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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Clemson - Temple Game Notes
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