Ranking Dabo's wins: 3

Dabo Swinney and company showed they were ready to put the slow start to the 2009 season behind them with a road win over No. 8 Miami.

3.) Oct. 24, 2009

Clemson 40 Miami 37

What happened
Clemson exited Miami Gardens with plans to add another Tombstone to the road win grave yard by the practice fields.

With the win, the Tigers' eight-game losing streak in games decided by five points or less came to an end. It also snapped a four-game overtime losing streak.

C.J. Spiller, who broke Justin Miller's school record of 282 all-purpose yards in a game, had with 310 yards [81 rush, 104 receive, 125 return].

He scored a 90-yard kickoff return with less than a minute to play in the first half and hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker in the third quarter.

Spiller finished with 310 all-purpose yards against Miami.
Parker completed 25 of 37 passes for 326 yards with three touchdowns.

His first scoring strike was a 15-yard hookup with Michael Palmer. No. 3 was the game-winner, a 26-yard overtime strike to Jacoby Ford.

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris threw a trio of interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by DeAndre McDaniel. The fourth quarter pick-6 was McDaniel's the seventh interception of the season.

Richard Jackson's extra-point after McDaniel's score gave Clemson a 31-27 lead.

The Hurricanes answered on the first play of the ensuing drive when Harris found Travis Benjamin on a 69-yard touchdown pass.

Jackson tied the score at 34 after knocking in a 30-yard field with five seconds left in the game.

Miami took a 37-34 lead after their overtime ended with a 22-yard field goal.

Moments later, Parker and Ford hooked up for the unforgettable overtime touchdown.

The stakes
In terms of ACC title game implications, not a whole lot was on the line since Clemson is in the Atlantic and Miami is in the Coastal.

The result gave Swinney his first signature road win of his career. It also reignited a team that started the season slow.

Before and after
Clemson opened the season with a disappointing 2-3 record before reeling off six consecutive wins. The win over the Hurricanes was second in six-game streak.

The Tigers would go on to qualify for the ACC title game and finished the season with a Music City Bowl victory over Kentucky.

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