Ranking Dabo's wins: 14

North Carolina native Kourtnei Brown had a career-best performance in Clemson's 59-38 win over the visiting Tar Heels in 2011.

14.) Oct. 22, 2011


Clemson 59 North Carolina 38

What happened
Brown, a senior from Charlotte, scored a pair of touchdowns, first on an interception return, and again on a fumble return.

His 20-yard interception return gave Clemson a 24-10 lead with 4:45 left in the first half. Touchdown No. 2 was scored with 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The 26-yard fumble return capped a 35-point quarter by the Tigers.

Clemson took a 59-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

Tajh Boyd, who completed 27 of 46 passes for 367 yards with five touchdown throws, also scored on a 1-yard run. With the rushing touchdown, Boyd was responsible for six scores, which tied Woody Dantzler's 10-year school record for touchdown responsibility.

Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Dwayne Allen, Martavis Bryant and Brandon Ford were each on the receiving end of a Boyd touchdown pass.


Bryant reached pay dirt on a 29-yard pass from Boyd.
Hopkins finished with nine receptions for 157 yards. Watkins had eight catches for 91 yards.

Despite giving up over 400 yards and 38 points, Clemson forced six turnovers and held North Carolina running back Giovanni Bernard to 44 yards rushing, ending his streak of five consecutive games with 100 yards on the ground.

The stakes
The weekend marked the 30th anniversary celebration of Clemson's 1981 National Championship season. Two of the biggest stars from that year's team, Jeff Davis and Perry Tuttle, addressed the 2011 team the night before Saturday's game.

A win over the visiting Tar Heels would help the Tigers' push towards an ACC Atlantic division title, and keep them in firm position for a potential BCS at-large spot.

Before and After
Just like in 2000, the last time Clemson opened a season with an 8-0 record, the Tigers ended the streak with a loss to Georgia Tech.

After the loss in Atlanta, Clemson went on to clinch the division title two weeks later with a win over Wake Forest, but losses to N.C. State and South Carolina put a damper on the end of regular season.

The Tigers won the school's first ACC Championship in over 20 years. But an Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia put a damper on that.


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