If Clemson Defeats Florida State
•Would give Clemson its first win over the
number-one ranked team in football. The highest
ranked team Clemson has defeated is #3. The
Tigers defeated #3 Florida State in 2003 and #3
Virginia Tech in the 2011 ACC Championship
•Would be just the fourth time this century
the number-one ranked team in the nation has
been defeated on its home field. Illinois did it at
Ohio State in 2007, Arkansas beat number-one
LSU in overtime in 2007 and Texas A&M beat #1
Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2012. Stanford beat
#1 Oregon in Oregon in 2012 as well.
•Would make Clemson just the second
ACC team to beat a number-one ranked team on
its home field. Georgia Tech beat #1 Virginia in
Charlottesville, Va. In 1990 by a 41-38 score.
•Would make Clemson just the second
team in college football history and first since
1963 to beat the number-one team in the nation
on the road in the month of September. Okla
homa won at #1 Southern Cal in September of
*Would be the seventh win over a top 10
team in Dabo Swinney’s career. It would tie him
with Danny Ford for the most top 10 coaching
wins in school history.
•Would be Clemson’s second win at
Florida State since 1989. The only other victory
since 1989 was in 2006, a 27-20 Clemson victory. Dabo Swinney was an assistant coach for
the Tigers in that game.
Playing a Tough Schedule
This will be Clemson’s second road game
against a top 12 team within the first three
games of the season for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.
It is the first time since 1996 that Clemson has
played just one home game through the first four
weeks of the season. It is the first time in history
Clemson has played two top 12 teams within the
first three games of the season, never mind playing both on the road.
Clemson is one of seven schools from
the Power Five conferences who will enter the
fifth week of the season having playing just one
home game. The others Indiana, Arizona State,
California, Mississippi, UCLA and Southern Cal.
Clemson vs. Florida State Series
Florida State has a 19-8 advantage in the
series with Clemson that dates to 1970, a 38-13
Florida State win in Tallahassee. While Florida
State has the decisive all-time lead in the series,
Clemson has won six of the last 11. Clemson
had a five game winning streak in the series at
home prior to last year when Florida State won
51-14. The home team has won 10 of the last
12 games. Each team has one victory on the
opponent’s home field since 2003.
•Clemson has won just once in Tallahassee
since the Seminoles joined the ACC for the 1992
season. That came in 2006 when the Tigers
were victorious 27-20 on a one-yard run by
James Davis with just eight seconds left.
•Each of the last five years the winner of the
Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to
win the Atlantic Division Championship. Each of
the last three years the winner of this game has
won the ACC Championship.
•In 2003, Clemson upset a third-ranked
Florida State team by a 26-10 score in a nationally televised Saturday night game at Death
Valley. Florida State was coming off a 37-0 win
at Notre Dame and Clemson was coming off
a 45-17 loss at Wake Forest. It is tied for the
highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its history.
•Clemson defeated eventual ACC Champion Florida State, 35-14, in Memorial Stadium
in 2005 behind quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
The two teams were tied,14-14, at the half before Clemson dominated the second half behind
Whitehurst and receiver Chansi Stuckey.
•Clemson won in 2007 on Labor Day night
behind the running of James Davis. Davis had
earlier scored the winning touchdown at Florida
State in 2006 and the 2007 victory gave Clemson three straight wins over the Seminoles, the
first ACC team to do that.
•Then, in 2009, C.J. Spiller put on a show
for the ages with 312 all-purpose yards, the
all-time Clemson record at the time, in a 40-24
victory. It was a big Clemson win on the way to
Clemson’s Atlantic Division championship.
•In 2010, Florida State won 16-13 on a
55-yard field goal on the last play of the game
by Dustin Hopkins. Clemson was 9-18 on third
down and had a 25-16 advantage in first downs,
but still lost the game. Jamie Harper, had 143
yards rushing and 54 yards receiving for 197
yards from scrimmage.
•Both teams are ranked in the top 25 of
both polls this year, the fourth straight year that
has been the case. In 2011 Clemson was 21st and Florida State 11
th entering the game that
the Tigers won 35-30. In 2012 and 2013 both
teams were ranked in the top 10. This year
Florida State is number-one in both polls and
Clemson is 22 in AP and 24 in USA Today.
•This is the 10th time in the history of the
series that both teams have entered the game
in the top 25 of the AP poll. In 2000, both teams
were ranked in the top 10 as Clemson was 10th
and Florida State #4 before Florida State’s 54-7
•Clemson is 2-7 when entering a game
against Florida State with both teams ranked.
That first win took place in Tallahassee in 1989
when Clemson was 10th and Florida State 16th Clemson was 3-0 and Florida State was 1-1 and
had just been upset the week before by Southern Mississippi and quarterback Brett Favre.
Florida State did not lose the rest of the year and
finished #2 in the AP poll, the highest ranked
team Clemson has defeated in final ranking.The
other Clemson victory in a battle of top 25 teams
took place in 2011 at Clemson.
•Florida State defeated Clemson 24-21 in
1988. The key play was an intricate fake punt
executed by Bobby Bowden’s team against the
Tigers. The fake punt went for 78 yards on a run
by Leroy Butler, and a first down at the Clemson
two that led to the winning field goal for Florida
State. Clemson’s defense stiffened and Richie
Andrews kicked a 19-yard field goal with 32
seconds left to give Florida State the victory.
Both teams finished that season in the top 10.
•Five of Clemson’s last six wins against
Florida State the Seminoles have been ranked in
the top 25.
Other Series Notes
•Florida State had won 11 consecutive
games in the series prior to Clemson’s victory
in 2003. All the wins were recorded by Bobby
Bowden, who had a 14-7 all-time record against
Clemson. Bobby Bowden lost his last four appearances at Clemson’s Death Valley, but his 6-4
record in the facility is still the most victories by
an opposing head coach. Vince Dooley (Georgia) is second with five.
•The Clemson vs. Florida State games
between 1999-07 were known as The Bowden
Bowl, as Clemson was coached by Tommy Bowden and Florida State by Bobby Bowden.
Bobby had a 5-4 advantage in those nine
games, but Tommy won the last three. They
are the only meetings of father and son head
coaches in Division FBS history.
The first Bowden Bowl came in 1999, a 17-
14 victory for Florida State. That FSU team went
on to win the national championship and the 17
points and three-point victory margin were the
smallest for Florida State in that championship
season. It is the closest Clemson has come to
beating the number-one ranked team in the nation.
•Clemson and Florida State are tied for the
ACC lead in conference football championships
with 14 apiece.
Florida State enters Saturday’s game on an 18-game winning
streak, the longest winning streak in the nation. If Clemson gains victory it
will be the longest streak stopped by a Tigers football team. The previous
long streak stopped by the Clemson grid program took place in September
of 2011 when the Tigers defeated defending National Champion Auburn
38-24. Those Tigers had a 17-game winning streak entering the game at
Clemson has stopped two other double digit streaks. Clemson
ended Georgia’s 15-game winning streak in 1981 with a 13-3 win at Clemson. Georgia was fourth ranked entering the game and was the defending
The only other double digit streak Clemson has stopped in its
history took place in 1950. In the Jan. 1, 1951 Orange Bowl at the end of
that 1950 season, the Tigers ended Miami (FL) 10-game unbeaten streak
with a 15-14 victory. Miami had been 9-0-1 entering that game.
Clemson ended an eight-game winning streak by Nebraska in
the 1982 Orange Bowl, giving the Tigers the National Championship. So
that great 1981 Clemson team ended two of the four longest streaks in
Clemson football history.
NOTES: Clemson at Florida State
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