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NOTES: Tigers fall to South Carolina
Posted Nov 28, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When C.J. Spiller returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown it was the seventh touchdown this year not scored by the Clemson offense.
This ties the Clemson single season record for touchdowns on returns in a season. The 1990 Clemson team also had seven touchdowns on returns.
•Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers blocked a Spencer Lanning field goal attempt in the third period. It was Clemson's first block of any kind this year. Over the last three years Clemson has five blocked kicks and four are against South Carolina.
•Clemson established a school record for receptions, reception yards and touchdowns by the tight end position in a season today. Clemson tight ends had a combined nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown today. That gives Clemson tight ends 55 catches for 583 yards and eight touchdowns this year. The previous records for catches and yards were 46 for 582 in 1970. The previous touchdown record was seven set by the 1974 Clemson team.
•South Carolina rushed for 223 net yards today, the second highest total against Clemson this year. Georgia Tech, Clemson's opponent next week in the ACC Championship game, has the most with 301 back on Sept. 10.
•Today marked the fifth time in the last six years that the team with the better overall record entering this rivalry game, lost.
•Today was just the second time since 1988 that Clemson had lost at South Carolina. The only other loss was in 2001, a 20-15 South Carolina victory. That was also the last time the game was a day game in Columbia.
•Today ended a three-game losing streak for the team with two weeks to prepare. Each of the last three years the team with an extra week to prepare lost the game. South Carolina had an extra week to prepare this year but won.
•Today Clemson scored just 17 points, ending the Tigers school record streak of six straight games scoring at least 34 points.
•Today ended Clemson's six-game winning streak in games played in the month of November. The last November loss was at Florida State on Nov. 8, 2008 by a 41-27 score.
•C.J. Spiller returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown today. It was his seventh career kickoff return for a score and that establishes an NCAA record. Spiller, former Southern California All-American Anthony Davis (1972-74) and Ashlan Davis of Tulsa (2004-05) had six kickoff returns for touchdown prior to today.
•Spiller's kickoff return for a score to open the game was his eighth total kick return for a score in his career. He has seven kickoffs and one punt return. That ties an NCAA record held by many for total kick returns for touchdown in a career.
•This was Spiller's fourth kickoff return for a touchdown this year. He already had the ACC record. The national record is five by Ashlan Davis of Tulsa in 2004.
•Spiller also went over the 7000 all-purpose yardage mark on the play. He needed just 26 all-purpose yards entering today's game to become the fifth player in NCAA history to reach that milestone. He finished the day with 141 all-purpose yards and now has 7115 entering the ACC Championship game, fifth best in NCAA history. The record is now 7764 by Brandon West of Western Michigan, who completed his career this past Tuesday evening.
•Spiller's kickoff return for a score was the second time this year he has taken the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He also did it against Middle Tennessee State in the season opener.
•While kickoff returns for a touchdown would be considered a good thing, Clemson is just 4-3 in Spiller's career when he has a kickoff return for a touchdown. The losses were to Alabama, Maryland and today against South Carolina.
•The kickoff return for a touchdown was Spiller's ninth touchdown play of at least 50 yards this year and the 21st of his career. It was the eighth different game he has had a touchdown of at least 50 yards this year. He had two against Miami.
•Spiller's touchdown on the kickoff return gives him at least on touchdown in every game this year. He is the only player in the nation to score a touchdown in every game this year. His streak is the second longest in Clemson history. Travis Zachery scored in 13 straight games over the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
•Spiller had 19 yards receiving today and now has 440 for the season. He broke his own Clemson single season record for reception yardage in today's game. He had the previous record with 436 last year.
•When Kyle Parker threw an interception in the first half, it was his first interception since the Florida State game. He had gone 69 straight passes without throwing an interception.
•Parker did establish a Clemson record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass today when he threw the 22-yard scoring pass to Michael Palmer in the second half. He has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in seven straight games. The previous record was six games in a row by Woody Dantzler in 2000 and Mike Eppley in 1984.
•Rashard Hall had an interception in the first half, it was the sixth of the year for the Clemson freshman. That is the most by a Clemson freshman since 2002 when Justin Miller had eight.
•Michael Palmer had eight catches for 106 yards today. It is the first 100-yard receiving game by a Clemson tight end since September 12, 1970 when John McMakin had five catches for 107 yards against The Citadel. Palmer's game today was just the second 100-yard receiving game by a Clemson tight end. Yes, Bennie Cunningham never had a 100-yard receiving game in his All-America career at Clemson.
•Palmer's eight catches are the second most in a game by a Clemson tight end. John McMakin had nine catches against Florida State in 1970.
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