*When Sammy Watkins caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd in the first
quarter tonight, Watkins broke two school records. It was his 12th touchdown catch
of the year, breaking the record of 11 previously held by himself and Aaron Kelly in
2007. It was also his 13th overall touchdown of the year, breaking the previous
Clemson record for a freshman. C.J. Spiller had 12 as a freshman in 2006. Spiller
was in the stadium tonight watching from the Clemson sidelines.
*Watkins had 205 all-purpose yards this evening, giving him 2,282 for the season,
second most in ACC history for a season. The only figure better is C.J. Spiller's
2,680 in 2009.
*DeAndre Hopkins broke his own bowl game receiving record tonight. He had 10
receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. The previous Clemson record for
receptions in a bowl game was nine by Hopkins last year against South Florida in the
Meineke Car Care Bowl.
*Tajh Boyd set an ACC record for touchdown responsibility tonight. His two
touchdown passes gave him 38 touchdowns passing and running for the season. The
previous ACC mark was 37 by Philip Rivers of NC State in 2003 and Russell Wilson of
NC State in 2010. Boyd has 33 touchdown passes, already a Clemson record, and five
rushing scores this year.
*Landon Walker played more than 33 plays tonight and established a Clemson career
record for plays in a career. He needed 33 to break Kyle Young's record of 3,097
set between 1998-01. It was his 49th start, more than any other player in Clemson
history at any position.
*Andre Ellington had 116 yards rushing this evening, his second straight 100-yard
rushing game. He had a 68-yard rushing touchdown that was the second longest in a
bowl game in Clemson history. The only one longer is an 83-yarder by C.J. Spiller
against Auburn in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Ellington finishes the season with
five 100-yard rushing games and 1,178 rushing yards for the year. The rushing total
is the eighth most in Clemson history.
*Chandler Catanzaro was 2-2 on field goals this evening and both were from 40 yards
or more. He finishes the year with 22 field goals overall, nine of which were from
40 yards or more. This is the second most field goals of 40 yards or more. Chris
Gardocki had 10 for the Tigers in 1989.
*Rashard Hall had his 10th career interception and 13th career takeaway in tonight's
game. He moved into ninth place in Clemson history in career takeaways.
*Clemson established a school record for touchdowns in a season tonight. The record
setter came on Watkins' 27 yard touchdown catch from Tajh Boyd. That was Clemson's
56th touchdown of the season. The previous record was 55 touchdowns in 2000 and
2006. Clemson added another score in the third quarter for its 57th touchdown of the
*Clemson scored 26 points tonight, giving the Tigers a school record 463 points for
*Clemson scored 17 points in the first quarter tonight, the most points Clemson has
scored in the first quarter of a bowl game. The previous high was 14 by the Tigers
against Missouri in the 1949 Gator Bowl.
*Clemson finishes the season with a 10-4 record, its most wins in a season since
1990 when the Tigers were 10-2. Clemson finishes the season with four wins over top
25 teams, most in school history. The Tigers played six games against top 25 teams,
also the most in one season in school history.
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