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Monday, December 10, 2012

December 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Darnell Stephens In 1994 Vs. Maryland

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from 1994 and shows senior safety Darnell Stephens pressuring Maryland QB Scott Milanovich. Stephens played for Clemson from 1991-1994 under two different coaches, Ken Hatfield and Tommy West.

In 1991, Stephens had an 89-yard punt return for a score against Maryland in Death Valley, which still stands as the second longest punt return for a score in the history of Memorial Stadium.

Stephens was also a major part of the incredible comeback win over Virginia in Charlottsville in 1992. After storming to a four-touchdown lead, after whipping a sellout crowd of 44,400 into a frenzy, the 10th-ranked Cavaliers fell apart in a shocking 29-28 Atlantic Coast Conference loss to the 25th-ranked Tigers.

A huge play in the comeback came late in the game when Virginia quarterback Bobby Goodman, who had thrown four first-half touchdowns, was intercepted with a little less than four minutes to go by Darnell Stephens, who returned the ball 10 yards to the Tigers' 35.

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