1982 (9-1-1, 6-0, ACC Champs)
Ranked 8th in AP
S 6 7-13 L A %Georgia (11-7)
S 11 17-17 T H Bos Coll (16-NR)
S 25 21-10 W H W. Carolina
O 2 24-6 W H Kentucky
O 9 48-0 W A %Virginia
O 16 49-14 W H Duke (20-NR)
O 23 38-29 W A N.C. State (18-NR)
N 6 16-13 W H NC (13-18)
N 13 24-22 W A Maryland (11-18)
N 20 24-6 W H SC (10-NR)
N 27 21-17 W N1 W Forest (10-NR)
N1 Mirage Bowl, Tokyo, Japan
Note: W. Forest game played N. 28 in Tokyo
We are not done covering the ten greatest football teams in Clemson
University history yet, and we are certainly not done reporting on the
dynamic teams that played under head coach Danny Ford throughout the 1980's.
While the 1982 season was a follow-up of the greatest season in Clemson
history, it was nonetheless an impressive season in its own right and our
pick for the seventh greatest Clemson team ever.
It is hard for any team to return from an undefeated season and perform
at the same level, but the Tigers showed great promise during the fall of
1982. The team lost their first game of the season to Georgia, and then tied
Boston College 17-17 before finishing the remainder of the season with a
final record of 9-1-1. Clemson was also 6-0 in the ACC and the conference
Many of the outstanding Clemson players from the 1981 championship season
returned to do battle throughout the '82 season. Team quarterback and
co-captain Homer Jordan finished off his final season at Clemson by
completing 55-100 passes for a solid .550 passing efficiency. He posted a
career 250 completions for a total of 3643 yards, and 15 touchdown passes.
In the Tiger backfield were powerhouse runners Cliff Austin and Chuck
McSwain, who effectively launched ground-scoring attacks game after game. The two backs combined for an impressive for 419 yards against Virginia, and 393 yards against Duke.
McSwain alone ran for 129 yards against N.C. State and a single 82-yard rush
against Virginia before finishing his career with 23 touchdowns. Cliff
Austin rushed for a record breaking 260 yards in the Tigers’ 49-14 rout of Duke. Austin finished the season with 1064 total rushing yards, and 14 touchdowns to add to his career 27 TD's.
The Tigers could not only get the job done on the ground, but also through
the air or the lengthy kicking of Bob Paulling. Wide receiver Jeff Stockstill pulled down 25 passes during the
season for 247 yards, and Paulling aptly showed his kicking ability in a
single game against UNC in which he made 3 field goals from beyond the 40
yard. Punter Dale Hatcher effectively backed up opposing offenses by consistently landing the ball deep in enemy territory.
In the 24-6 Clemson win over Kentucky, Hatcher kicked 3 punts for a total of
166 yards, averaging 55.3 yards per punt.
With Danny Triplett, Johnny Rembert, and Terry Kinard leading the defense, opponents struggled to make up yardage through the air and on the ground. Rembert and Kinard both had 6 interceptions on the season,
with Rembert picking off two against Western Carolina. Free safety Kinard
had 89 tackles during the '82 season, and 294 career tackles before being
drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft.
Clemson beat the rival South Carolina Gamecocks in the annual showdown by a
final score of 24-6, and eked out a 21-17 win over ACC competitors Wake
Forest in the Mirage Bowl, which was played in Tokyo, Japan.
Having back-to-back undefeated seasons is
almost unheard of, but the 1982 team came as close to achieving the
feat as possible as Danny Ford and the Tigers once again attained football greatness.
TE: K.D. Dunn, 6-3, 215, So. (8)
LT: Gary Brown, 6-3, 244, Sr. (11)
LG: James Farr, 6-5, 230, Jr. (11)
C: Cary Massaro, 6-5, 235, Jr. (10)
RG: Brian Butcher, 6-5, 255, Sr. (11)
RT: Bob Mayberry, 6-5, 245, Sr. (11)
SE: Jeff Stockstill, 6-2, 180, Sr. (6)
QB: Homer Jordan, 6-0, 180, Sr. (6)
TB: Cliff Austin, 6-0, 195, Jr. (9)
FB: Jeff McCall, 6-3, 225, Sr. (8)
FLK: Frank Magwood, 6-0, 188, Sr. (9)
PK: Bob Paulling, 6-2, 188, Jr. (10)
LE: Edgar Pickett, 6-3, 225, Jr. (7)
LT: Dan Benish, 6-6, 252, Sr. (7)
MG: William Perry, 6-3, 310, So. (7)
RT: Jim Scott, 6-5, 240, Jr. (10)
Ban: Andy Headen, 6-5, 230, Sr. (11)
SLB: Otis Lindsey, 6-3, 230, Sr. (5)
Danny Triplett, 6-4, 224, Sr. (5)
WLB: Johnny Rembert, 6-3, 235, Sr. (9)
LC: Ty Davis, 6-1, 185, So. (9)
SS: Tim Childers, 6-1, 185, Jr. (8)
FS: Terry Kinard, 6-1, 190, Sr. (11)
RC: Reggie Pleasant, 5-10, 175, So. (7)
P: Dale Hatcher, 6-2, 199, So. (11)
Number in parentheses is games started by that player regardless of position in that season.
Clemson All-Time Teams
#7 -- 1982
#8 -- 1989
#9 -- 1983
#10 -- 1979
Look for the #6 All-Time Clemson team on Tuesday, August 8