Aaron Hunt will always hold a special place with
Clemson fans. His 25-yard field goal with three seconds left gave the
Tigers a 16-14 win over the Gamecocks last year at Clemson. It was
the latest game winning kick for a Clemson player since 1987 when
David Treadwell kicked a field goal with two seconds remaining to
defeat Georgia in a game at Clemson.



Hunt kicked two field goals against Maryland last week and is now
8-10 this season. He 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 1997
when David Richardson kicked a 48-yard field goal in the Peach Bowl
against Auburn.



Hunt has kicked the ball 40 times this year and it has gone through
the uprights 38 times. The sophomore is 30-30 on extra points and
8-10 on field goals. He has four 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 75-77 for his
career. He has made 44 in a row over two years. 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
8-10 this year, meaning he has made 13 of his last 16 over two years.
He was 10-16 last year overall and is now 18-26 in two years.



Clemson Seniors Looking for Perfect 4-0 Record for Rival South Carolina


Clemson's 2001 senior class will attempt to join its former teammates
in the class of 2000 as one of the select few in school history who
have posted a 4-0 record against rival South Carolina. Clemson has
won four straight over the Gamecocks, something the seniors from last
year's team hold in high regard.



Now the 2001 Tigers led by Woodrow Dantzler, Kyle Young, Chad Carson
and Charles Hafley have a chance to do the same thing. If the Tigers
defeat South Carolina they would become just the fourth senior class
since 1941 to defeat the Gamecocks four years in a row. Clemson has
not defeated the Gamecocks five years in a row since the 1934-40 era
when Clemson won seven straight. Clemson is just 1-5 against South
Carolina when it is going for a fifth straight win in the series. This year's senior class has 18 members on the travel squad,
including 10 seniors/graduates who started last week against
Maryland. In addition to the 2000 seniors led by Rod Gardner, the
seniors of 1991 and 1983 are the only other senior classes to sweep
the Gamecocks since the 1941 season. Twelve of the 18 seniors this
year are from the state of South Carolina so it would be especially
noteworthy for them.



Clemson Senior Classes with 4-0 Record vs. South Carolina
Class	CU	USC	Home	Away
1900	131	6		4-0
1919	106	19		4-0
1930	93	21		4-0
1937	116	6		4-0
1938	131	18		4-0
1939	114	18		4-0
1940	116	31		4-0
1983	102	31	2-0	2-0
1991	139	49	2-0	2-0
2000	122	75	2-0	2-0




Clemson Senior Class Travel Roster Players of 2001
No	Name             	Pos	Hometown
1	*Woodrow Dantzler	QB	Orangeburg, SC
8	*Travis Zachery 	RB	Marietta, GA
13	Tore White       	RB	Andrews, SC
15	Matt Schell     	QB	Covington, GA
40	*Charles Hafley  	FS	Pompano Beach, FL
46	*Chad Carson    	LB	Newnan, GA
48	Braxton K. Williams	SS	Greensboro, NC
50	*Will Merritt    	OG	Easley, SC
51	Brian Outlaw       	C	Gaffney, SC
59	*Kyle Young       	OG	Clemson, SC
63	Henry Owen        	SN	Clover, SC
69	Russell Stuermann	DT	Moore, SC
73	*T.J. Watkins     	OT	North Augusta, SC
80	*Matt Bailey      	WR	Stone Mountain, GA
81	Joel Gardner       	WR	Lancaster, SC
83	*Morgan Woodward	TE	Florence, SC
93	Tif Miller        	P	Charleston, SC
95	*Jovon Bush       	DL	Hardeeville, SC
*Denotes starters




Tigers from South Carolina


The Clemson vs. South Carolina game is certainly special to all
Clemson players, but it might have a longer family history with the
players who are from the state. There are 38 players on the Clemson
roster who are from the Palmetto State. This list does not include
players being red-shirted and only includes the Clemson travel
roster. Twelve of the 38 players from South Carolina are starters.
Thirteen of the 38 are seniors.


No	Name             	Pos	Hometown
1	*Woodrow Dantzler	QB	Orangeburg, SC
2	*Brian Mance     	DB	Alcola, SC
3	*Eric Meekins    	LB	Easley, SC
9	*Airese Currie   	WR	Columbia, SC
12	Jeff Scott      	WR	Seneca, SC
13	Tore White      	RB	Andrews, SC
16	Joe Don Reames   	WR	Seneca, SC
20	Bernard Rambert 	RB	Summerville, SC
21	*Derrick Hamilton	WR	Dillon, SC
22	Ryan Hemby      	CB	Orangeburg, SC
25	Roscoe Crosby   	WR	Union, SC
26	Toure Francis      	DB	Columbia, SC
27	*Kevin Johnson  	CB	Orangeburg, SC
29	Travis Pugh      	DB	Manning, SC
38	Tony Elliott       	WR	Charleston, SC
42	Eugene Koon      	WR	Columbia, SC
44	Tyrone Lee              TE	Florence, SC
47	Rodney Feaster    	LB	Chester, SC
50	*Will Merritt       	OG	Easley, SC
51	Brian Outlaw     	C	Gaffney, SC
58	J.J. Howard        	LB	Huger, SC
59	*Kyle Young      	OG	Clemson, SC
63	Henry Owen        	SN	Clover, SC
69	Russell Stuermann	DT	Moore, SC
70	William Henry      	OT	Greenville, SC
71	Derrick Brantley	OT	Mullins, SC
73	*T.J. Watkins      	OT	North Augusta, SC
78	Greg Walker       	OG	Sumter, SC
81	Joel Gardner    	WR	Lancaster, SC
82	*Jackie Robinson	WR	Orangeburg, SC
83	Morgan Woodward 	TE	Florence, SC
84	*J.J. McKelvey       	WR	Moncks Corner, SC
87	Ben Hall        	TE	Wellford, SC
88	Todd McClinton     	TE	Columbia, SC
91	*Bryant McNeal       	DE	Swansea, SC
95	*Jovon Bush       	DL	Hardeeville, SC
96	Donnell Washington	DT	Beaufort, SC
99	Moe Fountain          	DE	Camden, SC
*Denotes starters



Clemson Hopes to Add Another Tombstone


Clemson will have a chance to add to its list of road wins over
ranked teams this weekend at South Carolina. Lou Holtz's team is
ranked 22nd in both polls this week. Clemson has tombstones at the
entrance to its practice field to commemorate the road wins over
ranked teams.



Clemson already has a win over ninth ranked Georgia Tech on the road
this year, a thrilling 47-44 overtime victory. Woodrow Dantzler
scored the winning touchdown in overtime. That was Clemson's first
win over a ranked team on the road since 1997 and its highest ranked
road win since 1981, the year Clemson won the National Championship. Clemson has 17 road wins over ranked teams in its history. Clemson's
highest ranked road win took place at North Carolina in 1981 when the
Tigers defeated an eighth-ranked Tar Heel team. Clemson was ranked
second in the nation heading into that game. In addition to the win
at Tech this year, Clemson has two other road wins over top 10 teams,
a 1983 win over 10th ranked North Carolina and a 1992 win at 10th
ranked Virginia.



A win at South Carolina would be a landmark accomplishment for this
Clemson team. The Tigers have earned two wins over ranked teams on
the road in the same season just once before. The 1950 team won at
17th-ranked Wake Forest (13-12) and over #15 Miami (FL) in the Orange
Bowl, 15-14. Bowl games are not usually counted on this list, but the
Orange Bowl was Miami (FL) home stadium.



Clemson Road Wins over Ranked 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




Bowden Seeking Third Straight Bowl Bid


Clemson needs one more victory to become bowl eligible. If the Tigers
are selected for a bowl game in December, it would give Clemson three
bowl bids in the three seasons Tommy Bowden has been the head coach.
He would become the first coach in Clemson history to take the Tigers
to a bowl game in each of his first three years as head coach. Danny Ford had a 26-9 record through his first three full seasons as
Clemson head coach, but his 1980 Tigers had a 6-5 record and were not
selected for a bowl game. Ken Hatfield was 24-10-1 in his first three
years, but his third Tiger team was 5-6 and did not go to a bowl.
Frank Howard was 16-10-2 in his first three years, but he did not
take the Tigers to a bowl game until his ninth season, 1948. Of
course, there were very few bowl games in those days.
With two regular season games to go and perhaps a bowl game, Bowden
trails only Ford, Hatfield and Josh Cody (1927-29) as far as total
victories after three seasons. Cody was 21-9-1 for his first three
years. Bowden is 20-13 in his first two years plus nine games.



Bowden Tries for Three in a Row over South Carolina


Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden is trying to win his first three
games against South Carolina. The current Tiger coach won in Columbia
in 1999 (31-21) and last year at Clemson (16-14). A victory on
Saturday at South Carolina would make Bowden the first Clemson coach
since Josh Cody (1927-30) to win his first three games as Clemson
coach over South Carolina. Cody was a perfect 4-0 in his career
against South Carolina, the only Clemson coach with a perfect record
against the Gamecocks.



Only two other Clemson coaches in history won their first three games
against South Carolina. Bob Williams won in 1909, 1913-14 and Ed
Donahue defeated South Carolina in first three years, 1917-18-19. South Carolina Coach Lou Holtz had a perfect 4-0 record against
Clemson when he was the head coach at N.C. State. He is 0-2 against
Clemson as South Carolina's head coach.



Bowden 8-2 Week After a Loss


For the second year in a row, Head Coach Tommy Bowden enters the
South Carolina game on a two-game losing streak, the only two-game
losing streaks of his Clemson career. He has been strong the week
after a loss, now 8-2 at Clemson and 11-3 for his career. Twice this
year he has overcome a home loss, only to win on the road. After a
heart-breaking 26-24 loss to Virginia on the next to the last play of
the game, he took the Tigers to victory over a top 10 Georgia Tech
team in Atlanta.



Later in the year, Clemson lost to North Carolina at home, only to
have his team come back and defeat Wake Forest on the road. Now he
must have his team comeback on the road at South Carolina.



Bowden Has Top Record among Coaches who Made Changes in 1997


Twenty-four coaches took on new Division I coaching jobs in 1997.
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden began his head coaching career at
Tulane that year. Five years later he has a 38-17 overall record and
the .691 winning percentage is the best among the coaches who took
over new jobs five years ago. Bowden has a slim lead on Purdue Head
Coach Joe Tiller who has a 5-3 record this year and 38-19 mark
overall for a .691 winning percentage.
Here is a list of the top seven Coaches among the 24 who took over
New Division I programs in 1997

Rk	Coach       	School           	2001	Overall	Pct
1.	Tommy Bowden	Tulane/Clemson  	5-4	38-17	.691
2.	Joe Tiller	Purdue            	5-3	38-19	.667
3.	Gary Darnell	Western Michigan	4-5	35-20	.636
4.	Houston Nutt	Boise St/Arkansas	6-3	34-22	.607
5.	Pat Hill	Fresno State      	8-2	34-24	.586
6.	Bob Davie	Notre Dame          	3-5	33-24	.579
7.	Tom O'Brien	Boston College      	6-3	29-26	.527




Facts on Clemson's Youth


Clemson has one its youngest teams in years. There is good leadership
from the senior class of 18 players on the travel roster, but 34 of
Clemson's 44 players on the two-deep are slated to return next year.
Out of the nine ACC schools, only Duke has more players expected to
return with 35.



When it comes to defense, the youth notes continue. Nineteen of
Clemson's top 22 are expected to return next season. That can be
confusing because starting defensive tackle Nick Eason is listed as a
graduate student. Most graduate students are in their final year of
eligibility, but not Nick. He graduated in three years and had a
red-shirt year athletically, so he still has another year and is
expected to return. Clemson and Duke are the only teams in the ACC
with 19 of its top 22 players on defense expected to return next
season.



Clemson has seven freshmen listed as first or second team on defense.
Clemson and Wake Forest are the only ACC schools to have seven
freshmen on their defensive 2-deep. These freshmen, five of which are
first-year freshmen, see significant playing time. Donnell Washington
is a defensive tackle who has seven tackles for loss this year, tied
for second on the team. Moe Fountain has six and is tied for third on
the club. Ryan Hemby has started two games at cornerback and has 10
tackles, while linebacker Eric Sampson had 14 tackles off the bench
to key the defensive effort in the win over Wake Forest.



Hamilton Returns Kickoff 100 Yards for TD


Freshman Derrick Hamilton returned a kickoff 100 yards for a
touchdown in Clemson's 37-20 loss at Maryland. He became the first
Tiger in almost 100 years to take a kickoff return goal line to goal
line for a score. The only other 100-yard kickoff return for a score
on record is a 100-yard return by John Maxwell against Cumberland
College in 1903. That game was played on Nov. 26, 1903 and was played
in Montgomery, AL in what was considered to be the "Championship of
the South." That turned out to be John Heisman's last game as Clemson
head coach.



Hamilton really raced 103 yards, as he fielded the ball three yards
deep in the endzone, raced up the Clemson sideline, then ran to the
other side of the field and raced the remaining 50 yards down the
Maryland sideline. It was just the eighth kickoff return for a
touchdown in Clemson history, the first since 1990.



Ironically, the last time Clemson had a player return a kickoff for a
touchdown was against Maryland. In 1990, in a game played at
Baltimore Memorial Stadium, Doug Thomas ran 98 yards for a score on a
kickoff return in an 18-17 win over the Terps. Clemson once went 25
years without a kickoff return for a touchdown. Clemson did not have
a kickoff return for a touchdown between Hal Davis's 98-yard return
against Georgia in 1962 and Joe Henderson's 95-yard return for a
score against Georgia Tech in 1987. Henderson's return for a score
broke a streak of 999 consecutive punt or kickoff returns without a
touchdown, a 17-year streak.



Getting back to Hamilton, he finished the day with 153 yards on two
official kickoff returns. The 71.5 yards per return set a Clemson
record. He broke Henderson's record of 60 yards per return against
Tech in 1987. His 153 yards in kickoff returns rank fifth best in
school history for a single game. David Thomas had a record 174 yards
on five returns at Georgia Tech in 1972.



Hamilton certainly contributed to Clemson's record 218 kickoff return
yards at Maryland. The previous best was just 188 yards on nine
returns at Tulane in 1946.



Hamilton's kickoff return is listed as a tie for third in school
history for the longest play of any kind. There are two plays longer
in the record books. Prior to the 1970s, plays could be recorded
longer than 100 yards, based on where the ball was fielded in the
endzone. In 1968, Richie Luzzi returned a missed field goal against
Georgia 108 yards for a score. Two years later, Don Kelley was
credited with a 102-yard interception return. Those would both be
scored as 100-yard returns by today's standards.



Clemson Longest Plays in History
Yds	Player         	Type         	Opponent	Year
108	Richie Luzzi	Missed FG	at Georgia	1968
102	Don Kelley	Interception	Duke      	1970
100	D Hamilton	Kickoff  	at Maryland	2001
100	John Maxwell	Kickoff 	N-Cumberland	1903
99	Bill Mathis	Kickoff 	at Georgia Tech	1959
98	Doug Thomas	Kickoff 	at Maryland	1990
98	Doug Thomas	Kickoff 	Long Beach St	1990
98	Hal Davis	Kickoff 	Georgia  	1962




Hamilton Second in Nation Among Freshmen Receivers


Clemson freshman Derrick Hamilton ranks second among all freshmen
receivers nationally in receptions per game with 47 in nine games for
a 5.22 catches per game figure. He actually leads all freshmen in
total receptions, but he trails Kelley Washington of Tennessee on a
per game basis. Washington has 46 receptions in eight games, 5.75 per
game. Washington is 33rd in the nation, while Hamilton is 44th. Hamilton is trying to become the first freshman to lead Clemson in
receptions since 1991 when Terry Smith had 34-480 yards. Hamilton has
broken those previous freshman marks by a wide margin and now has 47
receptions for 570 yards. He ranks third in the ACC in catches per
game and is seventh in reception yardage per game.



Hamilton is now looking to challenge the school record for
all-purpose running by a freshman. He currently has 898 all-purpose
yards to lead the team. Thanks to his 205-yard game at Maryland, he
now needs just 228 all-purpose yards to break Terry Allen's freshman
record of 1126 set in 1987.



Dantzler Ranked Among Winningest Clemson QBs


Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler could become just the sixth
"20-game winner" in Clemson history if the Tigers win their final two
regular season games, plus a bowl contest. Dantzler has a 17-10
record as a starting quarterback over the last three years, currently
tied for eighth with All-American Bobby Gage, who led the Tigers from
1946-48.



Dantzler would tie Harvey White, an All-ACC performer from 1957-59 if
he can lead the Tigers to victory over South Carolina. DeChane
Cameron is next on the list with 19. The only 20-game winners in
Clemson history are Rodney Williams (32), Nealon Greene (24), Homer
Jordan (22), Mike Eppley (21) and Steve Fuller (21).



Dantzler has actually been a starter in 18 Clemson victories the last
three years. However, one of his starts (vs. Duke in 1999) was as a
wide receiver and he does not get credit as the starting quarterback
in that game.



Clemson's career leader in victories for a starting quarterback is
Rodney Williams, who started 32 Clemson wins between 1985-88. That is
a mark that could stand for a while since someone would have to
average eight wins a year as a starter for four seasons just to tie
Williams. Williams is tied with Chris Weinke of Florida State for the
ACC record. The NCAA leader is Peyton Manning, who started 39
victories at Tennessee.



Clemson's Winningest Starting Quarterbacks
Name        	Years	Record
Rodney Williams	1985-88	32-10-2
Nealon Greene	1994-97	24-16
Homer Jordan	1979-82	22-6-1
Mike Eppley	1980-84	21-5-1
Steve Fuller	1975-78	21-11-3
DeChane Cameron	1988-91	19-4-1
Harvey White	1957-59	18-7
Bobby Gage	1946-48	17-7
W Dantzler	1998-01	17-10




Clemson Special Teams Have Been Special, Kopp Punting Improved



Clemson is now 28th in the nation in net punting with an average of
37.63 yards per punt. That is third best in the ACC, trailing just
Maryland and Georgia Tech. Junior Wynn Kopp is the prime reason for
that fine state. The Georgia transfer has a gross average of just
39.7, but he has allowed just 71 punt return yards on his 35 punts
this year. Only 11 of his 35 boots have been returned for just 6.45
yards a return.



Six of the nine games he has had a net punting average of 39.7 or
better. His 37.6 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 the season.



Clemson has allowed the fewest punt return yards in the ACC this year
with 71. Georgia Tech is second with 94 punt return yards allowed.



Clemson Coverage Has Been Sound


Clemson has been outstanding in kick coverage this year. When it
comes to punt returns, the Tigers have allowed just 71 punt return
yards all year on 35 total punt attempts. Only 11 of the 35 punts
have been returned. When it comes to kickoff returns, Clemson is
second in the conference behind Florida State in kick coverage,
allowing just 20.5 yards a return. The Seminoles are second at 20.39. Clemson has balanced special teams unit. Senior walk-on Tore White
leads the team in special teams tackles with eight, while Joel
Gardner and Braxton K. Williams have seven apiece. Last Saturday at
Maryland Gardner threw a key block on Derrick Hamilton's 100-yard
kickoff return for a score, then recovered a fumble on the ensuing
kickoff.



Clemson Strong in Return Game


Clemson is also outstanding when it comes to punt and kickoff returns
this year. The Tigers rank ninth in the nation in kickoff returns.
Brian Mance is 37th with a 24.5-yard average, but teammate Derrick
Hamilton has a 34-yard average on nine returns. He needs four more
returns this year to qualify for the national stats. He is coming off
a 153-yard kickoff return game, fifth best in Clemson history.
Hamilton would rank second in the nation if he had enough attempts to
qualify. Mance is also 23rd in the nation in punt returns with an
11.86 average.



Dantzler Needs 122 Yards Rushing for 5,000/2,500 Club


Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler needs just 122 yards rushing to
become just the third player in college football history to reach
5,000 yards passing and 2,500 yards rushing (regular season games
only). Dantzler went over the 5,000 yard passing mark against Florida
State last week and now 5,187 in regular season games. He has 2,378
yards rushing for his career and thus needs just 122 to reach the
2,500-yard rushing mark.



The only other quarterbacks in college football history with at least
5,000 yards passing and 2,500 rushing are current Indiana quarterback
Antwaan Randle-El and former Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Brian
Mitchell. Randle-El has 6,954 passing and 3,645 rushing for his
career at Indiana. Mitchell had 5,447 yards passing and 3,335 yards
rushing in his career that spanned 1986-89.



Dantzler now ranks 16th in NCAA history in rushing yards by a
quarterback. He needs just 24 yards rushing against South Carolina to
move past Bill Deery of William & Mary (1972-74) for 15th on the
all-time list. Dantzler is third among active Division I players in
quarterback rushing. Randle-El has 3,645, and Nebraska's Eric Crouch
has 3,272.



NCAA Career Leaders in Quarterback Rushing Net Yards
Rk	Name            	Team     	Yrs	Pass	Rush
1.	Antwaan Randle-El	Indiana 	1998-01	6,954	3,645
2.	Dee Dowis       	Air Force	1986-89	2,870	3,612
3.	Kareem Wilson     	Ohio U.  	1995-98	2,105	3,597
4.	Chris McKoy       	Navy       	1995-97	2,486	3,401
5.	Beau Morgan       	Air Force	1994-96	3,248	3,379
6.	Brian Mitchell     	LA-Lafayette	1986-89	5,447	3,335
7.	Fred Solomon     	Tampa     	1971-74	2,430	3,299
8.	Eric Crouch        	Nebraska	1998-01	4,283	3,272
9.	Stacey Robinson 	N Illinois	1988-90	1,724	2,727
10.	Jamelle Holieway	Oklahoma	1985-88	2,154	2,699
11.	Bill Hurley      	Syracuse	1975-79	3,398	2,551
12.	Michael Carter     	Hawaii    	1990-93	3,504	2,528
13.	Corby Jones     	Missoui 	1995-98	3,697	2,533
14.	Chad Nelson        	Rice    	1994-97	1,079	2,415
15.	Bill Deery       	William & Mary	1972-74	2,188	2,401
16.	Woodrow Dantzler	Clemson 	1998-01	5,187	2,378




Dantzler Seeking 2,000/1,000 Season


Woodrow Dantzler has gained 767 net yards on the ground for an
average of 85.22 yards per game. He is on pace for 937 yards rushing
in the regular season. He has 1,913 yards passing, 212.6 yards per
game and is on pace for 2,338 yards for the season. No player in NCAA
history has had 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing in the
same season. Dantzler is the only player this year with a shot at the
incredible accomplishment.



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 1,311 rushing and 1,966 passing in 1989.



Clemson 3-1 on the Road


Clemson has better stats on the road as oppose to home this year.
Clemson is 2-3 at home and 3-1 on the road. The Tigers are 0-3 at
home in ACC contests, 3-1 on the road in league play. Clemson has one
more home game left, against Duke on Dec. 1. You can see by the chart
below that Clemson has been more productive on offense on the road
this year. Clemson has averaged 449.5 yards a game on the road and
just 376 at home.



Clemson Stats Home and Away
Category            	Home       	Away
Record          	2-3       	3-1
First Downs/Game	119/23.8	94/23.5
Points/Game       	113/22.6	133/33.3
Rush Yds/Game      	798/159.6	782/195.5
Passing Yds/Game	1109/221.8	1016/254.0
Total Offense/Game	1880/376.0	1798/449.5
Touchdowns/Game    	14/2.8  	18/4.50




Clemson at Record Rate for First Downs


Clemson has been racking up the first downs this year, at a record
rate in fact. Clemson has 213 first downs so far this year, an
average of 23.7 per game. Clemson had 26 first downs in the 41-27
loss to Florida State. It marked the fifth time this year that
Clemson had accumulated at least 25 first downs in a single game. The
high was 29 in the win over Wofford and the loss to Virginia. Clemson's offense has been strong this year, among the best in school
history if the season ended today. Clemson's 408.7 yards per game
would be third best in school history if the season ended today. Here is a list of how this team stacks up on a per game basis with
great Clemson offenses of the past.


Category	2001 Figure	Would Rank Record Figure
First Downs/Game	23.7	1st	22.75 (2000)
Completions/Game	19.67	2nd	21.0 (1999)
Pass Attempts/G 	34.0	2nd	35.3 (1999)
Passing Yds/G     	236.1	2nd	251.6 (1999)
Completion %     	.578	4th	.605 (1997)
Plays/Game        	77.0	3rd	78.8 (1978)
Total Offense/Game	408.7	3rd	436.8 (2000)
3rd Down Conv. %	.482	2nd	.516 (1978)




Clemson Getting Contributions from Freshmen


Clemson has had a lot of rookies contribute to its season on both
side of the ball this year. On the defensive side, six first-year
freshmen have seen action and two red-shirt freshmen have been major
contributors. The first-year freshmen who have seen action are Eric
Sampson (LB), LeRoy Hill (LB), Moe Fountain (DE), Travis Pugh (S),
Eric Coleman (DT) and Tavaughn Monts (CB). Red-shirt freshmen Ryan
Hemby (CB) and Donnell Washington (DT) have also played well. Sampson came off the bench for an injured John Leake at Wake Forest
and contributed 14 tackles on six first hits and eight assists in 69
snaps of play. Leake played the first nine plays before suffering a
sprained ankle that shelved him for the game. Sampson had played just
54 plays from scrimmage over the first six games and had eight total
tackles. He also had two quarterback pressures in the impressive
performance. His 14 tackles were the most by a first-year freshman
since Anthony Simmons had 19 in a victory at South Carolina in 1995. Freshman Donnell Washington has seven tackles for loss and 32 total
tackles to lead all freshmen this year. He had another solid game
from the defensive tackle position in the win at Wake Forest. The
320-pounder had four tackles, including a tackle for loss, as he
helped stop Wake Forest's strong running game. The Deacs entered the
contest sixth in the nation in rushing.



He had just one pressure at Wake Forest, but it was huge. He got to
Wake Forest quarterback James MacPherson just as he released the
ball, forcing the ball to flutter into the arms of Chad Carson. It
put a stop to momentum the Deacs had gained after a Clemson fumble.
Clemson had just a seven-point lead at the time.



Offensively, four freshmen receivers have combined for 81 catches for
1,109 yards and five touchdowns. That is already the most catches and
receiving yards for a Clemson freshman class in history. Leading the
way is Derrick Hamilton, who has 47-570, both all-time Clemson
freshman records. Airese Currie, a first-year freshman, has added
14-250, while Roscoe Crosby has 13-215. Crosby has been injured much
of the year, but has had nine catches the last three weeks. He caught
his first career touchdown pass at Maryland. Tight end Ben Hall has
7-74 and two touchdowns.



Clemson Attendance Near Record Rate


Clemson has averaged 81,486 fans per game for five contests at Death
Valley so far this year. If the season ended today, that would be the
second-highest average season attendance in Clemson history. The
record is 81,750 set during the 1988 season. Clemson still has one
home game left against Duke on Dec. 1.



That 1988 season is the only season Clemson has averaged 80,000 fans
for a complete season. Clemson must draw 72,571 fans for the Duke
game to finish the year with an average of 80,000 or better. Clemson
has averaged over 78,000 each of the first two years of the Bowden
era.



Clemson to Face Third Straight Top-25 Team


To say Clemson is in the tough part of its schedule is an
understatement. Clemson is in the process of facing three straight
games against top 25 teams. Florida State was ranked 14th in the
nation in both polls heading into its Nov. 3 game at Death Valley.
Maryland was 13th in AP and 11th in USA Today heading into the Nov.10
week. South Carolina is 22nd in both polls this week.



We don't have to go back very far to find the last time Clemson
played three straight top-25 opponents, but it is a rare occurrence.
Clemson played against a fourth-ranked Florida State, 25th-ranked
South Carolina and sixth ranked Virginia Tech in consecutive games to
end last season. However, that is the only previous time that Clemson
has played a ranked team in three straight games. It almost happened
in 1966. Clemson played a ninth-ranked Georgia Tech, fourth-ranked
Alabama and fifth-ranked Southern Cal during a four-week segment in
the 1966 season. What was Coach Frank Howard thinking when he made
that schedule?



Clemson has played well against ranked teams over the years. The
Tigers already own a win over then ninth-ranked Georgia Tech on the
road this year. Clemson has defeated at least one top-25 team all but
one season (1995) since 1986.



Clemson Wins over Top 25 Teams Since 1990
		Opp
Year	Site	Rk	 Score	Opponent
1990	N4	18	30-0	Illinois
1991	H	19	9-7	Georgia Tech
	H	12	29-19	N.C. State
1992	A	10	29-28	Virginia
	H	18	40-7	North Carolina
1993	H	16	23-14	Virginia
1994	A	12	28-17	North Carolina
1996	H	22	28-25	Georgia Tech
	A	15	24-16	Virginia
1997	A	25	19-17	N.C. State
1999	H	19	33-14	Virginia
2000	H	25	16-14	South Carolina
2001	A	9	47-44	Georgia Tech

Carson Records 23 Tackles vs. Wake Forest, Moves to Fifth on Tackle List


Chad Carson had the top tackle game of his career and the third best
single game in Clemson history in the victory over Wake Forest on
Oct. 27. Carson had 15 first hits and eight assists in helping the
Tigers hold down Wake Forest's outstanding rushing defense. The Demon
Deacons entered the game averaging 235 yards per game on the ground,
sixth best in the nation.



But, Carson and his teammates held Wake Forest to 193 on the day and
344 yards of total offense. It was the second lowest total offensive
figure this year for Wake Forest. Carson had a lot to do with the run
defense and he also contributed to the pass defense by intercepting a
pass, his first career interception in 42 games as a Tiger. Carson's tackle total was third best in Clemson history. The only
higher are the 27 by former teammate Keith Adams against South
Carolina in 1999 and by Jeff Davis against North Carolina in 1980.
That is pretty good company for Carson as both players were not only
All-Americans, but also won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Carson now has 419 tackles for his career, fifth best in school
history. He moved ahead of Robert Carswell, Adams and Randy Scott in
his big game at Wake Forest. Carson now trails only Bubba Brown,
Anthony Simmons, Davis and Ed McDaniel. Simmons and McDaniel are
still in the NFL, while Davis played five years with the Tampa Bay
Bucs.

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.	Chad Carson, LB 	1998-01	419
6.	Randy Scott, LB 	1975-78	382
7.	Keith Adams, LB 	1998-00	379
8.	Robert Carswell, FS	1997-00	374
9.	Tim Jones, LB   	1991-94	338
10.	Henry Walls, LB 	1983-85	316

Clemson Single Game Tackle Bests
Rk	Player        	Yr/Opponent       	No
1.	Keith Adams	1999 vs. South Carolina	27
2.	Jeff Davis	1980 vs. North Carolina	24
3.	Chad Carson	2001 vs. Wake Forest	23
4.	Chad Carson	2000 vs. Georgia Tech	22
	Jeff Davis	1980 vs. Maryland	22
	Bubba Brown	1978 vs. Ohio State	22
	Bubba Brown	1979 vs. N.C. State	22
8.	Henry Walls	1985 vs. Georgia Tech	21
	Willie Anderson	1974 vs. South Carolina	21


Clemson Offense Averages 418 Yards Under Bowden


Clemson has a 20-12 record under Tommy Bowden and a consistent
balanced offense has been a big reason. Over the nearly three years
he has been the head coach the Tigers have averaged 417.7 yards per
game in total offense. Clemson has gained 186 rushing and 232 passing
over the 31 games. In an average game under Bowden the Tigers have
averaged 30.2 points a game and scored four touchdowns. On average,
the Tigers run the ball 45 times and throw it 32 times. Clemson has
scored 124 touchdowns in the 31 games, exactly four per game.
Eighteen of the 31 games Clemson has had at least 400 yards of total
offense.



Clemson Offense in the Tommy Bowden Era
Category	Total	Per Game
Points      	984	29.82
Touchdowns	129	3.91
First Downs	748	22.67
Rushing Att	1475	44.7
Rushing Yards	6080	184.2
Pass Attempts	1069	32.4
Pass Comp	609	18.5
Passing Yards	7697	233.2
Completion %	.570	.570
Plays      	2544	77.1
Total Offense	13,751	416.7
Record      	20-13	.606




Hafley Sets Clemson Single Game Record Again


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. He
topped that figure just a couple of weeks later with 20 tackles
against Maryland. Hafley now ranks second on the Clemson team and is
among the ACC leaders in tackles with 102 through nine games, an
average of 11.3 per game. The North Carolina game was his fifth
double figure tackle game this season and 11th of his career at
Maryland. A year ago, Hafley had 106 tackles, most ever by a strong
safety and third best in Clemson history for a defensive back. He
will obviously shatter that mark and could break former teammate
Robert Carswell's record for a DB (129).



Zachery Ranked Third in Career 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
total.



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 442 yards rushing and 319 yards
receiving, giving him 761 yards from scrimmage. He has had five
touchdowns rushing and got his second receiving at N.C. State for
seven total touchdowns.



Zachery now has 2,924 yards rushing in his career and 966 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 76 yards rushing and 34
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 32 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 South Carolina game with 2,924 career rushing
yards, second best in school history. He moved ahead of Kenny Flowers
on the all-time list in the win over N.C. State. Now, only Raymond
Priester has 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 4,166 for his career, just the
second Clemson runner to reach 4,000 yards. Raymond Priester is the
career leader in all-purpose running with 4282.


Clemson Career Rushing Leaders
Rk Name Years Att Avg TD Total
1. R Priester 94-97 805 4.93 21 3,966
2. Travis Zachery 98-01 672 4.35 38 2,924
3. Kenny Flowers 83-86 590 4.94 26 2,914
4. Terry Allen 87-89 523 5.31 28 2,778
5. Buddy Gore 66-68 600 4.29 15 2,571

Clemson Career All-Purpose running Leaders
Rk. Name Years Rush Rec KR-PR Total
1. R Priester 94-97 3,966 316 4,282
2. Travis Zachery 98-01 2,924 966 0-276 4,166
3. Buddy Gore 66-68 2,571 65 637-0 3,273
4. Kenny Flowers 83-86 2,914 192 40-0 3,146
5. Ray Mathews 47-50 1,886 650 294-29

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