27.) Oct. 31, 2009
Clemson 49 Coastal Carolina 3
The rain may have dampened the Homecoming celebration but it didn't keep Clemson from rolling to a 49-3 win over Coastal Carolina.
The Chanticleer offense, which totaled just 170 yards, didn't cross the 50-yard line until Justin Cramer scrambled for 13 yards to the Clemson 39 with nine minutes left in the game. The drive ulimately ended with a 31-yard Justin Durham field goal.
DE Ricky Sapp helped pace the Clemson defense on this rainy afternoon.
Four Clemson players scored touchdowns on the ground -- Andre Ellington, Jamie Harper, C.J. Spiller and Willy Korn. Ellington had a game-high 88 yards rushing.
Kyle Parker, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 70 yards with a touchdown, threw a pair of interceptions. Korn completed all but one of his six attempts and connected with Jaron Brown on an 18-yard scoring pass.
Jacoby Ford and Xavier Dye also caught touchdown passes. Dye's touchdown pass was thrown by Ford.
Normally, games against FCS opponents are played in the first couple of weeks of September, not the last weekend in October. With the game scheduled on the weekend of Homecoming, there may have been a little more pride on the line for the Tigers.
The win improved Clemson to 5-3 on the season.
Before and After
The Coastal matchup was sandwiched in between two of the biggest conference games of Clemson's 2009 season.
A week earlier, Clemson and Miami battled like a pair of heavyweight prize fighters -- the Tigers won the overtime showdown at Land Shark Stadium, 40-37.
Seven days after the Halloween massacre, Clemson hosted division rival Florida State. The Tigers won that one, too, and extended their winning streak to four games.
Clemson went on earn a spot in the ACC Championship against Georgia Tech. In his first full season as head coach Dabo Swinney, he led Clemson to the school's first ACC title game appearance.