Top Clemson Football Plays of 2001 - Part 1

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Here is our look back at the 2001 regular season and some of the plays that made it
an unpredictable and exciting year. In part #1 we look at plays #30 to #21. Parts #2 and #3 will follow this week.

#30 Tigernetters flood the Humanitarian Bowl Office with faxes, emails, and phone calls. In one seven-hour period Megan Bastian, Director of Marketing, said she personally answered more than 600 phone calls from Clemson fans. Two other office workers were flooded, as well. So many faxes flowed into the bowl's office that a repairman had to be called on two different occasions to fix a malfunctioned machine. Humanitarian Bowl Executive Director Gary Beck later acknowledged this fan support as one of the deciding factor in offering the bowl bid to the Tigers.
#29 Late in the game Brian Mance stops a Florida State drive with an interception in the end zone. It was his second interception of the game.
#28 Matt Bailey's 55 yard touchdown catch at the start of the second half against Georgia Tech puts the Tigers up 21-19 after being dominated for much of the first half.
#27 Aaron Hunt's 48-yard field goal in the first quarter against North Carolina was the longest of the year, and more importantly avoided the shutout by the Tar Heels on Homecoming.
#26 Bryant McNeal's sack caused a fumble that Nick Eason picked up and rumbled down the field for 25 yards against Duke.

#25 Chad Carson's interception against Wake Forest with 8 minutes to go helped the Tigers hold on to a 7 point lead. It was the first interception of his career.

#24 True freshman Airese Currie's 79-yard reception from Woody Dantzler was the longest pass play of the season. This play would have ranked higher if Currie had not been caught from behind. The Tigers also failed to score on the possession.
#23 True freshman Ben Hall's 7 yard touchdown catch against NCSU was the first of his career.

#22 After Maryland fumbled away the kickoff, Willie Simmons found Roscoe Crosby for his first career score on a 12-yard pass. The touchdown cut the lead to 34-20 with just over 8:00 left to give the Tigers a glimmer of hope.
#21 On the first offensive play of the season, Roscoe Crosby took a shovel pass from Woody Dantzler and gained 12 yards. Bowden fulfills his promise made during recruiting to get Crosby the first play of the season and the long wait for Tiger fans to see Crosby in a Tiger uniform was over.

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