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Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Tigers Seal Orange Bowl Bid In 1981

Clemson entered the Rivalry Game in 1981 with a National Championship berth in the Orange Bowl on the line.  Clemson running back Cliff Austin tweaked his ankle midway through the game and Chuck McSwain took over, carrying the ball 25 times for a career-high 151 yards, while scoring two second half touchdowns in the Tigers’ 29-13 victory over the Gamecocks.

Making it ever a more memorable day for Clemson and Chuck McSwain as the fact that his brother, Rod McSwain blocked a punt in the first quarter that changed the momentum of the game. The ball rolled into the end zone where Johnny Rembert fell on the ball for the Tigers’ first score.  Clemson missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6 at the time, but every one of the 56,971 fans could feel that the Tigers were going to end their special season with a win in Columbia after that play.

After South Carolina appeared to make things interesting with a Gordon Beckham 10-yard pass in the third quarter, the Tigers, behind McSwain’s running and Home Jordan’s passing, went right back down the field and seized control of the game with a one-yard run by McSwain.

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