Success in the friendly confines

CLEMSON - Never before has Death Valley been the scene for so many consecutive Clemson wins.

With the 45-10 win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon, Clemson established a school record for consecutive wins at Memorial Stadium, setting the new mark at 12.

That streak, which began with last year's seasons opener against Troy, snapped the previous high of 11, which lasted from 1989-91.

"I'm going to tell you. To be a part of the record that they set today is pretty special. It's our 12th win in a row at home. There's been a lot of good Clemson teams, but there's never been one that's won 12 in a row at home until now," said Dabo Swinney, who's now won 38 games during his career as Clemson head coach.

"As I look back to four years ago, December one, to where we are now, these guys buying into you're going to change Clemson, you've got to change from the inside out," he said. "It starts with winning at home. To be able to set that record, that's special. It really is.

"The players deserve all the credit, because they're the ones that put the work in. They've got to buy in. I'm just really proud of them for accomplishing such a great goal."

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris has played a significant role in establishing the new record.

"They've been playing football around here for 117 years. For this group to have that record, I think it says a lot about this group and the direction of this program," he said.

Tajh Boyd, the starting quarterback in each of the 12 straight wins at Death Valley, completed 18 of 26 passes for 261 yards with three touchdowns on Saturday against the Terps.

As nice as the streak looks on paper, it won't be as sweet if the Tigers stumble in either of the final two games left on the schedule.

"This is one of those deals where November is the only time that people remember. It really is true. We're just trying to do our part and continue to win games," Boyd said.

A win over N.C. State next week would mark the first 10-win regular season since 1981.

It would add to an already impressive run by this year's group of seniors. The class has 34 wins, the most for a four-year class since 1992.

"That's something that I'll never forget," Dalton Freeman said. "That's something to be very proud of, a part of. We're very blessed to have two more home games, two more games that we feel like we're capable of winning."

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