Top Clemson Football Plays of 2001 - Part 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bryant McNeal's sack caused a fumble that Nick Eason picked
up and rumbled down the field for 25 yards against Duke.
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.
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.
True freshman Ben Hall's 7 yard touchdown catch against NCSU was the first
of his career.
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
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.