January 30, 2015

Brad Brownell looks to keep things rolling forward against Boston College (AUDIO)

Brad Brownell p

Brad Brownell p

Clemson managed to shake off a slow start to ACC play and recover from a brutal stretch of opening league games that included the likes of Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia. Tomorrow they play Boston College at Littlejohn Coliseum with some momentum working in their favor, winners of three of the past four. A win over the Eagles tomorrow will put the Tigers above .500 in the ACC for the first time this season.

AUDIO: Brad Brownell previews B.C. (10:00)

Game notes from Clemson SID:


Clemson (12-8, 4-4 ACC) vs. Boston College (9-10, 1-6 ACC)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 31

Tipoff: 12 p.m. ET

Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)

Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

TV: ACC Network (Wes Durham-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)

  • Clemson meets Boston College for the 19th time in the series, with the Tigers holding an 11-7 edge overall.
  • The Tigers are coming off their second ACC road win of the season, 68-57 at NC State.
  • This weekend serves as the program’s alumni reunion, where the 1979-80 Elite Eight (35 years) and 1989-90 ACC championship (25 years) teams will be honored.


  • Faculty and staff receive free admission to Saturday’s game and can purchase additional tickets for only $10, redeemable at the Littlejohn box office.
  • The first 500 Clemson students through the doors receive a free hot chocolate.
  • Saturday is also IPTAY Day, and Clemson’s longtime fundraising arm will be celebrated.


CU Series W-L record: Clemson leads 11-7

Streak: Clemson won the most recent meeting


  • Nearly 100 former players, coaches and managers are expected for alumni reunion weekend, including four of the program’s seven first-round NBA Draft selections — Elden Campbell, Dale Davis, Larry Nance and Sharone Wright.
  • In the win at NC State, the Tigers led by 20 points at halftime and won on Tobacco Road by double digits for just the fifth time in 180 games.
  • The Tiger bench outscored the Wolfpack 14-12, and Clemson is now 7-1 on the season when its bench outscores the opponent’s.
  • Clemson’s last two opponents — Wake Forest and NC State — have shot season-low field goal percentages against the Tiger defense.
  • Jordan Roper led the Tigers in scoring at NC State, a first this season for the Tiger junior. He produced 18 points, his high total against a league opponent since also scoring 18 in the ACC Tournament against Florida State in 2013.
  • Landry Nnoko reached double figues in the scoring column at NC State, his first since a Dec. 22 game against Oakland.


Clemson releases its 2015 football slate

Dabo Swinney has led the Tigers to 10 or more wins the past four seasons.

Dabo Swinney has led the Tigers to 10 or more wins the past four seasons.

A home schedule which includes Notre Dame and 2014 top-10 finishers Florida State and Georgia Tech highlights the 2015 Clemson football schedule announced on Thursday.

Clemson has seven home games and five on the road for the 10th consecutive regular season. Five of Clemson’s first six games are at home for just the fifth time in history, just the second time in the last 23 years.

“I am always excited to see the schedule for the upcoming season because it allows us to plan our journey for the next season,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “There is no doubt this will as challenging a schedule as we have ever had with some great home games and tough games in road venues.  We are already preparing for the challenge and can’t wait to get started with spring practice (March 2).”

Clemson opens the 2015 season on the same date and against the same opponent the Tigers faced in opening the National Championship season of 1981, a September 5 contest with Wofford.  Week two will see the Tigers face Appalachian State in the first  meeting between the two schools as FBS members, and the first time Appalachian State has come to Clemson since the two teams met in the season opener of 1997.

Clemson will have a quick turnaround for its third game, when the Tigers open ACC play at Atlantic Division rival Louisville on Thursday night, September 17. It will be the first of seven straight games against 2014 bowl teams. Clemson has won four straight Thursday night regular season games dating to the 2009 season. It will be the first time Clemson has had just five days to prepare for a game since 2012 when the Tigers won at Wake Forest.

Notre Dame comes to Clemson for the first time since 1977 when the two schools faced in a meeting of top 15 teams. Notre Dame won that game, 21-17, and went on to win the National Championship.  Clemson won the rematch two years later in South Bend, 16-10. The two schools have not met since. Clemson will have 16 days to prepare for Notre Dame, the most preparation for a game in the middle of a season since 1918.  Notre Dame has a .732 winning percentage in its history, best among all FBS schools.  Over the last four years Clemson has defeated seven of the top 25 schools on that list (Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Auburn and Virginia Tech).

Clemson plays back-to-back home games against league rivals Georgia Tech and Boston College the following two weeks. Tech comes to Clemson on October 10 in a meeting of two top 15 teams from the final 2014 AP poll.

Clemson plays its first Saturday road game of the year at Miami on Oct. 24. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2010 when Miami won at Clemson. Clemson won its last trip to face Miami in 2009 by a 40-37 score in overtime. The road team has won all four meetings since Miami joined the ACC in 2004.

Clemson will play back-to-back road games when the Tigers travel to Raleigh to face N.C. State. Clemson defeated a Wolfpack team that won eight games last year by a 41-0 score, the second largest margin of victory for the Tigers over a league team that would win at least eight games in Clemson’s 62 years in the ACC.

On Nov. 7, Clemson hosts Florida State in a battle of two of the four teams nationally that have ranked in the top 25 of the final AP and USA Today polls each of the last four years. The winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division of the ACC each of the last six years.

The Tigers play their fourth and final ACC road game on Nov. 14, traveling to Syracuse for just the second time. The Tigers defeated the Orange 49-14 the last time they played at Syracuse, and won the contest at home last year 16-6.

The Tigers conclude their ACC schedule Nov. 21 at home against Wake Forest, marking the second time Wake Forest has been Clemson’s opponent on “Senior Day” at Memorial Stadium since 1989.

Clemson concludes the regular season at South Carolina on Nov. 28. The Tigers won the rivalry game last year by a 35-17 score at Memorial Stadium.

2015 Clemson Football Schedule
Sept. 5 – WOFFORD
Sept. 17 – at Louisville
Oct. 24 – at Miami
Oct. 31 – at NC State
Nov. 14 – at Syracuse
Nov. 28 – at South Carolina

Tigers use fast start, solid finish to win at NC State (AUDIO)

Jordan Roper had the hot hand for the Tigers (File Photo)

Jordan Roper had the hot hand for the Tigers (File Photo)

Clemson put together a 25-2 run in the first half and led by 20 at halftime, and then held off an NC State push in the second to win 68-57 at PNC Arena. The Tigers moved to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in the ACC with the win. The Wolfpack fell to 13-9 overall, 4-5 in league play. It was Clemson’s fifth win at PNC Arena in 11 trips.

Jordan Roper led the way with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Rod Hall added 11, all in the opening half, while Landry Nnoko contributed 10 in only 15 minutes. Jaron Blossomgame had 12 rebounds to lead Clemson’s efforts on the glass.

The opening half performance was fueled by a 14-0 stretch that expanded into the 25-2 run. Clemson’s defense was largely the culprit, forcing seven Wolfpack turnovers and limiting State to 23 percent shooting. Hall scored 11 points in the frame, including a pair of triples in transition. Clemson was 5-for-10 from long distance in the opening half of play, and seven different players accounted for the 36 points. State made just three field goals after opening a 6-2 lead at the start.

Clemson saw its lead cut to three at 47-44 on a monstrous run by NC State, but the Tigers rallied back with six straight points on baskets by Blossomgame, Donte Grantham and Damarcus Harrison. The Tigers turned the ball over 10 times in the half against State’s pressure. Clemson pulled away late after forcing several NC State misses. Harrison punctuated the victory with a dunk inside the final 30 seconds.

The Tigers return home to take on Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon. It will be alumni reunion weekend in Clemson, where the 1979-80 and 1989-90 teams will be honored for their Elite Eight and ACC regular season championship accomplishments, respectively. The game will be televised by the Regional Sports Network.

Final Stats

AUDIO: Brad Brownell post game [4:40]

AUDIO: Mark Gottfried post game [9:11]

Brad Brownell previews Tigers game at N.C. State (VIDEO)

Clemson is trying to win a second straight ACC game this week.

Clemson is trying to win a second straight ACC game this week.

Clemson is back in action tomorrow night, heading to Raleigh to face N.C. State.  A win will move the Tigers to the .500 mark in conference play, not bad after a brutal opening slate of league games against highly ranked teams. Brad Brownell met with the media today to  preview the game. We’ve got that for you below, along with Clemson’s official rundown from the game notes.




Clemson (11-8, 3-4 ACC) vs. NC State (13-8, 4-4 ACC)

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Tipoff: 9 p.m. ET

Arena: PNC Arena (19,722)

Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

TV: ACC Network (Bob Rathbun-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)

  • Clemson enters Wednesday’s tilt having won two games in its three-game home stand, defeating Syracuse and Wake Forest.
  • The Tigers are in search of their first win in Raleigh since the 2009-10 season, a 73-70 triumph that was the culmination of three straight wins at PNC Arena for the Clemson program.
  • Josh Smith scored the game-winning putback with 0.5 seconds left in Clemson’s 59-57 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.



CU Series W-L record: NC State leads 99-59

Streak: Clemson won the most recent meeting



  • The win over Wake Forest was the second-latest game-deciding play in school history; only Sharrod Ford’s buzzer-beating dunk against Virginia Tech in 2005 occurred later.
  • In the win over the Demon Deacons, Clemson overcame a 12-point second half deficit. It was Clemson’s largest deficit overcome in a home win since the Tigers trailed NC State by 19 in 2011 but rallied to win.
  • Saturday’s game was the eighth time under Brad Brownell the Tigers overcame a double-digit deficit since 2010.
  • Clemson’s defense has been among the ACC’s best in conference play. The Tigers are No. 1 in three-point percentage defense (.303) in league games, and second in scoring defense (61.1) and field goal percentage defense (.400).
  • Donte Grantham (10.1 ppg) is attempting to become only the 12th freshman in school history to average double figures over the course of a season.
  • In the Tigers’ last game, Rod Hall (355 assists) and Landry Nnoko (115 blocks) moved into 10th place on Clemson’s respective all-time lists.


Clemson defensive back suffers a setback with torn ACL

Travis Blanks

Travis Blanks

Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks will miss spring practice for the second consecutive year as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL.  He reinjured the knee during one of the final practices in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl game against Oklahoma.

Blanks had the surgery on Jan. 16, and hopes to return in time for beginning of fall practice. He missed all of last year after suffering a torn ACL against The Citadel in the 11th game of the 2013 season.

Blanks  was a second-team freshman All-American in 2012 when he had 51 tackles, an interception and seven passes broken up in 13 games, eight as a starter. In 2013 he had 35 tackles in 11 games, 10 as a starter before suffering the injury on his sixth play of the Citadel game.