The award is named in honor of the former Baylor Coach who is the president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Bowden led the Tigers to an 8-4 record and #21 final national
ranking during the 2005 season. Clemson finished strong with six
wins in its last seven games, including a 19-10 win over Big 12 North
Champion Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl. It marked the first
time since 1991 that Clemson has won six of its last seven games.
The Tigers had three wins over top 20 teams during the year, the
first time Clemson has had three top 20 wins in the same season since
1989 and just the fourth time in school history.
Late in the year, Clemson defeated Florida State and South
Carolina, holding the teams coached by Bobby Bowden and Steve
Spurrier, respectively, without an offensive touchdown, a first for
any school against the two future Hall of Fame coaches noted for
offensive innovation. The victories represented the sixth and
seventh wins for Bowden in the last three years over coaches who
have won the National Championship.
Clemson's defense finished the year ranked in the top 25 in
scoring, rushing, total and pass efficiency, just the third Clemson
team to accomplish that feat in the same year. Clemson's offense
ranked fifth in the nation in completion percentage and ranked second
in the ACC in total offense, tied for first in Atlantic Coast
Conference games. It was the eighth most improved team in the
nation in terms of total offense.
"It means quite a bit to receive an award named after Grant
Teaff," said Bowden. "He has given so much to college football as a
coach and administrator for nearly 40 years. It also means a lot to
receive an award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I have
been involved with FCA at every stop in my career because it has such
a positive impact on student-athletes nationwide."
Bowden Named Coach of the Year
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