Clemson Tigers football

The Clemson Tigers are the American football team at Clemson University. The Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In recent years, the Tigers have been ranked among the most elite college football programs in the United States.[2][3][4]

Clemson Tigers football
2021 Clemson Tigers football team
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First season1896; 125 years ago (1896)
Athletic directorDan Radakovich
Head coachDabo Swinney
14th season, 143–35 (.803)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
(capacity: 81,500)
FieldFrank Howard Field
Year built1942
Field surfaceNatural Grass
LocationClemson, South Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) (1896–1921)
Southern Conference (SC) (1921–1952)
All-time record772–465–45 (.620)
Bowl record25–22 (.532)
Playoff appearances6 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Playoff record6–4 (CFP)
Claimed national titles3 (1981, 2016, 2018)
National finalist4 (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Conference titles26 (4 SIAA, 2 SoCon, 20 ACC)
Division titles8 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015–2019)
RivalriesSouth Carolina (rivalry)
Florida State (rivalry)
Georgia Tech (rivalry)
Georgia (rivalry)
NC State (rivalry)
Boston College (rivalry)
Auburn (rivalry)
Alabama (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans28
Current uniform
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ColorsOrange and regalia[1]
Fight songTiger Rag
MascotThe Tiger
Marching bandClemson University Tiger Band

Formed in 1896, the program has over 750 wins and three consensus national championships in the modern era. Clemson was a College Football Playoff finalist in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, winning the championship game over Alabama in 2016 and 2018. Clemson has had six undefeated seasons, six consecutive playoff appearances, 26 conference championships, and eight divisional titles. Its alumni includes over 100 All-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans and over 250 players in the National Football League.[5][6] Clemson has had seven members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: players Banks McFadden, Terry Kinard, and Jeff Davis along with coaches John Heisman, Jess Neely, Frank Howard, and Danny Ford.

Clemson's streak of ten consecutive 10-win seasons ranks second in active streaks behind the Alabama Crimson Tide.[7][8]

Clemson is one of the founding members of the ACC and holds 20 ACC titles, the most of any member. Its 26 total conference titles are the most of any ACC school. The Tigers have won the last six ACC titles.

Among its eight undefeated regular seasons, Clemson was crowned poll-era national champions and finished with its third perfect season with a win over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl, and was the National Championship Finalist Runner-up with a 14–1 record in 2015. The following season, Clemson won the National Title over No. 1 Alabama in college football's first National Championship rematch in 2016, and again in 2018. The Tigers have 46 bowl appearances, 20 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls, including nine during the "Big Four" era. Clemson has 34 finishes in the final top 25 in the modern era and it finished in either the Associated Press final poll or the coaches' final poll a combined 59 times since 1939.

The Tigers play their home games in Memorial Stadium on the university's Clemson, South Carolina campus. The stadium's nickname, "Death Valley" was coined in 1948 by Presbyterian College head coach Lonnie McMillan after his teams were routinely defeated there. Memorial Stadium is among the largest stadiums in college football.


Walter Riggs, the "father of Clemson football"

Early history (1896–1899)Edit

Walter Merritt Riggs can be characterized as the "Father of Clemson Football", as he brought the game with him from Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University). The fact that Auburn and Clemson share the same mascot is no accident. Riggs allowed his players to pick the team mascot and, although he may have influenced their decision, the players chose Tigers because Princeton University had just won the national championship. Riggs helped organize and coach the infant Tiger team in 1896. With little money to spend on uniforms, Riggs brought some of Auburn's old practice uniforms with him, which happened to have orange and navy jerseys.[9] Because the jerseys had gone through a few washboard scrubbings, they were quite faded, the navy worse than the orange. So Riggs made the school's predominant color orange and the faded condition of the navy became the purplish color, officially known today as Regalia.[9] The team played as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), the first southern athletics conference.

The 1896 Clemson Tigers team.

When the Tigers traveled to Greenville on Halloween to play Furman in their very first match, only Coach Riggs and backfield player Frank Thompkins had ever seen a football game played. Today in Clemson, the soccer field is named Historic Riggs field after Walter Riggs. Riggs took the team to a 2–1 record in the inaugural year.[10] He then stepped aside at the urging of the military cadets/students, who felt that he should concentrate on his scholastic duties rather than coach the team for free.

William M. Williams coached the Tigers in 1897, guiding them to a 2–2 record. The team beat South Carolina for the first time and was state champion.[11] In 1898, John Penton led the Tigers to a 3–1 record.

In 1899, when the Clemson Athletic Association could not afford a coaching salary, Riggs again took over the reins, one of only two Clemson football coaches to return to the position after stepping down. The 1899 squad went 4–2. Riggs' overall record of 6–3 gives him a .667 winning percentage.

After decade as a Mechanical Engineering professor, he was named acting president of Clemson Agricultural College in 1910, being confirmed by the Board of Trustees as permanent president on March 7, 1911. He served until his untimely death on January 22, 1924 while on a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with officials of other land grant institutions.

John Heisman era (1900–1903)Edit

John W. Heisman on Bowman Field, Clemson's first gridiron.

Riggs hired John Heisman to coach Clemson. Heisman stayed only four years at Clemson, where he compiled a record of 19–3–2, an .833 percentage, the best in Clemson football history.[12] In four seasons, he had two SIAA titles.[13]

In his first season of 1900, he coached the Tigers to their first undefeated season (6–0),[3] and first conference championship, outscoring their opponents 222–10 – the 64–0 win over Davidson on opening day was then the largest score ever made in the South.[14] The season had various other "firsts", including the school's first defeat of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The only close game was with the South Atlantic school VPI.

The 1902 team again won the SIAA. This was the first season with both Hope Sadler and Carl Sitton at ends. One writer recalls, "Sitton and Hope Sadler were the finest ends that Clemson ever had perhaps."[15] The only loss on the year was the first to rival South Carolina since 1896.

The 1903 team may have been Heisman's best at Clemson. Following a 73–0 defeat of Georgia Tech in 1903, the Yellow Jackets hired Heisman as their first full-time football coach. Fullback Jock Hanvey rushed for 104 yards in the first half.[16] The account in the Atlanta Constitution read "Hanvey, the Clemson full back, outclassed them all. Time and time again he was sent through the line for gains of 10, 15 and 20 yards, and his tackles were spectacular."[17] After the 1903 season, Clemson tied 11–11 in a game billed as the "SIAA Championship Game."

Post-Heisman era (1904–1926)Edit

Shack Shealy, the only Clemson alum to coach the Tigers

After Heisman left Clemson to become the head coach at Georgia Tech, Shack Shealy, an end for the Tigers in the 1890s, coached the 1904 team to a 3–3–1 record – the only Clemson graduate ever to serve as head coach of his alma mater

Eddie Cochems, a future innovator of the former pass, had just lost out to Phil King for the Wisconsin job, when he accepted to coach Clemson's 1905 team. The team lost to Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, but shut out Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn while featuring stars left over from Heisman like Fritz Furtick and Puss Derrick.

Bob Williams, who beat Heisman in 1902, came to Clemson in 1906, and also coached the 1909 and 1913 to 1915 teams. The Tigers went undefeated with a 4–0–3 record in 1906, with wins over Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, and the John Heisman-coached Georgia Tech team. Clemson's first forward pass took place during the game with Tech in Atlanta. Left End Powell Lykes, dropped back to kick, but lobbed a 30-yard pass to George Warren instead. Clemson won, 10–0. The 1909 USC-Clemson was the first game broadcast in the state, by the United Wireless Telegraph Company.[18] William Schilletter starred in 1913 and 1914, and was the son of Augustus "Shorty" Schilletter, a German immigrant in charge of the Clemson College dining hall.[19]

Frank Shaughnessy led the 1907 team to a. 4–4 record. Captain Mac McLaurin and R. T. Gaston starred at either tackle position. Vanderbilt legend Stein Stone posted just a 1–6 record in 1908. Captain Sticker Coles was All-Southern. Frank Dobson posted 11–12–1 overall record from 1910 to 1912. Wayne Hart had a 3–6 record in 1916.

Washington & Lee's Edward Donahue coached the Tigers to 21–12–3 record over three seasons, from 1917 to 1920. Stumpy Banks scored five touchdowns against Furman in 1917 for a school record.[20][21] Yen Lightsey starred in 1919 and 1920. Doc Stewart coached the Tigers through the transition from the SIAA to the Southern Conference, with a 6–10–2 record from 1921 to 1922. Bud Saunders led the Tigers to a 10–22–1 record from 1923 to 1926.

Josh Cody era (1927–1930)Edit

Josh Cody coached the Tigers from 1927 to 1930, posting a 29–11–1 record. The Tigers were undefeated at home (13–0–1) and against South Carolina (3–0) during Cody's tenure. In 1927 Cody gave Red Sanders his first coaching job as backfield coach.[22] O. K. Pressley made third-team All-American in 1928. "A better center than Captain O.K. Pressley of Clemson is hard to find," remarked former South Carolina head coach Billy Laval.[23]

In May 1929, when rumors were swirling that he might leave to coach a bigger-name program, the students, faculty, and staff took up a collection to buy him a brand new black Buick automobile. Raymond Johnson wrote upon Cody's death: "Josh Cody wanted to be Vanderbilt's coach so bad that he gave up the head man's job at Clemson College after four successful seasons."

Jess Neely era (1931–1939)Edit

In 1931, Jess Neely (another McGugin product, and a former head coach at Rhodes College and assistant at Alabama) became Clemson's head football coach. During his tenure, Neely led the Tigers to a 43–35–7 record. His final season at Clemson was the turning point in the Tigers' program. His team went 9–1 during that season, finishing second to Duke in the Southern Conference. The Tigers also received their first bowl invitation and bowl victory that year, defeating nationally ranked Boston College 6–3 in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic. The 1939 Tigers finished with a No. 12 ranking in the final AP poll. Clemson also had their first Associated Press All-American that year in Banks McFadden. Jess Neely, along with then athletic director Rupert Fike, founded the IPTAY Scholarship Fund, which supports the Clemson Athletic Department. An acronym for "I Pay Ten A Year," as that was what it asked boosters to donate when founded in 1934, IPTAY has since grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive collegiate sporting funds in the nation and a model for other programs.

Frank Howard era (1940–1969)Edit

After Jess Neely left to become the head coach at Rice, his line coach, Frank Howard was named his successor. Known for his colorful persona, and penchant for imaginative language with both probable, and improbable stories, in his 30 years at Clemson, Howard compiled a 165–118–12 record, a 3–3 bowl record, won two Southern Conference championships, and six ACC championships. Seven of Howard's teams finished the year ranked in at least one final poll. During his stay at Clemson, Howard also oversaw the athletic department, ticket sales, and was an assistant coach for the baseball team. He also incorporated the Single Wing, T-formation, and I-formation offenses at different points during his coaching career at Clemson.

In the sterling 1948 season, the team won a Southern Conference championship (Howard's first of eight). The Tiger's also won their second bowl game, a 1948 Gator Bowl win over Missouri, finished 11th in the national rankings, and Howard was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year. For the rest of his life, Howard credited the 1948 team with saving his job. Howard nearly repeated the 1948 success in 1950 when the Tigers were ranked tenth by the Associated Press with a 9–0–1 season and a 15–14 win over Miami (Florida) in Clemson's first Orange Bowl win.

In January 1952, after a 7–2 regular season campaign, the Tiger's were invited back to the Gator Bowl, and by being conference champions once again in 1956, Clemson played in the 1957 Orange Bowl. In their second Gator Bowl trip, Miami downed Clemson 14–0. Colorado led Clemson 20–0, then trailed 21–20, in a comeback game, before finally defeating the Tigers 27–21 in the 1957 Orange Bowl. Two season's later, after an 8–3 season, the Tigers played in the 1959 Sugar Bowl and with their tough defense, held the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers to a standstill before losing 7–0, leading to an LSU national championship.[24]

The invitation to play in the inaugural Bluebonnet Bowl in December 1959 was the eighth bowl that Howard had been a part of either as a player, assistant coach or head coach. It was the seventh bowl trip for a Clemson team and the sixth in 12 years. Howard said that Clemson's 23–7 triumph over seventh-ranked Texas Christian was the best performance he had ever witnessed by a Clemson team.[citation needed] In 1959 he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and was accorded the honor again in 1966.

As the style of football evolved in the 1960s, Howard's ground game became outdated, and Clemson's gridiron fortunes declined. The Tigers last winning season under Howard came in 1967. On December 10, 1969, he stepped down as the fifth winningest coach in the nation.[citation needed] Howard also managed the athletic department during his tenure, and continued on as athletic director until February 4, 1971, when he was named assistant to the vice president of the university. On June 30, 1974, he retired from the university payroll, but continued to come into his office daily until failing health slowed him down, serving as Clemson's ambassador until his death in 1996.[25]

The tradition of rubbing "Howard's Rock" prior to running down the hill before home games began during Coach Howard's tenure.[26] The playing field at Memorial Stadium was named "Frank Howard Field" in 1974 following his retirement to honor his many years of service for the university.

Hootie Ingram era (1970–1972)Edit

Clemson struggled during the years following Frank Howard's retirement. His successor, Hootie Ingram, only compiled a 12–21 record. During his tenure, the tradition of running down the hill was stopped from 1970 to the end of the 1972 season, when the team decided it wanted to come down the hill for the final home game against South Carolina. The traditional "tiger paw" logo, which was designed by John Antonio of Henderson Advertising, was introduced in 1970 by Ingram and Clemson President R.C. Edwards.[27]

Red Parker era (1973–1976)Edit

After a successful run as head coach of The Citadel from 1966 to 1972, Jimmy "Red" Parker coached the Tigers from 1973 to 1976, compiling a 17–25–2 record.[28] Clemson had a 7–4 season under Parker in 1974, with Parker being named ACC Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 2–9 in 1975, and 3–6–2 in 1976. Red Parker was cut loose by the Board of Trustees at the end of the Bicentennial season. Athletic Director Bill McClellan got the task of informing Parker he was gone when Parker refused to fire his assistants. Though Parker is largely credited with building and recruiting a foundation that would ultimately set the stage for much of Clemson's success in the following seasons.[29]

Charley Pell era (1977–1978)Edit

Using some of the talent enrolled during the Parker seasons, Charley Pell coached the Tigers for two seasons, winning the ACC Coach of the Year award twice and leading the Tigers to the 1978 ACC Championship en route to an 18–4–1 record.

Dual-threat quarterback Steve Fuller and the running back tandem of Lester Brown and Marvin Sims spearheaded a dynamic rushing attack that helped the Tigers win the ACC. The only loss came in Week 2 against SEC power Georgia, and, after a Gator Bowl win over No. 20 Ohio State, Clemson posted its second-best final AP poll finish in school history with a No. 6 ranking.

In both seasons, Clemson earned berths to the Gator Bowl, although Pell left before the latter game. Pell became involved in NCAA rules and recruiting violations that came to light under the tenure of his successor, Danny Ford. Charlie Pell would leave after 1978 to become head coach at Florida, where his coaching career would end in 1984 following more NCAA rules violations.

Danny Ford era (1978–1989)Edit

Danny Ford was promoted from offensive line coach to head coach in 1978, after Charlie Pell left for the University of Florida. He won his first game, the 1978 Gator Bowl, with a 17–15 victory over Ohio State and legendary coach Woody Hayes, who punched MG Charlie Bauman in the throat after making the game-clinching interception.[30] In his third season, Ford guided Clemson to the summit of college football by winning the National Championship, and recording the program's fifth undefeated season. The Tigers, who were unranked in the preseason, downed three top-10 teams (Georgia, North Carolina and Nebraska) during the course of the 12–0 season that concluded with a 22–15 victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Ford, named National Coach-of-the-Year in 1981, holds the record as the youngest coach (33 years old) to win a national championship on the gridiron.[31]

Ranked No. 10 before the 1982 season began, Clemson finish with the regular season with a record of 9–1–1.[32] After the No. 8 Tigers received a bid to the Cotton Bowl with only one loss on the season, the senior class voted to decline the invitation. On November 22, 1982, the football program at Clemson was placed on probation for a 2-year period to include the 1983 and 1984 seasons.[33] This NCAA sanction was due to a lengthy history of recruiting violations to gain an athletic advantage that had taken place from 1977 and into 1982, under the administration of two head coaches. More than 150 documented violations and 69 charges were cited under NCAA bylaws in the categories of improper recruiting inducements, extra benefits to student-athletes, ethical conduct, improper financial aid, improper campus visits, improper transportation and entertainment, improper use of funds, improper employment, and improper recruiting contact.[34] Clemson was censured by the NCAA including barred from participating in bowl games following the 1982 and 1983 seasons, barred from appearing on live television in the 1983 and 1984 seasons, while scholarships were restricted to 20 (from the normal limit of 30) for the 1983–84 and 1984–85 academic years.[35] Charles Alan Wright, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions said at the time, "Due to the large number and serious nature of the violations in this case, the committee believed that institutional sanctions related to appearances on television and in postseason football bowl games were appropriate. In addition, because the violations indicated a pattern of improper recruiting activities, the committee determined that a two-year limitation on financial aid to new recruits should be imposed to offset any recruiting advantage that was gained improperly by the university."[35] The reduction of scholarships could be felt in the next two seasons, as Clemson posted a 7–4 season in 1984 and an even 6–6 campaign in 1985.

From 1987 to 1990, Clemson posted four consecutive 10 win seasons and won three straight ACC titles, including a 35–10 victory over Penn State and a 13–6 defeat of Oklahoma in the 1989 Florida Citrus Bowl. At that time, no team in Clemson history started higher in the AP poll than the 1988 team beginning the year as the No. 4-ranked team in the nation and a preseason favorite to win the national title.[citation needed]

Five years after their first probation under Ford ended, Clemson once again found their football program accused of multiple recruiting violations in January 1990.[36] The NCAA accused Clemson coaches of committing 14 rules violations, including giving cash to players and having illegal contact with recruits over a period from 1984 to 1988.[37] Shortly after, Ford submitted a forced resignation. The NCAA later cleared Clemson of all allegations.[38][37]

Ford coached 21 All-Americans and 41 players who went on to play in the NFL, during his 11 seasons at Clemson.[citation needed] After a few years away from coaching, Ford was hired by Arkansas in 1992, where he would spend five seasons guiding the Razorbacks. In 2017, Ford was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.[39]

Ken Hatfield era (1990–1993)Edit

Ken Hatfield, former coach at Air Force and Arkansas, took over as head coach at Clemson in late 1989. He had a 32–13–1 record with the Tigers and led them to three bowl games.

Hatfield worked to clean up the program's image in the wake of the Ford-era sanctions.[40] However, in the wake of Ford's success, Hatfield and many in the Clemson fanbase did not see eye-to-eye. A common saying among Tiger fans during this time was "Howard built it. Ford filled it. Hatfield killed it." This sentiment followed Clemson's first losing season (1992) since 1976.

Largely due to this discontent, school officials refused to grant him a one-year extension on his contract after the 1993 season, even though the Tigers had rebounded from 5–6 in 1992 to an 8–3 record that year and were invited to the Peach Bowl. Expressing "much disappointment" in what he saw as a lack of support by Clemson fans and several university officials, Hatfield resigned at the end of the regular season.[41] He was later hired at Rice.

The purple home jerseys used by Clemson in special games made their debut during the 1991 ACC championship season, with the Tigers wearing them in the regular season against NC State and in the Citrus Bowl vs. California.

Tommy West era (1993–1998)Edit

Tommy West replaced Ken Hatfield at the end of the 1993 season, coaching the Tigers to a 14–13 victory in the 1993 Peach Bowl against Kentucky. West had a 31–28 record during his five seasons at Clemson and led the Tigers to three bowl games but no ACC championships. West was fired after a dismal 1998 campaign which saw Clemson go 3–8 and finish last in the ACC. West went on to be the head coach at Memphis.

Tommy Bowden era (1999–2008)Edit

Coach Bowden

After Tommy West's dismissal following the 1998 season, Clemson hired Tommy Bowden, son of Bobby Bowden and coach at Tulane. Bowden led the Tigers to a 6–6 record and a Peach Bowl bid in 1999, with the team that navigated its way through a schedule that included MAC champions and undefeated Marshall, Big East champion and BCS runner-up Virginia Tech (who went undefeated during the regular season), and eventual National Champion Florida State (who finished the year undefeated). The 1999 meeting between the Tigers and Seminoles was dubbed the "Bowden Bowl" and was the first time that a father and son coached against each other in Division I football. FSU won the game 17– 14 in front of the largest crowd in the history of Death Valley.[42]

Tye Hill interception

During Bowden's tenure, the Tigers were bowl eligible every season but didn't win any ACC championships (the 2004 team turned down a bowl invitation as punishment for a massive brawl during a game against the University of South Carolina). Bowden has been criticized for his teams underachieving. The 2000 Tigers started 8–0 and rose as high as No. 5 in the polls before losing three of their last four. The same thing happened during the 2006 season following a 7–1 start and with the team on the verge of winning the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers have also shown great resolve at points during Bowden's tenure. The 2003 team won four games at the end of the season to finish 9–4, which included victories over No. 3 Florida State and No. 7 Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The 2004 season saw the Tigers start 1–4 only to win five of their last six games (which included an overtime upset of No. 10 Miami), while the 2005 team overcame a 2–3 start to finish the season 9–4.

Tommy Bowden agreed to resign for $3.5 million on October 13, 2008, after leading the team to a disappointing 3–3 record (1–2 ACC) at the midpoint of a season in which the Tigers were an almost unanimous preseason pick to win their first ACC title under Bowden and were ranked No. 9 in the preseason polls.[43] Assistant coach Dabo Swinney was named interim head coach.[44]

Dabo Swinney era (2008–present)Edit

Coach Swinney

Following the departure of Tommy Bowden, wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney was dubbed interim head coach and led the Tigers to a 4–2 record, finishing the 2008 regular season at 7–6. On December 1, Clemson removed the "interim" tag from Swinney's title and named him the 27th head coach in school history, with a five-year contract.[45]

On November 21, 2009, Swinney and the Tigers qualified for their first ACC title game berth, only to lose to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 39–34.[46] They were awarded a trip to the 2009 Music City Bowl, and defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 21–13, avenging their upset loss in the 2006 Music City Bowl.[47]

During the 2010 season, after a close 24–27 overtime loss to national champion Auburn on the road, Clemson was later defeated in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.[48] In January 2011, Swinney hired new offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Morris became tied with Gus Malzahn as the highest paid assistant in college football after Clemson gave Morris a six-year contract worth $1.3 million annually.[49] Dabo also added on running backs coach Tony Elliott, and defensive line coach Marion Hobby.

Sammy Watkins

On September 17, 2011, Clemson beat the defending national champions, the No. 21-ranked Auburn Tigers, and ended Auburn's 17-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in the nation.[50] On October 1, 2011, Clemson became the first ACC team to beat three nationally ranked opponents in a row: No. 21-ranked Auburn, No. 11-ranked Florida State, and No. 11-ranked Virginia Tech.[51] On November 12, 2011, Clemson defeated Wake Forest, winning the ACC Atlantic Division title.[52] On November 26, 2011, Clemson lost to South Carolina for the third straight year, the first time Clemson had lost three straight to its instate rival since the seasons from 1968 to 1970.[53] On December 3, the Tigers won their first ACC Championship since 1991, defeating Virginia Tech 38–10 in the Championship Game.[54] However, in the 2012 Orange Bowl, their first major-bowl appearance since the 1981 national championship season, No. 15 Clemson was routed by No. 23 West Virginia 70–33, giving up an all-time record number of points scored in a quarter (35), half (49) and game (70) in the 109-year history of bowl games.[55]

On January 3, 2014, Clemson defeated Ohio State 40–35 in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

On December 31, 2012, Clemson achieved its first 11-win season since the national championship year with a last-second upset win over the No. 8 LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Clemson trailed 24–13 in the fourth quarter, but rallied back with a game-winning drive that saw a 4th and 16 conversion deep in their own territory that would lead to Chandler Catanzaro's 37-yard field goal as time expired to give Clemson a 25–24 win.[56]

The 2013 season was historic for the Clemson football program. The Tigers began the season with a 38–35 home victory over rival and fifth-ranked Georgia and ended the regular season with a record fifth-straight loss to arch-rival South Carolina, 31–17, in the first Top 10 meeting of the two schools (Clemson No. 4, Carolina No. 9).[57][58] The Tigers finished 11–2 in 2013 and secured the school's first ever BCS bowl win with a 40–35 victory over No. 7 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. Quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins set Orange Bowl yardage records. Boyd compiled 505 total yards and threw five touchdowns. It was the Tigers fourth win over a top 10 opponent under Swinney.[59]

Clemson finished 10–3 in 2014, highlighted by a 35–17 win over arch-rival South Carolina and a 40–6 win over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.[60] The Tigers took on ACC rival Florida State in week 3 of their season only to suffer a loss in overtime as No. 22 Clemson lost to No. 1 Florida State 17–23.[61] The Tigers then claimed a six-game winning streak in the middle of their season but lost to Georgia Tech as star freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson went out with a knee injury early in the 1st quarter.[62] The Tigers claimed the nation's number 1-ranked defense under defensive coordinator Brent Venables in 2014,[63] and the emergence of freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson propelled the Tigers to another 10-win season for the 4th time in Dabo Swinney's six years as head coach.

The 2015 season is regarded by sports writers as one of the most successful seasons in Clemson history.[64] The Tigers possessed the nation's number 1 ranking throughout the second half of the regular season and ended with 14–1 overall record. Behind the leadership of Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson, the Tigers won the 2015 ACC Championship against number 10 North Carolina by a score of 45–37.[65] The Tigers were selected to participate in the 2016 College Football Playoff as the top-seeded team in the tournament. Clemson defeated the No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2015 Orange Bowl by a score of 37–17 to advance to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game against the number 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on January 11, 2016.[66] Clemson lost the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game to Alabama, 45–40 ending the school's 17-game winning streak. Heisman finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson had a historic performance setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards (405 passing; 73 rushing) against the nation's best defense, and becoming the first player in history to amass over 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a single season.[67]

2016 Clemson Tigers football team behind the President visiting the White House in 2017.

In August 2016, reported that the 2016–2017 preseason Coaches Top 25 poll ranked Clemson Tigers football as the No. 2 team in the nation.[68] With a loaded offense and plenty of young talent waiting to emerge on defense, Clemson entered 2016 as one of the frontrunners to contend for the national championship.[69] Clemson once again won the conference and finished the regular season at 12–1. Clemson finished the season with wins at Auburn, Georgia Tech, and No. 12 Florida State on the road and defeated No. 3 Louisville in Memorial Stadium.[70]

The Tigers suffered a 43–42 home loss to Pitt in November, but benefited from losses by a couple of other playoff contenders on that Saturday and finished the season with three straight victories to rank No. 2 in the final CFP rankings.[71][72][73] As expected from last season's returning starters, quarterback Deshaun Watson anchored an explosive offense that averaged 503 yards per game.[74] The defense reloaded behind a standout defensive line and limited opponents to just 18.4 points a game.[75] Clemson finished with a regular season record of 12–1, which culminated with a 56–7 win at home over arch-rival South Carolina, Swinney's largest margin of victory over the Gamecocks during his career.[76] Clemson won the ACC championship and secured its second trip to the CFP National Championship with a 31–0 shutout of semi-finalist No. 3 Ohio State in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.[77] The Tigers competed in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017, beating the previously undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide 35–31 on a game-winning touchdown with one second remaining, and winning the 2016 National Championship.

Swinney capped off a historical season in 2018 as the Tigers finished 15–0, marking the first time a college team had done so since 1897.[78] Clemson defeated No. 1 ranked Alabama 44–16 in the CFP National Championship. The Tigers recorded the most wins in a single season for Clemson. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Tigers' rout of the Crimson Tide. The Tigers also defeated No. 3 Notre Dame 30–3 in the Cotton Bowl in the semi-finals of the playoff. It was Clemson's second national title in three years and the third in school history.

Clemson began the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season with high expectations, having received the pre-season No. 1 ranking in both the AP and Coaches' polls. However, Clemson had a sluggish start to the season culminating in a scare against North Carolina, where Clemson had to stop the Tarheels on a two-point conversion to escape Chapel Hill with a win. Trevor Lawrence struggled to begin the season, however, he began to hit his stride following the match up against Louisville, after he which he led the NCAA in multiple passing categories and failed to throw an interception the rest of the season. Clemson went on to capture both their fifth straight ACC Atlantic Division and ACC conference title, having defeated Virginia in the 2019 ACC Championship Game by a score of 62–17. Clemson finished a second straight year with an undefeated regular season, having also defeated South Carolina for a sixth straight time. Clemson received a berth to the 2019 Fiesta Bowl (December) against the Ohio State Buckeyes, their fifth straight College Football Playoff appearance. They defeated Ohio State by a score of 29–23, with Lawrence leading the team on a 94-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Travis Etienne to take the lead in the end of the game and Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields throwing an interception in the Clemson end zone to seal the victory for the Tigers. Clemson then played the LSU Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. LSU eventually took the lead and run away with the championship, winning 42–25 over Clemson. Clemson finished the 2019 season 14–1 and No. 2 in both polls. This was the Tigers' fifth straight season finishing in the top 4 for either poll. Clemson also ended a 29-game winning streak that was the nation's longest from 2018 to 2019.

For the 2020 season, Clemson was again ranked pre-season No. 1 by both the AP and the Coaches' polls.[79][80] In June, 37 players tested positive for COVID during voluntary workouts.[81] Standout defensive end Xavier Thomas announced he would redshirt the season due to the effects of the virus.[82]

Conference affiliationsEdit


National championshipsEdit

Clemson finished their undefeated 1981 season with a 22–15 victory over the No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1982 Orange Bowl, and were named the national champions by all major selectors.[83]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result Final AP Final Coaches
1981 Danny Ford AP, UPI/Coaches' Poll 12–0 Orange Bowl Nebraska W 22–15 No. 1 No. 1
2016 Dabo Swinney College Football Playoff, AP, Coaches' Poll 14–1 CFP National Championship Alabama W 35–31 No. 1 No. 1
2018 15–0 CFP National Championship Alabama W 44–16 No. 1 No. 1

† Other consensus selectors included Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Helms, Litkenhous, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, New York Times, Poling, Sagarin, and Sporting News[84]

Conference championshipsEdit

Clemson won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1900 and 1902 (tied 1903 and 1906) along with the Southern Conference title in 1940 and 1948.[85] Their 20 ACC titles (18 outright, 2 tied) is the most ACC football championships.[citation needed][when?] In 1965, South Carolina violated participation rules relating to two ineligible players and was required to forfeit wins against North Carolina State and Clemson.[86] North Carolina State and Clemson were then declared co-champions.[87]

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1900 John Heisman Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 6–0 4–0
1902 6–1 6–0
1903 4–1–1 2–0–1
1906 Bob Williams 4–0–3 4–0
1940 Frank Howard Southern Conference 6–2–1 4–0
1948 11–0 5–0
1956 Atlantic Coast Conference 7–2–2 4–0–1
1958 8–3 5–1
1959 9–2 6–1
1965 5–5 5–2
1966 6–4 6–1
1967 6–4 6–0
1978 Charley Pell 11–1 6–0
1981 Danny Ford 12–0 6–0
1982 9–1–1 6–0
1986 8–2–2 5–1–1
1987 10–2 6–1
1988 10–2 6–1
1991 Ken Hatfield 9–2–1 6–0–1
2011 Dabo Swinney 10–4 6–2
2015 14–1 8–0
2016 14–0 8–0
2017 12–2 8–1
2018 15–0 9–0
2019 14–1 9–0
2020 10–2 9–0

† Co-champions

Division championshipsEdit

In 2005, the Atlantic Coast Conference divided into two divisions of six teams each and began holding an ACC Championship Game at the conclusion of the regular football season to determine the conference champion. Clemson won its first outright ACC Atlantic Division championship in 2009. In 2012 and 2016, Clemson was co-champion of the Atlantic Division. On August 18, 2011, Georgia Tech vacated their 2009 ACC Championship Game victory over Clemson due to NCAA violations. The game is considered by the NCAA and ACC to have no winner.[88]

Year Coach Division championship Opponent CG result
2009 Dabo Swinney ACC Atlantic Georgia Tech L 34–39 (vacated)
2011 Virginia Tech W 38–10
2012 N/A lost tiebreaker to Florida State
2015 North Carolina W 45–37
2016 Virginia Tech W 42–35
2017 Miami W 38–3
2018 Pittsburgh W 42–10
2019 Virginia W 62–17

† Co-champions


Clemson was selected as the one seed in the second College Football Playoff and defeated the fourth seed Oklahoma on December 31, 2015 in the 2015 Orange Bowl. They lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the championship game on January 11, 2016. Clemson was selected to the third College Football Playoff as the second seed and defeated the third seed Ohio State on December 31, 2016 in the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship games in both 2017 and 2019. Clemson has a 6–4 record in playoff games through the 2019 season.

Year Seed Opponent Round Result Notes
2015 1 No. 4 Oklahoma Semi-finals – Orange Bowl W 37–17 notes
No. 2 Alabama Final – CFP National Championship Game L 40–45 notes
2016 2 No. 3 Ohio State Semi-finals – Fiesta Bowl W 31–0 notes
No. 1 Alabama Final – CFP National Championship Game W 35–31 notes
2017 1 No. 4 Alabama Semi-finals – Sugar Bowl L 6–24 notes
2018 2 No. 3 Notre Dame Semi-finals – Cotton Bowl W 30–3 notes
No. 1 Alabama Final – CFP National Championship Game W 44–16 notes
2019 3 No. 2 Ohio State Semi-finals – Fiesta Bowl W 29–23 notes
No. 1 LSU Final – CFP National Championship Game L 25–42 notes
2020 2 No. 3 Ohio State Semi-finals – Sugar Bowl L 28–49 notes

National pollsEdit

Clemson has ended their football season ranked 32 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll.[89]

Clemson currently has 10 consecutive 10-win seasons from 2011 to 2020. It is the 2nd longest active streak behind Alabama with 11.[89]

Year Record AP Poll† Coaches‡ Harris
1939 9–1–0 12
1948 11–0–0 11
1950 9–0–1 10 12
1951 7–3–0 20
1956 7–2–2 19
1957 7–3–0 18
1958 8–3–0 12 13
1959 9–2–0 11 11
1977 8–3–1 19
1978 11–1–0 6 7
1981 12–0–0 1 1
1982 9–1–1 8
1983 9–1–1 11
1986 8–2–2 17 19
1987 10–2–0 12 10
1988 10–2–0 9 8
1989 10–2–0 12 11
1990 10–2–0 9 9
1991 9–2–1 18 17
1993 9–3–0 23 22
2000 9–3 16 14
2003 9–4 22 22
2005 8–4 21 21 23
2007 9–4 21 22 16
2009 9–5 24
2011 10–4 22 22 14
2012 11–2 11 9 13
2013 11–2 8 7 11
2014 10–3 15 15
2015 14–1 2 2
2016 14–1 1 1
2017 12–2 4 4
2018 15–0 1 1
2019 14–1 2 2
2020 10–2 3 3

AP Poll began selecting the nation's Top 20 teams in 1936. Only the Top 10 teams were recognized from 1962 to 1967. The AP Poll expanded back to the Top 20 teams in 1968. In 1989, it began recognizing the Top 25 teams.

UPI/Coaches Poll began selecting its Top 20 teams on a weekly basis in 1950 before expanding to the nation's Top 25 teams in 1990.

Bowl gamesEdit

Clemson holds a 25–22 record in bowl games through the 2020 season.[90] This is a list of Clemson's most recent bowl games over the last ten years.

Season Coach Bowl Date Opponent Result
2010 Dabo Swinney Meineke Car Care Bowl December 31, 2010 South Florida L 26–31
2011 Dabo Swinney Orange Bowl January 4, 2012 West Virginia L 33–70
2012 Dabo Swinney Chick-fil-A Bowl December 31, 2012 LSU W 25–24
2013 Dabo Swinney Orange Bowl January 3, 2014 Ohio State W 40–35
2014 Dabo Swinney Russell Athletic Bowl December 29, 2014 Oklahoma W 40–6
2015 Dabo Swinney Orange Bowl December 31, 2015 Oklahoma W 37–17
2015 Dabo Swinney 2016 CFP National Championship January 11, 2016 Alabama L 40–45
2016 Dabo Swinney Fiesta Bowl December 31, 2016 Ohio State W 31–0
2016 Dabo Swinney 2017 CFP National Championship January 9, 2017 Alabama W 35–31
2017 Dabo Swinney Sugar Bowl January 1, 2018 Alabama L 6–24
2018 Dabo Swinney Cotton Bowl December 29, 2018 Notre Dame W 30–3
2018 Dabo Swinney 2019 CFP National Championship January 7, 2019 Alabama W 44–16
2019 Dabo Swinney Fiesta Bowl December 28, 2019 Ohio State W 29–23
2019 Dabo Swinney 2020 CFP National Championship January 13, 2020 LSU L 25–42
2020 Dabo Swinney Sugar Bowl January 1, 2021 Ohio State L 28–49

Head coachesEdit

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1896–1899 Walter M Riggs 2 6–3 .667
1897 William M. Williams 1 2–2 .500
1898 John A. Penton 1 3–1 .750
1900–1903 John W. Heisman 4 19–3–2 .833
1904 Shack Shealy 1 3–3–1 .500
1905 Edward B. "Eddie" Cochems 1 3–2–1 .583
1906–1915 Bob Williams 5 22–14–6 .595
1907 Frank J. Shaughnessy 1 4–4–0 .500
1908 Stein Stone 1 1–6–0 .143
1910–1912 Frank M. Dobson 3 11–12–1 .479
1916 Wayne Hart 1 3–6 .333
1917–1920 Edward A. Donahue 4 21–12–3 .625
1921–1922 Edward J. "Doc" Stewart 2 6–10–2 .389
1923–1926 Bud Saunders 4 10–22–1 .318
1927–1930 Josh C. Cody 4 29–11–1 .720
1931–1939 Jess C. Neely 9 43–35–7 .547
1940–1969 Frank Howard 30 165–118–12 .580
1970–1972 Hootie Ingram 3 12–21 .364
1973–1976 Jimmy "Red" Parker 4 17–25–2 .409
1977–1978 Charley Pell 2 18–4–1 .804
1978–1989 Danny Ford 12 96–29–4 .760
1990–1993 Ken Hatfield 4 32–13–1 .707
1993–1998 Tommy West 6 31–28 .525
1999–2008 Tommy Bowden 10 72–45 .615
2008–current Dabo Swinney 14 143–35 .803

Clemson traditionsEdit

  • Howard's Rock In the early 1960s, the rock was given to then head coach Frank Howard by a friend, Samuel Columbus Jones (Clemson Class of 1919).[91] It was presented to Howard by Jones, saying "Here's a rock from Death Valley, California, to Death Valley, South Carolina."[92] Howard didn't think anything else about the rock and it was used as a door stop in his office for several years. In September 1966, while cleaning out his office, Howard noticed the rock and told IPTAY executive director Gene Willimon, "Take this rock and throw it over the fence or out in the something with it, but get it out of my office."[92] Willimon had the rock placed on a pedestal at the top of the east endzone hill that the team ran down to enter the field for games.[93] On September 24, 1966, the first time Clemson players ran by the rock, they beat conference rival Virginia, 40–35.[94] Howard, seizing on the motivational potential of "The Rock", told his players, "Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off of my rock."[93] The team started rubbing the Rock for the first game of 1967, which was a 23–6 waxing of ACC foe Wake Forest.[95]
As a result, it is now a tradition for the Clemson Army ROTC to protect the Rock for the 24 hours prior to the Clemson-South Carolina game when held in Death Valley. ROTC cadets keep a steady drum cadence around the rock prior to the game, which can be heard across the campus. Part of the tradition comes after unknown parties vandalized the Rock prior to the 1992 South Carolina-Clemson game.[96] On June 2, 2013, Howard's Rock was again vandalized when the case containing it was broken and a portion of the rock was removed by an apparent fan of the Tigers, who was eventually arrested following a police investigation.[97]
  • Gathering at the Paw One of the most criticized and misunderstood traditions in all of college football is Clemson's "Gathering At The Paw." After every home football game, fans are allowed to come onto the field to sing the alma mater, and gather around the center of the field. While many say it's "rushing" the field, in truth it's more of a gathering as there is a clock that tells fans when they can come onto the field. There is time given for players and coaches to get off of the field. It is done after every home game, win or lose.[98]
  • Running Down the Hill Probably the most highly publicized tradition of the Clemson Tigers football team is the entrance, which Brent Musburger referred to as "The Most Exciting 25 seconds in College Football."[92] Running down "The Hill" originally started out of practicality. Before the west stands were built, the football team dressed across the street at Fike Field House and ran from there to the gate and down the hill onto the field. Now, after exiting the stadium on the west side, the players load into 2 buses which, escorted by police officers, make their way around the stadium to the east side where The Hill is located. This scene is shown on the JumboTron inside the stadium. When the buses arrive at the east side the players get out and gather at the top of the hill and stand around Howard's Rock; once most of the players are out of the buses and ready to go a cannon sounds; the band begins to play Tiger Rag and the players make their way down the hill. The spelling out of C-L-E-M-S-O-N during this Tiger Rag is one of, if not the, loudest times it will be spelled out during the game.[99][100]
  • Ring of Honor Created in 1994, the Ring of Honor is the highest award given to former coaches, players, and other individuals who made a direct impact on the football program.[101]
  • The Graveyard The Graveyard is a mock cemetery near the football practice fields that features tombstones commemorating Clemson's victories over ranked opponents on the road.[102]
  • First Friday Parade The Clemson football season kicks off each year with the annual First Friday Parade. The once a year event takes place on the Friday afternoon prior to the first home football game. Floats from various fraternities and sororities and other campus organizations are represented in the parade that rolls down main street in Clemson. The parade culminates at the Amphitheater in the middle of campus where the first Pep Rally of the year takes place. The Grand Marshal of the Parade is featured at the Pep Rally. Recent Grand Marshals have ranged from current PGA professional Dillard Pruitt, to College Football Hall of Fame legends Jess Neely and Frank Howard, to noted television announcers Brent Musburger and Ara Parseghian.
  • Tailgating On October 15, 2012, Southern Living named Clemson the South's best tailgate.[103]


South CarolinaEdit

The Clemson–South Carolina rivalry which dates back to 1896 is the largest annual sporting event in terms of ticket sales in the state of South Carolina. From 1896 to 1959, the Clemson–South Carolina game was played, on the fairgrounds, in Columbia, South Carolina and was referred to as "Big Thursday." In 1960 an alternating-site format was implemented using both teams' home stadiums. The annual game has since been designated "The Palmetto Bowl."[104] The last eight contests between the programs have been nationally televised (4 on ESPN, 4 on ESPN2). Clemson holds a 71–42–4 lead in the series through the 2019 season.[105]

Florida StateEdit

Between 1999 and 2007 the ACC Atlantic Division matchup between Clemson and Florida State was referred to as the "Bowden Bowl" to reflect the father-son head coach matchup between Bobby Bowden (Father, FSU) and Tommy Bowden (Son, Clemson). Their first meeting, in 1999, was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. Bobby Bowden won the first four matchups extending FSU's winning streak over Clemson to 11 dating back to 1992. Since 2003, Clemson is 10–6, including a 26–10 win in Clemson over then-No. 3 FSU. Also during this time the Tigers recorded a 27–20 win in Tallahassee in 2006 which broke a 17-year losing streak in Doak Campbell Stadium. 2007 was the last Bowden Bowl game as Tommy resigned as head coach in October 2008. No. 3 Clemson pulled off a thriller in Tallahassee in 2016, 37–34, over the No. 12-ranked Seminoles. In 2018, No. 2 Clemson defeated Florida State in Tallahassee 59–10, which tied the Seminoles' worst loss margin in history. This marked a 2nd time the Tigers have beaten the Seminoles by more than 17-points. Clemson did it again in 2019, beating FSU 45–14. FSU has defeated Clemson by more than 17-points nine times. The most lopsided contest occurred in 1993, with the FSU squad winning 57–0. As of 2018, Florida State leads the overall series 20–13.[106]

Georgia TechEdit

Clemson's rivalry with Georgia Tech dates to 1898 with the first game being played in Augusta, Georgia.[107]: 200  The game was played in Atlanta for 44 of the first 47 match-ups, until Georgia Tech joined the ACC. When Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1978, the series went to a more traditional home-and-home setup beginning with the 1983 game. When the ACC expanded to 12 teams and split into two divisions in 2005, Clemson and Georgia Tech were placed in opposite divisions but were designated permanent cross-divisional rivals so that the series may continue uninterrupted. The two schools are 127 miles apart and connected to each other by Interstate 85. This distance is slightly closer than that between Clemson and traditional rival South Carolina (137 miles). Georgia Tech leads the series 50–34–2 with Clemson winning the last 7 in a row.[108]


The Bulldogs and the Tigers have played each other 64 times beginning in 1897, with the 64th meeting played in 2014. Clemson's only regular-season losses of the 1978, 1982, and 1991 campaigns all came at the hands of Georgia "between the hedges", whereas Georgia's only regular-season setback during the three years of the Herschel Walker era came in Death Valley during Danny Ford's 1981 national championship run.

During the two programs' simultaneous glory days of the early 1980s, no rivalry in all of college football was more important at the national level.[according to whom?] The Bulldogs and Tigers played each other every season from 1973 to 1987, with Scott Woerner's dramatic returns in 1980 and the nine turnovers forced by the Tigers in 1981 effectively settling the eventual national champion. No rivalry of that period was more competitive, as evidenced by the critical 11th-hour field goals kicked by Kevin Butler in 1984 and by David Treadwell more than once later in the decade. Despite blowouts in 1990 by the Tigers and in 1994 and 2003 by the Bulldogs, the series typically has remained very competitive with evenly matched games. Through the 2018 season, Georgia maintains a 43–18–4 lead in the series.[109]

NC StateEdit

The yearly conference and divisional match-up with NC State is known as the Textile Bowl for the schools' similar missions in research and development for the textile industry in the Carolinas. The first meeting of the two schools occurred in 1899. Clemson has won 17 out of 21 contests since 2000. Clemson holds a 59–29–1 series advantage through the 2021 season.[110]

Boston CollegeEdit

The O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy was created in 2008 by the Boston College Gridiron Club to honor the tradition at both schools and to honor the legacy of Charlie O'Rourke and Banks McFadden, who played during the leather helmet era. The club plans to make this an annual presentation. Clemson first met Boston College on the football field in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic, the first ever bowl game for the Tigers and Eagles. Over the next 43 years, the teams met a total of 14 times. In 2005, Boston College joined the ACC and the Atlantic Division. Since then, the game has been played on an annual basis with Clemson winning the last 11 meetings. As of 2021 the Tigers lead the series 20–9–2.[111]


These old rivals first played in 1899, but until 2010, had not faced each other in the regular season since 1971. Along with snapping one streak, Clemson also snapped Auburn's 17-game winning streak coming off of the 2009–2011 seasons. The Georgia Dome hosted the Auburn–Clemson rivalry in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Clemson defeated Auburn 26–19 riding on a 231-yard performance by Andre Ellington. This game was notable due to Sammy Watkins' absence, having been suspended the first two games due to a drug-related arrest in May 2012. Auburn leads the overall series 34–15–2 through the 2018 season.[112]


The two southern schools have long, decorated histories in the sport of college football.[113] They first met on the football field on November 29, 1900.[114] Clemson won the inaugural matchup by a score of 35–0.[115] The Crimson Tide and Tigers met again in 1904 and 1905, with Clemson winning both games.[116] Beginning with the next meeting between the two squads in 1909, Alabama won the next thirteen matchups against Clemson.[116] The Tide posted the biggest margin of victory in the rivalry in 1931, beating the Tigers by a margin of 74–7.[117][118] In the first seven games of Alabama's 13-game streak, Clemson only score seven total points and was shut out in six of the seven games.[116] After a 56–0 shutout Alabama victory in 1975, the squads didn't meet again until 2008, when they squared off on opening weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.[119] The Tide emerged victorious with a 34–10 victory.[120]

The last four matchups between the squads have had national championship implications and have greatly intensified the rivalry. The teams squared off in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship in Glendale, Arizona, with Alabama emerging with a thrilling 45–40 victory.[121] The next year, the teams again found themselves doing battle in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa, Florida, with Clemson emerging with a thrilling 35–31 victory and their first win over the Crimson Tide since 1905.[122] Once again the teams did battle in the 2018 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana with a trip to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game on the line.[123] Alabama won by a score of 24–6 following two costly Clemson interceptions in the second half.[124] The two teams once again met for the title in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. This time, Clemson prevailed with a 44–16 rout of the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide to win its third national title.

Alabama leads the series 15–4 through the 2018 season.[125]

Individual award winnersEdit

College Football Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Clemson has had 3 players and 4 former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[126]

Name Years Position Inducted Ref.
John Heisman 1900–1903 Head coach 1954 [127]
Banks McFadden 1937–1939 RB 1959 [128]
Jess Neely 1931–1939 Head coach 1971 [129]
Frank Howard 1940–1969 Head coach 1989 [130]
Terry Kinard 1978–1982 S 2001 [131]
Jeff Davis 1978–1981 LB 2007 [132]
Danny Ford 1978–1989 Head coach 2017 [133][134]
C.J. Spiller 2006–2009 Running Back 2021 [135]

Retired numbersEdit

Steve Fuller's number 4 was retired in 1979. It was brought out of retirement in 2014 to be worn by quarterback Deshaun Watson.[136] In 1987, Banks McFadden's number 66 was retired, as well as his number 23 in basketball.[137] C. J. Spiller's number 28 was retired in 2010. It was brought out of retirement in 2016 to be worn by running back Tavien Feaster.[138]

Number Name Years Position Year retired Ref.
4 Steve Fuller 1975–1978 QB 1979 [136]
66 Banks McFadden 1937–1939 HB 1987 [137]
28 C. J. Spiller 2006–2009 RB 2010 [138]

National award winnersEdit

National coaching awardsEdit

Consensus All-AmericansEdit

The NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) to determine if a player is regarded as a Consensus or Unanimous All-American. To be selected a Consensus All-American, a player must be chosen to the first team on at least three of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. If a player is named an All-American by all five organizations, he is recognized as a Unanimous All-America. Clemson players have been honored 28 times as Consensus All-Americans, and 6 times as Unanimous All-Americas.[139][140]

Year(s) Name Number Position
1967 Harry Olszewski 51 G
1974 Bennie Cunningham 85 TE
1979 Jim Stuckey 83 DL
1981 Jeff Davis 45 LB
1981–1982† Terry Kinard 43 DB
1983 William Perry 66 DL
1986 Terrence Flagler 33 RB
1987 David Treadwell 18 PK
1988 Donnell Woolford 20 DB
1990 Stacy Long 67 OL
1991 Jeb Flesch 59 OL
1991 Levon Kirkland 44 LB
1993 Stacy Seegars 79 OL
1997 Anthony Simmons 41 LB
2000 Keith Adams 43 LB
2005 Tye Hill 8 DB
2006† Gaines Adams 93 DL
2009† C. J. Spiller 28 KR/AP
2010† Da'Quan Bowers 93 DL
2011 Dwayne Allen 83 TE
2013–2014 Vic Beasley 3 DL
2015 Deshaun Watson 4 QB
2015 Shaq Lawson 90 DL
2018 Clelin Ferrell 99 DL
2018 Mitch Hyatt 75 OL
2018† Christian Wilkins 42 DL
2019† Isaiah Simmons 11 LB
2019 John Simpson 74 OL
2020 Travis Etienne 9 AP

Unanimous All-American

Atlantic Coast Conference awardsEdit

Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary football teamEdit

On July 23, 2002 in celebration of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary, a 120-member blue ribbon committee selected the Top 50 football players in ACC history. Clemson led all conference schools with the most players selected to the Golden Anniversary team.[141] Each of Clemson's honorees are All-Americans and former NFL players. The nine selectees from Clemson are:

NFL playersEdit

Source ESPN[when?]

All-time record vs. current ACC teamsEdit


Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First meeting Last meeting
Boston College 20 9 2 .677 Won 11 1940 2021
Duke 37 16 1 .694 Won 5 1934 2018
Florida State 13 20 0 .394 Won 5 1970 2019
Georgia Tech 34 50 2 .407 Won 7 1898 2021
Louisville 6 0 0 1.000 Won 6 2014 2019
Miami 6 6 0 .500 Won 3 1945 2020
North Carolina 38 19 1 .664 Won 4 1897 2019
North Carolina State 59 29 1 .669 Lost 1 1899 2021
Notre Dame 4 2 0 .667 Won 1 1977 2020
Pittsburgh 2 2 0 .500 Won 2 1977 2020
Syracuse 7 2 0 .778 Won 3 1995 2020
Virginia 40 8 1 .827 Won 5 1955 2020
Virginia Tech 23 12 1 .653 Won 6 1900 2020
Wake Forest 68 17 1 .797 Won 12 1933 2020
Totals 354 192 12 .645

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC temporarily added Notre Dame as a member for just the 2020 season. Wins and losses to Notre Dame in 2020 count toward standings and all-time records.

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of February 19, 2020.[143]

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
vs UConn at Notre Dame vs Notre Dame vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina
vs Georgia (Charlotte, NC) vs Furman vs Wofford vs The Citadel vs Furman vs Charleston Southern vs Notre Dame at Notre Dame vs Georgia
at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs Appalachian State vs LSU at LSU vs Wofford
vs South Carolina State vs Louisiana Tech vs Florida Atlantic vs Georgia (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) vs Troy
2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037
vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina vs South Carolina at South Carolina
at Georgia vs Notre Dame at Georgia vs Georgia at Notre Dame vs Oklahoma at Oklahoma vs Notre Dame

Clemson vs. in-state NCAA Division I teamsEdit

School Record Percentage Streak First meeting Last meeting
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1–0 1.000 Won 1 2009 2009
Furman Paladins 43–10–4 .789 Won 31 1896 2018
Presbyterian Blue Hose 33–3–4 .875 Won 15 1916 2010
South Carolina Gamecocks 71–42–4 .621 Won 6 1896 2019
South Carolina State Bulldogs 5–0 1.000 Won 5 2008 2021
The Citadel Bulldogs 33–5–1 .859 Won 18 1909 2020
Wofford Terriers 13–3 .813 Won 6 1896 2019



Clemson Tigers Football from[144] team recruitment rankings:

Year National rank Commits
2021 7th 19
2020 2nd 23[145]
2019 9th 28[146]
2018 5th 17
2017 10th 14
2016 8th 22
2015 4th 26
2014 12th 22
2013 13th 23
2012 10th 21
2011 8th 29
2010 19th 23


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Further readingEdit

  • Bob Bradley; Sam Blackman; Chuck Kriese (1999). Clemson: Where the Tigers Play – The History of Clemson University Athletics. Sports Publishing. ISBN 1-58261-369-9.

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