Dec. 24, 1999
Clemson will compete in its 23rd bowl in school history on December 30 in Atlanta when the Tigers face Mississippi State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Below are some memorable individual performances by Clemson players in bowl games over the years.
1989 CITRUS BOWL Terry Allen was the offensive MVP with 53 yards rushing and a career high 47 yards receiving for 100 all-purpose yards in a defensive struggle against Oklahoma. His four-yard touchdown run proved to be the game winner as the Tigers defeated Barry Switzer’s Sooners 13-6.
1985 INDEPENDENCE BOWL Kenny Flowers rushed for a career high 148 yards, his fifth straight 100-yard game, to key the Clemson offense that gained 211 yards on the ground. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough as Clemson fell to Minnesota 20-13.
1957 ORANGE BOWL Joel Wells rushed for 125 yards and two scores to key Clemson’s comeback against Colorado. The rushing total is still third best in Clemson history in a bowl game and his 58-yard touchdown run is the longest by a Clemson tailback in a bowl game. Clemson trailed in the game 20-0 at halftime before scoring three TDs (two by Wells) and taking a 21-20 lead. Colorado scored a fourth quarter touchdown to defeat the Tigers, 27-21.
1986 GATOR BOWL Henry Carter, a converted fullback, had a career high 13 tackles to pace the Clemson defense. His defense against Stanford’s inside rushing and All-America fullback Brad Muster was a key for the Tigers in a 27-21 win.
1993 PEACH BOWL Brentson Buckner was named defensive player of the game. He had a career high tying 12 tackles and three tackles for loss as Clemson held Kentucky to 293 yards of total offense and just one touchdown. Clemson won the contest 14-13.
Check clemsontigers.com in the days ahead for more reviews of Clemson’s top bowl performances over the years.
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