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Thursday, September 5, 2013
News and Notes: Rewind From UGA and Looking Towards SC State
News And Notes
Clemson’s win over Georgia and Looking Towards SC
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.
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
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
·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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
·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
·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
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.