Thursday Night Games Have Not Been Kind To Tigers


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<font class=caption>One of Clemson's worst performances in recent memory was against NCSU last year on Thursday night on ESPN.</a>
One of Clemson's worst performances in recent memory was against NCSU last year on Thursday night on ESPN.

The move of the NC State game to Thursday night is not
good news for Clemson fans if you look at recent
history. To win the Tigers will have to overcome
three negative trends lately.


To date, Clemson has played in four ESPN Thursday
night package games and lost them all.


1998 Georgia Tech at Clemson 24-21 L

1999 Clemson at Virginia Tech 31-11 L

2002 Clemson at Florida State 48-31 L

2002 NC State at Clemson 38-6 L



The Tigers have averaged giving up twice as many
points (35) as they have scored (17) in these four
contests.


You have to go back to 1963 to find the last time
Clemson won a game on a Thursday. Then Clemson
defeated South Carolina on Thanksgiving Day, a contest
that was moved to that day due to the death of
President John Kennedy.


Sportscenter Lowlights


Just playing on ESPN lately has been unlucky for the
Tigers. The Tigers were 2-6 in the 8 games on the
sports cable network last season including a 55-15
rout to Texas Tech in the Tangerine Bowl. All time
the Tigers are just 15-27 (35.7%) in live broadcasts
on ESPN. Clemson has played 24 games on a tape delayed
basis on ESPN, all between 1979 and 1984. Clemson was
15-8-1 in those games. Thus, Clemson's all-time record
on ESPN is 30-35-1 lifetime.


Fun in the Sun


Clemson has had almost no success playing night games
as opposed to day games under head coach Tommy Bowden.
Since he became head coach in 1999, Clemson is 26-8 in
day games and 3-12 in night games. Since 1995 Clemson
has won just five night games, but three of the five
wins are over rival South Carolina. Those are the
1997 (47-21 in Columbia), 1998 (28-19 in Clemson), and
2003 (27-20 in Clemson) contests.


Can the Tigers overcome the triple play of bad luck -
Thursday game on ESPN at night? We will leave you
with one more statistic: All-time Clemson leads NC
State 44-26-1 (63.5%).

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