*Airese Currie established a career high in receptions today with
seven (for 56 yards). He actually reached that total in the first
half of the game. His previous career high was 5-59 yards against
North Carolina during his freshman year, 2001. He did not establish
a career high for reception yards. He had 90 at North Carolina last
year on two catches.
*Leroy Hill led Clemson in tackles in today's game with 13. It marks
the second time in his career that he has led Clemson in tackles. He
had 11 to lead the Tigers in a victory over Duke in 2001, his
first-year freshman season. Hill also had a career high three
tackles for loss in the game.
*Clemson was shutout today by Georgia by a 30-0 score. It was the
first time Clemson has been shutout in the Tommy Bowden era, the
first shutout for any Clemson team since October 17, 1998 when
Florida State defeated Clemson 48-0 in Tallahassee. It was the first
time Clemson has been shut out at home since September 12, 1998 when
Virginia Tech defeated Clemson in the second game of the season, 37-0.
*Clemson played the following first-year freshmen in the game:
Brandon Pilgrim (OG), Marion Dukes (OT), Jad Dean (PK).
*The following red-shirt freshmen played in a game for the first time
at Clemson: Dustin Fry( LT), Dustin Fry ©, Nathan Bennett (OG),
Chansi Stuckey (QB), Cole Chason (P),
Reggie Merriweather (RB), Kelvin Grant (WR), Anthony Waters (LB),
Gerald McCloud (ROV), Buddy Williams (Special teams), Gaines Adams
*The following players made their first ever start for Clemson:
Nathan Bennett (OG), Duane Coleman (TB), DeJuan Polk (DT), J.J.
Howard (DE), Leroy Hill (LB), Jamaal Fudge (ROV), Travis Pugh (FS),
*Clemson did not force a turnover on defense today. It was just the
second time in the 14 games John Lovett has been defensive
coordinator that Clemson failed to force a turnover. The other
occasion was at Florida State last year when Clemson committed four
on offense and failed to force one on defense.
*Today's attendance of 83,000 was the largest for a home opener in
Clemson history. The previous record was 81,482 when Clemson opened
the 2001 season against Central Florida.
*Punter Cole Chason had a 41.3-yard punting average today. He
allowed just 12 punt return yards on his six attempts for a 39.3 net
punting average. Clemson did not have a gross punting average game
of over 40yards all of last year and never had a net punting figure
over 39 yards all of last season.
*Kevin Youngblood had three catches for 24 yards. He has now caught
at least one pass in 16 straight games dating to the 2000 South
*Derrick Hamilton had 65 yards all-purpose running today and now has
3169 for his career. He moved ahead of Kenny Flowers (3146) and Ray
Matthews (3128) into fourth place on Clemson's career list for that
category. Next on the list is Buddy Gore (3273).
*Aaron Hunt's Clemson record for consecutive games scoring at least
one point was broken today. Hunt had scored at least one point in
every game he had played in his Clemson career entering today's game,
a streak of 36 in a row. He did not score last year against NC
State, but he did not play in that game either. He did appear in
today's game and missed a 52-yard field goal attempt.