Ranking Dabo's wins: 28

Checking in at No. 28 on our list Dabo Swinney's wins is the 2011 win over Wofford.

28.) Sept. 10, 2011

Clemson 35 Wofford 27

What Happened
Early season games with opponents from the Southern Conference aren't supposed to be this close, but Wofford's had a history of making life miserable for their big brothers from Clemson and Columbia. This afternoon showdown was downright scary for Clemson.

Leading by a point at the start of the fourth quarter, Tajh Boyd hooked up with DeAndre Hopkins on a 17-yard touchdown pass, padding the Tigers' lead to 35-27.

Tajh Boyd improved to 2-0 as a starting quarterback after this eight-point win over Wofford.
The Terriers racked up 272 yards rushing with their option attack. Quarterback Mitch Allen and running back Eric Breitenstein had 89 and 62 yards, respectively. Each scored a touchdown.

Allen completed 2 of 7 passes for 127 yards and a score. Brenton Bersin, who caught both the passes, scored on a 66-yard completion.

For Clemson, Andre Ellington rushed for 165 yards and a score. Boyd completed 18 of 29 throws for 261 yards and three scores.

The Stakes
Defending the option had been a thorn in the side of Kevin Steele since his arrival in 2009, so there was no reason to believe the Clemson defense was overlooking Wofford. Plus, the Terriers are traditionally among the top rushing teams in the FCS.

All Clemson had to do was hang on for dear life before the following week's matchup.

Before and After
The Chad Morris era started off with a bang a week earlier in the 43-19 win over Troy.

A week later, it was a rematch with defending national champion Auburn. In the matchup of the Tigers, the ACC version came away with a 38-24 win.

Clemson went on to win the school's first ACC title in 20 years.

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