October 24, 2014

Clemson and Texas A&M to hook up for two game football series

clemson logoClemson and Texas A&M have agreed to a two-game series that will be played during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Both schools made the announcement Thursday night.

Clemson will travel to Texas A&M for a contest at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on September 8, 2018, while the Aggies will come to Clemson’s Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019.

“We are looking forward to playing Texas A&M as the two schools share a rich military heritage and of course passionate fan bases,” said Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich.  “We know our fans make Clemson a great game day experience and the Aggie fans make Kyle field also one of the great venues in all of college football.”

The two schools have played four times previously and Texas A&M holds the series lead 3-1.  But, Clemson did win the last meeting, a 25-24 Tigers victory at Clemson in 2005 when Jad Dean kicked a 42-yard field goal with just two seconds left. Texas A&M won the previous year, in College Station, by a 27-6 score.

“We are excited to play the Clemson Tigers, who have been on Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule previously,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “As a fellow land-grant institution, Clemson is very similar to Texas A&M with a great football tradition and passionate fans. This will be a great non-conference series for both schools.”

Clemson now has two non-conference games against teams from the Power Five conferences through the 2020 season.  Earlier it was announced that Clemson would face Notre Dame in 2015, 2020, 2022 and 2023.  The Tigers will meet Auburn in 2016 and 2017 and now face Texas A&M in 2018 and 2019.  The Tigers are schedule to play South Carolina each year as well.

Dabo Swinney following Wednesday’s practice (AUDIO)

Dabo Swinney will unleash Tyshon Dye for the first time Saturday.

Dabo Swinney will unleash Tyshon Dye for the first time Saturday.

Following Wednesday’s practice, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney spoke with reporters.

The first thing Swinney addressed was the health of running back Tyshon Dye, who has yet to make an appearance for the Tigers due to injuries since he stepped on campus in 2013.  Swinney announced that Dye will indeed make his on the field field debut Saturday in Death Valley against Syracuse.

Swinney also informed reporters that receiver Charone Peake is battling with symptoms of Synovitis in his knee, and it will still be a few weeks before he can make his return to the field.

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Jordan Leggett will be out several weeks with knee injury

Jordan Leggett will be out several weeks with knee injury

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On his conference call Sunday evening, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney revealed that running back Adam Choice suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season, and tight end Jordan Leggett suffered torn meniscus in his knee and will be out several weeks.  He will have an MRI Monday.

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