Clemson Tigers football, 1940–49

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The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1940–1949 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition.

1940[edit]

1940 Clemson Tigers football
Southern Conference Champions
Conference Southern Conference
1940 record 6–2–1 (4–0–0 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Red Sharpe
Home stadium Riggs Field
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »
1940 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson 4 0 0     6 2 1
#18 Duke 4 1 0     7 2 0
Wake Forest 4 2 0     7 3 0
William & Mary 2 1 1     6 2 1
North Carolina 3 2 0     6 4 0
Richmond 3 2 0     7 3 0
VMI 3 2 1     7 2 1
Furman 4 3 0     5 4 0
Washington & Lee 1 1 1     2 7 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 0     5 5 0
NC State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Maryland 0 1 1     2 6 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 6 0
Davison 1 5 0     5 5 0
The Citadel 0 4 0     4 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21* Presbyterian Riggs FieldCalhoun, SC W 38–0
September 28* Wofford Riggs FieldCalhoun, SC W 26–0
October 5 vs. NC State American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) W 26–7
October 12 Wake Forest Riggs FieldCalhoun, SC W 39–0
October 24 at South Carolina #13 Columbia Municipal StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 21–13
November 2* at Tulane #10 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA L 0–13
November 9* at Alabama Polytechnic Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL L 7–21
November 16* at Southwestern Presbyterian Crump StadiumMemphis, TN T 12–12
November 23 at Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 13–7
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1941[edit]

1941 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1941 record 7–2 (5–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Wade Padgett
Home stadium Riggs Field
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »
1941 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Duke 5 0 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 4 0 1     4 4 1
Clemson 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     8 2 0
VMI 4 2 0     4 6 0
Virginia Tech 4 2 0     6 4 1
Wake Forest 4 2 1     5 5 1
NC State 3 4 2     4 5 2
Furman 2 3 2     3 4 2
Washington & Lee 1 2 2     1 6 2
North Carolina 2 4 0     3 7 0
Maryland 1 2 0     3 5 1
Davidson 1 5 2     1 6 3
The Citadel 0 2 1     4 3 1
George Washington 0 4 1     1 7 1
Richmond 0 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20* Presbyterian Riggs FieldCalhoun, SC W 41–12
September 27 vs. VMI City Stadium • Lynchburg, VA W 36–7
October 4 vs. NC State American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) W 27–6
October 11* at Boston College Fenway ParkBoston, MA W 26–13
October 23 at South Carolina #14 Columbia Municipal StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 14–18
October 31 at George Washington Griffith StadiumWashington, D. C. W 19–0
November 15 Wake Forest Riggs FieldCalhoun, SC W 29–0
November 22 at Furman #18 Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 34–6
November 29* at Alabama Polytechnic #16 Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL L 7–28
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1942[edit]

1942 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1942 record 3–6–1 (2–3–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Charlie Wright
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »
1942 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 William & Mary 4 0 0     9 1 1
Virginia Tech 5 1 0     7 2 1
Wake Forest 6 1 1     6 2 1
North Carolina 3 1 1     5 2 2
Duke 3 1 1     5 4 1
NC State 3 1 2     4 4 2
Furman 3 3 0     3 6 0
The Citadel 2 2 0     5 2 0
Clemson 2 3 1     3 6 1
Davidson 2 4 1     2 6 1
VMI 2 4 1     3 5 1
George Washington 2 4 0     3 6 0
Maryland 1 2 0     7 2 0
South Carolina 1 4 0     1 7 1
Richmond 1 5 0     3 6 1
Washington & Lee 0 4 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Memorial Stadium was inaugurated September 19 with a win against Presbyterian. Clemson's 200th win came on Big Thursday against South Carolina.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumCalhoun, SC W 6–4
September 26 vs. VMI City Stadium • Lynchburg, VA T 0–0
October 3 vs. NC State American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) L 6–7
October 10* at Boston College Fenway ParkBoston, MA L 7–14
October 22 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 18–6
October 31 at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWake Forest, NC L 6–19
November 7 George Washington Memorial StadiumCalhoun, SC L 0–7
November 14* at Jacksonville Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL L 6–24
November 21 Furman Memorial StadiumCalhoun, SC W 12–7
November 28* at #16 Alabama Polytechnic Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL L 13–41
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1943[edit]

1943 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1943 record 2–6 (2–3 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Ralph Jenkins
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »
1943 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Duke 4 0 0     8 1 0
Maryland 2 0 0     4 5 0
South Carolina 2 1 0     5 2 0
Wake Forest 3 2 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 2 2 0     6 3 0
Richmond 1 1 0     6 1 0
Clemson 2 3 1     3 6 1
VMI 2 3 0     2 6 0
NC State 1 4 0     3 6 0
Davidson 0 3 0     0 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 12–13
October 2 vs. NC State American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) W 19–7
October 9 vs. VMI Victory StadiumRoanoke, VA L 7–12
October 21 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 6–33
October 30 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 12–41
November 6 at Davidson Richardson StadiumDavidson, NC W 26–6
November 13* at Georgia Pre-Flight Greenville, SC L 6–32
November 20* at #15 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 6–41
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1944[edit]

1944 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1944 record 4–5 (3–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Ralph Jenkins
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »
1944 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Duke 4 0 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 6 1 0     8 1 0
Clemson 3 1 0     4 5 0
NC State 3 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 2 1 1     5 2 1
Maryland 1 1 0     1 7 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 4 2
VMI 1 5 0     1 8 0
North Carolina 0 3 1     1 7 1
Richmond 0 4 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 34–0
September 30* at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 0–51
October 7 vs. NC State American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC (Textile Bowl) W 13–7
October 19 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 20–13
October 28 at #20 Tennessee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN L 7–26
November 4 at #17 Wake Forest Groves StadiumWake Forest, NC L 7–13
November 11 at VMI Victory StadiumRoanoke, VA W 57–12
November 18* at Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA L 20–36
November 24* at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 7–21
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1945[edit]

1945 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1945 record 6–3–1 (2–1–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Ralph Jenkins
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »
1945 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Duke 4 0 0     6 2 0
#19 Wake Forest 4 1 1     5 3 1
William & Mary 4 2 0     6 3 0
Clemson 2 1 1     6 3 1
Maryland 3 2 0     6 2 1
VMI 3 2 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 2 2 0     5 4 0
NC State 2 4 0     3 5 0
Virginia Tech 2 5 0     2 6 0
South Carolina 0 3 2     2 4 3
Richmond 0 4 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 76–0
September 29* at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 0–20
October 6 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 13–0
October 13 Pensacola Naval Air Station Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 7–6
October 19 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) T 0–0
November 2* at Miami Burdine StadiumMiami, FL L 6–7
November 10 Virginia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 35–0
November 17* at Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 47–20
November 24* at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 21–7
December 1 Wake Forest #16 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 6–13
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1946[edit]

1946 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1946 record 4–5 (2–3 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Chip Clark
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »
1946 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 North Carolina 4 0 1     8 2 1
William & Mary 7 1 0     8 2 0
#18 NC State 6 1 0     8 3 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     5 3 0
Duke 3 2 0     4 5 0
Richmond 3 2 2     6 2 2
Virginia Tech 3 3 3     3 4 3
VMI 2 3 1     4 5 1
George Washington 1 1 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 3 0     4 5 0
Wake Forest 2 3 0     6 3 0
Maryland 2 5 0     3 6 0
Furman 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington & Lee 1 4 0     2 6 0
The Citadel 1 5 0     3 5 0
Davidson 1 5 0     4 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 39–0
September 27* at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 12–35
October 5 NC State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) L 7–14
October 12 Wake Forest Groves StadiumWake Forest, NC L 7–19
October 24 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 14–26
November 2 Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 14–7
November 9* at Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA L 13–54
November 16 Furman Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 20–6
November 23* vs. Alabama Polytechnic Cramton BowlMontgomery, AL W 21–13
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1947[edit]

1947 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1947 record 4–5 (1–3 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Cary Cox
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »
1947 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 William & Mary 7 1 0     9 2 0
#9 North Carolina 4 1 0     8 2 0
South Carolina 4 1 1     6 2 1
#19 Duke 3 1 1     4 3 2
Washington & Lee 3 2 0     5 5 0
Maryland 3 2 1     7 2 2
#17 NC State 3 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
Davidson 3 3 1     6 3 1
Wake Forest 3 4 0     6 4 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 5 1
Clemson 1 3 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 1 4 0     3 5 0
Furman 1 4 0     2 7 0
Richmond 1 5 0     3 7 0
George Washington 0 4 9     1 7 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 42–0
September 26* at Boston College Braves FieldBoston, MA L 22–32
October 4 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 14–16
October 11 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 0–18
October 23 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 19–21
October 31* at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 6–21
November 8 at Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 35–7
November 15* at Duquesne Forbes FieldPittsburgh, PA W 34–13
November 22* Alabama Polytechnic Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 34–18
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1948[edit]

1948 Clemson Tigers football
Southern Conference Champions
Gator Bowl, W 24–23 vs. Missouri
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
AP #11
1948 record 11–0 (5–0 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Bob Martin, Phil Prince
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »
1948 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Clemson 5 0 0     11 0 0
#3 North Carolina 4 0 1     9 1 1
VMI 5 1 0     6 3 0
#17 William & Mary 5 1 1     7 2 2
#20 Wake Forest 5 2 0     6 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0     6 4 0
Duke 3 2 1     4 3 2
Richmond 3 3 1     5 3 2
Washington & Lee 2 2 0     4 6 0
Furman 2 4 0     2 6 1
George Washington 2 4 0     4 6 0
Davidson 2 5 0     3 5 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 5 0
NC State 1 4 1     3 6 1
Virginia Tech 0 6 1     0 8 1
The Citadel 0 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Memorial Stadium hosted its first night game in the opener against Presbyterian.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 53–0
October 2 NC State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 6–0
October 9* at Mississippi State Scott FieldStarkville, MS W 21–7
October 21 at South Carolina #14 Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 13–7
October 29* at Boston College #13 Braves FieldBoston, MA W 26–19
November 6 Furman #12 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 41–0
November 13 #19 Wake Forest #10 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–14
November 20* Duquesne #9 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 42–0
November 27* vs. Alabama Polytechnic #11 Ladd StadiumMobile, AL W 7–6
December 4* at The Citadel #10 Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 20–0
January 1* vs. Missouri #11 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 24–23
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1949[edit]

1949 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1949 record 4–4–2 (2–2–0 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Gene Moore
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »
1949 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 North Carolina 5 0 0     7 4 0
#14 Maryland 4 0 0     9 1 0
Washington & Lee 3 1 1     3 5 1
Duke 4 2 0     6 3 0
William & Mary 4 2 0     6 4 0
VMI 3 2 1     3 5 1
The Citadel 2 2 0     4 5 0
Clemson 2 2 0     4 4 2
Furman 3 3 0     3 6 0
South Carolina 3 3 0     4 6 0
Wake Forest 3 3 0     4 6 0
George Washington 2 3 0     4 5 0
NC State 3 6 0     3 7 0
Virginia Tech 1 5 2     1 7 2
Richmond 2 6 0     3 7 0
Davidson 1 5 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 17* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 69–7
September 24* at Rice Rice FieldHouston, TX L 7–33
October 1 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 7–6
October 8* Mississippi State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC T 7–7
October 20 at South Carolina Carolina StadiumColumbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 13–27
October 29 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 21–35
November 5* Boston College Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 27–40
November 12* Duquesne Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 33–20
November 19 Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 28–21
November 26* vs. Alabama Polytechnic Ladd StadiumMobile, AL T 20–20
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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