Clemson - Temple Game Notes

This is the third meeting between Clemson and Temple. Clemson has won both meetings by the same score, 37-7.

Clemson vs. Temple Series
*This is the third meeting between Clemson and Temple. Clemson has won both meetings by the same score, 37-7. The 1991 Tigers won at Death Valley by that 37-7 count, then the 2005 Tigers won at home by that score. This is the first meeting between the two schools outside of Clemson.

*This will be Clemson's fifth game against a team from the Mid American Conference. Clemson has a 4-0 record against teams currently in the MAC, a 2-0 ledger against Ball State and a 2-0 record against Temple. Head coach Tommy Bowden is 2-0 against MAC teams, a victory over Ball State and a win over Temple.

2005 Game vs. Temple
Clemson racked up over 500 yards of total offense for the first time since 2003 in a 37- 7 win over visiting Temple in 2005. It was the second meeting all-time between the Tigers and the Owls, with the first coming in 1991. Clemson also won that game by a 37-7 score.

The Tigers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard after forcing Temple to go threeand- out on its opening possession. Charlie Whitehurst hit three consecutive passes, with the third a 41-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Browning over the middle. The drive took five plays and lasted only 1:41.

An Owl punt was partially blocked by C.J. Gaddis, and the Tigers started their next drive at the Temple 36. Clemson moved the ball down to the one-yard line, but an illegal procedure penalty moved the Tigers back, and a 21-yard Jad Dean field goal made the score 10-0.

Temple picked up one first down before being forced to punt again, and Clemson began its next drive with a reverse to Chansi Stuckey that covered 18 yards. Three plays later, Reggie Merriweather ran around left end untouched for a 21-yard touchdown. It was Clemson's second five-play touchdown drive of the day.

Temple had its first scoring threat of the day in the second quarter, as Mike McGann completed 6-6 passes in leading the Owls moved down to the Clemson 14. A third-down screen pass to Umar Ferguson looked as though it would go for a first down, but Gaddis knocked the ball loose and Dorell Scott recovered at the four. The two teams went into halftime with Clemson leading 17-0.

Neither offense could get anything going to begin the second half, and the Tigers began their second drive of the third quarter at their own 10. Whitehurst hit Stuckey for 17 yards on a third-down play, and two plays later connected with Aaron Kelly for a 41-yard hookup. Clemson could not pick up another first down, and Dean made his second field goal of the day, this time from 27 yards out.

On the second play of the next Temple drive, Jamaal Fudge intercepted a McGann pass that was tipped by his own receiver. The Clemson safety returned the ball eight yards to the Owl 34.

On the next play, Whitehurst faked a handoff and found a wide-open Kelly behind the Temple secondary for a 34-yard touchdown pass. It was the first career touchdown for Kelly. Temple had its most impressive drive of the day in the fourth, as the Owls marched 80 yards in 15 plays. McGann capped the touchdown drive with a four-yard pass to DoMerio Hamilton on third-and-goal.

Tyler Grisham returned the ensuing backup quarterback Will Proctor came into the game and connected on his first two passes. After a Merriweather run, Proctor's first career touchdown pass went to La'Donte Harris for 16 yards. It was also the first career touchdown reception for Harris.

Kelly caught seven passes for 155 yards, with the yardage total resulting in a Clemson freshman record. Whitehurst connected on 19 of 27 passes for 307 yards, and Proctor added 52 yards through the air. The 359 passing yards were the third most in a single game in Tiger history, and the most ever in a game at Death Valley. Merriweather contributed 108 yards (on 17 carries) of the 514 yards of offense for Clemson.

Freshman Antonio Clay, making his first start, led the Tigers in tackles with nine, including two tackles for loss and a sack. Adams also added 2.5 sacks. In all, 10 different Tigers had tackles for loss in the game, and Clemson had 14 total stops behind the line. Temple had only 12 yards rushing for the game.

Tigers and Owls Met in 1991
Clemson and Temple first met in September of 1991 at Clemson, a 37-7 Tiger victory. Clemson's defense that year led the nation in rushing defense, was fourth in total defense and 10 th in scoring defense, and it enhanced its numbers that day when it held Temple to 89 yards rushing in 46 attempts. The Owls under Jerry Berndt gained just 104 yards in total offense in 58 plays for the day, just 1.8 yards per play.

A look to Clemson's roster that day tells the story. Clemson's point prevention unit included future first-round draft choice Wayne Simmons, 12-year NFL defensive tackle Brentson Buckner, four-time Pro Bowl player Chester McGlockton, 10-year NFL outside linebacker Levon Kirkland, and nine-year NFL linebacker Ed McDaniel. Those players combined for nine tackles for loss on the day.

Clemson was led on offense by sophomore running back Ronald Williams, who had 14 rushes for 86 yards. Quarterback DeChane Cameron completed 7-12 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, while the late Terry Smith had four receptions for 60 yards. Temple actually took a 7-0 lead in the first period when quarterback Trent Thompson hit tight end Bryant Garvin for a one-yard touchdown pass. Temple had 81 yards and five first downs in the first period, then had just 23 yards of total offense and just one first down over the last three periods.

Clemson tied the game at 7-7 on a trick play. Wide receiver Larry Ryans scored on a 25-yard run on an end-around with 10:28 left in the second period. Clemson scored 14 in the second period and 13 in the third to put the game away and capture its 10th straight home victory. Clemson improved its record 2-0 and moved to seventh in the AP poll after the victory.

Cody Coached at Both Schools
There aren't a lot of common denominators between Clemson and Temple, but Josh Cody is one coach who had a prominent role in the history of both institutions. Cody coached the football and basketball teams at both schools.

In his first year as head football coach at Clemson (1927), he led the Tigers to a 5-3-1 record, then guided Clemson to back-to-back 8-3 seasons in 1928 and 1929, before an 8-2 kickoff 24 yards to the Clemson 45, and Tiger mark in 1930. It marked the first time in Clemson history and the only time until 1977-79 that Clemson had three consecutive seasons of at least eight wins.

Cody considered leaving for another position after the 1928 season, but Clemson students, faculty, staff and supporters raised money to buy him a new Buick, and they presented it to him on the steps of Tillman Hall in the spring of 1929. Cody remained with the program through the 1930 season and he finished with a 29-11-1 record. That included a 4-0 record against South Carolina, still the only Clemson coach with a perfect record against the Gamecocks, given a minimum of three games as head coach.

Cody also coached the Clemson men's basketball teams during this era. His best season was 1929-30 when the Tigers were 16-9. His final year as the basketball coach was the 1930-31 season.

Upon leaving Clemson, Cody returned to Vanderbilt (his alma mater) as an assistant football coach and a head basketball coach. He was the head football coach and athletic director at Florida from 1936-1939. In 1940, Cody was a line coach at Temple and was appointed Head Basketball Coach in 1942. He held that post until he became athletic director in 1952. During his tenure as basketball coach, Cody racked up 124 victories and guided the Owls to the NCAA Tournament in 1944, the first NCAA Tournament appearance in the history of Owl basketball. That team reached the Elite Eight of the tournament.

In 1955, he coached the football team at Temple after the original coach resigned on the eve of the season. He passed away in 1961 at the age of 69.

Tigers in NFL Stadiums
When the Tigers face Temple on October 12, Clemson will make its first appearance in an NFL stadium since 2003 when the Tigers defeated sixth-ranked Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta Falcons. That win actually broke a five-game losing streak for the Tigers in NFL stadiums.

This will mark the first time Clemson has played a regular season game at an NFL stadium since 1981 when Clemson defeated Tulane in the Superdome in New Orleans. Clemson first played in an NFL stadium in 1966 when the Tigers played Southern Cal in the Los Angeles Coliseum, then the home of the Los Angeles Rams. Clemson has an overall record of 5-7 in NFL stadiums.

Clemson #12 Ranking Best since 2000
Clemson is ranked 12th in both polls this week, the highest ranked ACC team in both polls. Georgia Tech is ranked 13th by AP and 15th by USA Today, the second highest ranked ACC team. Those two teams will meet at Death Valley on October 21. Virginia Tech is 22nd by AP and 17th in the coaches poll, while Boston College is 25 th in the coaches poll.

This is the second consecutive week Clemson has been the highest ranked ACC team in each poll. Prior to that you have to go back to the October 22, 2000 poll to find the last time Clemson was the top ranked team from the league. Clemson actually was the highest ranked team among ACC schools for three consecutive weeks in October of 2000.

Clemson's #12 ranking this week is its highest of this season and the highest ranking for the program in the AP poll since the October 29, 2000 poll when Clemson was 10th by AP. Clemson is also ranked 12th in the Harris Interactive poll this week.

The win on September 16 over ninth ranked Florida State was the second highest ranked team Clemson has defeated on the road in its history. The only win that is ranked higher is the 10-8 victory over eighth-ranked North Carolina in 1981.

Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of both polls in six of the seven polls so far this year and for 10 of the last 11 over two years. Clemson was 21st in the final polls last year.

Kelly Steps up Production
With the injuries to Chansi Stuckey and Rendrick Taylor, sophomore Aaron Kelly is now the top receiver among active Tigers. Kelly has 17 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yard score at Wake Forest that tied the game at 17-17 in the fourth quarter. Kelly had five receptions for 91 yards in that contest, tying his season high in receptions and establishing his season high in reception yardage.

Kelly's career high in both categories took place last year against Temple, the team the Tigers will face this Thursday evening in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Last year at Clemson, Kelly had seven receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown against the Owls.

That reception yardage total was a record for a Clemson freshman in a single game and it was the third highest yardage game by an ACC receiver during the 2005 season.

Adams Looks to Tie Sack Streak Record
Clemson senior bandit end Gaines Adams has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive games. The streak started when he had 2.5 sacks at Florida State in the third game of the year, and it includes the Wake Forest game where he had a pair of sacks. Adams now has 6.5 sacks for the season to lead the ACC and rank ninth in the nation. If Adams can record a sack against Temple in Bank of America Stadium on October 12 he will tie a Clemson record for consecutive games with at least one sack. The existing mark is five in a row set by three players.

Chester McGlockton had a five game streak over the end of the 1989 season and the beginning of the 1990 season. Keith Adams had a five-game streak with a sack in 1999 and Leroy Hill had a five game streak in 2004. All three of those players went on to NFL careers. McGlockton was a four-time Pro Bowl player, while Adams is currently with the Miami Dolphins and Hill is starting with the Seattle Seahawks. He started in the Super Bowl last year.

Adams is now tied for fifth in Clemson history with his 22 career sacks. He is tied with Brentson Buckner (1990-93) and Bryant McNeal (1999-02). If Adams can record a sack against Temple he will move ahead of Buckner while playing in the stadium where Buckner played over his last five years in the NFL. Buckner was a starting defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers from 2001-05.

Tigers Overcome 14-Point Fourth Quarter Deficit
Clemson overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Wake Forest 27-17 on October 7 in Winston-Salem. It marked just the third time in Clemson history that the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to gain victory. The other two occurrences took place on the road as well, at Duke in 2002 and at Virginia in 1980. Two of the three 14-point, fourth quarter comebacks have come under Tommy Bowden.

Clemson scored 24 points in the fourth quarter at Wake Forest, its highest scoring fourth quarter since the 2002 Duke game when it also had 24 points.

Gaines Adams began the comeback when he jarred the ball loose from Wake Forest holder Jon Temple. The ball popped into the air and Adams deflected it to himself, caught the ball in mid-air and raced 66 yards for a touchdown to bring Clemson within 17-10. After a Wake Forest fumble that was forced on a sack by senior Brandon Cannon and recovered by senior Donnell Clark, Clemson drove 43 yards in five plays to tie the score at 17 with 11:09 Left on a 20-yard scoring pass from Will Proctor to Aaron Kelly.

Clemson then took the lead with 7:22 remaining on a 72-yard touchdown run by freshman C.J. Spiller, the longest run by a Clemson running back in 13 years. Jad Dean added a 23-yard field goal with 1:12 left to account for the final 10-point margin. The 14-point comeback tied for the fourth biggest comeback in Clemson history based on total points trailed at any time in a game. The record is a 28-point comeback at Virginia in 1992. Clemson trailed in the first half of that game 28-0, then won 29-28. Clemson now has nine comebacks from at least a 14-point deficit at any time in a game and four of the nine have been coached by Tommy Bowden.

Davis-Spiller Strong Combination
Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller have been a strong running back combination for the Tigers this year, especially in recent weeks. Over the last two weeks they have combined to average 234 yards per game on the ground. As a result, Clemson is averaging 236.2 yards per game rushing, sixth best in the nation. For the year, Davis has averaged 101.2 yards per game, 17th best in the nation. Spiller is at 55.7 yards per game, but has had backto- back 100-yard rushing games. He had 127 against Louisiana Tech and 104 in just nine carries in the win over Wake Forest. For the year, Davis and Spiller have combined to average 156.8 yards per game (941 yards in six games). They already have a combined 15 touchdowns and have averaged 5.96 yards per rush. If the season ended today, their 156.8 yards per game would be the fourth best two-person combination in Clemson history, the third best for a running back combination. The record is 172.4 rushing yards per game by Raymond Priester and Emory Smith in 1995. Woody Dantzler and Travis Zachery averaged 171.3 yards per game in 2000, but Dantzler was a quarterback and Zachery a running back. Twenty years ago Clemson had a top running back duo in Terrence Flagler and Kenny Flowers. Flagler was a first round draft choice and first-team All-American in 1986. Flowers was injured part of that year and still had nearly 600 yards. That duo combined for 154.4 yards per game and a 5.88 average per carry. Davis and Spiller are currently at 5.96 yards per carry and ahead of that pace.

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