CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - An old football adage says that in order to win
consistently teams must be able to do two things: run, and stop the run.
Clemson did both Saturday in its 42-12 romp over North Carolina at Kenan
Stadium. The Tigers totaled 256 rushing yards on offense, and defensively
held the Tar Heels to just 72 yards on 33 carries.
Yes, the offensive numbers came against the worst rushing defense in the
Atlantic Coast Conference, but after a putrid 33 carry, 59 yard output
against Duke a week ago the Tigers will take it.
Bernard Rambert (19 carries, 106 yards) and Tye Hill (14-105) became the
first Clemson duo to rush for 100 yards in the same game since Kelton
Dunnican and Raymond Priester did it at Virginia in 1996. Woodrow Dantzler
and Travis Zachary turned the trick a year ago vs. Duke, but Dantzler did it
from the quarterback position.
Clemson did not have a 100-yard rushing performance this season before
For the second straight game, redshirt freshman quarterback Charlie
Whitehurst tied the school single-game record for touchdown passes with four.
The last time a Clemson quarterback turned the trick in back-to-back games?
Dantzler last season in his final two games - Duke and Louisiana Tech.
Whitehurst has thrown for 694 yards over the two-game stretch, the most in C lemson history. He's also the first Tiger quarterback to win his first two
starts as a freshman since Dexter McCleon, who beat South Carolina and
Kentucky in the only two starts of his college career in 1996.
- Fullback Chad Jasmin's two touchdown receptions were the first such feat
since Terrence Flagler caught two vs. Wake Forest in 1986;
- Head coach Tommy Bowden has won seven straight road games in the state of
North Carolina. In the ACC, Bowden is now 10-6 on the road and 9-6 at Death
- Airese Currie's 83-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the
Tiger's longest pass play of the year, third longest in school history, and
the longest in Kenan Stadium history. It was the longest connection by a
Clemson duo since an 87-yarder from Steve Fuller to Jerry Butler at Maryland
- Clemson held North Carolina to 244 yards of total offense Saturday, the
fifth time this season it has held an opponent under 300;
- The Tigers were 0-4 on third down conversions in the first half, but 8-8 in
the second half.