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News and Notes: Rewind From UGA and Looking Towards SC State

News And Notes
Clemson’s win over Georgia and Looking Towards SC State

Highest AP Ranking Since 1988

·      Clemson is ranked fourth by Associ­ated Press and fifth by USA Today Coaches poll this week. It is the highest ranking for the Clemson program by Associated Press since September 12, 1988 when the Tigers were ranked third by AP.

·      The Tigers also received a first-place vote this week by the Associated Press, the first time Clemson has had a first-place vote since the preseason poll of 1991. It is the first time Clemson has received a first place vote after the season has started since 1988 when Clemson had three in the September 12, 1988 poll.

·      Overall it is the 31st consecutive poll that Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of both polls, something only five other schools can claim.

·      This week is the 22nd time in history Clemson has had a top five national ranking by Associated Press, the 91st time the Tigers have been ranked in the top 10. Overall, Clemson has been ranked in 344 of the 1056 Associated Press polls in history.

·      Clemson made the jump from eighth in the preseason AP poll to fourth after defeating fifth-ranked Georgia, 38-35 on August 31. It tied for the fifth highest ranked team Clemson has beaten in its history.

 Clemson vs. South Carolina State

·      Clemson and South Carolina State have met previously just once. Below is a review of the only previous meeting, a 54-0 Clemson win at Clemson in 2008.

Clemson Radio Booth to Be Named in Honor of Jim Phillips

·      The home radio booth at Clemson Memorial Stadium will be named in honor of Jim Phillips this Saturday against South Carolina State during a ceremony at the end of the first quarter. Phillips was the “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years between 1968 and 2003. He died suddenly the Monday after broadcasting the Clemson vs. Furman game in Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2003.

·      Phillips voice was synonymous with many of the great moments of Clemson sports history. His career behind the microphone spanned eight Clemson football coaches and six Clemson basketball coaches. He broadcast 401 Clemson football games and over 1000 men’s basketball games. He missed just one game in Littlejohn Coliseum over his 35 seasons behind the microphone. Combined with his work with baseball and women’s basketball, he broadcast over 2000 Clemson sporting events.

·      During the 1998-99 academic year he handled broadcasts for football, men’s basket­ball, women’s basketball and baseball, the only ACC broadcaster to cover four sports at the same time.

Clemson Undefeated vs. FCS Teams

·      Clemson is a perfect 26-0 against Divi­sion I-AA (now Football Championship Sub-Divi­sion) teams since the NCAA formed the division prior to the 1978 season. Southern Conference schools became I-AA in 1982. The Tigers face South Carolina State of the FCS this Saturday.

·      Clemson has outscored Football Championship Sub-Division teams by a 969-179 margin, an average victory of 37-7. Clemson has won 25 of the 26 games by at least double digits. The only exception came when Clemson defeated Wofford 35-27 in 2011. Wofford’s 27 points are the most by an FCS school against Clemson.

31 Straight Polls

·      Clemson has a streak of 31 straight polls with a top 25 ranking in at least one poll, including every week during the 2012 season. This is the longest streak Clemson has been ranked in at least one poll since the October 23, 1989 to October 24, 1992 era when the Tigers were ranked in 50 consecutive polls (at least one). This streak is the third longest in Clemson history. Clemson also had a 45-poll streak in the 1980s.

·      Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Oregon, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Stanford are the only schools in the nation with an active streak of at least 31 polls.

·      Clemson has also been ranked in the top 20 of every BCS poll over the last two years, a total of 16 consecutive polls. That includes a 14th place ranking in the final BCS poll of 2012 and a number-15 ranking in the final 2011 BCS Poll.

Win over Georgia Landmark Victory

·      Clemson is coming off its top season opening win in school history after defeating fifth-ranked Georgia at Clem­son on August 31, 38-35. It was the highest ranked team Clemson has beaten to open the season and the fifth highest ranked team Clemson has defeated at any time during the season.

·      Clemson became first non-SEC team in college football history to defeat top 10 SEC teams in consecutive games. Clemson had ended the 2012 season with a 25-24 win over seventh ranked LSU.

·      Third highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in Death Val­ley. Only wins that are better are over third ranked Florida State in 2003 and win over fourth ranked Georgia in 1981.

·      Mark Richt had been 49-8 in his career against non-conference opponents. He had been 41-11 in opponent’s stadiums and was the fourth winningest active coach in the nation entering the game with a .747 per­centage.

·      The victory was the seventh over a top 25 opponent for Tajh Boyd, tying him with Rodney Williams and Charlie Whitehurst for the most for a Clemson starting quarterback.

Six of Swinney’s 41 Wins over Top 11 Teams

·      Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney registered his ninth career win over a top 25 team when the Tigers defeated fifth ranked Georgia, 38-35 on August 31.

·      It was also his sixth win over a top 11 team according to the AP poll. That ties for first in Clemson history in top 11 AP wins with Danny Ford. It was significant that Swinney accomplished that against Georgia because it was the same night that Ford went into the Clemson Ring of Honor. Both Ford and Swinney are Alabama graduates, so there were interesting ties all around. All six of Ford’s top 11 wins are top 10 wins, so he has Swinney by one in that category.

·      Overall, Ford is the Clemson coaching leader in wins over top 25 teams with 20. Tommy Bowden is second with 13 and Swinney is tied with Frank Howard for third with nine (ranked in either poll). In fairness to Howard, seven of the years he coached in the 1960s the AP only ranked 10 teams each week.

·      It is interesting to note that in three of the nine wins over ranked opponents by Swinney Clemson has scored exactly 38 points. Clemson has averaged 31 points per game in those nine wins.

Boyd Approaching 100 Touchdowns

·      Tajh Boyd began his senior season in grand style last week by accounting for five touchdowns in Clemson’s 38-35 win over fifth ranked Georgia. Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for two.

·      Boyd now has 94 touchdowns in his Clemson career in terms of touchdown responsibility, 76 passing and 18 rushing. He already has the Clemson record. The ACC mark is 112 by Philip Rivers of NC State from 2000-03.

Boyd Pays Tribute to Jordan…Statistically

·      One of the strange statistical quirks of the season opener against Georgia involved Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former All-ACC Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan.

·      Jordan, served as one of the honorary captains for the Tigers against Georgia in the season opener. Jordan, a native of Athens, GA, quarterbacked Clemson to the 1981 National Championship. His best all-around game as a Tiger took place against Maryland in 1981. In that game he threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards, leading the Tigers to a win that clinched the ACC title.

·      Incredibly, Boyd had the exact same numbers in all three cat­egories in the win over Georgia.

·      Another interesting tie between Boyd and Jordan in that game surrounds career wins for a starting quarterback. Boyd moved into a tie for fourth place in Clemson history in that category with 22 wins. The quarter­back he tied with the win over Georgia? Jordan.

Twenty-Six Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters

·      A total of 26 former Clemson players are on NFL rosters heading into the first weekend of play in the National Football League. The list includes three players on practice squads and one on an injury list. So 22 of the players are currently on active rosters. Twenty-two of the 26 played on Clemson’s 2009 team.

·      The list includes seven players from last year’s 11-2 Clemson team. DeAndre Hopkins, Jaron Brown, Malliciah Goodman, Andre Elling­ton and Jonathan Meeks are all on active rosters, while Tig Willard, Dalton Freeman. So seven of the 11 seniors on that team are on rosters at the moment.

·      Recent moves over the weekend include the signing of Antoine McClain to the Oakland Raiders and the signing of Thomas Austin (Colts), Dalton Freeman (Jets) and Tig Willard (Titans) to their respective teams practice squads.

·      Barry Richardson is a free agent and is not on a roster at the moment. The offensive tackle has started 64 games in a row in the NFL.

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