Selected Game Notes
Clemson Sports Information Department
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In that 21-17 Auburn victory in the 1998 Chick-fil-A Bowl, Clemson gained just 146 yards of total offense, 60 rushing and 86 passing. Despite the offensive problems, Clemson had a 17-6 lead entering the fourth period. But, Auburn scored 15 points in the fourth period to gain the victory. Raymond Priester led Clemson with 19-62 rushing, but Nealon Greene completed just 11-26 passes for 86 yards. Clemson had just four first downs in the game, fewest in history for the Tigers in a bowl game.
Last year was Auburn’s first game at Clemson since 1970. That year Auburn beat Clemson 44-0 on Clemson’s Homecoming. After the game first-year head coach Hootie Ingram started his postgame press conference by asking, “Who is on the Homecoming Committee.”
Both Clemson and Auburn were among the top programs in college football in the 1980s. In fact, Clemson won 87 games in the 1980s and Auburn won 86. Clemson had the fifth best winning percentage in college football in that decade with an 87-25-4 record for a .767 mark. Auburn had the 10th best winning percentage wit ha 86-31-1 record, a .733 winning percentage.
Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik was a graduate assistant coach on Danny Ford’s Clemson staffs of 1988 and 1989. The Tigers finished both seasons with a 10-2 record, and the 1988 team won the ACC Championship. Both teams finished the season in the final top 12 ranking, as the 1988 team beat Oklahoma in the Citrus Bowl and finished 9th in the final AP poll, and the 1989 team beat West Virginia and finished 12th in the final AP poll.
Clemson will open the 2012 season in Atlanta against Auburn and it will be Clemson’s fifth straight game away from home. This is the longest streak of games away from home since the 1964 season when Clemson played five straight away games during the regular season. That year Clemson played at NC State on Sept. 26, at Georgia Tech on Oct. 3, at Georgia on Oct. 10, at Wake Forest on Oct. 17 and at TCU on Oct. 24.
Clemson has won 21 of its last 27 season openers. That includes an 8-4 record the last 12 years when Clemson has played its most challenging season-opening games.
Clemson has a 2-5 all-time record in the Georgia Dome. Six of the seven previous games have come in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Clemson is 0-2 in the facility against Auburn, Chick-fil-A Bowl losses at the end of the 1997 and 2007 seasons.
Clemson first appeared in the Georgia Dome in 1993 and came away with a 14-13 win over Kentucky in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Clemson has 11 players on its roster from the state of Georgia. The list includes eight players who are on the two-deep, six of whom are defensive players. David Beasley (OG, Columbus, GA), Grady Jarrett (DT, Conyers, GA), Darius Robinson (CB, College Park, GA), and Corico Wright (LB, Milledgeville, GA) are all slated to start against Auburn. Vic Beasley (DE, Adairsville, GA) and Corey Crawford (DE, Columbus, GA) are co-starters at defensive end.
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