Whitehurst surpassed the record of 8,798 total yards held by former quarterback Woody Dantzler. Whitehurst now has 8,959 total yards.
By getting those yards, Whitehurst also moved into the top 10 in all-time ACC career yardage. And it's likely before his career is over that he'll move into the top five and will in all probability reach third.
Other records Whitehurst added to on Saturday against Temple was his 36th consecutive start and 46 career touchdown passes.
All told, Whitehurst holds 40 Clemson records, including 13 career marks. He is already the Clemson career record holder for passing yards, completions, completion percentage and touchdown passes.
His 22 career victories are tied for third most in school history with Homer Jordan, and he is just two wins away from tying Nealon Greene. That career record is an unattainable 32 wins by Rodney Williams.
There were several career firsts for players in the Tigers' convincing victory over Temple.
Receiver La'Donte Harris hauled in his first career touchdown reception with 1:37 left to play. Another first came on the same play as Will Proctor threw it, which was his first touchdown pass. Kelly also had his first touchdown reception and Andrew Diomande hauled in his first reception.
Backup tailback Paul Macko got on the field and carried the ball for the first time in his career. He finished with two carries for nine yards.
The defense also had some firsts today, as Antonio Clay, Dorell Scot and Xavier Littleberry all had their first sacks. Scott also had two fumble recoveries to tie a school record.
Starting linebacker Anthony Waters and starting offensive guard Roman Fry each served their one-game suspension as a result of their involvement in the fight against South Carolina last season.
That means three of the six have been suspended and it's likely the other three will sit out against Duke in two weeks.
Not a friendly reunion
It wasn't exactly what Temple receiver Bruce Gordon and Clemson cornerback Duane Coleman had in mind for their mini reunion Saturday.
The two players that were once teammates at Naples High in Florida were matched up against each other several times Saturday.
And while Coleman's team put the whipping on Gordon's, the receiver did manage to exact some revenge as he caught eight passes for 120 yards, most of which came against his former teammate.
The Tigers had over 500 yards of total offense for the first time since they beat South Carolina 63-17 in 2003. … Clemson's 359 passing yards were the third most in school history. … The 678 combined passing yards were the sixth most in a Clemson game and the second highest at Memorial Stadium. … The Tigers averaged 7.7 yards per play, the third-best average in the Bowden era.
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