NOTES: Clemson at Florida State

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.

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 game.

•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 1963.

*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 victory.

•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.

Stopping Streaks
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.

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 National Champion.

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.

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