Final Notes on Clemson Football, 2001

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2001 (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

H-Bowl Champions

09/01 Central Florida 21-13W
09/08 Wofford 38-14W
09/22 Virginia 26-24L
09/29 at Ga Tech 47-44W
10/13 at NC State 45-37W
10/20 North Carolina# 38-3L
10/27 at Wake Forest 21-14W
11/03 Florida St 41-27L
11/10 Maryland 37-20L
11/17 at S Carolina 20-15L
12/01 Duke$ 59-31W
12/31 H Bowl - La Tech 49-24W

# Homecoming; $ HOF Day




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Team Notes

*The 2001 Clemson team finished the season with 5184 yards of

total offense, just the third Clemson team in history to exceed 5000

yards for the season and the second highest total in Clemson history.

The figure is just 58 yards short of the total recorded by the 2000

Clemson team. Tommy Bowden has now coached three of the top five

Clemson offenses in school history in his three years with the


*This Clemson team also finished the season second in Clemson

history in points scored (369), touchdowns (49), yards per play

(5.68), and completions (226). Clemson also set a school record for

first downs in a season with 282.

*Clemson defeated five teams with winning records in 2001,

tied for the third most in school history. Only the 1989 and 1990

teams had more with six wins over ranked teams.

*Clemson's Humanitarian Bowl win over Louisiana Tech also

marked the first time since 1993 that Clemson had won a bowl game and

closed the season with consecutive victories.

*The victory gives Tommy Bowden 22 wins through his first

three years with the program, trailing only Danny Ford (26) and Ken

Hatfield (24) in terms of victories in the first three years as

Clemson coach. Bowden is the first coach in school history to take

the Tigers to a bowl game each of his first three years. *Bowden now has 40 victories in his five years as a head coach, an

average of 8.0 wins per year. That is one win more than his father

had in his first five years as a head coach.

*Clemson's bowl victory gave the Tigers a 13-12 record in

bowl games all-time. Clemson has never been under .500 in terms of

bowl winning percentage in any point in its history.

*Clemson gained 273 yards rushing and 275 passing in its

victory over Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl. Clemson had

never had a game in which it gained at least 270 yards passing and

270 yards rushing in the same game in its first 106 years of

football. Now the Tigers have done it in consecutive games. Clemson

had 280 rushing and 328 passing in its final regular season win over

Duke on December 1.

*Rushing offense is certainly a good indicator of a Clemson

victory. Clemson is now 15-1 under Tommy Bowden when it rushes for

at least 200 yards. Clemson is also 22-2 under Bowden when leading

heading into the fourth quarter and 20-3 when it out-gains the


*Clemson had six sacks and three interceptions against

Louisiana Tech, season highs in both categories.

*Clemson finished the year with a 24.3 average on kickoff

returns, a school record in that category.


*Kyle Young tied the Clemson record for starts by a center

when he started in the Louisiana Tech game. He and Jeff Bak

(1985-88) both have 36 starts at center. He also went over 3000

career plays in that game, joining Glenn Rountree and Jim Bundren as

the only Tigers in history to play that many snaps on offense in a

career. Young had 40 career starts, including four his freshman year

as a guard.

*Woodrow Dantzler broke three more records in his final game

as a Clemson quarterback, giving him 52 for his career. His 15-23

for 218 yards and four touchdowns performance moved him ahead of Mark

Fellers into first place in Clemson history in career passing

efficiency. He finished his career with 460 career completions in

796 attempts for 6037 yards, 41 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

That computes to a 132.47 passing efficiency. Dantzler also became

Clemson's career leader in completions, as his 460 are two more than

Nealon Greene accumulated between 1994-97. Dantzler also broke his

own record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a season. He had 57

against Louisiana Tech, giving him 1061 for the season.

*Derrick Hamilton finished the season with 1221 all-purpose

running yards. He had 123 in the win over Louisiana Tech, 94 on four

receptions, 17 on rushing plays and 12 on punt returns against

Louisiana Tech. He broke the previous Clemson freshman record of

1126 set by Terry Allen in 1987.

*Clemson had four different freshmen score touchdowns in the

win over Louisiana Tech. Roscoe Crosby scored on a 53-yard pass

reception from Woodrow Dantzler, Ben Hall scored on a five yard pass

from Dantzler, Airese Currie scored on a 19-yard run and Derrick

Hamilton caught a 57-yard scoring pass from Willie Simmons.

*Bernard Rambert had 101 yards rushing on 16 attempts in the

win over Louisiana Tech, his career high. He also had 3-77

receiving, also a career high. That was the most receiving yards by

a 100-yard rusher in Clemson history.

*Roscoe Crosby had 4-69 and a touchdown against Louisiana

Tech in the bowl game. The freshman had 18 catches for 311 yards and

four touchdowns over his last four games of the season.

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