Clemson vs. Georgia Series
•Georgia holds a 41-18-4 advantage in
the series that dates to the 1897 season. Georgia won that first meeting 24-0 in Athens in the
season opener that year. It was the fourth game
in Clemson history and the first time Clemson
played a game outside the state of South Carolina. Georgia’s football history dates to 1892
and that first meeting with Clemson was the 25th in Bulldog history.
•Georgia holds a 26-7-1 advantage in
the series in games played at Georgia, including
a 20-2 lead in games played at Sanford Stadium.
Clemson’s only wins in Sanford Stadium took
place in 1977 (7-6) and 1986 (31-28).
•Clemson has won in Athens just twice
in the 100 years since 1914 season when Clemson won 35-13.
•Clemson’s last win in Athens took
place on September 20, 1986 when David
Treadwell kicked a 46-yard field goal on the
last play of the game to give the Tigers a 31-28
victory. Clemson was coming off a heart breaking home loss to Virginia Tech the previous
Saturday. Georgia was ranked 14th in the nation
entering the game. Clemson went on a an 8-2-2
season, ranked #17 in the final AP poll and an
ACC Championship, while Georgia finished 8-4.
•Georgia won the first three games in
the series, all in Athens between 1897 and 1899.
Clemson’s first win was a 39-5 triumph in Athens
in 1900 behind head coach John Heisman. The
victory gave Heisman a 4-0 record to open his
first season. Heisman was a perfect 4-0 against
Georgia as Clemson coach. Clemson won
seven games in a row in the series between
1900-06 and held a 7-3 lead in the series 10
•The two teams were 8-8-1 against
each other from 1897-1914, then Georgia went
on a 21-1-2 run in the series between 1915-73.
Clemson’s only win during that time was a 26-7
win in 1955. Clemson broke an eight-game losing streak in the series in 1974 with a 28-24 win
at Death Valley.
•The two teams tied in a 1963 game
played in Death Valley, 7-7. That game is note
-worthy because a hailstorm delayed the game
for 20 minutes a halftime. The temperature at
kickoff was 83 degrees, but it dropped to 57
degrees just before intermission.
•The two teams split 11 games (5-5-1)
between 1977-87. The 11 games were separated by 12 total points as Georgia outscored
Clemson 171-159 in those games. When Danny
Ford and Vince Dooley coached against each
other nine times in that period the aggregate
score was 153 for Georgia and 152 for Clemson.
Ford and Dooley were 4-4-1 against each other
in that time span.
• Georgia won five consecutive meetings played in the 1991-2003 era. They were
close games however. The 1995 contest was a
19-17 Georgia win at Death Valley. Both teams
went on to bowl games that year. Torin Kirtsey
led Georgia with 38 carries for 195 yards. It
is the second most carries in a game against
The 2002 game in Athens was also
close, but Georgia won, 31-28. Clemson had a
46-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with
a minute left, but Aaron Hunt’s attempt was just
short. (Ironically it was the same distance as
Treadwell’s game winner in 1986.) Clemson
held the Bulldogs to 203 yards of total offense, a
season low for the 13-1 Bulldogs of 2002.
*Georgia defeated Clemson 30-0 in
2003 and that is the last time Clemson has been shut out. Clemson has scored in 140 games in
a row since, the 16th
longest active streak in the
•Clemson broke Georgia’s five-game
winning streak in the series last year with a 38-
35 victory at Memorial Stadium. Georgia was
ranked fifth and Clemson was ranked eighth
entering that season opener.
•If Dabo Swinney can lead the Tigers
to victory at Georgia this year he will join John
Heisman and Danny Ford as the only Clemson
coaches to beat Georgia in consecutive seasons.
•Prior to the 2013 Clemson win the
Tigers had last beaten Georgia in 1990 by a
34-3 score under first-year head coach Ken
Hatfield. Clemson’s defense, led by future pros
Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel, Brentson Buckner,
Chester McGlockton and Robert O’Neal, held the
Bulldogs out of the endzone all day.
Georgia and Clemson Two of Six with Same
Offensive Staff since 2011
Including the 2014 season,
has had the same offensive coaching staff for
the last four years. That staff includes offensive
coordinator Chad Morris, running backs coach
Tony Elliott, wide receivers coach Jeff Scott,
offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and tight
ends and special teams coach Danny Pearman.
While Cole Stoudt is in his first year as a starter,
at least the senior has had the same system and
the same coaches all four years he has been
with the program.
Clemson is one of six programs
nationally with the same offensive coaching
staff entering its fourth season. The others are
Georgia, Clemson’s opponent in the first game of
the season, Navy, Minnesota, Northwestern and
Opening on Opponent’s Home Field
Clemson will open the 2014 season at
Georgia, the first time the Tigers have opened a
season on the opponent’s home field since 2002.
The last time it happened was also at Georgia as
the Tigers opened the 2002 season in Athens.
Clemson had a quarterback making his first start
in that game also, as Willie Simmons was under
center for the start for the first time. Georgia
Clemson has opened a season on an
opponent’s home field just twice since 1985. In
addition to 2002, Clemson also did it in 1996 at
North Carolina. The Tar Heels came away with a
Overall, Clemson has played 118 seasons of college football and opened a season on
the opponent’s home field (not including neutral
sites) just 22 times. Clemson is 9-11-2 when
opening on an opponent’s home field.
Clemson’s last win in a season opener
played on the opponent’s home field took place
in 1985 when the Tigers won at Virginia Tech,
20-17. David Treadwell kicked a 36-yard field
on the last play of the game to give the Tigers
the victory. It was actually his second attempt,
as Virginia Tech was off sides on his first attempt
from 41 yards, a kick that missed.
Clemson’s most impressive victory in
a season opener on the opponent’s home field
took place in 1959. The Tigers and Head Coach
Frank Howard defeated North Carolina in Chapel
Hill 20-18. The Tar Heels were ranked 12th
in the AP poll entering that game.
Clemson and Georgia Ties
•Georgia tight end Jay Rome is the
son of former Clemson football and basketball
star Stan Rome. Stan played football and basketball for Clemson during the 1975-76 academic year, then played just basketball over his final
two years. On the gridiron Stan caught passes
from Steve Fuller and Mike O’Cain.
In the 1975 game at Georgia, Rome
had a 62-yard touchdown reception, his first
career touchdown and the longest catch of his
Clemson career. He finished the game with two
catches for 70 yards and the yardage would be
the most in a single game in his career.
Stan Rome returned to the gridiron
at the professional level in 1979, playing for the
Kansas City Chiefs. He played 42 games over
four years for the Chiefs where he again teamed
up with Steve Fuller.
•Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt has
a son named Jon, who signed with the Tigers in
the recruiting class of 2006. Jon was a quarterback for the Tigers who red-shirted that season.
He later transferred to Mars Hill. Jon Richt was
coached at Clemson by Tommy Bowden. Mark
Richt had been an assistant coach under Bobby
Bowden at Florida State before he became the
head coach at Georgia.
Tigers from Georgia
Georgia has been a top recruiting area
for Clemson for many years. The school is just
20 miles from the Georgia/South Carolina state
line and, the distance between the Clemson
campus and the Georgia campus is just about an
80-minute drive. It is just 59 miles as the crow
This year’s Clemson team has 16
players from the state of Georgia who are slated
to make the trip to Athens. Three others, Corey
Crawford, David Beasley, and Garry Peters, are
suspended for he game. Tyson Dye will not play
due to injury.
The top Tigers from Georgia include
starting defensive end Vic Beasley (Adairsville),
starting defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (Conyers)
and starting cornerback Martin Jenkins (Roswell). Backup quarterback Deshaun Watson is
also from Georgia and slated to see some time
in the game in Athens.
Clemson’s National Championship
team of 1981 had 22 players from the state of
Georgia and 23 from South Carolina. Jeff Bryant (Atlanta) was an All-American on that team.
Other Clemson All-Americans who came to
Tigertown from the state of Georgia are Robert
Carswell, Keith Adams, Chris Gardocki, Nathan
Bennett and Leroy Hill. Carswell and Gardocki
were from Stone Mountain, while Adams was
from College Park.
Nick Eason, from Lyons, GA, was not
an All-American, but won a Super Bowl Championship ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Charlie
Whitehurst, now in the NFL with Tennessee,
was from the Atlanta, GA area and is still third in
Clemson history in victories by a starting quarterback with 25. He is the only quarterback in the
history of the Clemson vs. South Carolina series
to win four times as starting quarterback.
NOTES: Clemson at Georgia
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