There will be plenty of pomp and circumstance at Clemson Saturday for the home finale against The Citadel. It’s only appropriate that it will be Military Appreciation Day considering Clemson’s military heritage and The Citadel’s standing as the state’s military college.
The day will carry special meaning for the Tigers’ Daniel Rodriguez. He has a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star from his service in Afghanistan.
It will also be Senior Day for 19 Tigers who will run down The Hill for the final time. This senior class has won 36 of 50 games and has a 30-7 record over the last three seasons. A win Saturday would make this class Clemson’s most successful since the 1991 group led by Levon Kirkland which won 39 games.
Clemson has won 30 of 36 meetings with The Citadel in a series that dates back to 1909. Clemson has won the last 15 games in the series including a 45-17 victory in their last meeting in 2008. The Tigers have defeated non-ranked teams by double digits for 17 straight games outscoring their opponents by an average of 27 points per game.
Clemson is 9-1 and ranked 7th in the BCS standings this week. The Citadel is 5-6 and winners of three in a row. The Bulldogs went 4-4 in the Southern Conference. They will be the second straight triple option team for the Tigers’ defense. The Bulldogs average 282 rushing yards per game and are led by quarterback Ben Dupree with 939 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd will go into the game three shy of 100 career touchdown passes. Only 17 quarterbacks in college football history have thrown for at least 100 touchdowns. Boyd holds 52 Clemson records including most yards passing, most total offense, most touchdown passes, most completions and most 300 yard passing games. Boyd is also the first quarterback in ACC history with at least 10,000 passing yards and 1000 yards rushing.
Saturday’s game is set for a Noon kickoff on ESPN3 and is a sellout.