Clemson and South Carolina State Connections
•South Carolina State University was
established in 1896, the same year Clemson
began its football program under Walter Riggs.
Riggs, a native of Orangeburg, S.C. the home of
South Carolina State, was Clemson’s first head
coach. He guided the Tigers in 1896 and 1899.
Riggs was well versed in electrical
engineering and one of the projects he took
on after his days as Clemson’s coach was the
design of the utilities for the South Carolina
State campus. So Clemson’s first football coach
designed the first campus water and electrical
system at the Orangeburg campus. Riggs went
on to become Clemson’s president in 1909.
•Bud Pough, the son of South Carolina
State head Coach Buddy Pough, is an employee
in the Clemson Athletic Department Compliance
•Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, a red-shirt sophomore, has a brother on the
South Carolina State roster. Trayshaun Watkins,
a redshirt freshman who wears #89, is a reserve
defensive end for the Bulldogs.
•Clemson running backs coach Tony
Elliott got his start in coaching under Buddy
Pough at South Carolina State. Elliott was the
wide receivers coach at South Carolina State in
2006 and 2007 and helped the Bulldogs to 7-4
records each season.
•South Carolina State offensive coordinator Joseph Blackwell is the brother of former
Clemson assistant coach David Blackwell.
David Blackwell coached at Clemson between
2003-08. They actually coached against each
other when Clemson played South Carolina
State in 2008.
•Current Tiger Jadar Johnson is from Orangeburg, S.C., the home of the South
Carolina State campus. Woody Dantzler, one
of Clemson’s great players in history, is another resident from Orangeburg to come to Clemson.
•South Carolina State Head Coach Buddy Pough
was an assistant coach at South Carolina in
1997-98 when current Clemson football administrator Brad Scott was the head coach.
South Carolina State Opens with 63-0 Win
The team entering this game with the
big stats is South Carolina State. The Bulldogs
are coming off a 63-0 win over Benedict in the
Palmetto State Classic in Orangeburg in their
season opener. They scored 49 points in the
second half after leading by just 14-0 at intermission.
Buddy Pough’s team had 381 yards
rushing and 160 yards passing on 15-19 completions. They held Benedict to 228 yards on the
day and allowed just 3.1 yards per play.
Adrian Kollock, Jr, making his first career start, led the way from his quarterback position by hitting on 15-18 passes for 160 yards.
The native of Spartanburg, S.C. also added 22
yards rushing for the balanced Bulldogs attack
that had nine players rush for between 18 and 77
yards. Eight of the Bulldogs nine touchdowns
came on the ground by six different players.
Jalen Simmons was the top rusher with 77 yards
on 12 carries.
South Carolina State’s defense was
paced by Alexander Glover, who had six tackles,
but three of them were for losses, including a
sack. The Bulldogs defense had 11 tackles for
loss on the day by nine different players. Javon Hargrave also had a 61-yard fumble return for a
Two QBs Saw Action in Opener for Tigers
Clemson played quarterbacks Cole
Stoudt and Deshaun Watson in the first game at
Georgia and both had strong moments. Stoudt
took Clemson on a 70-yard, 12-play drive to
open the game and gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
He had 36 yards passing and 18 yards rushing on the march that ended in a D.J. Howard
touchdown run. Stoudt finished the game16-29
for 144 yards through the air.
Watson drove Clemson 78 yards in six
plays in the second period to tie the game at 14.
He finished off the drive with a 30-yard scoring
pass to Charone Peake, who was playing for the
first time in almost a year after suffering a torn
ACL in practice leading up to last year’s third
game against NC State. Watson finished 2-4
passing for 59 yards and that score.
Watson became the first Clemson first-
year freshman quarterback to throw a touchdown
pass since 2007 when Willy Korn threw a scoring
pass against Furman. That is the only other
touchdown pass thrown by a Tiger true freshman
quarterback in the last 20 years. The record for
one season is five thrown by Willie Jordan in
Field Position a Big Key in Opener
One statistic stuck out when examining the Clemson vs. Georgia game last week.
Field position was in Georgia’s favor by a wide
distance. The Bulldogs average starting field position was its own 39-yard-line, while Clemson’s
average start was its own 19. Georgia punters
pinned Clemson inside its own 20 four times and
had just one touchback.
The average start of the 39 yard line
does not include Todd Gurley’s 100-yard kickoff
return because Georgia never started an offensive possession after the kickoff.
To put those stats in perspective,
Clemson has had an average start inside its own
20 just one other game in the last 17 years. The
20-yard advantage in starting field position for
Georgia was the longest since 2006 when Wake
Forest had an average drive start of midfield and
Clemson’s average start was its own 21, a 29-
Tigers Must Overcome Opening Loss for First
Time Since 2008
For just the fourth time since the 2000
season, Clemson enters its second game of
the year coming off a loss when the Tigers face
South Carolina State in the home opener this
It is in fact the first time since Dabo
Swinney became the full time head coach that
the Tigers lost the season opener. Swinney’s
Tigers had won the opening game five consecutive years, including impressive wins over top
25 teams from Auburn and Georgia before last
weekend’s loss at Georgia.
The previous three years Clemson
has dropped the opener they have done so to an
SEC school that was ranked in the preseason
top 25. Those teams (Georgia in 2002 and 2003
and Alabama in 2008) have gone on to a combined 36-6 record and finished in the top 10, so
look for Georgia to have a strong year in 2014.
The Tigers and Bulldogs were headed
for a classic confrontation after the first half. The
two teams were tied at 21 and the Tigers had
gained an impressive 276 yards of total offense.
The Tigers ran 54 plays in that first half to just 27
for Georgia, and gained 14 first downs. Clemson had 174 yards passing and 102 rushing at
intermission. Last year, Clemson averaged 253
yards and 20 points per half, so this team was
ahead of the pace set by the 2013 team.
It was still 24-21 in favor of Georgia
entering the fourth quarter. But, Georgia did an
outstanding job on defense and had success
running All-American back Todd Gurley and
came away with a 45-21 victory. Gurley finished
with 198 yards rushing and had 100 yard kickoff
return for a score, one of his four touchdowns on
Tony Steward led Clemson’s defense
with a career high 12 tackles off the coaches
film, including four on special teams. It was
rewarding to see Steward play so well because
he has had to battle back from injury so often in
his career. He seems primed for an outstanding
Clemson Undefeated vs. FCS Teams
Clemson is a perfect 28-0 against Football Championship Subdivision teams since the NCAA formed the division (then known as I-AA prior
to the 1978 season. Southern Conference schools became I-AA in 1982.
The Tigers face South Carolina State of the FCS this Saturday.
Clemson has outscored Football Championship Sub-Division
teams by a 1073-198 margin, an average victory of 38-7. Clemson has
won 27 of the 28 games by at least double digits. The only exception
came when Clemson defeated Wofford 35-27 in 2011. Wofford’s 27 points
are the most by an FCS school against Clemson.
Each of the last 13 games against FCS teams have been from
the state of South Carolina. The last FCS team from outside the state to
play Clemson was Appalachian State in 1997.
Clemson has Appalachian State on an upcoming schedule, but
they are now an FBS school.
NOTES: S.C. State at Clemson
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