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# Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown High School # Player Pos. Cl.
1 Vandell Arrington CB 6-0 185 So. SQ Fayetteville, NC E.E. Smith HS 89 Kendall Alley WR So.
2 Frank Magwood WR 6-0 188 Jr. 1VL John’s Island, SC Saint John’s HS 69 Vernie Anthony MG Jr.
3 Homer Jordan QB 6-0 180 Jr. 1VL Athens, GA Cedar Shoals HS 1 Vandell Arrington CB So.
5 Dale Hatcher P 6-2 195 Fr. HS Cheraw, SC Cheraw HS 7 Cliff Austin TB Jr.
6 Bob Paulling PK 6-2 188 So. 1VL Saint Matthews, SC Saint Matthews HS 71 Dan Benish DT Jr.
7 Cliff Austin TB 6-0 190 Jr. 2VL Scottdale, GA Avondale HS 76 Steve Berlin DT Fr.
8 Lockie Brown PK 5-10 166 Sr. SQ Tucker, GA Tucker HS 63 Tony Berryhill C Sr.
9 Ken Brown SS 6-2 185 So. 1VL Hartwell, GA Hartwell County HS 37 Fitzhugh Bethea WR So.
9 Mike Isaacs DB 5-11 180 Fr. HS Pickens, SC Pickens HS 57 Nick Bowman DE Sr.
10 Jeff Parker QB 6-2 180 Fr. HS Gordo, AL Gordo HS 73 Don Brinegar OT So.
11 Mike Gasque QB 6-2 190 Sr. 1VL Elon College, NC Western Alamance HS 68 Gary Brown OT Jr.
12 Andy Headen DE 6-5 224 Jr. 2VL Liberty, NC East Randolph HS 9 Ken Brown SS So.
15 Jeff Stockstill WR 6-2 180 Jr. 1VL Fernandina Beach, FL Fernandina Beach HS 8 Lockie Brown PK Sr.
16 Richard Hendley P 5-11 185 Jr. 1VL Greenville, SC Wade Hampton HS 72 Ray Brown DE So.
17 Anthony Parete QB 6-0 190 Fr. SQ Jacksonville, FL Bishop Kenny HS 47 Roy Brown LB So.
18 Donald Igwebuike PK 5-8 172 Fr. ---- Anambra, Nigeria ---------- 99 Jeff Bryant DT Sr.
19 Richard Butler WR 6-0 185 Fr. HS Ware Shoals, SC Ware Shoals HS 62 Brian Butcher OG Jr.
21 Anthony Rose CB 5-9 175 Sr. 2VL Sumter, SC Mayewood HS 19 Richard Butler WR Fr.
22 Perry Tuttle WR 6-0 180 Sr. 3VL Winston-Salem, NC North Davidson 56 Andy Cheatham OG Fr.
23 Jeff Suttle SS 6-1 185 So. 1VL Lafayette, GA Lafayette HS 55 Randy Cheek LB Sr.
24 Billy Davis FS 6-4 190 So. 1VL Alexandria, VA Mount Vernon HS 26 Tim Childers SS So.
25 Randy Learn FS 5-10 174 Jr. 2VL Belvidere, NJ Belvidere HS 70 Brian Clark OG Sr.
26 Tim Childers SS 6-1 180 So. SQ Gaffney, SC Gaffney HS 39 Craig Crawford FB Fr.
27 Kevin Mack FB 6-1 197 So. 1VL Kings Mountain, NC Kings Mountain HS 38 Brendon Crite RB Jr.
28 Rod McSwain CB 6-2 190 So. 1VL Caroleen, NC Chase HS 33 Kenny Danforth DB Fr.
29 Hollis Hall CB 5-10 174 Sr. 2VL Seneca, SC Seneca HS 24 Billy Davis FS So.
31 Carl Martin SS 5-7 152 Jr. SQ Elloree, SC Clarendon Hall HS 45 Jeff Davis LB Sr.
32 Jeff McCall FB 6-3 220 Jr. 2VL Fayetteville, NC Pine Forest HS 36 Dean Day LB Jr.
33 Kenny Danforth DB 6-1 189 Fr. HS Aiken, SC Aiken HS 48 Pete Demery WR Sr.
35 Chuck McSwain TB 6-2 190 Jr. 2VL Caroleen, NC Chase HS 94 William Devane MG So.
36 Dean Day LB 6-1 210 Jr. SQ North Augusta, SC North Augusta HS 85 Bubba Diggs TE Jr.
37 Fitzhugh Bethea WR 5-9 175 So. SQ Dillon, SC Dillon HS 81 K.D. Dunn TE Fr.
38 Brendon Crite RB 5-10 198 Jr. 1VL Brevard, NC Brevard HS 64 Joe Ellis OG So.
39 Craig Crawford FB 6-2 190 Fr. HS Springlake, NC Pine Forest HS 60 James Farr OG So.
40 Randy Vereen TB 5-10 177 Fr. HS North Myrtle Beach, SC North Myrtle Beach HS 61 Brad Fisher OT Sr.
41 Jerry Gaillard WR 6-0 172 Sr. 3VL Yuma, AZ Enterprise HS 59 Bob Frierson C Jr.
42 Edgar Pickett DE 6-3 218 So. 1VL Lexington, NC Central Davidson HS 41 Jerry Gaillard WR Sr.
43 Terry Kinard FS 6-1 190 Jr. 2VL Sumter, SC Sumter HS 11 Mike Gasque QB Sr.
44 Otis Lindsey LB 6-3 230 Jr. JC Chester, GA Dodge HS 95 Kevin Gemas LB So.
45 Jeff Davis LB 6-0 223 Sr. 3VL Greensboro, NC Dudley HS 53 Joe Glenn DE Jr.
46 Duke Holloman TB 6-2 198 So. SQ Myrtle Beach, SC Myrtle Beach HS 29 Hollis Hall CB Sr.
47 Roy Brown LB 6-1 202 So. 1VL Myrtle Beach, SC Myrtle Beach HS 5 Dale Hatcher P Fr.
48 Pete Demery WR 6-1 187 Sr. TR Kingstree, SC Kingstree HS 12 Andy Headen DE Jr.
49 Ronald Watson DB 5-11 175 Fr. HS Jefferson, GA Jefferson HS 16 Richard Hendley P Jr.
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# Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown High School # Player Pos. Cl.
50 Scott Williams C 6-4 218 Fr. HS Hixson, TN Baylor HS 75 Dean Herman DT Fr.
51 Jeff Lytton C 6-3 230 Fr. HS Blue Ash, Ontario Moeller HS 54 Jim Hohler LB Fr.
52 Cary Massaro C 6-5 231 So. 1VL Canonsburg, PA Canon-McMillan HS 46 Duke Holloman TB So.
53 Joe Glenn DE 6-3 216 Jr. 2VL Columbia, SC A.C. Flora HS 18 Donald Igwebuike PK Fr.
54 Jim Hohler LB 6-2 218 Fr. HS Sandusky, OH Perkins HS 9 Mike Isaacs DB Fr.
55 Randy Cheek LB 5-11 200 Sr. 1VL Augusta, GA Butler HS 3 Homer Jordan QB Jr.
56 Andy Cheatham OG 6-4 240 Fr. HS Mableton, GA Pebblebrook HS 43 Terry Kinard FS Jr.
57 Nick Bowman DE 6-2 200 Sr. 2VL Crossville, TN Cumberland HS 25 Randy Learn FS Jr.
58 Dale Swing C 6-3 239 Fr. HS Lexington, NC Central Davidson HS 44 Otis Lindsey LB Jr.
59 Bob Frierson C 5-11 207 Jr. SQ Lexington, SC Lexington HS 51 Jeff Lytton C Fr.
60 James Farr OG 6-4 225 So. 1VL Thomson, GA Thomson HS 27 Kevin Mack FB So.
61 Brad Fisher OT 6-4 234 Sr. 2VL Fostoria, OH Fostoria HS 2 Frank Magwood WR Jr.
62 Brian Butcher OG 6-5 235 Jr. 1VL Roswell, GA Crestwood HS 31 Carl Martin SS Jr.
63 Tony Berryhill C 6-5 240 Sr. 2VL Thomaston, GA Robert E. Lee HS 52 Cary Massaro C So.
64 Joe Ellis OG 6-4 249 So. SQ Toms River, NJ Toms River HS 74 Bob Mayberry OG Jr.
65 Scott Weeks OG 6-2 234 Sr. SQ Jackson, SC Jackson HS 32 Jeff McCall FB Jr.
66 William Perry MG 6-3 300 Fr. HS Aiken, SC Aiken HS 98 Cliff McLellan LB Sr.
67 Jim Scott DT 6-5 240 So. 1VL Alexandria, VA Mount Vernon HS 35 Chuck McSwain TB Jr.
68 Gary Brown OT 6-3 244 Jr. 2VL Philadelphia, TN Loudon HS 28 Rod McSwain CB So.
69 Vernie Anthony MG 6-3 233 Jr. SQ Collins, GA Reidsville HS 96 Chuck Meeks LB Jr.
70 Brian Clark OG 6-7 254 Sr. 2VL Fort Meyers, FL Cypress Lake HS 87 Eldridge Milton WR Fr.
71 Dan Benish DT 6-6 242 Jr. 2VL Hubbard, OH Hubbard HS 77 Lee Nanney OT Sr.
72 Ray Brown DE 6-4 231 So. 1VL Rome, GA East Rome HS 17 Anthony Parete QB Fr.
73 Don Brinegar OT 6-2 240 So. SQ Clemmons, NC West Forsythe HS 10 Jeff Parker QB Fr.
74 Bob Mayberry OG 6-5 238 Jr. 2VL Sharon, PA Hickory HS 6 Bob Paulling PK So.
75 Dean Herman DT 6-6 260 Fr. HS Wise, VA J.J. Kelly HS 66 William Perry MG Fr.
76 Steve Berlin DT 6-5 242 Fr. HS Bethel Park, PA Bethel Park HS 42 Edgar Pickett DE So.
77 Lee Nanney OT 6-4 260 Sr. 2VL Spartanburg, SC Dorman HS 90 Johnny Rembert LB Jr.
79 Tony Shirley OT 6-5 275 Fr. HS Gordo, AL Gordo HS 92 Mark Richardson DE Jr.
80 Jim Wurst TE 6-4 210 Jr. 1VL Atlanta, GA Lakeside HS 21 Anthony Rose CB Sr.
81 K.D. Dunn TE 6-3 215 Fr. HS Decatur, GA Gordon HS 67 Jim Scott DT So.
82 Danny Triplett LB 6-4 224 Jr. 2VL Boone, NC Watauga HS 79 Tony Shirley OT Fr.
84 Bill Smith DE 6-5 220 Sr. 3VL Duncan, SC Byrnes HS 84 Bill Smith DE Sr.
85 Bubba Diggs TE 6-3 220 Jr. 2VL Augusta, GA Butler HS 15 Jeff Stockstill WR Jr.
87 Eldridge Milton WR 6-3 220 Fr. HS Folkston, GA Charlton County HS 23 Jeff Suttle SS So.
89 Kendall Alley WR 6-0 182 So. SQ Salisbury, NC North Rowan HS 58 Dale Swing C Fr.
90 Johnny Rembert LB 6-3 227 Jr. JC Arcadia, FL DeSoto HS 82 Danny Triplett LB Jr.
91 Mike Wade DE 6-3 204 Sr. SQ Greer, SC Eastside HS 22 Perry Tuttle WR Sr.
92 Mark Richardson DE 6-1 194 Jr. SQ Spartanburg, SC Hill HS 40 Randy Vereen TB Fr.
94 William Devane MG 6-2 250 So. 1VL Jacksonville, NC Jacksonville HS 91 Mike Wade DE Sr.
95 Kevin Gemas LB 6-1 190 So. SQ Plymouth, WI Plymouth HS 49 Ronald Watson DB Fr.
96 Chuck Meeks LB 6-0 207 Jr. SQ Augusta, GA Belton-Honea Path (SC) HS 65 Scott Weeks OG Sr.
98 Cliff McLellan LB 5-9 190 Sr. SQ Pendleton, SC Pendleton HS 50 Scott Williams C Fr.
99 Jeff Bryant DT 6-5 260 Sr. 3VL Atlanta, GA Gordon HS 80 Jim Wurst TE Jr.
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Reserves & Red-Shirts Bo Blanton .................................. Student Assistant Coach Danny Moss .................................. Student Athletic Trainer
Player Pos. Cl. Hometown David Bounds .............................. Student Assistant Coach Chip Winchester ............................ Student Athletic Trainer
Rick Bailey OG So. Melbourne, FL Vann Yates .................................... Student Athletic Trainer
Tim Basich LB So. Delta, OH Strength Training Coaches
Steve Berlin DT Fr. Bethel Park, PA Coach Position Athletic Department Staff
Wilbur Bullard TB So. Laurel Hill, NC George Dostal ................................. Head Strength Coach Staff Member Position
Matt Carr WR Fr. Stony Point, NC Jim Beatty ................................. Assistant Strength Coach Bill McLellan .............................................. Athletic Director
Mark Calhoon FS Fr. Lexington, SC Craig Bryson ............................. Assistant Strength Coach Earle Ambrose .......................... Assistant Athletic Director
David Clayton OT Fr. Lyman, SC Jim Speros ................................ Assistant Strength Coach Bob Bradley ............................ Sports Information Director
Jeff Cruce OT So. Lake City, FL Don Telle ................................... Assistant Strength Coach Tim Bourret ............. Assistant Sports Information Director
Tyrone Davis FS So. Athens, GA Sam Varner ............................... Assistant Strength Coach Kim Kelly ................. Assistant Sports Information Director
Eric Dawson LB Fr. Anderson, SC Van Hilderbrand ........................................ Ticket Manager
Lee Day LB Fr. North Augusta, SC Equipment Staff Rick Brewer ................................ Assistant Ticket Manager
Richard Donaldson SS So. Fayetteville, NC Manager Position Allison Dalton ..................................... Promotions Director
John Duncan DB Sr. Mooresville, NC Len Gough ............................................................ Director Les Jones ........................................... Director of Facilities
Steve Duncan LB Fr. Erwin, TN Bobby Douglas ....................................... Assistant Director Joann West ................................................. Staff Assistant
Mike Eppley QB So. Charlotte, NC Lawrence Mudge .......................... Head Student Manager Joe White .............................................. Academic Advisor
Frank Fredere TE Fr. Winston-Salem, NC Ricky Steen ................................... Head Student Manager Don Denning .................. Football Administrative Assistant
Preston Gillespie DB So. Liberty, SC Mark Garrison ........................................ Student Manager June Roach ........................................... Football Secretary
Billy Green QB So. Columbia, SC Ben Massengill ....................................... Student Manager Elaine Swearingen ................................ Football Secretary
Bob Hardaway DB Fr. Atlanta, GA Eric Rivers .............................................. Student Manager Ken Vickery ................................. NCAA Faculty Chairman
Alex Hudson OT Jr. Spartanburg, SC Jimmy Ray Seay .................................... Student Manager Joe Turner ............................... IPTAY Executive Secretary
Reid Ingle OT So. Calhoun, GA Jeff Singletary ........................................ Student Manager
Don Inman E Fr. Atlanta, GA Jim Weldon ............................................ Student Manager Radio Network
Mike Isaacs SS Fr. Pickens, SC Alan Wertz ............................................. Student Manager Announcer Position
Jay Lundstrom WR Fr. Naples, FL Jeff Wright .............................................. Student Manager Jim Phillips ........................................... Voice of the Tigers
Byron May LS So. Seneca, SC Scott Shannon .................................... Color Commentator
David Noelte DE Fr. Reisterstown, MD Athletic Training Staff
Reggie Pleasant DB So. Pinewood, SC Athletic Trainer Position Cheerleaders
Chuckie Richardson LB So. Thomasville, NC Fred Hoover ...................................... Head Athletic Trainer Cheerleader Position
James Robinson DT So. Charleston, SC Bert Henderson ........................... Assistant Athletic Trainer Ricky Capps .................................................. Tiger Mascot
Sonny Sealy SS Jr. Blacksburg, SC Larry Sutton ................................ Assistant Athletic Trainer Mark Barhyte ......................................... Head Cheerleader
Caulder Settles DE Fr. Laurinburg, SC Dr. Jud Hair ............................................... Team Physician Kathy Anderson .............................................. Cheerleader
Guy Varn DB So. Martinsville, VA Dr. Byron Harder ....................................... Team Physician Rick Conte ..................................................... Cheerleader
Randy Vereen RB Fr. North Myrtle Beach, SC Dr. Roland Knight ............................... Orthopedic Surgeon Scott Gallaway ............................................... Cheerleader
Willie Ward FS Fr. Jackson, GA Mark Abel ...................................... Student Athletic Trainer Bill Grainger ................................................... Cheerleader
Jeff Wells TE So. Rome, GA Jay Bennett ................................... Student Athletic Trainer George Helmrich ............................................ Cheerleader
Braxton Williams RB Jr. Greensboro, NC Tony Blackwell .............................. Student Athletic Trainer Jennifer Hemphill ........................................... Cheerleader
Ray Wrenn QB Fr. Columbia, SC Mike Bowman ............................... Student Athletic Trainer Pat Hook ........................................................ Cheerleader
Stephanie Brake ........................... Student Athletic Trainer Karen Lawing ................................................. Cheerleader
Other Assistant Coaches Joel Bullard ................................... Student Athletic Trainer Mary McNeil ................................................... Cheerleader
Coach Position Robby Corley ................................ Student Athletic Trainer Sheri Nix ........................................................ Cheerleader
Steve Hale .................................... Defensive Ends Coach Greg Craig .................................... Student Athletic Trainer Danny Pechthalt ............................................. Cheerleader
Rex Kipps .............................................. Tight Ends Coach Bob Easley .................................... Student Athletic Trainer David Pinion ................................................... Cheerleader
Rick Whitt ..................................... Defensive Backs Coach Joe Franks .................................... Student Athletic Trainer Russell Ragen ................................................ Cheerleader
George Caine ........................... Graduate Assistant Coach Bill Long ........................................ Student Athletic Trainer
1981 Game-By-Game Starters
Position WOF TUL UGA KEN UVA DUK NCS WFU UNC UMD USC NEB
OT Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney Nanney
OG Clark Clark Clark Clark Mayberry Mayberry Clark Clark Clark Clark Clark Clark
C Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill Berryhill
OG Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr Farr
OT Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher
TE/WR Diggs Diggs Magwood Diggs Diggs Magwood Magwood Diggs Magwood Diggs Butcher Diggs
SE Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle Tuttle
QB Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan
TB Austin Austin Austin Austin C. McSwain Austin Austin Austin Austin Austin Austin Austin
FB McCall McCall McCall McCall Mack McCall McCall McCall McCall Mack Mack McCall
FLK/TE Gaillard Wurst Stockstill Magwood Wurst Gaillard Gaillard Gaillard Gaillard Gaillard Gaillard Gaillard
DE Glenn Glenn Glenn Glenn Smith Smith Smith Smith Glenn Smith Smith Smith
DT Benish Benish Benish Benish Benish Benish Benish Benish Benish Ra. Brown Benish Benish
MG Devane Devane Devane Devane Devane Devane Perry Devane Devane Perry Perry Perry
DT Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant
DE Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen Headen
LB Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Triplett Rembert Triplett
LB J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis J. Davis
CB Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall Hall
SS Childers Childers Childers Childers Childers Suttle K. Brown Childers Childers Childers Childers Childers
FS Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard Kinard
CB Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose
PK Igwebuike Igwebuike Paulling Igwebuike Igwebuike Igwebuike Igwebuike Igwebuike Paulling Igwebuike Paulling Igwebuike
P Hendley Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher ---------- Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher Hatcher
Note: Bold denotes a Clemson home game.
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12-0 Overall, 6-0 ACC, 6-0 Home, 5-0 Away, 1-0 Neutral, 10-0 Day, 2-0 Night
Team Stats Individual Offensive & Kicking Stats Individual Defensive & Miscellaneous Stats
CU Opp. RUSHING G Car Yds Y/C TD LG Y/G TACKLES G Hit Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU
TOTAL OFFENSE 4698 3023 C. Austin 12 163 824 5.1 9 77 68.7 J. Davis 12 119 56 175 10-37 4-27 6
Total Plays 910 810 C. McSwain 12 144 692 4.8 7 30 57.7 T. Kinard 12 74 21 95 1-5 0-0 6
Touchdowns 42 11 H. Jordan 12 168 486 2.9 6 30 40.5 J. Bryant 12 69 23 92 19-74 8-61 2
Yards Per Play 5.2 3.7 J. McCall 10 96 457 4.8 5 24 45.7 D. Triplett 12 54 32 86 4-7 1-2 2
Yards Per Game 391.5 251.9 K. Mack 12 76 287 3.8 2 13 23.9 D. Benish 11 48 19 67 10-39 2-15 1
RUSHING YARDS 2977 1854 B. Crite 12 23 87 3.8 1 17 7.3 H. Hall 12 41 12 53 2-3 0-0 11
Attempts 705 461 C. Crawford 3 2 78 39.0 1 72 26.0 A. Headen 12 34 19 53 4-26 0-0 8
Touchdowns 32 5 D. Holloman 4 11 63 5.7 1 12 15.8 W. Perry 12 33 15 48 9-50 4-44 0
Yards Per Rush 4.2 2.5 R. Vereen 3 6 26 4.3 0 8 8.7 B. Smith 10 22 20 42 4-37 4-37 1
Yards Per Game 248.1 97.4 P. Tuttle 12 3 21 7.0 0 22 1.6 T. Childers 11 26 15 41 3-26 2-22 5
PASSING YARDS 1721 1854 A. Parete 12 5 7 1.4 0 7 0.6 J. Suttle 10 31 7 38 2-14 1-11 4
Attempts 205 349 M. Gasque 6 5 9 1.8 0 3 1.5 W. Devane 12 24 8 32 4-30 4-30 0
Completions 112 164 TEAM 12 3 -60 -20.0 0 NA -5.0 M. Richardson 12 13 14 27 0-0 0-0 0
Had Intercepted 10 23 CLEMSON 12 705 2977 4.2 32 77 248.1 R. McSwain 12 20 6 26 1-1 0-0 1
Touchdowns 10 6 Opponents 12 461 1854 2.5 5 26 97.4
Completion Percentage 54.6 47.0 INTERCEPTIONS Int Yds Avg TD LG
Yards Per Attempt 8.40 5.31 PASSING G C-A-I Yds TD C% Y/G Eff. T. Kinard 6 51 8.5 0 19
Yards Per Completion 15.4 11.3 H. Jordan 12 107-196-9 1630 9 54.6 135.8 130.4 H. Hall 5 55 11.0 0 28
Efficiency 131.5 84.1 M. Gasque 6 5-8-0 91 1 62.5 15.2 199.3 T. Childers 3 13 4.3 0 9
Yards Per Game 143.4 154.5 C. Austin 12 0-1-1 0 0 0.0 0.0 -200.0 B. Davis 2 32 16.0 0 21
PUNTING YARDS 2059 3105 CLEMSON 12 112-205-10 1721 10 54.6 143.4 131.5 J. Rembert 2 15 7.5 0 11
Number of Punts 49 77 Opponents 12 164-349-23 1854 6 47.0 154.5 84.1 A. Rose 2 11 5.5 0 8
Average Punt 42.1 40.3 J. Suttle 1 8 8.0 0 8
Had Blocked 1 1 RECEIVING G Rec Yds Y/R TD LG Y/G D. Triplett 1 5 5.0 0 5
Net Punting 39.5 36.0 P. Tuttle 12 52 883 17.0 8 80 73.6 R. McSwain 1 0 0.0 0 0
PUNT RETURN YARDS 323 127 J. Gaillard 10 19 218 11.5 1 24 21.8 CLEMSON 23 190 8.3 0 28
Number of Returns 37 15 F. Magwood 12 17 345 20.3 1 42 28.8 Opponents 10 87 8.7 0 27
Average Return 8.7 8.5 B. Diggs 12 9 88 9.8 0 24 7.3
INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS 190 87 J. Stockstill 12 4 81 20.3 0 42 6.8 KICOFF RETURNS KOR Yds Avg TD LG
Number of Interceptions 23 10 K. Alley 7 4 51 12.8 0 18 7.3 P. Tuttle 12 266 22.2 0 38
Return Yards Per Interception 8.3 8.7 K. Mack 12 3 23 7.7 0 11 1.9 K. Mack 2 45 22.5 0 25
KICKOFF RETURN YARDS 409 659 C. Austin 12 2 18 9.0 0 10 1.5 C. Austin 2 34 17.0 0 17
Number of Returns 20 36 C. McSwain 12 2 14 7.0 0 14 1.2 B. Crite 2 29 14.5 0 20
Average Return 20.5 18.3 CLEMSON 12 112 1721 15.4 10 80 143.4 D. Holloman 1 19 19.0 0 19
FIRST DOWNS 254 201 Opponents 12 164 1854 11.3 6 30 154.5 J. McCall 1 16 16.0 0 16
By Rushing 167 79 CLEMSON 20 409 20.5 0 38
By Passing 79 106 FIELD GOALS FG Pct 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG Opponents 36 659 18.3 0 33
By Penalty 8 16 D. Igwebuike 10-17 58.8 2-2 6-7 1-4 1-4 52
First Downs Per Game 21.2 16.8 B. Paulling 4-6 66.7 2-4 2-2 0-0 0-0 37 SCORING TD R-P-Re FG PAT 2PC Pts
PENALTIES 80-734 61-552 CLEMSON 14-23 60.9 4-6 8-9 1-4 1-4 52 C. Austin 9 9-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 54
Penalties Per Game 6.7 5.1 Opponents 8-12 66.7 NA NA NA NA 46 P. Tuttle 8 0-8-0 0-0 0-0 0 48
Penalty Yards Per Game 61.2 46.0 B. Paulling 0 0-0-0 4-6 34-35 0 46
FUMBLES-LOST 30-14 36-18 PUNTING P Yds Y/P LG HB Net C. McSwain 7 7-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 42
SACKS 44-366 14-85 D. Hatcher 44 1908 43.4 64 1 40.5 H. Jordan 6 6-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 36
THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 87-186 63-176 R. Hendley 4 151 37.8 43 0 37.8 D. Igwebuike 0 0-0-0 10-17 1-1 0 31
Percentage 46.8 35.8 TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 -- 0.0 J. McCall 5 5-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 30
TIME OF POSSESSION PER GAME 32:05 27:55 CLEMSON 49 2059 42.1 64 1 39.5 K. Mack 2 2-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 12
POINTS 338 105 Opponents 77 3105 40.3 62 1 36.1 F. Magwood 1 0-1-0 0-0 0-0 0 6
Points Per Game 28.2 8.8 B. Crite 1 1-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 6
FIELD GOALS 14-23 8-12 PUNT RETURNS PR Yds Avg TD LG D. Holloman 1 1-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 6
PAT (KICKS) 38-41 9-9 B. Davis 34 275 8.1 0 47 C. Crawford 1 1-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 6
R. McSwain 1 28 28.0 0 28 J. Gaillard 1 0-1-0 0-0 0-0 0 6
Scoring By Quarters K. Brown 2 20 10.0 0 14 J. Rembert 1 0-0-1 0-0 0-0 0 6
1 2 3 4 Tot J. Rembert 0 0 ---- 1 0 L. Brown 0 0-0-0 0-0 3-5 0 3
CLEMSON 49 133 96 60 338 CLEMSON 37 323 8.7 1 47 CLEMSON 43 32-10-1 14-23 38-41 0 338
Opponents 39 15 22 19 105 Opponents 15 127 8.5 0 19 Opponents 11 5-6-0 8-12 9-9 3 105
Game-By-Game Results & Stats
Date Opponent (AP,USA) W-L Score Attend. CU Rk FD Car Yds TD C A I Yds TD PL Yds FD Car Yds TD C A I Yds TD PL Yds
9-5 Wofford W 45-10 59,313 21 54 285 4 8 16 2 186 2 70 471 17 51 165 0 11 23 2 128 1 74 293
9-12 at Tulane W 13-5 45,736 18 68 161 1 7 16 0 114 0 84 275 12 35 40 0 13 29 4 137 0 64 177
9-19 Georgia (4,4) W 13-3 62,466 15 57 101 0 11 18 0 135 1 75 236 16 40 122 0 12 26 5 133 0 66 255
10-3 at Kentucky W 21-3 57,453 14,14 17 58 223 3 4 11 0 55 0 69 278 20 39 49 0 15 31 2 168 0 70 217
10-10 * Virginia W 27-0 63,064 9,10 17 53 265 3 9 17 0 161 0 70 426 14 41 110 0 12 24 2 127 0 65 237
10-17 * at Duke W 38-10 26,000 6,7 25 59 323 4 14 20 1 240 1 79 563 23 36 82 0 17 28 3 243 1 64 325
10-24 * N.C. State W 17-7 62,727 4,5 21 59 304 2 3 14 3 43 0 73 347 11 38 87 1 11 25 1 114 0 63 201
10-31 * Wake Forest W 82-24 60,383 3,4 35 68 536 10 11 19 1 220 2 87 756 24 32 88 1 27 43 2 270 2 75 358
11-7 * at North Carolina (8,9) W 10-8 53,611 2,3 17 61 171 1 7 10 0 83 0 71 254 16 42 84 0 13 30 0 179 0 72 263
11-14 * Maryland W 21-7 63,199 2,2 28 52 199 0 20 29 1 270 3 81 469 18 30 44 1 18 45 0 192 0 75 236
11-21 at South Carolina W 29-13 56,971 2,2 23 64 254 3 7 13 1 80 0 77 334 17 43 105 1 9 28 2 100 1 71 205
1-1 ^ Nebraska (4,4) W 22-15 72,748 1,1 17 54 155 1 11 22 1 134 1 74 289 13 40 193 1 6 17 0 63 1 57 256
* - ACC game; ^ - Miami, FL (Orange Bowl); Note: Home games in bold; official home attendance - 371,152 (61,859 per game); Head Coach - Danny Ford; Assistants - Willie Anderson
(DL), Curley Hallman (DB), Tom Harper (AHC,DL), Les Herrin (LB), Lawson Holland (WR), Buddy King (OL), Chuck Reedy (RB), Nelson Stokley (QB), Larry V Der Heyden (OL).
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1981 Honors & Records
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Team Cliff Austin, TB • All-ACC
• Associated Press National Champions • State Offensive-Back-of-the-Week vs. Duke • All-State
• United Press International National Champions • Led ACC in passing efficiency
• Sporting News National Champions Dan Benish, DT • Most Valuable Offensive Player vs. Nebraska
• Sports Illustrated National Champions • Honorable Mention AP All-American • Tied for 12th in the nation in passing efficiency
• Football Writers National Champions (Grantland Rice • All-ACC • State Offensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Maryland
Bowl) • All-State • ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Maryland
• Football Coaches National Champions • Team MVP as selected by his teammates
• Football Hall of Fame National Champions (MacArthur Tony Berryhill, C
Bowl) • Honorable Mention AP All-American Terry Kinard, FS
• First Interstate Bank Athletic Foundation National Cham- • Honorable Mention Football News All-American • First-Team AP All-American
pions • All-ACC • First-Team NEA All-American
• Washington Touchdown Club National Champions • Academic All-ACC • First-Team Football Writers All-American
• Fans National Champions (Chicago Tribune) • All-State • First-Team WTBS All-American
• Kickoff National Champions • Participated in Senior Bowl • Honorable Mention UPI All-American
• Orange Bowl Champions • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Georgia • Honorable Mention Sporting News All-American
• Only undefeated Division I team in the nation • Ninth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts • All-ACC
• First National Championship in Clemson athletic history • All-State
• ACC Champions Jeff Bryant, DT • Set school record for tackles by a defensive back (95)
• Established the nation’s longest winning streak • Second-Team Football News All-American • State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Wofford
• #2 in the nation in scoring defense • Honorable Mention AP All American • ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Tulane
• #7 in the nation in rushing defense • Honorable Mention Sporting News All-American • ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Kentucky
• Tied for #7 in the nation in turnover margin • Strength All-American • State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Duke
• #8 in the nation in total defense • All-ACC • State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina
• #1 in the ACC in total defense • All-State
• #1 in the ACC in scoring defense • Participated in East-West Shrine Game Jeff McCall, FB
• #1 in the ACC in interceptions • Participated in Olympia Gold Bowl • ABC Player-of-the-Game vs. North Carolina
• #1 in the ACC in interception avoidance • ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Duke
• #1 in the ACC in turnover margin • ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. N.C. State Chuck McSwain, TB
• #1 in the ACC in first downs • State Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. N.C. State • ABC Player-of-the-Game vs. Kentucky
• Set school record for wins in a season • ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. North Carolina • State Offensive Back-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina
• Set or tied 21 Clemson or ACC Records • State Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Maryland • State Fair Association Clemson MVP vs. South Carolina
• Had more All-Americans (5) than any team in Clemson • First-round draft pick (#6 overall) of the Seattle Seahawks • ESPN Player-of-the-Game vs. South Carolina
history • ESPN National Amateur Athlete-of-the-Week vs. South
Brian Clark, OG Carolina
Danny Ford, Head Coach • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. North Carolina
• Football Writers Association of America National Coach- • 12th-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos Rod McSwain, CB
of-the-Year • State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina
• UPI National Coach-of-the-Year Jeff Davis, LB
• American Football Coaches Association (Kodak) National • First-Team Kodak All-American Lee Nanney, OT
Coach-of-the-Year • First-Team UPI All-American • Second-Team UPI All-American
• Washington Pigskin Club National Coach-of-the-Year • First-Team Football Writers All-American • Honorable Mention AP All-American
• WTBS National Coach-of-the-Year • First-Team Football News All-American • Honorable Mention Sporting News All-American
• Washington Touchdown Club National Coach-of-the-Year • Second-Team AP All-American • Honorable Mention Football News All-American
• Columbus (OH) Touchdown Club National Coach-of-the- • Honorable Mention Sporting News All-American • Strength All-American
Year • First-Team Football News Bowl All-American • All-ACC
• First Interstate Bank Athletic Foundation National Coach- • Strength All-American • All-State
of-the-Year • ACC Player-of-the-Year • Jacobs Blocking Trophy (ACC)
• ACC Coach-of-the-Year • All-ACC • Jacobs Blocking Trophy (South Carolina)
• UPI National Coach-of-the-Week after Georgia win • All-State • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Kentucky
• Youngest head coach to win the national title at age 33 • Set school record for tackles in a season (175) • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Wake Forest
• Participated in East-West Shrine Game • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Maryland
• Selected for Japan Bowl • State Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina
• Clemson Team MVP by Schiltz
• ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Kentucky William Perry, MG
• ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. N.C. State • First-Team Football News Freshman All-American
• State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. N.C. State • Converse Freshman All-American
• State Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. Maryland • Set school record for tackles by a freshman (48)
• ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina • ACC Rookie-of-the-Week vs. North Carolina
• Clemson MVP vs. South Carolina
• Most Valuable Defensive Player vs. Nebraska Danny Triplett, LB
• Fifth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers • ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Georgia
• State Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Georgia
Bubba Diggs, TE
• ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Virginia Perry Tuttle, WR
• First-Team NEA All-American
Dale Hatcher, P • First-Team Sporting News All-American
• First-Team Football News Freshman All-American • Second-Team Football News All-American
• #19 in the nation in punting • Honorable Mention AP All-American
• #1 in the ACC in punting • Honorable Mention UPI All-American
• Set school punting record vs. Kentucky (51.0) • First-Team Hartford Insurance Senior All-American
• ACC Rookie-of-the-Week vs. South Carolina • Special award recipient from Washington Touchdown Club
Andy Headen, DE • All-State
• State Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week vs. Tulane • Participated in Hula Bowl
• ACC Offensive-Back-of-the-Week vs. Wake Forest
Homer Jordan, QB • Set school season record for touchdown receptions (8)
Defensive tackle Jeff Bryant was a second- • Honorable Mention AP All-American • Set school career record for receptions (150)
team All-American in 1981, and later was • Honorable Mention Football News All-American • Set school career record for reception yardage (2,534)
the #6 overall pick of the 1982 NFL draft. • Second in voting for ACC Player-of-the-Year • First-round draft pick (#19 overall) of the Buffalo Bills
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The 1981 Wofford Game
Wofford 10 Wofford
WOF Hairston 24 FG, 1st, 8:16
Clemson 45 CU
Igwebuike 52 FG, 1st, 6:37
Tuttle 80 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 2nd, 9:37
Jordan 14 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 4:23
CU Magwood 11 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 3rd, 10:46
CU Jordan 3 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 1:15
September 5, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC CU C. McSwain 5 run (Igwebuike kick), 4th, 11:54
WOF Derrick 15 pass from Thompson (Hairston kick), 4th, 4:36
CU McCall 10 run (Paulling kick), 4th, 1:05
Editor’s note: The following 12 game stories from Clemson held a 17-3 lead at halftime, then put
Attendance - 59,313
the 1981 season were written by Sports Information the game away in the third quarter when Frank
Director Tim Bourret. Magwood caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Team Statistics WOF CU
Jordan for a 24-3 lead. That was the first touch- First Downs 17 21
I still remember the day in March of 1981 when down catch of Magwood’s career, and the first Rushing 51-165 54-285
Bob Bradley got the word that Villanova was going Clemson touchdown reception by someone other Passing 11-23-2 8-16-2
Passing Yards 128 186
to announce it was dropping football the next day. than Tuttle since 1978.
Total Offense 293 471
Clemson was previously scheduled to play the Wild- Clemson won the game 45-10. The Terriers Yards/Play 4.0 6.7
cats on September 26, 1981, and that meant Ath- scored a late touchdown on a pass in the fourth Fumbles/Lost 3-0 3-1
letic Director Bill McLellan was going to have to quarter, the last touchdown the Tiger defense would Turnovers 2 3
scramble to find an 11th opponent in a short period yield until mid-October. Wofford’s “Wingbone Of- Penalties 6-55 8-81
of time. fense” moved the ball that day, gaining 165 yards Interceptions 2-6 2-21
Punt Returns 0-0 6-50
The first thought was to call the other schools on the ground on 51 rushes. Only Nebraska would
Kickoff Returns 5-89 2-63
who were on Villanova’s schedule, but a matchup gain more yards on the ground against the Clemson Punting 8-42.6 4-44.8
with any of those northeast schools could not be defense than Wofford in 1981. Third-Down Conversions 4-15 6-14
worked out. Jordan had a strong day rushing and passing, Sacks By Defense 0-0 4-20
As a last resort, McLellan called then NAIA as he gained 58 yards on nine carries on the ground, Time of Possession 35:00 25:00
school Wofford of Spartanburg, SC with a financial and completed 7-15 passes for 177 yards and two
offer that would easily balance the Terriers’ budget. touchdowns through the air. Tuttle had just four Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
WOF Lang 18-76, Gaines 15-63, L. Best 4-12
Wofford was very competitive at its level (7-2-2) and catches, but they went for 134 yards.
CU Austin 18-95, Jordan 9-58-2, McCall 8-57-1
had taken Southern Conference Champion Furman One of my lasting memories of this day was
to overtime in 1980. Furman’s only loss that year the play of first-year freshman defensive lineman Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
had come to ACC Champion North Carolina. William Perry. At 305 pounds, he was considered a WOF Bradshaw 6-13-70-1-0, Thompson 3-8-28-1-1
Wofford took the opening kickoff and marched freak of nature in 1981. No one at 300 pounds could CU Jordan 7-15-177-2-2, Gasque 1-1-9-0-0
to the Tiger seven, where Don Hairston kicked a 24- possibly run well. But early in the game, he chased
yard field goal to give Wofford a 3-0 lead. Donald down a Wofford running back on the sideline (see
WOF Derrick 3-45-1, Moore 2-21, Taylor 1-22
Igwebuike kicked a 52-yard field goal late in the quar- photo), much to the cheers of the Clemson fans in CU Tuttle 4-134-1, Magwood 2-34-1, Gaillard 2-18
ter on his first career field-goal attempt to tie the attendance. Perry was credited with seven tackles
score at 3-3. in his first game as a Tiger, fourth-best on the after- Interceptions (Int-Yards)
That was the score at the end of the first quar- noon in just 28 plays. WOF Tuthill 1-6, Renfrow 1-0
ter. Think of the odds you could have gotten in Las CU Rembert 1-11, Kinard 1-10
Vegas against Clemson winning the 1981 National Stars of the Game
Championship after that first quarter of the season! Offense - Homer Jordan threw for two touchdowns CU J. Davis 13, Bryant 11, Kinard 11, Devane 7,
In the second quarter, quarterback Homer Jor- and ran for two more in gaining 235 yards of total Perry 7
dan connected with Perry Tuttle on an 80-yard scor- offense.
ing pass, the longest reception of Tuttle’s career. It Defense - Terry Kinard had 11 total tackles, includ- Sacks
was his 100th career reception and 10th career ing 10 first hits, in providing key run support against CU J. Davis 1-6, Bryant 1-5, Headen 1-5, Devane
touchdown catch. Wofford’s innovative Wingbone offense.
Stat of the Game 25 for the Tigers. The Terriers were the only team
Wofford had 165 all year to have a time-of-possession advantage
yards rushing against against the Tigers.
the Tigers. Only Ne-
braska had more rush- Impact on the Polls
ing yards in 1981 Clemson’s 45-10 victory over an NAIA school
against Clemson than had no impact on the polls, as Clemson remained
Wofford. The Tigers outside the top 20 and did not receive a single vote
ended the season allow- in either the AP or UPI poll.
ing just 89 yards per
game on the ground, the It Was Said
seventh-best figure in “Wofford had the best gameplan for us of any
the nation. opposing team since I have been at Clemson. They
ran us ragged in the first half with the misdirection
Note of Interest plays. They did a super job. That is a tribute to
Wofford had the Coach (Buddy) Sasser and his staff, and the young
Wofford had the Tiger defense on its heels in the first half before ball for 35 minutes on men who are playing for him.”
William Perry and company took control in the second half. offense compared to just Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
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The 1981 Tulane Game
Clemson 13 Clemson
TUL Manella 46 FG, 1st, 6:30
Tulane 5 TUL TEAM safety, 1st, 4:47
Austin 4 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 8:22
Paulling 31 FG, 4th, 14:53
CU Paulling 37 FG, 4th, 12:28
Attendance - 45,736
September 12, 1981 • Superdome • New Orleans, LA
Team Statistics CU TUL
First Downs 18 12
Perhaps the most impressive athletic accom- costly fumbles, including one at the Tulane seven,
Rushing 68-161 35-40
plishment of the Tulane game took place during pre- and six penalties for 64 yards, including one on a Passing 7-16-0 13-29-4
game warmups. Clemson was playing the Green pass play that would have given Clemson first-and- Passing Yards 114 137
Wave in the Superdome, Clemson’s first-ever indoor goal at the Tulane one. Total Offense 84-275 64-177
football game (there have been many since in the Clemson got two second-half field goals from Yards/Play 3.3 2.8
Georgia Dome and one game in Japan). Bob Paulling, who had hit .410 for Bill Wilhelm’s ACC Fumbles-Lost 3-2 4-3
Turnovers 2 7
Freshman punter Dale Hatcher had already Championship baseball team the previous spring.
Penalties 6-64 4-42
made a name for himself with his booming punts, That gave Clemson a 13-5 lead, but the threat of Interceptions 4-42 0-0
and his teammates were interested to see if he could one drive for a score and a two-point conversion Punt Returns 1-0 1-19
hit the gondola near the Superdome roof. It was a kept Tulane in the game. Kickoff Returns 2-19 2-14
well-known stat that then Oakland Raider punter Ray But, the Tiger defense was at its best in the Punting 3-39.3 6-35.5
Guy and Texas punter Russell Erxleben had been second half, holding Tulane without a point, and lim- Third-Down Conversions 9-21 7-17
Sacks By Defense 5-48 1-4
the only ones to hit the gondola during pregame iting the host team to 50 yards and five first downs.
Time of Possession 33:06 26:54
warmups. With the game on the line during Tulane’s last op-
With most of the team watching during pre- portunity, Tom Harper’s pressure defense forced the Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
game, Hatcher accomplished the feat after a few Green Wave into a fourth-and-40 situation. You had CU Austin 17-60-1, McCall 16-50, Jordan 19-43
warmup tries. the feeling Tulane would not have scored again if TUL Lewis 15-50, Reginelli 6-15, Robinson 2-5
Ironically, Hatcher went on to average just 39.3 the game lasted until Tuesday.
yards a punt in this game, his second-worst game Tulane had to punt with 2:30 left and never got Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
CU Jordan 7-15-114-0-0, Gasque 0-1-0-0-0
of the year. And, a snap from center from the the ball back, as Homer Jordan ran for a first down
TUL Elmore 10-21-95-4-0, Catanese 3-8-42-0-0
Clemson 26 went over his head and all the way to on a fourth-and-four option play from the Tulane 32.
the endzone for a safety to give the Green Wave a The Tiger defense forced seven turnovers, four Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was the interceptions, and three fumbles. The starting sec- CU Tuttle 4-50, Magwood 2-40, Gaillard 1-24
first safety allowed by Clemson in six years. ondary of Terry Kinard, Tim Childers, Hollis Hall, and TUL Franz 5-65, Lewis 2-18, Robinson 2-16
Senior Joe Glenn had perhaps his best game Anthony Rose all had at least one interception, the
as a Tiger in just 34 snaps. He had a sack, a recov- first time in Clemson history every member of the
CU Kinard 1-16, Childers 1-9, Hall 1-9, Rose 1-3
ered fumble, and assisted on two other sacks. His starting secondary had a pick in the same game.
recovered fumble at the Tulane 25 in the second One of the lasting memories of this game was Tackles
quarter set up the only touchdown of the game for the amount of Tiger fans who made the trip to New CU J. Davis 20, Kinard 12, Benish 9, Triplett 8, Bryant
either team, a five-yard run by Cliff Austin with 8:22 Orleans. The Clemson ticket office sold 8,000 tick- 7
left in the second quarter. ets to this Saturday evening game. Many Tiger fans
Austin did not know it at the time, but it would picked up the train in Clemson and took it all the
CU J. Davis 1, Glenn 1, Pickett 1
not be his last game in the Superdome. He was way to the Superdome.
drafted by New Orleans after his senior year (1982) It was an impressive turnout, because all
and played 11 games for the Saints in 1983 before Clemson had done was beat Wofford in the sea- Stat of the Game
he was traded to Atlanta in 1984. son-opener after a 6-5 record the previous year. The Clemson held Tulane to 177 yards of total of-
Clemson’s offense struggled throughout this “Bandwagon” had not yet kicked into high gear. But fense, the best performance by the Tiger defense in
game, gaining just 275 yards of total offense and that all changed the following Saturday when de- that category all year.
scoring only one touchdown. The Tigers had two fending National Champion Georgia came to town.
Note of Interest
Stars of the Game Clemson improved to 2-0 for the second time
Offense - The offense since 1965. Also, all four starting defensive backs
would tell you to a man had an interception, a first in Tiger history.
there were not a lot of
candidates for this honor Impact on the Polls
against Tulane, but we Clemson’s 13-5 victory was impressive from a
will go with Cliff Austin, defensive standpoint, but the Tigers did not move
who had 17 rushes for into the top 20 in either poll after the game.
60 yards and scored the
only touchdown of the It Was Said
game. “There were a lot of mistakes in this game. I
Defense - Jeff Davis don’t know how many there were, but they came
had 20 tackles on 10 from both sides. I feel lucky to get out of here alive.
first hits and 10 assists, We made too many mistakes on offense, so we didn’t
the high-tackle total by score a lot of points. Tulane was a lot better team
The Tiger defense held Tulane to just 177 yards of total offense in a a Tiger during the 1981 than they showed on the game film.”
13-5 win that moved Clemson to 2-0 for the first time since 1970. season. Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
132 2006 Clemson Football ClemsonTigers.com
The 1981 Georgia Game
Georgia 3 Georgia
CU Tuttle 8 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 2nd, 7:13
Clemson 13 CU Igwebuike 39 FG, 2nd, 0:11
UGA Butler 40 FG, 3rd, 11:24
CU Igwebuike 29 FG, 4th, 14:01
Attendance - 62,466
September 19, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC Team Statistics UGA CU
First Downs 16 15
Rushing 40-122 57-101
When I reread a feature on Jeff Davis by then Walker would get 111 yards rushing on 28 car-
Passing 12-26-5 11-18-0
Assistant Sports Information Director Kim Kelly in ries, but he never reached the endzone. In fact, he Passing Yards 133 135
the 1981 Clemson-Georgia game program, I ran would play three games against the Tigers in his Total Offense 66-255 75-236
across the following quote from the Tiger captain. career without scoring a touchdown, joining Heisman Yards/Play 3.9 3.1
“I am anxious to go up against the top back in Trophy winner George Rogers of South Carolina with Fumbles-Lost 5-4 4-2
the nation. Last year, Herschel (Walker) was a fresh- that career note against Clemson’s defense. Turnovers 9 2
Penalties 2-16 5-55
man who played like a senior. But it’s going to be This was a true rock-em-sock game from the
Interceptions 0-0 5-47
different when he comes to Death Valley. He’ll find outset, as the two teams combined for only 491 yards Punt Returns 2-19 3-3
that he won’t be able to do as well against this se- of total offense. Clemson had just 236 yards on the Kickoff Returns 1-14 0-0
nior.” day, but still won by double-digits. Field position Punting 4-44.0 7-43.0
Wow, what was I thinking as the editor of the was a big issue, and Dale Hatcher was an unsung Third-Down Conversions 6-13 7-19
program to let that get by! Those were different hero, as he averaged 43 yards on seven punts. Sacks By Defense 1-11 2-19
Time of Possession 25:17 34:43
times...the Muhammad Ali era of sports. Clemson scored 10 points in the second quar-
But as I look back, perhaps it was the best ter, and they held up. An interception by Tim Childers Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
thing. Davis showed his teammates he had the con- set up the only touchdown of the day, an eight-yard UGA Walker 28-111, Stewart 2-8, Young 2-8
fidence to beat the defending national champions, pass from Homer Jordan to Perry Tuttle. Donald CU Jordan 25-59, McCall 12-32, Austin 8-16
a team that had never lost with Walker in its lineup. Igwebuike kicked two field goals, one in the second
In fact, Clemson’s 13-3 victory that September 19 quarter and one in the fourth quarter. Georgia’s only Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
day would be the only regular-season loss of points came on a Kevin Butler field goal on the Bull- UGA Belue 12-26-133-5-0
CU Jordan 11-18-135-0-1
Walker’s three-year career with the Bulldogs. dogs’ first drive of the second half.
Once again, it was the defense that carried the The Bulldogs had won 15 consecutive games, Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
day for Clemson. The Tigers forced nine turnovers the longest active winning streak in college football UGA N. Brown 3-34, Scott 3-32, Kay 2-26
(five interceptions and four fumbles), and 25 years at the time. Their #4 national ranking was the high- CU Tuttle 5-57-1, Magwood 3-43, Alley 2-31
later, that is still the Tiger record for turnovers forced est-ranked team Clemson defeated in Death Valley
in a game. The nine takeaways were recorded by over the first 107 years of Clemson football, and was Interceptions (Int-Yards)
CU B. Davis 1-21, Kinard 1-19, Childers 1-4, Rose
nine different players, the best stat that shows that only eclipsed when Tommy Bowden’s Tigers beat
1-3, R. McSwain 1-0
this was an all-around team effort. It gave Clemson #3 Florida State in 2003.
16 forced turnovers in two games, the best back-to- When Rod McSwain intercepted a pass in the Recovered Fumbles
back takeaway totals in school history. endzone with 1:08 left to clinch the win, the defense CU Ra. Brown 1, Perry 1, Smith 1, Suttle 1
Buck Belue threw five interceptions and lost a came off the field whirling their index fingers. They
fumble for six of the nine turnovers. Walker had lost were giving notice that they had defeated last year’s Note of Interest
just one fumble his entire freshman season when #1 team, and that Clemson was #1 on this day. Clemson would go on to score 316 points in
he gained over 1,600 yards, an all-time NCAA fresh- But as it turned out, that celebration was a fore- the 11 regular-season games of 1981, the exact
man record. He had three fumbles in this game, shadowing of things to come. same total Georgia scored the previous season
two that were recovered by the Tiger defense, in- when it won the 1980 National Championship.
cluding one by William Perry when he seemingly Stars of the Game
just shoved Walker aside to scoop up the ball. Offense - Athens, GA native Homer Jordan threw Impact on the Polls
for 135 yards and a touchdown, Clemson’s 13-3 victory over the #4 Bulldogs
and had 25 rushes for 59 yards finally put the Tigers on the national map. Clemson
to lead the Tiger offense. moved to #19 in the AP poll and #18 in the UPI poll
Defense - On a day that Clemson after this victory.
forced nine turnovers, Danny It is interesting to note that Clemson had the
Triplett was the only Tiger de- weekend of September 26 open. Clemson jumped
fender to win ACC Player-of-the- to #14 in both AP and UPI without playing, and that
Week honors. He had a then ca- was Clemson’s ranking heading into the Kentucky
reer-high 11 tackles to help stuff game on October 3.
the Georgia run.
It Was Said
Stat of the Game “We’ve got no excuses. They beat us. We
Clemson forced nine turn- made a lot of mistakes. They played a good game
overs (five interceptions and four and we didn’t.”
fumbles) in the win over Georgia, Georgia running back Herschel Walker
giving the Tiger defense 16 forced “Georgia wanted to go toe-to-toe and jaw-to-
turnovers over consecutive jaw, and I think our guys accepted it real well. That’s
Clemson’s defense forced Georgia into nine turnovers, games against Tulane and the the same thing we told our players. We just wanted
including two lost fumbles by Herschel Walker. He suffered Bulldogs. The nine forced turn- to prove we could play with them...and we did.”
the only regular-season loss of his career on this sunny day. overs are still a Clemson record. Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
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The 1981 Kentucky Game
Clemson 21 Clemson
KEN Griggs 40 FG, 1st, 6:54
Kentucky 3 CU
Mack 11 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 9:02
Jordan 3 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 4:25
C. McSwain 3 run (Paulling kick), 4th, 2:48
Attendance - 57,453
October 3, 1981 • Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY Team Statistics CU KEN
First Downs 17 20
Rushing 58-223 39-49
The nation had finally taken notice of Clemson Then on Kentucky’s first possession of the
Passing 4-11-0 15-31-2
with its win over defending champion Georgia on second half, William Perry registered one of the long- Passing Yards 55 168
September 19. The Georgia game had not been on est sacks in Tiger history, a 17-yard sack. It put Total Offense 69-278 70-217
any live television, but it sent shockwaves in the Kentucky in a third-and-27 situation. On the next Yards/Play 4.0 3.1
college football world, because Herschel Walker had play, Andy Headen recovered a fumble at the 21. A Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-3
an air of invincibility until he was finally defeated. few players later, Jordan scored on an option play, Turnovers 0 5
Penalties 6-51 6-63
Clemson had moved into the top 20 in both and all of a sudden the Tigers were ahead 14-3.
Interceptions 2-5 0-0
polls after the win, a #19 ranking in AP and a #18 Clemson scored a third rushing touchdown in Punt Returns 4-15 4-28
ranking by UPI, which was the coaches poll back the fourth quarter to come away with a 21-3 victory. Kickoff Returns 2-32 2-34
then. Clemson had two weeks to prepare for Ken- The second half was by far the most complete half Punting 6-51.0 5-47.8
tucky, the fourth game of the season, and moved up Clemson had recorded to date in the 1981 season. Third-Down Conversions 8-19 7-14
five spots in AP and four in UPI during the open Chuck McSwain was the biggest individual example Sacks By Defense 5-69 2-10
Time of Possession 30:59 29:01
date. I remember my boss Bob Bradley kidding that of the Tigers’ second-half comeback, as he had just
we should just sit out the rest of the season, and we 22 yards in a frustrating first half, then ended the Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
would move up to #1. game with 107 yards. CU C. McSwain 20-107-1, Jordan 14-40-1, Mack 7-
The Kentucky game contributed to two basic This game was broadcast on a regional basis 31-1
football theories we still carry today: by ABC, the first live broadcast of a Tiger game in KEN Abraham 18-55, Adams 9-33, Henry 5-10
• Theory I - Teams that pull off a big upset one week 1981. ESPN was just in its third year, and it did
will have a hangover the very next game and will more live soccer than football. CBS did not have a Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
CU Jordan 4-11-55-0-0
not play well, at least at the start. broadcast package, so there were four regional
KEN Jenkins 15-30-168-2-0, Henry 0-1-0-0-0
That was the case for Clemson this October games on ABC, and that was it. Even though the
afternoon, as the Tigers trailed the Wildcats (who Tigers struggled, they jumped all the way to #9 in Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
would end the season with a 3-8 record) by a 3-0 the AP poll after this game. CU Diggs 1-24, Magwood 1-18, Austin 1-8
score at halftime. Clemson was awful on offense, KEN Massie 7-107, Adams 3-28, Watson 2-18
gaining just 57 yards rushing and eight yards pass- Stars of the Game
ing in the first 30 minutes. Had it not been for the Offense - Chuck McSwain had the first 100-yard
CU Triplett 1-5, Hall 1-0
defense and a record-setting punting performance rushing game by a Tiger running back in 1981 when
by Dale Hatcher (six punts for a 51-yard average he totaled 107 yards in the win at Kentucky. He was Tackles
that is still a school record for a minimum of six named Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game by ABC. CU J. Davis 13, Triplett 12, Benish 7, Bryant 6, Kinard
punts), Clemson would have trailed by double-dig- Defense - While he was not on the field making tack- 6
its at halftime. les, Dale Hatcher’s punting was a key to the Tiger
• Theory II - The first defense’s success. He
CU Bryant 1, Headen 1, Perry 1
five minutes of the sec- had six punts for a 51.0-
ond half are the most yard average, still the
important time period best punting average by overs, giving it 21 in the last three games, the most
of any football game. a Tiger given a minimum in any three-game period in school history.
How many Tiger of six punts.
players in 1981 and on Impact on the Polls
future Tigers teams Stat of the Game The impact of television can be shown in re-
heard Danny Ford pro- Clemson scored gards to the polls following this game that was shown
claim that axiom of foot- all 21 of its points in the on regional television by ABC. Even though Ken-
ball at halftime. After second half. It had not tucky was not a highly-regarded team at the time
gaining just 65 yards of scored 21 points in an and would finish the year with a 3-8 record, Clemson
total offense in the first entire game against a jumped five spots in the AP poll to #9 and four spots
half, Clemson took its Division I team prior to in the UPI poll to #10 after the victory.
first possession of the that in 1981.
second half 83 yards for It Was Said
a score. Clemson had Note of Interest “We had much-better execution in the second
not converted a third Clemson trailed at half. We came in at halftime and talked things over.
down during the first the end of the first quar- Sometimes you have days like that. When we came
half, then converted ter 3-0. It was the fourth out for the second half, we were fired up to play.”
three in this first drive of straight game that the Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan
the third quarter, includ- Tigers did not hold the “We were taking licks instead of giving them in
ing the six-yard touch- lead at the end of the the first half. We didn’t pressure them enough. But
down run by sophomore The defense kept the Tigers in the game first quarter. in the second half, we played our type of defense,
running back Kevin until the offense, behind Kevin Mack and Clemson’s de- which is to kill them. We dominated the second half.”
Mack. others, put up 21 points in the second half. fense forced five turn- Clemson defensive tackle Dan Benish
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The 1981 Virginia Game
Virginia 0 Virginia
CU Igwebuike 22 FG, 1st, 0:22
Clemson 27 CU
Austin 42 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 5:40
McCall 5 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 9:42
Austin 1 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 1:16
CU Igwebuike 32 FG, 4th, 10:42
Attendance - 63,064
October 10, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC
Team Statistics UVA CU
First Downs 14 17
With a 4-0 record for the first time since 1958, Jeff Davis led Clemson in tackles (11), includ-
Rushing 41-110 53-265
the bandwagon was bulging at the seems when ing nine first hits. He led Clemson in tackles in ev- Passing 12-24-2 9-17-0
Clemson hosted Virginia on Homecoming in 1981. ery game in 1981, and had at least double-figures Passing Yards 127 161
The 63,064 fans (sellout in those days) saw in all 12 games as well. Supporting Davis was Jeff Total Offense 65-237 70-426
Clemson play its most complete game of 1981. The Bryant with nine stops. Danny Triplett, Tim Childers, Yards/Play 3.6 6.1
offense proved the second half of the Kentucky game and Dan Benish all added eight stops apiece. Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0
Turnovers 2 0
was no fluke by scoring 27 points, three touchdowns, The offense again made the first drive of the
Penalties 3-11 6-49
and gaining over 400 yards for the first time all year. second half count, driving 77 yards in 5:18 to score Interceptions 0-0 2-21
It was vintage Danny Ford football, as the Ti- a touchdown. Clemson faced a fourth-and-two from Punt Returns 2-9 3-33
gers gained 265 yards rushing, including 161 from the Virginia eight, but the normally-conservative Ford Kickoff Returns 3-25 1-20
the tailback duo of Cliff Austin and Chuck McSwain. gambled a bit, and Cliff Austin picked up the first Punting 7-35.3 4-42.3
Austin had 14 carries for 89 yards, and McSwain down. Jeff McCall scored from five yards out later Third-Down Conversions 9-17 6-15
Sacks By Defense 0-0 4-28
had 14 rushes for 71 yards. The two fullbacks, Kevin in the drive, and Clemson had a 17-0 lead.
Time of Possession 28:53 31:07
Mack and Jeff McCall, had seven carries apiece, so Donald Igwebuike had quite a weekend. He
the running stats had perfect symmetry. had two field goals against Virginia to firmly estab- Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
What was not vintage Danny Ford football was lish himself as the first-team placekicker. The next UVA Jenkins 11-41, Whitehead 13-24, Taylor 11-22
the play of tight end Bubba Diggs. He caught three day, the freshman striker scored two goals in CU Austin 14-89-2, C. McSwain 14-71, McCall 7-
passes for 30 yards in the game (Clemson tight ends Clemson’s soccer victory over rival South Carolina. 36-1
would catch just five more passes the entire sea- Igwebuike played on two ACC Championship teams
son), and he had an 87-percent blocking grade. that ranked in the final top five of the respective polls
UVA Whitehead 12-24-127-2-0
Diggs was named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the- that fall, and the two teams were a combined 30-2 CU Jordan 9-16-161-0-0, Gasque 0-1-0-0-0
Week for his performance, the only time all year a (18-2 in soccer and 12-0 in football).
Tiger offensive lineman was accorded that weekly In all fairness, this was your father’s Virginia Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
honor. team. Future Head Coach George Welsh had not UVA Johnson 2-34, Riccio 2-29, Fears 1-12
The offense scored in every quarter for the first gotten to Charlottesville yet, and the Cavaliers went CU Tuttle 3-59, Diggs 3-30, Magwood 2-57
time all year, and Clemson actually had the lead at on to a 1-10 record. But, it was noteworthy that
the end of the first quarter for the first time in 1981. Clemson had taken care of business in all areas. CU Hall 1-13, Suttle 1-8
What was very impressive was that Clemson went With #7 Alabama’s tie against Southern Mis-
its second consecutive game without an offensive sissippi, Clemson was now destined to move past Tackles
turnover. It marked the first time since the 1940 the Crimson Tide in the polls. What must Bear Bryant CU J. Davis 11, Triplett 11, Hall 10, Childers 9
season (games against Wofford and N.C. State) that have thought that night when he went to bed? His
the Tigers had gone consecutive games without one. former player Ford, just 33 years of age, now had a Note of Interest
The defense pitched its first shutout of the year, team ranked ahead of his Crimson Tide. This was Clemson’s 21st consecutive victory
holding Virginia to just 237 yards of total offense and over Virginia. The streak would run to 29 before the
14 first downs. Clemson had moved into the na- Stars of the Game Tigers suffered their first loss in the series at Vir-
tional lead in scoring defense, allowing just 4.2 points Offense - Tight end Bubba Diggs had a career-high ginia in 1990. The game was also played in a steady
per game, and also led the nation in forcing turn- three catches for 30 yards. He graded 87 percent rain, the first time in over three years that it had rained
overs with 25 through five games. as a blocker, the best of all the Tiger offensive line- during a Tiger home game.
men, and was named
ACC Offensive Line- Impact on the Polls
man-of-the-Week. With the shutout of Virginia, Clemson moved
Defense - Jeff Bryant to #6 by AP and #7 by UPI. It was Clemson’s high-
had nine tackles, eight est ranking by AP since the final poll of 1978.
of which were first hits,
and three tackles for It Was Said
loss, leading the Tiger “We got tired of seeing those three-pointers
defense to the shutout. on the scoreboard. We wanted a goose egg.”
Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis
Stat of the Game “The fans down here are the best in the coun-
There was only a try. They are such good people. This is what foot-
difference of three first ball should be all about. At our hotel, you don’t see
downs in the game (17- a bunch of drunks, you see families. They have
14 in favor of Clemson), children coming to the game with their parents, and
but a near 200-yard dif- they have parties like you are supposed to have.
ference in total offense This Clemson operation...I can’t say anything nega-
Bubba Diggs (#85) had a career-high three receptions and was (426-237) and a 27- tive about it.”
Clemson’s top-rated blocker in the Homecoming win over Virginia. point difference. Virginia Head Coach Dick Bestwick
ClemsonTigers.com 2006 Clemson Football 135
The 1981 Duke Game
Clemson 38 Clemson
CU Crite 4 run (Paulling kick), 1st, 11:54
Duke 10 CU
Paulling 20 FG, 2nd, 13:55
Austin 15 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 9:05
Jordan 1 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 3:07
DUK McKinney 29 FG, 2nd, 0:41
CU Austin 2 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 9:03
October 17, 1981 • Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC DUK Jones 21 pass from Bennett (McKinney kick), 3rd, 6:25
CU Tuttle 29 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 3rd, 4:13
Attendance - 26,000
Over the course of the 1981 season, Clemson and 81 yards passing. Austin had 11 carries for 155
had five “revenge games.” And what we mean by yards in the first half, and it looked like Don King’s Team Statistics CU DUK
that is the 1981 schedule featured five games against Clemson single-game rushing record of 234 yards First Downs 25 23
teams that had defeated Clemson during the 1980 was in jeopardy. But he had just eight carries in the Rushing 59-323 36-82
season. While many Tiger players would have second half when Ford called off the dogs. Passing 14-20-1 17-28-3
ranked the Georgia game as revenge game #1, most The only disappointment of the day came in Passing Yards 240 243
Total Offense 79-563 64-325
of the players looked at the Duke game as revenge the second half when Duke scored a touchdown on
Yards/Play 7.1 5.1
game #2. a 21-yard completion from Bennett to Cedric Jones Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-2
The Blue Devils had ruined Clemson’s 1980 in the third quarter. That ended a streak of 18 con- Turnovers 3 5
season with an embarrassing 34-17 victory in Death secutive quarters without allowing a touchdown for Penalties 11-83 5-45
Valley. The Tigers were on their way to a very good the Tiger defense, a streak the defense took great Interceptions 3-4 1-1
1980 season with a 4-1 record, and the only loss pride in. That streak has not been duplicated since. Punt Returns 1-9 1-5
Kickoff Returns 3-50 2-32
was by four points to a Georgia team that went on Jeff Davis led the defense on this day with 18
Punting 2-31.5 3-40.3
to win the National Championship. tackles, helping the Tigers force five turnovers. Terry Third-Down Conversions 9-13 3-9
Clemson had a 17-3 lead at halftime over Duke, Kinard had two diving interceptions, and Johnny Sacks By Defense 2-12 0-0
then fell apart in the second half when Ben Bennett Rembert added a theft. Those two Tigers went on Time of Possession 34:02 25:58
threw the ball all over the yard and added an excla- to play a combined 15 years in the NFL, and each
mation point when he taunted the Tiger defense on played in the Pro Bowl. Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
a scoring run that clinched the victory for Red Clemson finished the day with 563 yards of CU Austin 19-178-2, Jordan 14-47-1, C. McSwain
Wilson’s team. Clemson went on to finish 6-5. total offense, including 323 rushing and 240 through
DUK Grayson 18-51, Bennett 11-25, Boone 1-4
The image of Bennett rubbing it in the Tigers’ the air. It was the most-balanced performance of
face on that touchdown apparently had remained at the season by far, and one of just two games in 1981 Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
the forefront of their collective minds, because in which Clemson gained 500 yards of total offense. CU Jordan 13-19-198-1-1, Gasque 1-1-42-0-0
Clemson took control of the game from the outset in DUK Bennett 17-25-243-1-1, R. Frederick 0-1-0-1-0,
every phase. Stars of the Game Salley 0-1-0-1-0
Cliff Austin gained 21 yards on Clemson’s first Offense - Cliff Austin had 178 yards rushing on 19
play, and Homer Jordan connected with Frank carries and scored two touchdowns. The 178 yards CU Tuttle 5-86-1, Stockstill 3-75, Gaillard 3-40
Magwood on a 22-yard pass a few plays later. rushing were the most by a Tiger in 1981. He had a DUK R. Frederick 7-126, Jones 5-74-1, Militello 1-14
Brendon Crite completed the 64-yard touchdown 77-yard run in that game that is still the 12th-longest
drive with a four-yard run, and Clemson led 7-0. run in school history and the longest run by a Tiger Interceptions (Int-Yards)
With the lead up to 17-0 in the second quarter, during the 1981 season. CU Kinard 2-0, Rembert 1-4
DUK Obremskey 1-1
Clemson put together a 98-yard touchdown drive Defense - Jeff Davis was all over the field, record-
that was highlighted by ing 18 tackles to lead the Tackles
a 77-yard run by Austin. Tiger defense. Six times CU J. Davis 18, Kinard 11, Triplett 8, Bryant 7, Hall
It did not go for a touch- in the second and third 7
down, as he was caught quarters, Duke ran a
from behind at the four play from the Clemson Recovered Fumbles
CU J. Davis 1, Hall 1
yard line by Dennis one yard line without
Tabron. There was a bit scoring, and it seemed
of irony there because like Davis was disrupting this game. In those days, Austin was both an ACC
Tabron had been the de- the Blue Devil offense football official and an ACC basketball official. He is
fensive star of the 1980 on all six plays. still an NFL official 25 years later.
game when he had
three interception re- Stat of the Game Impact on the Polls
turns for 128 yards and Clemson had 323 Clemson moved into the top five in both polls
was named Sports Il- yards rushing and 240 after this victory. Clemson jumped to #4 in AP and
lustrated National De- yards passing. It was #5 in UPI after the victory at Duke. The #4 ranking
fensive Player-of-the- the only game during a in the AP poll was the highest in school history at
Week. Austin’s run is 10-year period that the time, and the first ranking in the top five for the
the longest non-scoring Clemson had at least Tiger program since September 21, 1959.
rush in school history. 300 yards rushing and
Jordan scored from a 200 yards passing in the It Was Said
yard out to put Clemson same game. “Clemson deserves to be ranked #6 in the na-
up 24-0. tion. They are a great football team. They may de-
Clemson gained Note of Interest serve an even higher rating. There is no doubt they
325 yards in the first half Cliff Austin gained 178 yards on the ground Gerald Austin was are one of the best football teams in America.”
on 244 yards rushing at Duke, the top figure by a Tiger in 1981. one of the officials for Duke Head Coach Red Wilson
136 2006 Clemson Football ClemsonTigers.com
The 1981 N.C. State Game
N.C. State 7 N.C. State
NCS Lawson 13 run (Auten kick), 1st, 7:04
Clemson 17 CU
Igwebuike 39 FG, 1st, 3:36
Austin 1 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 0:13
McCall 15 run (Paulling kick), 4th, 8:30
Attendance - 62,727
October 24, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC Team Statistics NCS CU
First Downs 11 21
Rushing 38-87 59-304
Clemson entered the N.C. State game with a but Jordan threw two interceptions in the second
Passing 11-25-1 3-14-3
6-0 record, Clemson’s best start since 1948, and quarter, giving Clemson three first-half turnovers. Passing Yards 114 43
the Tigers’ #4 national ranking by AP was their best The Tigers got the ball back with 3:10 left in Total Offense 63-201 73-347
in history. Coming off a 38-10 win at Duke, Clemson the quarter and made its final drive of the half count. Yards/Play 3.2 4.8
was flat for some reason from the outset against the It was the most important drive of the game, and Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Wolfpack. It was especially surprising from an of- one of the most under-appreciated drives of 1981. Turnovers 1 5
Penalties 7-63 3-30
fensive standpoint, because Clemson had gained Jordan, who completed just three passes in
Interceptions 3-52 1-5
at least 200 yards of total offense in each of the last this game for 43 yards, connected with Perry Tuttle Punt Returns 0-0 5-31
five halves entering this game. twice on this 65-yard scoring drive for key plays, Kickoff Returns 2-24 2-29
N.C. State had been a thorn in Danny Ford’s especially a 17-yard gain to the N.C. State six with Punting 9-36.6 4-45.0
side since he became Clemson’s head coach. He just under 30 seconds left. Austin scored on a one- Third-Down Conversions 5-17 5-13
was 0-2 against the Wolfpack so far, including close yard run with just 13 seconds left to give Clemson a Sacks By Defense 1-2 1-9
Time of Possession 28:13 31:47
losses in 1979 and 1980. In the 1980 game, 10-7 lead and momentum heading into halftime.
Clemson had committed five turnovers that led di- Clemson had to feel good in that it had com- Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
rectly to 21 of their 24 points in a 24-20 N.C. State mitted three turnovers, something it had not done in NCS McIntosh 15-39, Lawson 11-36-1, Sullivan 5-12
win in Raleigh. Monte Kiffin was a 1964 Nebraska the last three games combined, yet had the lead. CU Jordan 21-104, Austin 14-75-1, McCall 7-46-1
graduate, and it would not be the last time Clemson The third quarter belonged to Clemson, as the
would face a Cornhusker alum in 1981. Tigers allowed just one first down. The Tigers could Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
It appeared the first quarter of the 1981 game not score either, but controlled the tempo. Finally, NCS Avery 9-21-94-1-0, Laraway 2-4-20-0-0
CU Jordan 3-14-43-3-0
was going to be the fifth quarter of the 1980 contest. with 8:30 left in the game, Jeff McCall bulled in from
On Clemson’s first possession of the game, Cliff 15 yards to complete a 52-yard drive, and Clemson Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
Austin, who would be Clemson’s top rusher in the had a 17-7 lead. That would be the final score, as NCS Quick 5-72, McIntosh 2-17, Longmire 1-10
1981 season, fumbled and N.C. State recovered at Clemson’s defense dominated the rest of the game. CU Tuttle 2-22, Gaillard 1-21
the Wolfpack 41. N.C. State then drove it down Davis entered the game needing 20 tackles to
Clemson’s throat on the ensuing possession, and reach 400 for his career. He ended the game with Interceptions (Int-Yards)
NCS E. Williams 2-36, Etheridge 1-16
Laramount Lawson scored on a 13-yard run to put 19, but he joined future NFL veteran Jeff Bryant to
CU Hall 1-5
the Wolfpack up 7-0. limit N.C. State to 76 total yards, three first downs,
Incredibly, that was the first rushing touchdown and 21 yards rushing in the second half. Bryant Tackles
of the season against the Tiger defense, and it was had four tackles for loss and 12 tackles overall. CU J. Davis 19, Bryant 12, Benish 10, Headen 7
the longest touchdown run of the regular season Jordan had thrown just three interceptions all
against the Tigers. year, but he threw three on this day and completed 7-0 lead. Although Clemson trailed at some point in
Faced with the 7-0 deficit at home, Clemson just 3-14 passes for 43 yards. It was his worst-pass- seven of the 12 games, that 7-0 deficit tied for the
came back and drove to the N.C. State 23, where ing game as a Tiger, but he had a career-high 104 largest that it faced all season.
Donald Igwebuike booted a 39-yard field goal. That yards rushing on 21 carries.
score might have calmed Ford’s fears for a while, Every national championship team has a Note of Interest
midseason game in which it is flat and Clemson had a season-low 43 yards passing,
needs to overcome some doldrums but rushed for 304 yards in the win over N.C. State.
to keep the streak going. Texas had Clemson is 99-3-1 all-time when rushing for at least
it in 2005 when it fell behind Okla- 300 yards, including 3-0 in 1981.
homa State by three touchdowns in
the first half. This was Clemson’s trap Impact on the Polls
game of 1981. But it kept the un- Clemson improved to #3 in the AP poll and #4
beaten streak alive. in the UPI poll after the victory over N.C. State.
Stars of the Game It Was Said
Offense - Cliff Austin had 14 rushes “State got a lot of enthusiasm after they scored
for 75 yards and one of Clemson’s first, and we knew we had to start controlling the
two touchdowns. football or it was going to be a long day. So we
Defense - Jeff Bryant had a career- figured if they didn’t get any more first downs, there
high 12 tackles, including four tack- wouldn’t be much else they could do.”
les for loss, most by a Tiger in 1981, Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis
in the victory over N.C. State. “I was afraid N.C. State would play like that.
We always seem to turn the ball over against them.
Clemson’s defense gave up its first rushing touchdown of Stat of the Game There are not a lot of teams in the country that are
the season when Laramount Lawson scored on a 13-yard When Laramount Lawson scored 7-0. I was very impressed with our performance
run in the first quarter. But the defense did not allow a on a 13-yard touchdown run in the today.”
point over the last three quarters against the Wolfpack. first quarter, it gave the Wolfpack a Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
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The 1981 Wake Forest Game
Wake Forest 24 Wake Forest
CU Austin 4 run (Paulling kick), 1st, 10:40
Clemson 82 CU Austin 3 run (Paulling kick), 1st, 6:13
WFU Duckett 17 pass from Schofield (Denfeld kick), 1st, 3:06
CU C. McSwain 1 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 14:58
CU Mack 10 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 8:12
CU Jordan 7 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 6:07
October 31, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC CU McCall 24 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 5:40
CU C. McSwain 16 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 3:23
WFU Cunningham 1 run (Denfeld kick), 2nd, 0:39
One of the most odd moments of my 29-year other end to find out who that #44 was on offense
CU Tuttle 75 pass from Jordan (L. Brown kick failed), 3rd, 14:42
Clemson sports information career took place on that scored to give Clemson an 82-24 lead. WFU Denfeld 22 FG, 3rd, 9:32
Halloween, 1981. As Bob Bradley’s assistant that I was finally told that it was Craig Crawford, CU Tuttle 25 pass from Gasque (L. Brown kick), 3rd, 5:17
year, it was my responsibility to have an accurate who had never carried the ball until this day. I had CU C. McSwain 12 run (L. Brown kick), 3rd, 4:16
gameday roster in the game notes for the media. not even noticed him on the scout team that week. CU Holloman 3 run (L. Brown kick), 4th, 10:08
But on this day, one got by me. We finally issued a correction. Crawford would move CU Crawford 72 run (L. Brown kick failed), 4th, 5:40
WFU Duckett 5 pass from Schofield (Denfeld kick), 4th, 2:59
The Tigers had a 76-24 lead with under six to defensive end in 1982 and became a starter by
Attendance - 60,383
minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Danny Ford the end of his career.
had long since emptied his bench. He would play The other memory of this game that jumps out Team Statistics WFU CU
75 players on this day, including eight running backs, concerns the Tiger mascot. Clemson was scoring First Downs 24 35
all of whom carried the ball. touchdowns at an alarming rate, and Tiger mascot Rushing 32-88 68-536
With Clemson trying to run out the clock, a Ti- Ricky Capps was running out of gas. The Demon Passing 27-43-2 11-19-1
Passing Yards 270 220
ger wearing #44 took a pitchout and raced 72 yards Deacon mascot could see Capps was struggling to
Total Offense 75-358 87-756
for a touchdown (see photo). At the time he crossed do his pushups after each score, so after a Duke Yards/Play 4.8 8.7
the goal line and for a few minutes thereafter, I had Holloman touchdown gave Clemson a 76-24 lead, Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
no idea who that player was. he came over to the Tiger side of the field, and he Turnovers 4 1
While Wake Forest was not a strong team in did the pushups for him. Penalties 4-45 5-50
1981, we did not expect such a rout that would lead Capps still set all kinds of pushup records that Interceptions 1-27 2-17
to Ford playing just about everyone eligible. After day for a Clemson mascot, performing 464 overall, Punt Returns 0-0 3-20
Kickoff Returns 5-109 3-77
all, Al Groh’s team (yes, the current Virginia head even without the 76 done by the Demon Deacon
Punting 6-46.5 0
coach) had played a 35-33 game with Clemson the mascot after Clemson’s 11th touchdown. Third-Down Conversions 1-10 12-12
previous year under Head Coach John Mackovic. It took me some time to figure out all the Sacks By Defense 0-0 4-39
But Clemson was heavily favored and Ford records Clemson set on a team and conference Time of Possession 29:11 30:49
added a few to the roster late in the week, even to basis on this day. Many still stand today, including
the point of using some players with the same num- rushing yards (536), highest perfect third-down con- Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
WFU Cunningham 9-48-1, Owen 9-40, Cockerham 5-
ber. I never got the memo. I knew the #44 on de- version percentage (12-12), points in an ACC game
fense, that was Otis Lindsey. But I doubt he had (82), touchdowns (12), yards of total offense (756), CU Austin 13-101-2, C. McSwain 15-90-3, McCall
suddenly decided to switch positions in pregame. points in a quarter (35), and first downs (35). 8-77-1, Crawford 2-78-1
When #44 scored, outside public address an-
nouncer Freeman Martin gave the touchdown to Stars of the Game Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
Lindsey, but I knew that could not be right. On the Offense - Perry Tuttle had seven receptions for 161 WFU Schofield 21-35-229-2-2, Webber 5-7-34-0-0
CU Jordan 8-14-180-0-1, Gasque 3-4-40-0-1, Austin
inside press box P.A., we had to say, “guys, we don’t yards and two touchdowns. The reception yardage
know who scored that touchdown.” That brought total is still fourth-best in Clemson history entering
great laughter from the media. the 2006 season. His day included a 75-yard scor- Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
We did not have cell phones or walkie-talkies ing catch from Homer Jordan and a 25-yard scoring WFU Denfeld 12-115, Duckett 3-42-2, Ruffner 3-37
in those days, but there was a phone line to the side- reception from Mike Gasque. CU Tuttle 7-161-2, Magwood 2-39, Diggs 1-10
lines. I got on the phone, and it rang and rang until Defense - On a day when the offense had 756 yards,
someone picked it up. I asked the manager on the it is difficult to concentrate on a defensive player,
WFU Threat 1-27
but we will go with Jeff Davis, CU B. Davis 1-11, Kinard 1-6
who had 10 tackles while play-
ing less than half the game to Tackles
lead all Tiger tacklers. CU J. Davis 10, Kinard 8, Triplett 7
Stat of the Game
CU Benish 1, J. Davis 1
Clemson was a perfect 12-12
on third down in this game, and
the record 100-percent rate has Impact on the Polls
not been duplicated by a Tiger Clemson improved to #2 by AP and #3 by UPI.
It Was Said
Note of Interest “I don’t think Clemson tried to run up the score.
Clemson punters could have I’ve always felt it was my job to stop them. Clemson
stayed home. Clemson did not was more than gracious. I thought Clemson played
punt, as the Tigers were 12-12 like a class football team. They played the way they
on third-down conversions, and are suppose to play. When a football team plays
It took a while for someone in the press box to identify Craig scored 12 touchdowns in the like that, I appreciate their efforts.”
Crawford after his 72-yard touchdown against Wake Forest. game by eight different players. Wake Forest Head Coach Al Groh
138 2006 Clemson Football ClemsonTigers.com
The 1981 North Carolina Game
Clemson 10 Clemson
UNC Barwick 22 FG, 2nd, 12:44
North Carolina 8 CU McCall 7 run (Paulling kick), 2nd, 6:54
UNC TEAM safety, 2nd, 0:14
CU Igwebuike 39 FG, 3rd, 6:17
UNC Barwick 26 FG, 3rd, 0:30
Attendance - 53,611
November 7, 1981 • Kenan Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC
Team Statistics CU UNC
First Downs 17 16
It certainly took a while for the national media key play by the defense that forced the field goal.
Rushing 61-171 42-84
to catch on to the fact that this Clemson team just With a first-and-goal from the Clemson four, Jeff Passing 7-10-0 13-30-0
might be a factor in the national title race. Entering Davis and Terry Kinard combined on a five-yard loss Passing Yards 83 179
the North Carolina game in Chapel Hill, Clemson for Bryant on a sweep play. Total Offense 71-254 72-263
was #2 in the AP poll and #3 in the UPI poll. The game came down to the final North Caro- Yards/Play 3.6 3.7
The week of the game, Alexander Wolff, then lina possession. After Hatcher’s coffin-corner kick Fumbles-Lost 4-1 4-2
Turnovers 1 2
a very young writer for Sports Illustrated who is pinned the Tar Heels on their own two with 2:19 left,
Penalties 4-30 4-40
now renowned for his books about basketball, came Scott Stankavage guided North Carolina to its own Interceptions 0-0 0-0
to Clemson to do a story on the Tigers. “The Paws 40 with over a minute left. Stankavage actually Punt Returns 3-43 1-19
Have Given Cause for Pause,” was the title of the caught a 14-yard halfback option pass from Bryant Kickoff Returns 1-14 3-48
four-page article on the Tigers. The game was tele- to move the ball to the 40. Punting 7-31.4 7-39.1
vised to 60 percent of the nation by ABC. But on first-and-10 from the 40, Stankavage Third-Down Conversions 6-17 4-15
Sacks By Defense 6-31 4-31
Not only had Clemson’s high national ranking threw what he thought was a forward pass in the
Time of Possession 32:52 27:08
and an outrageous 82 points against Wake Forest right flat to Alan Burrus. The ball was behind Burrus
the previous week brought attention to this game, and sat on the ground for what seemed to be an Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
but North Carolina was 7-1 entering the contest and eternity. Bryant was the only player on both teams CU McCall 16-84-1, Austin 10-39, Mack 9-29
ranked #8 in the nation in the AP poll. This was the who thought it might be a lateral. He sprinted over UNC Burrus 5-38, Anthony 8-31, Bryant 13-31
first matchup of top-10 ACC teams in history, and it and dove on the ball. The officials gave Clemson
would be the only top-10 ACC matchup in the first possession and that was the game. There would Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
CU Jordan 7-10-83-0-0
43 years of the league. have been a replay today, but not in 1981.
UNC Stankavage 8-21-93-0-0, Elkins 4-8-65-0-0,
Much of the pregame talk centered around the The Greenville News Sunday morning addi- Anthony 1-1-21-0-0
health of North Carolina running back Kelvin Bryant tion had what might be the best headline I have seen
and quarterback Rod Elkins. Bryant had received in my 29 years at Clemson...“Tigers are 10-8-cious.” Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
national attention by scoring 15 touchdowns in the CU Gaillard 4-27, Tuttle 3-56
first three games of the season, but he had suffered Stars of the Game UNC Richardson 4-48, Smith 3-41, Griffin 2-51
a knee injury and had not played in the last five Offense - Jeff McCall gained a season-high 84 yards
weeks. Elkins had suffered an ankle injury in North from his fullback position to lead all rushers. He CU J. Davis 15, Triplett 11, Bryant 9, Kinard 9, Benish
Carolina’s loss to South Carolina. also scored the only touchdown for either team. 8, Richardson 7
This was a defensive battle from the get-go, Defense - Jeff Bryant had eight tackles, including
and the hard-hitting was a reason there were six two sacks, and recovered the most important fumble Recovered Fumbles
combined fumbles by the two teams in the first quar- of the season in the 10-8 victory. CU Bryant 1, Hall 1
ter. However, only one resulted in a turnover, a re-
covered fumble by Clemson’s Hollis Hall. Stat of the Game son, a 47-yard boot with 2:19 left that pinned the Tar
North Carolina had a 3-0 lead when Clemson Freshman Dale Hatcher had his worst aver- Heels back on their own two.
finally got a drive going in the second quarter. The age of the season with a 36.6-yard mark on six punts,
Tigers drove 81 yards in 14 plays, 12 of which were but he also had his most important punt of the sea- Note of Interest
running plays. Jeff McCall, the unsung hero in this One of the interesting side-battles of this game
game with 84 yards rushing, scored on a seven- involved the Richardson brothers. Mark was a re-
yard run to give Clemson a 7-3 lead. serve defensive end (all 194 pounds of him) for
Clemson had the momentum until the end of Clemson, and Jon was the top wideout for North
the half. Dale Hatcher stood near his own goal line Carolina. Jon led North Carolina in receptions with
preparing to punt on a fourth-and-14, but his punt four catches for 48 yards, and Mark had a career-
was blocked by Danny Barlow and rolled through high seven tackles. Both now work together as presi-
the endzone for a safety with just 14 seconds re- dents with the Carolina Panthers.
maining. It made the score 7-5 and gave the Tar
Heels all the momentum going into halftime. Impact on the Polls
Danny Ford’s first five minutes of the second- Clemson remained #2 in the AP poll and
half theory proved to be true in this game. North moved to #2 in the UPI poll with the win.
Carolina had the ball first in the second half, but the
Tar Heels went three-and-out thanks to a 10-yard It Was Said
sack by Jeff Bryant. “We were preparing to play against Kelvin
Clemson then used 6:17 off the clock on the Bryant, Rod Elkins, and even Lawrence Taylor in
next drive and scored on a 39-yard field goal by case he came back from the pros. It was a very
Donald Igwebuike, giving the Tigers a 10-5 lead. It tight ballgame. We played too tight emotionally and
would be Clemson’s only third-quarter possession. had a lot of breakdowns. But we played some good
North Carolina came back on its next posses- Jeff McCall was the top rusher and scored defense when we had to.”
sion to drive 79 yards in 17 plays. Again, it was a the only touchdown against the Tar Heels. Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
ClemsonTigers.com 2006 Clemson Football 139
The 1981 Maryland Game
Maryland 7 Maryland
CU Tuttle 14 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 1st, 0:04
Clemson 21 CU
Tuttle 5 pass form Jordan (Paulling kick), 2nd, 6:06
Gaillard 12 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 2nd, 2:00
UMD Wysocki 7 run (Atkinson kick), 4th, 13:38
Attendance - 63,199
November 14, 1981 • Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC Team Statistics UMD CU
First Downs 18 28
Rushing 30-44 52-199
For the fourth time in the last five weeks, Jordan was 15-18 for 214 yards and three
Passing 18-45-0 20-29-1
Clemson was playing against a team that had de- touchdowns in the first half, unheard of numbers for Passing Yards 192 270
feated the Tigers during the 1980 season. For a 15- Clemson in those days and very good numbers by Total Offense 75-236 81-469
year period in the 1970s and 1980s, it seemed like today’s standards. He led the Tigers to 308 yards Yards/Play 3.1 5.8
Maryland and Clemson had played a game that was of total offense in the first half and a 21-0 lead. Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-2
pivotal towards deciding the ACC Championship. He also led the Tigers on a 61-yard drive for a Turnovers 0 3
Penalties 4-20 11-119
While Maryland entered this game with a 3-5-2 score in the first quarter, connecting on a 14-yard
Interceptions 1-1 0-0
record, Clemson needed the victory to clinch the scoring pass to Tuttle with four seconds left in the Punt Returns 1-5 2-22
outright ACC title. quarter. Then on Clemson’s first possession of the Kickoff Returns 2-37 0-0
It was Senior Day at Clemson, and one of the second quarter, he led the Tigers on an 88-yard drive Punting 8-41.8 4-44.0
school’s greatest classes in history was playing its that ended with a five-yard scoring pass to Tuttle. Third-Down Conversions 7-19 5-12
final home game. It seems the final home game Tuttle would finish his final home game with Sacks By Defense 1-8 5-35
Time of Possession 25:50 34:10
can bring out the best in a senior. Just a year ear- 10 catches for 151 yards and two scores, among
lier, Willie Underwood had a career game in his final the top receiving games in school history. His 10 Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
game as a Tiger. He had never had an interception catches moved him into first place in school history UMD Wysocki 15-59-1, Milkovich 2-6, Brkovich 2-4
in his four years, then had two in the home victory in career catches with 142, three more than Jerry CU Austin 15-55, Mack 18-54, C. McSwain 8-48
over South Carolina that jumpstarted Clemson to- Butler had from 1975-78. Ironically, Tuttle would see
wards success in 1981. his career record eclipsed 12 years later when Terry Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
In 1981, it was Jerry Gaillard’s turn. Among Smith surpassed his record in his final home game. UMD Esiason 15-38-167-0-0, Milkovich 3-7-25-0-0
CU Jordan 20-29-270-1-3
Clemson’s top-10 wide receivers of all time in terms While the crowd was rejoicing in Tuttle’s suc-
of catches entering his final home game, Gaillard cess, the team, and Tuttle for that matter, were most Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
had never caught a touchdown pass. Incredible as excited on the next possession when Jordan com- UMD Brkovich 5-37, Tice 4-53, Nash 3-39
it may seem today, Perry Tuttle had been the only pleted a 12-yard scoring pass to Gaillard, the popu- CU Tuttle 10-151-2, Magwood 3-50, Gaillard 2-30-1
Tiger to catch a touchdown pass in both 1979 and lar senior from Yuma, AZ. He had finally scored,
1980. And while Gaillard had 12 catches at this junc- and Tuttle was the first player there to congratulate Tackles
CU J. Davis 16, Kinard 9, Bryant 7
ture in 1981, he still had not scored a touchdown. him. That score gave Clemson a 21-0 lead, and all
Homer Jordan was a junior, but he played like but assured the ACC Championship.
a senior quarterback with no tomorrow, especially I started searching the Clemson recordbooks Stars of the Game
in the first half. Danny Ford’s headset must not have for the passing marks at halftime, but Maryland made Offense - Homer Jordan completed 20-29 passes
been working in the first half, as Offensive Coordi- a few changes at intermission. Jerry Claiborne was for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He also added
nator Nelson Stokely called pass play after pass play. one of the top coaches of the era and made some 42 yards rushing for a career-high 312 yards of total
And everything seemed to work. adjustments that kept Clemson out of the endzone offense. He was named ACC Back-of-the-Week.
during the second half. Still, Clemson finished with Defense - Playing in his final home game, Jeff Davis
270 yards passing, a career high for Jordan, and led the Tigers with 16 tackles, including 10 first hits.
469 yards of total offense.
The defense allowed one touchdown in the Stat of the Game
fourth quarter, something I am sure made Jeff Davis The Tiger defense forced at least one turnover
upset, as the senior wanted a shutout in his final in every game but the Maryland game. Clemson
home game. Still, he was credited with 16 tackles, also had a season-high 119 penalty yards, penal-
many against Maryland star Charlie Wysocki, who ties that kept it from winning by more than 18 points.
had run through Clemson for three touchdowns the
previous year in a 34-7 Maryland romp. Note of Interest
The Maryland quarterback this day was Jerry Gaillard waited until his final home game
Boomer Esiason, the future NFL star who took Cin- to score his first career touchdown, a 12-yard catch
cinnati to the Super Bowl. Esiason started three from Homer Jordan in the second quarter.
games against Clemson in his career and finished
with an 0-3 record. Impact on the Polls
A look back to the postgame quotes from Ford Clemson remained #2 in both polls.
was revealing in one sense. “This group of seniors
deserves a lot of credit. When they came back in It Was Said
August, they had their goals set. First, they wanted “Perry Tuttle is fast and has good hands. I
to win the ACC title. Second, they wanted to win was there, but Jordan made a perfect throw on the
the state title. And third, they wanted to go to a major first touchdown. On the second touchdown, I made
bowl. They accomplished the first goal today.” sure Tuttle wasn’t going to beat me on the outside.
Homer Jordan threw for a career-high 270 Interesting to note that there was never a men- He went inside, and again the throw was on the
yards and had 312 yards of total offense in tion of a national title as a legitimate goal, even with money. It was one of those days.”
the ACC title-clinching win over Maryland. a 10-0 record. Maryland cornerback David Taylor
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Clemson 29 Clemson
USC Wright 1 run (Fleetwood kick), 1st, 9:05
South Carolina 13 CU
Rembert recovered blocked punt (Paulling kick failed), 1st, 5:28
Paulling 24 FG, 2nd, 12:10
Jordan 11 run (pass failed), 2nd, 4:39
USC Smith 10 pass from Beckham (run failed), 3rd, 10:28
CU C. McSwain 1 run (Paulling kick), 3rd, 4:07
November 21, 1981 • Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CU C. McSwain 23 run (Paulling kick), 4th, 9:32
Attendance - 56,971
“Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up,” That orange scourge was in the form of run-
Team Statistics CU USC
my former boss (the late Bob Bradley) used to say. ning back Chuck McSwain, Rod McSwain’s older First Downs 23 17
That was the case with the odd coincidence con- brother. He was not to be outdone this day by his Rushing 64-254 43-105
cerning a blocked put in Clemson’s victory over sibling, as he had a career-high 151 yards rushing Passing 7-13-1 9-28-2
South Carolina in 1981. and two scores. Both scores came in the second Passing Yards 80 100
Clemson entered the 1981 game with a per- half when he had 111 yards and two touchdowns. Total Offense 77-334 71-205
Yards/Play 4.3 2.9
fect record and needed just one more win to close He was the big reason Clemson gained 254 yards
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 1-0
out its first perfect regular season since 1948. In on the ground and controlled the flow of the game. Turnovers 3 2
that season, the Tigers had defeated South Caro- Clemson needed McSwain’s big second half, Penalties 8-65 8-88
lina by a score of 13-7 at midseason (it was the Big because the Gamecocks actually cut Clemson’s Interceptions 2-28 1-0
Thursday era of the rivalry) thanks to a blocked punt advantage to 15-13 on their first possession of the Punt Returns 3-39 2-11
by Phil Prince. With the line of scrimmage the South third quarter. Gordon Beckham, who’s son with the Kickoff Returns 2-35 5-110
Punting 4-41.5 8-36.4
Carolina 28 and Clemson trailing with under five min- same name is the current starting shortstop at Geor-
Third-Down Conversions 6-15 3-14
utes left, Prince blocked a punt. The ball was re- gia, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Horace Sacks By Defense 5-44 2-9
covered at the 11 by Oscar Thompson, who ran it in Smith with 10:28 left in the third quarter. It marked Time of Possession 31:28 28:32
for a touchdown with just 4:15 left in the game. just the second time all year an opponent had scored
Thirty-three years later, Clemson trailed South more than one touchdown against the Tiger defense. Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
Carolina 7-0 in the first quarter. With the line of scrim- The next drive was classic Clemson. South CU C. McSwain 25-151-2, Austin 17-66, Jordan 12-
mage the Gamecock 28, Chris Norman waited to Carolina stopped Perry Tuttle at the 14 on his kick- 25-1
USC Wright 16-68-1, Hagood 12-48, Blasingame 2-3
receive the punt snap. Rod McSwain came in from off return. But the Tigers then drove 86 yards in 18
the left and blocked the punt. Johnny Rembert, who plays. Chuck McSwain had 29 of those yards rush- Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
later became a teammate of McSwain in the NFL, ing, including the touchdown with 4:07 left, putting CU Jordan 7-13-80-1-0
pounced on the ball in the endzone for a touchdown. Clemson in front 22-13. Two possessions later, USC Beckham 9-28-100-2-1
Two undefeated seasons and two blocked McSwain gained 52 yards on an 80-yard drive, again
punts 33 years apart led to scores in the same ending with a touchdown, this time from 23 yards. Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
CU Tuttle 3-46, Gaillard 2-17, Mack 2-17
endzone in the same stadium. And the line of scrim- South Carolina totaled just two first downs in
USC Smith 5-57-1, Blasingame 2-19, Berry 1-13
mage was the same at the same end of the field. the fourth quarter thanks to a defense led by Bill
While that 1981 blocked punt took place in the Smith, who had two sacks in the game. The Game- Interceptions (Int-Yards)
first quarter and Clemson still trailed after the play cocks ended the contest with just 205 yards of total CU Hall 1-28, Childers 1-0
(the Tigers missed the extra point), the momentum offense and a 32-percent completion mark. USC Pealotte 1-0
had definitely swung to Clemson’s favor. Tiger fans, who were certainly concerned that
As noted columnist Furman Bisher of the At- this South Carolina team was capable of ruining their
CU J. Davis 15, Bryant 12, Kinard 6
lanta Constitution wrote, “The momentum had “dream season,” could now breath again.
switched. The Tigers were back on top of their game,
doing what they do best, playing defense, and it was Stars of the Game Note of Interest
a matter of time before they would ride over the Offense - Chuck McSwain gained 151 yards on 25 Rod McSwain’s blocked punt in the second
Gamecocks like an orange scourge.” carries, including 110 yards in the second half. He quarter was recovered in the endzone by Johnny
was named the National Rembert. Both would go on to be teammates with
Amateur Athlete-of-the- the New England Patriots for seven years and played
Week by ESPN. in the 1986 Super Bowl against the Chicago Bears.
Defense - Bill Smith had
five first hits, including Impact on the Polls
two sacks of Gordon Clemson remained #2 in the country in both
Beckham, to key the de- polls after the contest. The following weekend, Penn
fense that held the State thrashed undefeated Pittsburgh by a score of
Gamecocks to 205 48-14, allowing Clemson to move to #1 in both polls
yards of total offense. entering the bowl season. Clemson had 63 of the
67 AP first-place votes and 33 of the 42 UPI first-
Stat of the Game place votes.
The victory com-
pleted a perfect regular It Was Said
season for the Tigers. “Our seniors have given us great leadership.
The last time Clemson We’re proud of everyone associated with this team.
had a perfect regular If everyone hadn’t done their part, we couldn’t have
The McSwain brothers had a huge impact on Clemson defeating the season was 1948, the accomplished what we’ve done so far. We have
Gamecocks. Chuck (left) rushed for 151 yards, and Rod (right) year Danny Ford was done a lot, but there is still a lot to play for.”
blocked a punt that changed the momentum of the game. born. Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
ClemsonTigers.com 2006 Clemson Football 141
The 1982 Orange Bowl vs. Nebraska
Nebraska 15 Nebraska
CU Igwebuike 41 FG, 1st, 11:39
Clemson 22 NEB Steels 25 pass from Rozier (Seibel kick), 1st, 6:43
Igwebuike 37 FG, 1st, 1:03
Austin 2 run (pass failed), 2nd, 3:56
CU Tuttle 13 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 3rd, 6:12
CU Igwebuike 36 FG, 3rd, 2:36
January 1, 1982 • Orange Bowl • Miami, FL NEB Craig 26 run (Craig run), 4th, 9:15
Attendance - 72,748
After Clemson defeated South Carolina 29-13 leapfrog the Tigers with an impressive victory over
Team Statistics NEB CU
to close the regular season, the Tigers were still Pittsburgh and an unimpressive Tiger victory over First Downs 13 17
ranked #2 in the nation behind Pittsburgh and quar-Nebraska. That might seem absurd since Clemson Rushing 40-193 54-155
terback Dan Marino. The future NFL Hall of Famer beat Georgia head-to-head, but Herschel Walker and Passing 6-17-0 11-22-1
had actually narrowed his decision out of high school
the Bulldogs had a national following and had won Passing Yards 63 134
to Clemson and Pittsburgh, because he was con- the title the previous year. And, they had won every Total Offense 57-256 76-289
Yards/Play 4.5 3.8
sidering playing both football and baseball. game since losing to the Tigers back in September.
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-0
But on Thanksgiving weekend, Penn State That is why the lead story in our media packet Turnovers 2 1
trounced Pittsburgh 48-14, moving the Tigers into for the Orange Bowl was an article by Dan Foster Penalties 8-64 7-57
the #1 position entering the bowl games. Looking (Greenville News) that had the headline, “Herschel Interceptions 1-0 0-0
back, that was huge for the Tigers, because there would vote for Clemson if both teams win.” Walker Punt Returns 1-12 3-58
probably would not have been a Clemson-Pittsburgh was just being honest, but I am sure Georgia Head Kickoff Returns 2-50 4-93
Punting 6-43.0 4-45.8
matchup because teams had made deals with bowls Coach Vince Dooley wished he had not been quite
Third-Down Conversions 6-15 7-17
prior to Thanksgiving. that honest with Mr. Foster. Sacks By Defense 2-10 1-12
When Pittsburgh lost, it dropped like a rock in Even though Clemson was the only undefeated Time of Possession 27:54 32:06
team in the nation and Nebraska had two losses,
the polls, all the way to #10 by AP. So entering the
bowl games, Clemson was #1, the seventh different the Cornhuskers were a four-point favorite entering Rushing (Rush-Yards-TD)
#1 team in 1981, and Georgia was #2. That meant this clash that would be nationally televised, the only NEB Craig 10-87-1, Rozier 15-75, Bates 6-24
if Clemson won, it would be national champions. Hadtime all season someone in California could see the CU McCall 12-48, Jordan 16-46, C. McSwain 12-
24, Austin 7-22-1, Mack 5-15
Pittsburgh also been undefeated heading into the Tigers play. The Cornhuskers had great tradition
bowls, Clemson could have been 12-0 and not won and they still do, but they had won two National Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
Championships in 1970 and 1971, and had the third-
the national title if Pittsburgh was also undefeated. NEB Mauer 5-15-38-0-0, Rozier 1-1-25-0-1, Fryar 0-
best record in college football during the 1970s.
Nebraska was hoping for dominos to fall, just 1-0-0-0
as it had for Notre Dame in 1977 when the Irish went In fact, they had won the 1971 national title in CU Jordan 11-22-134-1-1
from #5 to #1 on January 1. Even though Tom an Orange Bowl win over Alabama and Assistant
Osborne’s Cornhuskers had lost two games in the Coach Danny Ford, so Ford was trying to erase his
NEB J. Williams 2-8, Steels 1-25-1, Brown 1-13,
regular season, the Cornhuskers were ranked #4 own demons in the Orange Bowl 10 years later. Rozier 1-11, Wilkening 1-6
entering the bowl games and were on an eight-game The media did not give the ACC much respect, CU Tuttle 5-56-1, Gaillard 3-26, Diggs 2-10,
winning streak. They knew if they beat Clemson in calling it a “basketball conference.” In fact, Ford’s Magwood 1-42
the Orange Bowl, Pittsburgh beat Georgia in the parting comment to the media after this game was,
Sugar Bowl, and Texas beat Alabama in the Cotton “Well, it’s on to basketball season.” (And North Caro- Tackles
CU J. Davis 14, Smith 10, Benish 8, Bryant 5, Hall
Bowl, they could jump all the way to #1 and give lina did win the national title that next March, the
5, Headen 5, Triplett 5
Osborne his first national title. first time the conference won the two major titles in
Despite Clemson’s unbeaten record, the only the same academic year.) Recovered Fumbles
unbeaten team in college football entering the bowl While looking back, it seems odd that Nebraska CU J. Davis 1, Devane 1
games, there was still a feeling that Georgia couldwas favored in this game...they did come in riding
an eight-game Craig, who would go on to a successful NFL career
winning streak, with the San Francisco 49ers. They had played a
averaging 330 tough schedule, with non-conference games against
yards per game Iowa, Florida State, Penn State, and Auburn.
on the ground. The Clemson players were excited enough
They had just prior to the game, but NBC held the start of the game
won at Okla- 17 minutes due to the length of the Rose Bowl game
homa by a score between Penn State and Southern California. The
of 37-14, only game finally kicked off at 8:17 PM, and it did not
the second time take long for things to go Clemson’s way.
in the last nine On Nebraska’s first drive and third play from
years they had scrimmage, Cornhusker quarterback Mark Mauer
defeated the fumbled and William Devane recovered at the Ne-
Cornhuskers. braska 33. Mauer had been the second-string quar-
And, they had a terback for Nebraska much of the season, but was
backfield that in- the starter in this game due to an injury to Turner
cluded Mike Gill, who was a sophomore at the time. Gill is now
Rozier, the win- the head coach at Buffalo.
ner of the 1983 “We had been forcing turnovers all year, and
William Devane’s recovered fumble on the game’s third play told Jeff Heisman Tro- that play told us that this game would be no differ-
Davis, “This isn’t going to be any different from the previous 11 games.” phy, and Roger ent,” said Jeff Davis. “It gave us confidence.”
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Clemson could not score a touchdown after Note of Interest
the fumble, but Donald Igwebuike came on to boot Perry Tuttle was on the cover of Sports Illus-
his first of three field goals, this one a 41-yarder that trated the week following the Orange Bowl. It was
would have been good from 60 yards. the first of consecutive weeks with a Tiger connec-
The Cornhuskers came right back and drove tion on the cover. The following week, Dwight Clark
69 yards for a score in just eight plays on the ensu- was on the cover for “The Catch” in the 49ers’ NFC
ing drive. They used a trick play to score, as Rozier Championship game victory over Dallas.
threw a 25-yard halfback pass to Anthony Steels for
six points. It is the only touchdown pass over Terry Impact on the Polls
Kinard that I can remember over the last two years Clemson was the unanimous #1 team in the
of his career. Clemson added a field goal and trailed nation in both polls following its win over Nebraska,
7-6 after the first quarter, the eighth time in 12 games giving Clemson its first national championship in any
Clemson went to the second quarter without hold- sport. In addition to the AP and UPI polls, Clemson
ing the lead in 1981. was also proclaimed national champion by Sport-
The second quarter was the most dominant ing News, Sports Illustrated, Football Writers As-
for the Tigers in 1981, outscoring the opposition 133- sociation, Football Coaches Association, Chicago
15 for the season, and this game was no different. Tribune, and Washington Touchdown Club.
A fumble by Nebraska’s Phil Bates that was recov-
ered by Davis, his record fourth recovered fumble It Was Said
of the season, gave Clemson the ball at the Ne- “All I can say is that Clemson has a great team.
braska 27. A series of runs brought the ball to the Quarterback Homer Jordan was named We want to congratulate them. Our inability to move
two, where Cliff Austin scored on a sweep. Offensive MVP of the 1982 Orange Bowl. the ball and commit five or six major penalties were
It had been quite a day for Austin, who was a factor, but Clemson played great defensively.
trapped in an elevator for two hours in the Clemson Clemson has the best defense we faced all year.
team hotel that afternoon. Frank Howard was quoted Cornhusker victory over the top-ranked Tigers would Offensively, they did a great job, particularly in the
in the Miami Herald as having said in the press box, in fact give them the national title. first half when they dominated the line of scrimmage.
“Well, Coach Ford told the players to stay off their Clemson then went three-and-out, so Ne- I didn’t think they could do that to us. Also, we
feet as much as possible.” braska took over the ball at its own 37 down just couldn’t contain their quarterback Homer Jordan.
Clemson held a 12-7 lead at halftime. While seven points with 7:49 left. But, the Cornhuskers This is probably the most disappointing loss I’ve ever
Clemson did not score on its first possession of the were called for holding on their first play, and a bad had. There was so much at stake, and I thought we
second half, it did record a touchdown on its second pitchout by Mauer on third-and-four forced a punt. were good enough to win. It (winning the national
possession. The Tigers drove 75 yards in 12 plays Clemson then took over the ball with 5:24 left, title) was in our hands, and we let it get away.”
on their best drive of the night. Homer Jordan con- and Jordan and the Tiger offense worked their ball- Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne
nected with Perry Tuttle on a 13-yard scoring pass control magic. Nebraska could not stop Clemson’s “Are we #1? Well, we’re the only team in the
in the left corner of the endzone. offensive line. The Tigers converted two important country that beat the #2 team (Georgia), the #4 team
For Tuttle, it was his eighth touchdown catch third downs, including a 23-yard run by Jordan on (Nebraska), and the #8 team (North Carolina). No
of the season, establishing a school record. His post- third-and-four from the Tiger 37. matter what they say on the West Coast or in the
touchdown celebration was captured on the cover Jordan was physically dehydrated after this Southeast, no one else did that this year. We just
of Sports Illustrated, the only time a current Tiger drive, and one has to wonder if he would have been wanted to stay close to them in the first quarter and
athlete has made the cover of the publication. That able to come back for another possession. He was make sure it was close at the half. Our play was to
gave Clemson a 19-7 lead. virtually carried off the field after the game and was try to whip them in the fourth quarter. I think we did
Clemson forced a three-and-out on the next given IVs. Even though he was voted Offensive that. We reacted a little better than they did. We
Nebraska possession, and freshman Billy Davis re- MVP, you will not find any quotes from him after the might have been more used to it. I’m glad its over.
turned the punt 47 yards to the Nebraska 22. It would game, because it was far past the media’s deadline Nebraska is by far the best team we played all sea-
be the longest punt return of his career. Igwebuike before he came out of the locker room. son. I hope I’m not undercutting anyone on our
booted a 36-yard field goal to give Clemson a 22-7 Clemson ran the clock down to six seconds schedule, but they were the best.”
lead. The Tigers had scored 19 consecutive points. before giving the ball up. The Cornhuskers had one Clemson Head Coach Danny Ford
On the first play after the kickoff, Mauer at- last chance from their own 46, but Andy Headen
tempted a pass in the left flat. Johnny Rembert, a knocked away their final long pass, and Clemson
backup linebacker on this team who would go on to became the first ACC team to win the national title Game Stats
a 10-year NFL career, jumped in the passing lane since 1953. Rk Team Head Coach W-L
and had the ball in his hands for an easy touch- 1. Clemson Danny Ford 12-0
down. But he could not hang on. Had he done so, Stars of the Game 2. Texas Fred Akers 10-1-1
this game might have turned into a rout. Offense - Homer Jordan completed 11-22 passes 3. Penn State Joe Paterno 10-2
4. Pittsburgh Jackie Sherrill 11-1
Nebraska was a championship team and cer- for 134 yards and a touchdown, and gained 46 yards
5. Southern Methodist Ron Meyer 10-1
tainly was not down, even with a 15-point deficit. on 16 carries. 6. Georgia Vince Dooley 10-2
Mauer took the Cornhuskers 69 yards in eight plays, Defense - Jeff Davis was named Defensive MVP 7. Alabama Bear Bryant 9-2-1
and Nebraska scored on a Roger Craig 26-yard run. thanks to his 14 tackles that held the Nebraska of- 8. Miami (FL) Howard Schnellenberger 9-2
It was the longest run all year against the Tigers. fense to just 15 points and 256 yards. 9. North Carolina Dick Crum 10-2
Nebraska lined up to go for two points, but was 10. Washington Don James 10-2
11. Nebraska Tom Osborne 9-3
penalized for delay of game. Much to everyone’s Stat of the Game
12. Michigan Bo Schembechler 9-3
surprise, they still went for two, and Craig scored Cliff Austin scored a touchdown to put Clemson 13. Brigham Young LaVell Edwards 11-2
from the eight on a pitchout to the left. Momentum up 12-7 in the second quarter. As a freshman in 14. Southern California John Robinson 9-3
appeared to have shifted with over nine minutes left. 1978, he scored what proved to be the winning 15. Ohio State Earle Bruce 9-3
The momentum really shifted for Nebraska touchdown in the 1978 Gator Bowl against Ohio 16. Arizona State Darryl Rogers 9-2
fans when it was learned about this time that Pitts- State. In both bowl games that Austin scored a 17. West Virginia Don Nehlen 9-3
18. Iowa Hayden Fry 8-4
burgh was going to beat #2 Georgia in the Sugar touchdown, Clemson allowed the opposition just 15
19. Missouri Warren Powers 8-4
Bowl. Texas had already beaten #3 Alabama in the points. Those were the only two games between
20. Oklahoma Barry Switzer 7-4-1
Cotton Bowl earlier in the afternoon. This meant a 1972-89 that the opposition scored exactly 15 points.
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