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.[1] The 1940 Cotton Bowl was Clemson's first bowl game.

1939 Clemson Tigers football
1939 Clemson Tigers football team (Taps 1940).png
Cotton Bowl champion
ConferenceSouthern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 12
1939 record9–1 (4–0 SoCon)
Head coach
CaptainJoe Payne
Home stadiumRiggs Field
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
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
North Carolina 5 1 0     8 1 1
VMI 3 1 1     6 3 1
Richmond 3 1 1     7 1 2
Furman 3 3 0     5 4 0
Wake Forest 3 3 0     7 3 0
NC State 2 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 2 0     3 4 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 6 1
VPI 1 4 1     4 5 1
Davidson 1 7 0     2 7 0
Maryland 0 1 0     2 7 0
The Citadel 0 4 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
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).[2] 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.

Five Clemson players were named to the All-Southern team: tailback Banks McFadden; wingback Shad Bryant; center Bob Sharpe; end Joe Blalock; and tackle George Fritts.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 23Presbyterian*W 18–0
September 30at Tulane*L 6–7
October 7vs. NC State Charlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) W 25–6
October 19at South Carolina W 27–020,000[4]
October 28at Navy*W 15–7
November 3at George Washington*Washington, DC W 13–6
November 11 Wake Forest
W 20–7
November 18at Southwestern*No. 16 Memphis, TN W 21–65,000
November 25 at FurmanNo. 15W 10–7
January 1, 1940vs. No. 11 Boston College*No. 12W 6–3
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). clemsontigers.com. Clemson Athletics. 2016. pp. 200–208. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Clemson 1960 Football Media Guide". Clemson University. 1960. pp. 40–41.
  3. ^ Clemson 1960 Football Media Guide, p. 22.
  4. ^ "Tigers Smother Gamecocks 27-0 In Gridiron Classic". The Times and Democrat. October 20, 1939. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.