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Clemson vs. South Carolina Football Game Notes

Clemson vs. South Carolina Football Game Notes

Nov. 23, 2009

Complete Game Notes

Milestones in Range, Streaks • C.J. Spiller needs one kickoff return touchdown to establish an all-time NCAA record. Spiller, former Southern California All-American Anthony Davis (1972-74) and Ashlan Davis of Tulsa (2004-05) all have six.

• C.J. Spiller needs three touchdowns to tie the Clemson single season record. He has 15 and record is 18 by Travis Zachery in 2000.

• Spiller needs 26 all-purpose yards to become the fifth player in NCAA history to reach 7000 for a career.

• DeAndre McDaniel needs one interception to establish the Clemson season record for interceptions. He has eight and is the co-holder of the record at the moment.

• Jacoby Ford has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games he has played.

• Saturday will mark Chris Chancellor’s 38th consecutive start at cornerback. It will be Crezdon Butler’s 36th consecutive start at the opposite cornerback.

• Crezdon Butler’s needs 33 interception return yards to become Clemson’s career leader.

• Thomas Austin has started 33 straight games in the offensive line.

• Chris Chancellor’s, and Kavell Connor will play their 51st career games this weekend at South Carolina and tie the Clemson record for most games played in a career. These seniors have never missed a game.

Clemson and South Carolina Meet for 101st Consecutive Year • This will be meeting number-107 between Clemson and South Carolina and the 101st consecutive year the two schools have met. That is the third longest streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only rivalries longer are Kansas vs. Nebraska at 104 games and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at 102 games. Those games have already been played this year.

• The series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 65-37-4 since that first meeting in Columbia, a game won by South Carolina 12-6. Clemson’s first win took place the following year, an 18-6 victory in Columbia.

• Clemson has more wins over South Carolina than any other school and those victories represent over 10 percent of Clemson’s all-time victory total (640). When Clemson won in 2004 it was Clemson’s 600th all-time win.

• The two teams played in Columbia as part of Big Thursday every year until 1960. For the 57 Big Thursday games, Clemson had a 33-21-3 advantage. Since the teams have gone to a home and home schedule in 1960, Clemson has a 32-16-1 advantage. Clemson’s winning percentage is nearly identical home and away over that time. Clemson is 16-8-1 against South Carolina at home since 1960 and 16-8-0 in Columbia.

• Clemson won the last time the two teams met in Columbia, by a 23-21 score on a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the game by Mark Buchholz. Cullen Harper completed four passes for 70 yards, all to Aaron Kelly, on the game winning drive.

• Three of the last four meetings have been decided by five points or less. Between 2005-07 the margins went in descending order: Clemson won by four points (13-9) in Columbia in 2005, then South Carolina won by three points (31-28) in 2006 at Clemson, then Clemson won by a 23-21 score at South Carolina in 2007. That streak was broken last year when Clemson won by 17 (31-14) at Clemson.

• The Clemson and South Carolina seniors of 1965 experienced four consecutive games decided by four points or less and that is the only time it has happened in the history of the series. Clemson won in 1962 (20-17) and 1963 (24-20), then South Carolina won in 1964 (7-3) and 1965 (17-16). But, even those players did not play in all four games. In 1962 freshmen were not eligible, so those 1965 seniors didn’t even dress for the 1962 game.

• The Tigers have won six out of seven and 10 of 12. Clemson’s only loss since 2002 was at home to the Gamecocks in 2006.

• The visiting team won seven years in a row between 1991-97.

• This year’s Clemson senior class has a 2-1 record against South Carolina. Clemson classes who have beaten South Carolina four consecutive years were the seniors of 1900, 1919, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1983, 1991, 2000 and 2005. In 2005, Charlie Whitehurst became the only quarterback for either team in the series to start four victories.

• Clemson has an overall record of 49-29-3 in Columbia over the years, including a 30-17-2 mark in Williams-Brice Stadium. Clemson has been especially successful in Columbia since 1988. The Tigers are 9-1 in Columbia since then with the only loss coming in 2001, a game that started at noon. Clemson has not lost a night game in Columbia since 1987, winning night games in 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

• This weekend’s game will be played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the fourth year in a row. Clemson has a 9-3 record against South Carolina when the game is played the Saturday after Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving Day. The only game played on Thanksgiving was the 1963 contest that was moved from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving due to the death of President John F. Kennedy.