Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrated his 41st birthday in style Saturday afternoon as his Tigers became bowl eligible with a 30-10 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. It’s the Tigers’ first road win of the season and their first on an opponent’s field since a win at NC State last November.
Some Clemson post game notes:
*Clemson’s 30-10 victory is the largest margin of victory for Clemson in Winston-Salem since 1978 when Clemson won 51-6.
*Clemson is now bowl eligible for the 12th consecutive year (every year since and including 1999).
*Clemson won this game on head coach Dabo Swinney’s 41st birthday. He is the first Clemson coach to win a game on his birthday. Only Red Parker (Oct. 26, 1974) also coached a game on his birthday as Clemson head coach. He lost at Tennessee that day 29-28.
*Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell also won on his birthday this week, a 78-70 win over Wofford on November 15.
*Clemson’s defense had is sixth straight game of allowing exactly one touchdown. This is the second longest streak of allowing one touchdown or less in Clemson history. The 1981 National Championship team holds the record with seven. They did it in the first seven games that year and in 10 of the 12 games that season.
*Clemson has now scored in double figures in 32 consecutive games, all 32 games Dabo Swinney has been head coach. That is the longest streak of double figure scoring games for the Clemson program since the 1982-85 era when Clemson had a 34-game streak. The last time Clemson failed to score in double figures was the 2008 game at Wake Forest, a 12-7 loss.
*Clemson is now 24-9 in November games since 2002, and 9-3 under Dabo Swinney in November.
*Clemson finished the ACC regular season with a 4-4 record, the program’s 12th consecutive year with at least a break even record in ACC play.
*Clemson had 413 yards of total offense today, the best for the Tigers since gaining 414 against Presbyterian in the second game of the year.
*Clemson held Wake Forest to just 205 yards of total offense, including just 97 in the first three periods. That is the best total defense performance by the Tigers this year and best since Coastal Carolina had just 170 in 2009.
*Clemson was 9-16 on third down today and is now 26-51 over the last three games.