Top 10 Clemson Football Plays of 2001


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Here is the third and final part of our look back at the 2001 regular season and some of the plays that made it
an unpredictable and exciting year.


#10 Linebacker John Leake makes the hit on Georgia Tech's Joe Burns for no gain on third down and one that forces the Yellow Jackets to kick a field goal in overtime. Woody Dantzler would then score on Clemson's possession to win the game.
#9 Woody Dantzler’s 54-yard touchdown pass to true freshman Airese Currie capped Clemson's 96-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter and put the Tigers up 6-0 over SC. It was the first touchdown reception of Currie's career.
#8 Derrick Hamilton's 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in the fourth quarter against Maryland which tied a school record.
#7 Woody Dantzler’s 38-yard TD run as time expired in the first half cut Georgia Tech’s lead to 5 and gave Tigers much needed momentum.
#6 Trailing 17-7 midway through the second quarter and facing fourth and one from their own 39, Clemson fakes a punt against Florida State. Bernard Rambert takes the direct snap and runs 61 yards for a touchdown, apparently pulling Clemson within 17-14. The celebration would be short-lived. Clemson had run the play with just 10 men on the field, only six of which were on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped.

#5 A 22-yard touchdown run by holder Jeff Scott on a fake field goal, with 10:36 left in the third quarter gives Clemson the winning margin against UCF.
#4 Charles Hafley intercepts a James MacPherson pass in the end zone with 2:09 left to play, saving Clemson's 21-14 victory at Wake Forest.

#3 Woody Dantzler’s 63-yard pass to J.J. McKelvey on 4th and 14 from the Clemson 37 with 1:58 to go in the game put the Tigers up 41-38 over Georgia Tech.

#2 Woody Dantzler 11-yard TD run in overtime that gave Clemson a 47-44 win over the No. 9 Yellow Jackets to give Clemson its most important road win in 20 years. The win also ended a four game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets and avenged a loss in the closing seconds to the Georgia Tech the year before.
#1 On fourth and 6 from the Duke 18, Woody Dantzler's 18-yard TD run in the third quarter makes Dantzler the first QB in NCAA history to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 in the same season. [Dantzler also became just the third player in NCAA history to reach 5000 yards passing and 2500 yards passing in a career in the game. The graduate student now holds 50 records. He holds eight single game, 23 season and 19 career marks. He is Clemson's career leader in total offense, passing yards and touchdown responsibility and set single season marks this year for total offense, passing yards, touchdown passes and 300-yard total offense games, just to name a few. ]



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Dantzler's run to get 2000/1000
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McKelvey's catch on 4th down against GT
Hafley's INT to beat Wake
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