Clemson vs. LSU Notes
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Clemson Bowl History
· Clemson has a rich bowl tradition. One of the reasons has been Clemson’s historical success against schools with legendary football traditions. The list of schools Clemson has beaten in bowl games includes five of the top-12 winningest programs in the history of FBS...Nebraska (#4), Oklahoma (#5), Ohio State (#7), Tennessee (#8), and Penn State (#12).
· Clemson has 16 bowl victories, the 19th-highest total in FBS history. Ten of the 16 bowl victories have come against coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
· Of course, Clemson’s greatest bowl experience was the National Championship clinching victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. The Tigers were ranked #1 in the nation entering that contest and faced #4 Nebraska and Head Coach Tom Osborne. Danny Ford led the Tigers to a 22-15 victory to give the Tigers the national title and made him the youngest (33) coach of a national championship team in college football history. He still holds that distinction.
· Clemson’s first bowl game was in the 1940 Cotton Bowl when the Tigers defeated Frank Leahy and Boston College, 6-3.
· Clemson won its first three bowl games, victories over Boston College, Missouri, and Miami (FL). The three coaches Clemson defeated in those games were Frank Leahy, Don Faurot, and Andy Gustafson, and all three are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
· Clemson has a football program that has been steady over the years in bowl games, no matter who has led the program as head coach. No less than seven different head coaches (Jess Neely, Frank Howard, Danny Ford, Ken Hatfield, Tommy West, Tommy Bowden, Dabo Swinney) have won bowl games for the Tigers.
· Overall, 10 of Clemson’s 16 bowl victories have come against coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame. That includes Joe Paterno, who suffered his worst margin of defeat in a bowl game to Clemson in 1987. Clemson has four bowl victories over coaches who are in the 200-win club. Woody Hayes (Ohio State), Tom Osborne (Nebraska), Paterno and Don Nehlen (West Virginia) are all coaches with at least 200 wins who lost bowl games to the Tigers.
Clemson vs. Ranked Teams in Bowl Games
· Clemson has an 11-11 record in bowl games against top-25 opponents. That includes a 27-14 win over #6 Tennessee in the 2004 Peach Bowl, the last time the Tigers defeated a top-25 ranked team in a bowl game. Overall, Clemson has a 1-4 record against top-25 teams in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl.
· Louisiana State is ranked #7 by USA Today and #9 by AP entering the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The #7 ranking is tied for the fifth-highest ranked team Clemson has faced in a bowl game.
· The highest-ranked team Clemson has faced is Louisiana State, who was ranked #1 entering the 1959 Sugar Bowl (1958 season). Clemson defeated #4 Nebraska when it won the national title in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Clemson also defeated #7 TCU in the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl.
· Clemson is 3-2 against top-seven ranked teams in bowl games in its history as well.
Clemson’s Chick-fil-A Bowl History
· Clemson has a 2-5 record in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl. Six of the seven games have been played in the Georgia Dome, as the 1979 game was played at Fulton County Stadium. Clemson has played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl more than any other school.
· Six of the seven games have been against top-25 ranked teams, and this game with Louisiana State will make it seven out of eight, as Louisiana State is ranked #7 by USA Today and #9 by AP.
· Clemson’s first game in the Peach Bowl came on December 31, 1979, a 24-18 loss to Baylor, led by future Chicago Bear great Mike Singletary. Clemson recovered an onside kick and drove into Baylor territory in the final minutes, but a long pass fell incomplete in the final seconds.
· The Tigers won the 1993 Peach Bowl against Kentucky on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Sapp (now Clemson radio network’s sideline reporter) to Terry Smith (late uncle of current Clemson wideout DeAndre Hopkins) with 20 seconds left in the game for a 14-13 victory.
· Clemson lost consecutive games decided by four points or less in the 1996 and 1997 season Peach Bowls to top-20 teams Louisiana State and Auburn, respectively, then lost to #15 Mississippi State in the 1999 game by a score of 17-7.
· The Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak in the Peach Bowl with a 27-14 win over #6 Tennessee at the end of the 2003 season. Charlie Whitehurst passed for 272 yards in the victory.
· Clemson lost to Auburn in overtime 23-20 in its most recent appearance (2007). It is the only overtime bowl game in Clemson history. C.J. Spiller had an 83-yard run to highlight the game for Clemson.
Clemson in the Georgia Dome
· Clemson has a 3-5 all-time record in the Georgia Dome, but is 1-0 in 2012. Clemson opened the year with a 26-19 win over #25 Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome. Clemson is 1-1 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and 2-4 in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome. The Tigers played in the Peach Bowl at Fulton County Stadium against Baylor in 1979.
· Clemson first appeared in the facility in 1993 and came away with a 14-13 win over Kentucky in the Peach Bowl. The other victory came at the end of the 2003 season against #6 Tennessee. That is the second-highest-ranked team Clemson has defeated in a bowl game. Tennessee was coached by Phillip Fulmer, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.
· While Clemson has played just eight games in the facility in its history, the Tigers did play two games in a row there. Clemson ended its 2007 season against Auburn and began its 2008 season against Alabama in the dome.
· The Georgia Dome is the only domed facility where Clemson has played a football game and a basketball game. Clemson is 1-2 in the Georgia Dome in men’s basketball.
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