1982 Clemson Tigers football team

The 1982 Clemson Tigers football team was an American football team that represented Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its fifth season under head coach Danny Ford, the team compiled a 9–1–1 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the ACC championship, was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a total of 289 to 147.[1][2] The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

1982 Clemson Tigers football
ACC champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
APNo. 8
1982 record9–1–1 (6–0 ACC)
Head coachDanny Ford (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorNelson Stokley (3rd season)
CaptainHomer Jordan, Terry Kinard
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Clemson $ 6 0 0     9 1 1
No. 20 Maryland 5 1 0     8 4 0
No. 18 North Carolina 3 3 0     8 4 0
Duke 3 3 0     6 5 0
NC State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Virginia 1 5 0     2 9 0
Wake Forest 0 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The defending national champion, Clemson started the year with a loss to Georgia and a tie with Boston College. The team climbed back up the rankings by winning their next nine games, but the season was derailed when Clemson was placed on probation near the end of the season for recruiting violations, and was made ineligible for a bowl bid.[3]

Lee Nanney and Willie Underwood were the team captains. The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Homer Jordan with 674 passing yards, Cliff Austin with 1,064 rushing yards and 84 points scored (14 touchdowns), and Frank Magwood with 414 receiving yards.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 6 at No. 7 Georgia*No. 11L 7–1382,122
September 18 Boston College*No. 16T 17–1763,118
September 25 Western Carolina*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
W 21–1061,369
October 2 Kentucky*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
W 24–663,115
October 9 at VirginiaW 48–030,971
October 16 DukeNo. 20
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
W 49–1462,822
October 23 at NC StateNo. 18W 38–2947,300
November 6 No. 18 North CarolinaNo. 13
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
W 16–1363,788
November 13 at No. 18 MarylandNo. 11W 24–2251,750
November 20 South Carolina*No. 10
W 24–666,210[5]
November 28 vs. Wake ForestNo. 10W 21–1780,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

PersonnelEdit

1982 Clemson Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Homer Jordan
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). clemsontigers.com. Clemson Athletics. 2016. pp. 200–208. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "1982 Clemson Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 3, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Severe Sanctions Levied On Clemson". The New York Times. November 23, 1982. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "1982 Clemson Tigers Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 4, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Will Lester (November 21, 1982). "Tigers devour Gamecocks, 24-6". The Times and Democrat. p. 1B – via Newspapers.com.