1939 Clemson Tigers football team
The 1939 Clemson Tigers football team was an American football team that represented Clemson College in the Southern Conference during the 1939 college football season. In their ninth and final season under head coach Jess Neely, the Tigers compiled a 9–1 record, outscored opponents by a total of 165 to 40, and defeated Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic. The 1940 Cotton Bowl was Clemson's first bowl game.
|1939 Clemson Tigers football|
Cotton Bowl champion
|1939 record||9–1 (4–0 SoCon)|
|Home stadium||Riggs Field|
|1939 Southern Conference football standings|
|No. 8 Duke $||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|No. 12 Clemson||4||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|William & Mary||2||–||0||–||1||6||–||2||–||1|
|Washington and Lee||1||–||2||–||0||3||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
Joe Payne was the team captain. The team's statistical leaders included tailback Banks McFadden with 581 passing yards, fullback Charlie Timmons with 556 rushing yards, and wingback Shad Bryant with 32 points scored (4 touchdowns, 8 extra points). McFadden remained with Clemson for more than 40 years as a coach and administrator and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.
|September 23||Presbyterian*||W 18–0|
|September 30||at Tulane*||L 6–7|
|October 7||vs. NC State||Charlotte, NC (Textile Bowl)||W 25–6|
|October 19||at South Carolina||W 27–0||20,000|||
|October 28||at Navy*||W 15–7|
|November 3||at George Washington*||Washington, DC||W 13–6|
|November 11||Wake Forest||W 20–7|
|November 18||at Southwestern*||No. 16||Memphis, TN||W 21–6||5,000|
|November 25||at Furman||No. 15||W 10–7|
|January 1, 1940||vs. No. 11 Boston College*||No. 12||W 6–3|
- "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). clemsontigers.com. Clemson Athletics. 2016. pp. 200–208. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
- "Clemson 1960 Football Media Guide". Clemson University. 1960. pp. 40–41.
- Clemson 1960 Football Media Guide, p. 22.
- "Tigers Smother Gamecocks 27-0 In Gridiron Classic". The Times and Democrat. October 20, 1939. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.