Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON – Bob Bradley, who served as the school's sports information director for 45 years, received the highest award bestowed by the athletic department when he was inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor.

Others already in the Ring of Honor include Frank Howard, Banks McFadden and Steve Fuller.

Bradley worked an incredible streak of 502 consecutive Clemson football games before his death just 2000. He also worked 313 consecutive ACC Tournament basketball games between 1955 and 2000. He also scored over 2,000 Tigers baseball games.

Also prior to the game, golfer Charles Warren, baseball pitcher Kris Warren, football player Donnell Woolford, basketball player Greg Buckner, volleyball player Cindy Stern-DeMartino and tennis player Gigi Fernandez were the former athletes inducted into the schools Hall of Fame.

Also inducted were Dr. Bryon Harder, Clemson team physician for 33 years, and NCAA Faculty Representative Ken Vickery, for whom Clemson's Academic Learning Center for Athletes, Vickery Hall, was dedicated in his honor in 1991.

Two Ranked Teams
Saturday's game is the first time two top 25 teams have met in Death Valley since Nov. 18, 2000, when No. 16 Clemson met and beat No. 25 South Carolina.

Miami became just the second first-time visitor in the last 28 years to win at Death Valley. The only other opponent since 1978 to win in its first visit to Clemson is Marshall, which won in the season opener of 1999, Tommy Bowden's first game as head coach. Prior to that, the last first-appearance winner at Clemson was Notre Dame in 1977.

Bowden has followed the lead of his predecessors when it comes to playing at home. He is 29-11 in his 40 home games.

Quick hits
Newly appointed cornerback Duane Coleman got on the field on defense with 3:49 left in first quarter. He just completed his first week at the new position after spending his previous time at running back. … Tailback Reggie Merriweather's first carry of the game came with 2:50 left in the third quarter. …

In the first two games, Clemson had zero drops by its receivers. The Tigers dropped back-to-back passes late in third, which resulted with no points. … Clemson's first penalty came at the 2:03 mark in third quarter on fourth down. The penalty moved Jad Dean's field goal attempt to 50 yards. He missed it, which was his first miss in 13 attempts. … Guard Roman Fry played some at center. …

This was Clemson's first overtime loss in history. The Tigers had been 5-0. … This was the longest game in school history in terms of overtimes and time. The game lasted 4:10. … Tight end Cole Downer was brought to the Oconee Hospital in Seneca for a spleen problem before the conclusion of the game. An update on his health will be provided Sunday. … Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst's 55 attempts tied a single-game school record. …

Whitehurst also set a stadium record for attempts and completions. … The 288 yards thrown by Whitehurst were his most since throwing that number against Wake Forest in 2002.

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