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Clemson Football 2012 Accomplishments

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Clemson Accomplishments/Rankings at end of Regular Season

•Won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 1981 and for just the third time in Clemson history.

•Won seven games in ACC play, tied for the most in a season in Clemson history.

•Ranked in every poll during the regular season for the first time since 2000.  Has a current streak of 27 consecutive weeks in top 25.

•Ranked in every BCS top 20 for the second straight year.

•Tied Clemson record for wins by a team with only one senior offensive lineman (Dalton Freeman).  Only the 1987 and 1989 Clemson teams won 10 games with just one senior starter on offensive line.

•Set Clemson record for consecutive home wins with 13.

•Set Clemson record with seven consecutive wins by at least 14 points and nine total wins by 14 or more.

•Set Clemson record for consecutive games scoring at least 37 points (10).

•Just the second Clemson team in history with a 1000-yard rusher, 1000-yard receiver and 3000-yard passer.

•Set season records for points (508), 500-yard total offense games (seven), touchdowns (65), total offense (6220), and  passing touchdowns (38).

•Senior class set record for conference wins (regular season) with 23, and total wins with 24 (including ACC Championship game of 2011).

•Class won 35 games total, seventh most in school history for a class.

•Ranked 14th by the Harris poll, 15th by AP, 14th by USA Today and 14th in the BCS entering December 2 polls.

•In terms of offensive stats, Clemson is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (165.45), sixth in scoring (42.33) and eighth in total offense (518.33).  Also 13th in passing (319.58), second in red-zone offense (51-54), fourth in touchdown passes (38), fourth in total touchdowns (65), fifth in third down conversion (52.13 percent).

•Had six of the 11 first-team All-ACC players on offense, most in Clemson history and most by any ACC team since Florida State in 1995.

•Tajh Boyd became seventh 20-game winner in Clemson history

•Boyd leads nation in points responsible,  fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, sixth in touchdown passes, third in yards/attempt (9.42), first in completions for at least 25 yards (46).

•Boyd set Clemson record for passing yardage in a game with 428 at Wake Forest, total offense vs. NC State (529).

•Dalton Freeman became Clemson career leader in plays

•Chandler Catanzaro made 20 consecutive field goals over two years, Clemson record and fourth longest streak in ACC history

•Boyd broke ACC record for touchdown responsibility (43) and broke his own mark for touchdown passes with (34).

•DeAndre Hopkins established school records for touchdown receptions in a season (16), career reception yards (2829), career reception touchdowns (25) and career 100-yard receiving games (11).
Hopkins is second in the nation in touchdown receptions (16).

•Hopkins has tied ACC record for consecutive games catching a touchdown pass (9).

•Sammy Watkins set Clemson record for reception yards in a game with 202 vs. Wake Forest

•Brandon Ford tied Clemson record for touchdown receptions in a season by a tight end (8) and a career (12).

•Andre Ellington became fourth player in Clemson history with two 1000-yard rushing seasons.

•Spencer Benton set ACC field goal record with 61-yarder vs. Ball State

Individual Awards
Tajh Boyd, QB
        •Semifinalist for Walter Camp National Player of the Year (1 of 15)
       •Semifinalist for Johnny Unitas Award
       •Semifinalist for Davey O’Brien Award
       •Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week vs. NC State
       •First-team All-ACC

Dalton Freeman, C
       •CoSIDA Academic All-District
       •First-team All-ACC

DeAndre Hopkins, WR
       •Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award (1 of 10)
       •First-team All-ACC

Brandon Thomas, OT
       •First-team All-ACC

Andre Ellington, RB
       •National Offensive Player of the Week by Maxwell Club vs. Auburn
       •First-team All-ACC

Jaron Brown, WR
       •CoSIDA Academic All-District

Chandler Catanzaro, PK
       •Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (1 of  20)
       •Lou Groza Star of the Week vs. Auburn
       •Second-team All-ACC

Rashard Hall, FS
       •Second-team All-ACC

Jonathan Meeks, SS
       •National Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week vs. Virginia Tech

Dabo Swinney, Head Coach
       •Semifinalist for Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year (1 of 16)
         •Move into top 10 in ACC history in career winning percentage overall and in ACC games.

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