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									                    1981 National Championship Season
                          25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team




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                                                             1981 Team
                                                25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team




                                                    Numerical                                                                        Alphabetical
       #   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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                                                       1981 Team
                                          25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team




                                       Numerical (cont’d)                                                             Alphabetical (cont’d)
 # 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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                                                          1981 Reserves & Support Staff
                                                                            25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team


                        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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                                                                                1981 Stats
                                                               25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team

                                                          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
                                                                                             Clemson                                                           Opponents
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
                                                                                                                                                     an
(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
                                                               25th Anniversary of the 1981 National Championship Team


                                 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
                                                                                                                                       •   All-ACC
                                                                                          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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                                                                         Game 1
                                                                       The 1981 Wofford Game



                                                                                                                                       Game Stats
               Wofford                                                                               10              Wofford
                                                                                                                     Clemson
                                                                                                                                                3
                                                                                                                                                3
                                                                                                                                                      0
                                                                                                                                                     14
                                                                                                                                                             0
                                                                                                                                                            14
                                                                                                                                                                     7
                                                                                                                                                                    14
                                                                                                                                                                                10
                                                                                                                                                                                45

                                                                                                                     WOF Hairston 24 FG, 1st, 8:16

               Clemson                                                                               45              CU
                                                                                                                     CU
                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                     Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
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
                                                                                                                     Tackles
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
                                                                                                                           1-4
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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                                                                               Game 2
                                                                              The 1981 Tulane Game



                                                                                                                                            Game Stats
                     Clemson                                                                               13              Clemson
                                                                                                                           Tulane
                                                                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                                                                           7
                                                                                                                                                           0
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                        6
                                                                                                                                                                        0
                                                                                                                                                                                  13
                                                                                                                                                                                   5

                                                                                                                           TUL Manella 46 FG, 1st, 6:30

                     Tulane                                                                                      5         TUL TEAM safety, 1st, 4:47
                                                                                                                           CU
                                                                                                                           CU
                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                           Interceptions (Int-Yards)
      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
                                                                                                                           Recovered Fumbles
             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


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                                                                             Game 3
                                                                           The 1981 Georgia Game



                                                                                                                                           Game Stats
                Georgia                                                                                         3         Georgia
                                                                                                                          Clemson
                                                                                                                                                   0
                                                                                                                                                   0
                                                                                                                                                          0
                                                                                                                                                         10
                                                                                                                                                                 3
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                        0
                                                                                                                                                                        3
                                                                                                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                                                                                  13

                                                                                                                          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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                                                                              Game 4
                                                                           The 1981 Kentucky Game



                                                                                                                                           Game Stats
                       Clemson                                                                           21               Clemson
                                                                                                                          Kentucky
                                                                                                                                                   0
                                                                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                                                           0
                                                                                                                                                           0
                                                                                                                                                                14
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                       7
                                                                                                                                                                       0
                                                                                                                                                                                 21
                                                                                                                                                                                  3

                                                                                                                          KEN Griggs 40 FG, 1st, 6:54

                       Kentucky                                                                                3          CU
                                                                                                                          CU
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                          Interceptions (Int-Yards)
      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
                                                                                                                          Recovered Fumbles
      • 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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                                                                           Game 5
                                                                         The 1981 Virginia Game



                                                                                                                                          Game Stats
               Virginia                                                                                       0          Virginia
                                                                                                                         Clemson
                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                 3
                                                                                                                                                        0
                                                                                                                                                        7
                                                                                                                                                              0
                                                                                                                                                             14
                                                                                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                                                                                     3
                                                                                                                                                                                0
                                                                                                                                                                               27

                                                                                                                         CU     Igwebuike 22 FG, 1st, 0:22

               Clemson                                                                                  27               CU
                                                                                                                         CU
                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                         Passing (Cm-Att-Yards-I-TD)
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
                                                                                                                         Interceptions (Int-Yards)
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


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                                                                               Game 6
                                                                              The 1981 Duke Game



                                                                                                                                            Game Stats
                     Clemson                                                                              38              Clemson
                                                                                                                          Duke
                                                                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                                                                         17
                                                                                                                                                          3
                                                                                                                                                                14
                                                                                                                                                                 7
                                                                                                                                                                         0
                                                                                                                                                                         0
                                                                                                                                                                                   38
                                                                                                                                                                                   10

                                                                                                                          CU     Crite 4 run (Paulling kick), 1st, 11:54

                     Duke                                                                                 10              CU
                                                                                                                          CU
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                11-47
      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
                                                                                                                          Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
      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


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                                                                          Game 7
                                                                      The 1981 N.C. State Game



                                                                                                                                      Game Stats
               N.C. State                                                                                   7         N.C. State
                                                                                                                      Clemson
                                                                                                                                              7
                                                                                                                                              3
                                                                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                                                                           0
                                                                                                                                                           0
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                 7
                                                                                                                                                                             7
                                                                                                                                                                            17

                                                                                                                      NCS Lawson 13 run (Auten kick), 1st, 7:04

               Clemson                                                                                17              CU
                                                                                                                      CU
                                                                                                                      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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                                                                              Game 8
                                                                         The 1981 Wake Forest Game



                                                                                                                                               Game Stats
                     Wake Forest                                                                          24               Wake Forest
                                                                                                                           Clemson
                                                                                                                                                        7
                                                                                                                                                       14
                                                                                                                                                                7
                                                                                                                                                               35
                                                                                                                                                                       3
                                                                                                                                                                      20
                                                                                                                                                                               7
                                                                                                                                                                              13
                                                                                                                                                                                           24
                                                                                                                                                                                           82

                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                 24
      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
                                                                                                                                 0-1-0-1-0
      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,
                                                                                                                           Interceptions (Int-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

                                                                                                                           Recovered Fumbles
                                                                                         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.
                                                                                    team since.
                                                                                                                                                  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


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                                                                          Game 9
                                                                    The 1981 North Carolina Game



                                                                                                                                     Game Stats
               Clemson                                                                               10             Clemson
                                                                                                                    North Carolina
                                                                                                                                             0
                                                                                                                                             0
                                                                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                                                                          3
                                                                                                                                                          3
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                 0
                                                                                                                                                                           10
                                                                                                                                                                            8

                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                    Tackles
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


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                                                                             Game 10
                                                                           The 1981 Maryland Game



                                                                                                                                              Game Stats
                     Maryland                                                                                    7          Maryland
                                                                                                                            Clemson
                                                                                                                                                       0
                                                                                                                                                       7
                                                                                                                                                             0
                                                                                                                                                            14
                                                                                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                                                                                            7
                                                                                                                                                                            0
                                                                                                                                                                                        7
                                                                                                                                                                                       21

                                                                                                                            CU     Tuttle 14 pass from Jordan (Paulling kick), 1st, 0:04

                     Clemson                                                                               21               CU
                                                                                                                            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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                                                                          Game 11
                                                                      The 1981 South Carolina Game



                                                                                                                                            Game Stats
                Clemson                                                                                29              Clemson
                                                                                                                       South Carolina
                                                                                                                                                      6
                                                                                                                                                      7
                                                                                                                                                              9
                                                                                                                                                              0
                                                                                                                                                                      7
                                                                                                                                                                      6
                                                                                                                                                                              7
                                                                                                                                                                              0
                                                                                                                                                                                          29
                                                                                                                                                                                          13

                                                                                                                       USC Wright 1 run (Fleetwood kick), 1st, 9:05

                South Carolina                                                                         13              CU
                                                                                                                       CU
                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                       Tackles
       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


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                                                                          Game 12
                                                                    The 1982 Orange Bowl vs. Nebraska



                                                                                                                                        Game Stats
                     Nebraska                                                                          15             Nebraska
                                                                                                                      Clemson
                                                                                                                                                7
                                                                                                                                                6
                                                                                                                                                       0
                                                                                                                                                       6
                                                                                                                                                             0
                                                                                                                                                            10
                                                                                                                                                                    8
                                                                                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                                                                                               15
                                                                                                                                                                               22

                                                                                                                      CU     Igwebuike 41 FG, 1st, 11:39

                     Clemson                                                                           22             NEB Steels 25 pass from Rozier (Seibel kick), 1st, 6:43
                                                                                                                      CU
                                                                                                                      CU
                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                      Receiving (Rec-Yards-TD)
      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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                                                                         Game 12
                                                                  The 1982 Orange Bowl vs. Nebraska


       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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