H-Bowl Notebook: Bowden Apologizes for Last Play

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Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden and Louisiana Tech head coach Jack Bicknell
had differing views of the final sequence of plays in Monday's 49-24 Tigers'
victory in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Bicknell was quietly upset that Bowden appeared to be trying to run up the
score with a late throw to the end zone by third-string quarterback Matt
Schell. Clemson then continued to run the ball instead of taking a knee to
run out the clock in the game's final seconds. Fullback Chad Jasmin was
stopped just short of the goal line on the game's final play.

"I'm looking forward to it," Bicknell said when reminded the Bulldogs face
Clemson again in the second week of the 2002 season. "Everyone has their own
opinion about what happened out there. I know I wouldn't (tried to score).
But this isn't Little League. It's our job to stop them, and I'm proud of our
guys for stopping them."

Bowden, who followed Bicknell in the postgame press conference, apologized
for Schell's throw.

"He checked into that on his own" based on what he saw defensively, Bowden
said. "The coaching staff didn't call that pass, so I want to apologize to
Louisiana Tech for that."

Pressed on why he didn't take a knee in the final seconds, Bowden became

"We stopped down there with about six inches to go. Our running back just
sort of stood there with the ball, didn't he?," Bowden said. "There was time
left on the clock and we had timeouts. We could have run another play, but we
didn't. The only thing I'll apologize for is the pass."


Monday marked just the fourth time in team history that Clemson played a game
in the snow.

The last instance came in 1996 at Virginia, a 24-16 win which ended amid snow
flurries. The only other recorded instances of snow for Clemson football
games came in 1936 - a 12-0 loss to Furman - and 1902's 11-0 win over
Tennessee in Knoxville.


Team managers came up with an ingenious way of carrying out the tradition of
rubbing Howard's Rock prior to kickoff.

Lacking the original, the managers made a replica from snow and placed it at
the spot where the Tigers entered Lyle Smith Field at Broncos Stadium. The
snow sculpture held up reasonably well. Only once did the "rock" fall off its

It was quickly replaced.


- Senior quarterback Woody Dantzler added yet another team record to his

By finishing the day 15-of-23 passing for 218 yards, four touchdowns and no
interceptions, Dantzler became the school's all-time leader in quarterback
efficiency rating at 132.5.

The previous mark was held by Mark Fellers.

- Sophomore linebacker John Leake's second-quarter sack of La. Tech
quarterback Luke McCown was the first of his career.

- Senior wide receiver Matt Bailey's 10-yard touchdown pass from Dantzler was
just the second of his career.

- Dantzler's four TD pass, combined with one from Willie Simmons, tied the
team record of five touchdown passes in a single game.


The team boarded charter jets soon after the game and returned to Clemson
late Monday night.

Bowden said he soon will hold a meeting with the returning players, then he
and the coaching staff will dive headfirst into recruiting. National signing
day is Feb. 6.

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