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The Graveyard

Entering 2019, Clemson has garnered 88 wins over AP or USA Today ranked teams since 1940, but some wins stand out. Winning over a ranked team in Death Valley is one thing, but gaining victory over a ranked team on an opponent’s home field is an extraordinary accomplishment. To document these victories, Clemson constructed a “Graveyard” at the entrance to the Clemson practice fields by the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex.

At the time of its inception, the Graveyard commemorated Top 20 road wins. It has since expanded to include any Top 25 win away from home. Under Dabo Swinney’s watch, the Tigers have added 21 tombstones to the “Graveyard” — including four during Clemson’s 2016 national championship campaign and another three during its 2018 national title run.

DateOpponentScoreOpp. Rk
11-13-48Wake Forest21-1419
10-28-50Wake Forest13-1217
1-1-51Miami (FL)15-1415
9-19-59North Carolina20-1812
9-17-77Georgia7-617
11-18-78Maryland28-2411
11-8-81North Carolina10-88
11-13-82Maryland24-2218
11-5-83North Carolina16-310
9-20-86Georgia31-2814
9-9-89Florida State34-2316
10-10-92Virginia29-2810
11-5-94North Carolina28-1719
11-9-96Virginia24-1615
9-13-97N.C. State19-17*25
9-29-01Georgia Tech^47-449
11-06-04Miami^24-1710
11-19-05South Carolina13-919
9-16-06Florida State27-209
10-24-09Miami^40-378
10-01-11Virginia Tech23-311
12-03-11Virginia Tech38-105
9-01-12Auburn26-19*25
12-31-12Louisiana State25-249
1-03-14Ohio State40-357
12-29-14Oklahoma40-6*24
12-05-15North Carolina45-378
12-31-15Oklahoma37-174
10-29-16Florida State37-3412
12-2-16Virginia Tech42-3519
12-31-16Ohio State31-02
1-9-17Alabama35-311
9-6-17Louisville47-2114
9-30-17Virginia Tech31-1712
11-4-17NC State38-3120
11-25-17South Carolina34-10*24
12-2-17Miami (Fla.)38-37
11-10-18Boston College27-717
12-29-18Notre Dame30-33
1-7-19Alabama44-161
Note:

* – USA Today ranking

^ – overtime