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Clemson-Wake Forest Post Game Notes

Sept. 16, 2000

Clemson Post Game Notes

Clemson’s 623 yards of total offense in today’s game ranks as the second highest total in Clemson history, highest since 1981. The only total that is higher is the 756 that Clemson had against Wake Forest in 1981.

The 436 net yards rushing rank in a tie for seventh highest in Clemson history, most since the Tigers had 440 against UT Chattanooga in 1992. It was the highest rushing total against an ACC opponent since the Tigers had 536 against Wake Forest in 1981.

Clemson had 30 first downs in today’s game, the first time since the 1983 Maryland game that Clemson reached the 30-mark in that statistical category. The Clemson single game record is 35 against Wake Forest in 1981.

Clemson has now scored 155 points in the first three games of the season. That is the second highest total in Clemson history for the first three games of the season. Clemson scored 157 in the first three games of the 1901 season, John Heisman’s second year as head coach.

Clemson is now 3-0 for the first time since 1991. It is just the fifth time Clemson has been 3-0 since the 1961 season. Over the last 39 years, Clemson was also 3-0 in 1981, 1987, 1991 and 1989. Clemson has not been 4-0 since 1989. That 4-0 start included Clemson’s last win over Florida State.

Woodrow Dantzler had 166 yards rushing in today’s game, the second highest total for a Clemson quarterback in history. His total is second to himself. Dantzler had a record 185 yards rushing at Maryland last year. In Clemson’s first scoring drive, Woody Dantzler had 4 rushes for 47 yards and was 2-4 for 14 yards passing. Dantzler had 61 of Clemson’s 72 total yards on the drive. In Clemson’s second scoring drive, all 80 yards gained by Clemson were rushing. This included a 54-yard run by Woody Dantzler which is the second longest rush of his career. Dantzler had 100 yards rushing in 8 carries in the first quarter alone.

Today’s 323 yards of total offense by Dantzler ranked as the eighth highest figure in Clemson history. It was the third 300-yard total offense game of Dantzler’s career. There have been just 16 total by Clemson quarterbacks.

Keith Kelly’s 93 yards rushing were the most by a Clemson first-year freshman since 1994 when Lamont Pegues had 136 in a victory at North Carolina.

Clemson’s offense has not had a turnover this year in 242 offensive snaps. Clemson’s only turnover so far this year is a fumble on a kickoff return.

While Clemson’s offense has scored 155 points in the first three games, its highest scoring total for the first three contests since 1901, the 16 points allowed by the defense is the best point prevention for the first three games since 1991 when Clemson allowed just 14 points over the first three games. Clemson led the nation in rushing defense that season.

Dantler has been at the controls of Clemson’s offense for 114 of a possible 180 minutes so far this season. Clemson has scored 127 points in those 114 minutes. That includes one defensive touchdown.

At 5:57 in the second quarter, Tony Lazzara kicked a 26-yard field goal. This was the first field goal by Lazzara since a 24-yarder last year at South Carolina.

With 1:25 left in the first half, Rod Garder grabbed his 121st career reception, moving him ahead of Tony Horne and into 5th place on Clemson’s Career Reception List.

With 0:44 to go in the first half, Wake Forest got its first first down of the game.

In the first half, Robert Carswell broke the record for career tackles by a Clemson defensive back. The previous record was 294 tackles, held by Terry Kinard. Carswell had 7 tackles for the day. Carswell also had his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

Clemson’s Tiger did 255 push-ups in today’s game, bringing the total number of push-ups for the three games to 720. The record for most push-ups by a Tiger in a season is 1124 set in 1978.

Travis Zachery had 73 yards rushing and a career high 86 yards receiving in today’s game. Zachery had his second receiving touchdown as a Tigers and now has 27 career touchdowns, five away from tying Lester Brown’s career record. He continues to threaten a Clemson first. No Tiger has ever had a 100-yard rushing game and 100-yard receiving game in the same contest in Clemson history.

In the fourth quarter Terry Witherspoon had an 11-yard gain, his first carry of the year.

Clemson 3-0 and 4-0 Starts:

        3-0             4-0        1900    1960    1900        1902    1981    1928        1903    1987    1929        1928    1989    1930        1929    1991    1940        1930    2000    1941        1935            1948        1940            1958        1941            1981        1948            1987        1950            1989        1951        1955        1958

Clemson Injuries: Terry Jolly and Jason Holloman did not play in today’s game due to injury. Jermyn Chester was the only Tiger to suffer an injury in today’s game. He suffered cartilage damage in a knee. He will have an MRI done on Sunday to determine if he needs to have surgery. Regardless, he should miss the next two games.

Wake Forest Post Game Notes

Wake Forest opened the game on offense with two tight ends, allowing true freshman Mark Moroz to make his first career start. Another true freshman, Quintin Williams, made his first career start in place of injured cornerback Chris Justice. Redshirt freshman Obi Chuckwumah made his first start.

The Deacons started the same number of freshmen (3) as seniors (3).

Clemson is the first Wake Forest opponent this season to get on the scoreboard first.

WFU was shutout in the first quarter for the first time this season.

Today’s game was the largest attendance ever for a Clemson vs. Wake Forest game.

Today’s attendance (73,000) marked the 8th-largest crowd to see a Wake Forest football game. The crowd was the second-largest to see a WFU-Clemson game with the largest coming in Tokyo on November 27, 1982 (80,000).

Senior Chris McCoy, who sat out the first two games because of a team suspension, saw his first action of the season.

Quarterback Anthony Young saw his first career action, replacing the injured C.J. Leak in the 3rd quarter. Young is a true freshman, and the 7th true freshman to start in 2000.

Junior wide receiver Ira Williams scored his first points of the season when he caught a 6-yard pass from Anthony Young in the 4th quarter – WFU’s first points of the game.