Clemson won that game in Greenville, SC by 14-6 score. The two teams did not meet again until 1902, a 28-0 Tiger victory. Clemson won the first seven games of the series between 1896 and 1918. Furman broke the string when the two teams tied 7-7 in 1919. Furman got its first win in 1920 in Greenville, a 14-0 Paladins win. The first game in the series at Clemson took place at Riggs Field in 1916, a 7-6 Tiger victory That was the season opener of 1916 and Clemson's first win at Riggs Field.
* Clemson has won 28 straight games
against Furman dating to a 0-0 tie between the
two schools at Furman in 1937. Furman's last
win over Clemson took place in 1936 by a 12-0
score in a November 26 game played in the
snow in Clemson. It is the only time on record
that Clemson has had a home game played in
* Overall, Clemson has a 40-10-4 lead
in the series, including a 22-2 lead in games
played at Clemson and a 17-0 advantage in
games played in Clemson Memorial Stadium.
The two teams played at Clemson Memorial Stadium
as far back as 1942, the first year of the
facility and just the third Clemson game in history
played at Death Valley.
* This will be the first meeting between
the two schools since 2003 when Clemson won
28-17 in the second game of the season. Furman
had scored just 21 total points in the last
nine meetings with Clemson dating to 1960. The
Paladins then scored 17 in that last meeting in
* Prior to the 2003 game, Clemson had
not allowed a Furman touchdown since 1961
when Bill Canty scored on a three-yard run in the
fourth quarter of a 35-6 Clemson victory. But
that streak ended in the 2003 game when Bo
Moore threw a touchdown pass to Brian Bratton
in the second quarter. The Paladins had scored
five field goals over the last 34 quarters against
* Charlie Whitehurst threw for 301 yards
and Kevin Youngblood had 10 catches for 100
yards to lead the Tigers to the 2003 victory. Leroy
Hill, now with the Seattle Seahawks, had 10
tackles, including three tackles for loss. That is
the only time a Tommy Bowden coached Clemson
team has faced the Paladins. The 2003
Furman game on September 6, 2003 was the
last game broadcast by Jim Phillips, Clemson's
Hall of Fame broadcaster who died suddenly the
following Tuesday morning (Sept. 9).
* This will be just the eighth meeting
between the two schools since 1964. Clemson
has outscored Furman by a 181-29 margin in
those seven games, an average victory margin
of 25.9 to 4.1. The closest Furman has come
to defeating Clemson since that 0-0 tie in 1937
took place in 1938 when Clemson won by a 10-7
score. The closest Furman has come to beating
Clemson since 1950 was the 28-17 Tiger win in
* Both teams won national championships
in the 1980s. Clemson won the Division I
crown in 1981 and Furman won the Division I-AA
title in 1988. Furman was the second winningest
program in Division I in the 1980s, while Clemson
was fifth for that decade among Division I
Tigers and Paladins Shared Same Uniform
On October 8, 1960, Clemson and
Furman shared the same uniform pants. In one
of the most bizarre uniform stories in college
sports history, both teams wore a special water
repellant uniform that day to guard against the
predicted severe weather.
Clemson wore the pants in defeating
Virginia 21-7 in the afternoon, then had the pants
shipped to Furman for a night game against
William & Mary. Furman defeated William &
Mary that night in Greenville 25-23. Furman
Head Coach Bob King said after the game, "After
those big Clemson boys got out of those pants,
some of our guys had a hard time making them
stay up. We had to tape the legs of the pants for
The pants defeated two teams from
the state of Virginia on the same day.
Last Meeting vs. Furman
2003 at Clemson: Clemson 28, Furman 17
Clemson and Furman last met in 2003. Both
teams entered the contest under different circumstances.
Furman had defeated Elon 24-7 the week
before, while Clemson was still reeling from a week
one shutout at the hands of Georgia.
The Tigers came out strong early in the contest.
On its first possession, Clemson marched
down the field on a drive directed by Charlie
Whitehurst. With a mix of short passes to Kevin
Youngblood and runs off tackle by Duane Coleman,
the Tigers put together a 14-play, 85-yard scoring
drive that took nearly six minutes. The score came
when Chad Jasmin ran in from five yards out on a
toss sweep around left end.
On the ensuing offensive possession for
Clemson, it did not take nearly as much time to
get on the scoreboard again. Whitehurst dropped
back and threw a deep ball that hit Airese Currie
perfectly in stride for a 72-yard touchdown. After
just two possessions, Clemson had already built
a 14-0 lead.
Furman got in on the act in the second quarter.
Quarterback Bo Moore successfully faked both
a run and end around before tossing a 20-yard
touchdown pass to a wide-open Brian Bratton. It
was Furman's first touchdown against Clemson
On the Paladins' next possession, Moore was
not so successful. He led an option to the right
side of the field, but his pitch was a little behind the
tailback. After a flurry of Tiger defenders jumped on
and missed the football, defensive end J.J. Howard
picked it up and ran it in from 17 yards out.
The Tigers added a touchdown to its 14-point
lead just before the end of the first half on the most
peculiar of plays. After three pass completions,
Clemson had the ball at the Furman 14 on first
down. Whitehurst's pass was tipped at the line
of scrimmage by Furman defender Travis Jones.
However, the ball landed right in the hands of left
tackle William Henry, who began to rumble toward
the goal line. He then fumbled it straight to running
back Duane Coleman, who ran the remaining nine
yards for the score. Coleman was credited with
a nine reception yards and a touchdown on the
bizarre play and Clemson had a commanding 28-7
Whitehurst was extremely efficient in the first
half, as he completed 16 of his 18 pass attempts for
219 yards and the two touchdowns. The Paladins
had just 89 yards of total offense at halftime.
The second half proved to be a different story
for both squads. Neither Clemson nor Furman
scored in the third quarter. Tiger senior place kicker Aaron Hunt was wide left on a 38-yard field goal
attempt on the opening possession of the second
half. The Tigers drove into Furman territory on their
next possession, but Whitehurst was intercepted
by Mike Killian.
Furman put together a 12-play, 66-yard scoring
drive in the early fourth quarter. Bratton, who
led the Paladins with 41 yards rushing, scored on
a three-yard touchdown run for the Paladins, his
second of the afternoon. The crucial play of that
drive was a third-and-13 pass that was broken up
by cornerback Justin Miller. But, free safety Travis
Pugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on
the play and the drive continued.
Furman added a field goal on its next possession,
bringing the final score to 28-17 in favor of
Clemson. The Tigers were shut out in the second
half and were plagued by a plethora of ill-timed
mistakes. Clemson was penalized 11 times for
111 yards, with four of the penalties coming on
punt returns alone.
Whitehurst finished with 301 yards passing,
while Kevin Youngblood tied a career-high with
10 catches for 100 yards. Leroy Hill paced the
defense for the second straight game. He had 13
tackles, including three for loss and a sack.
Clemson and Furman Connections
Clemson has two members of its
coaching staff who are Furman graduates.
Clemson tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator
Billy Napier was a start quarterback at Furman.
Clemson graduate assistant coach Mike
Dooley also played for the Paladins in the 1990s.
Napier was a two-year starter for the
Paladins between 1999-02. He led the Paladins
to the championship game of the Division I-AA
(Now known as the Football Championship
Sub-division) playoffs in 2001, then completed
68.5 percent of his passes in 2002 when he
again took the Paladins to the playoffs, an all-
time Southern Conference record. He was a
second-team All-Southern Conference selection
both years. His completion percentage was a
Southern Conference record and his passing
efficiency of 157.14 in 2002 was second best
in the nation among Division I-AA players. He
completed 65 percent of his passes in his 37-
Dooley played at Furman from 1993-
95. He had a sack as a defensive end against
Clemson in 1994 at Death Valley.
On the other side, Furman cornerbacks
coach and co-special team coordinator
Tom Evangelista was a graduate assistant
coach at Clemson in 2002 and 2003. He is in his
first year at Furman.
Clemson vs. Southern Conference
Clemson has not lost to a Southern
Conference school since the Tigers left the
Southern Conference to help form the ACC in
1953. Clemson has won 37 games in a row
over Southern Conference teams and 47
in a row over teams currently in the Southern
Conference. Clemson last lost to a team in
the Southern Conference in 1952 when South
Carolina defeated the Tigers 6-0.
Both Clemson and South Carolina
were in the Southern Conference in those days.
The last time Clemson lost to a team currently in
the Southern Conference was 1936 when Furman
defeated the Tigers 12-0. Twelve of Clemson's
last 17 victories over Southern Conference
teams have been by shutout. Clemson last
played a Southern Conference school in 2003
when the Tigers faced Furman.
Furman enters Saturday's game with Clemson with a 1-1 record.
Bobby Lamb's team defeated Presbyterian 40-16 in the opener at Greenville,
SC, but dropped a 32-17 decision at Hofstra in their second game of
Furman is averaging 424 yards per game, including 286 yards
per game in the air. They have completed 50-69 passes for a 72.5 percent
completion mark. Turnovers have hurt the Paladins as they have
already lost two fumbles and thrown five interceptions. Clemson has just
one turnover on offense in two games.
Furman has used two quarterbacks in its two games and both
have been very efficient. Renaldo Gray has completed 34-48 passes for
422 yards and a .708 completion percentage. Jordan Sorrells is 16-21 for
150 yards and has a 76.2 completion percentage. Sorrells played high
school football with current Tigers Corey Lambert and Alex Pearson at
Greenville High School.
Jerome Felton is the top running back for the Paladins. He
scored his 55th career touchdown in the Paladins loss at Hofstra. He is
already the school's career leader in touchdowns and scoring (340). Felton
is the team's top rusher so far this year with 84 yards on 22 attempts.
Patrick Sprague is the top receiver for Furman with 14-175 yards and a
touchdown. R.J. Webb has added 11 catches for 174 yards and a score.
Chris Truss has two touchdowns among his five catches.
Furman has a history of being an outstanding defensive team.
Thomas Twitty has 19 tackles to lead the way, including two sacks for loss.
Andrew Jones, has 14 tackles, while Justin Brown, a defensive tackle, had
13, including a team best four tackles for loss. Furman has an aggressive
defensive as shown by their 19 tackles for loss and six sacks for the fir two
Tigers Looking for 3-0 Start
Clemson has jumped out to a 2-0 start. It is the second time in
the last three years that Clemson has opened 2-0, but just the 11th time
since 1971. A victory over Furman would move the Tigers to 3-0, a start
Clemson has not realized since the 2000 season when the Tigers started
8-0. A win against Furman would make Clemson 3-0 for just the second
time under Tommy Bowden.
Clemson has been 3-0 a total of 20 times in its history, but just
five times since 1960 and just once since 1991.
Furman - Clemson Game Notes
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