Clemson Tigers football, 1980–89

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The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1980–1989 represented Clemson University in NCAA Division I-A college football competition.

1980[edit]

1980 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1980 record 6–5 (2–4 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Lee Nanney, Willie Underwood
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »

Clemson won its 100th ACC game November 1 against Wake Forest.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 13* Rice Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 19–3
60,361
September 20* at #10 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 16–20
61,200
September 27* Western Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 17–10
58,490
October 4* Virginia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 13–10
64,558
October 11 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 27–24
32,443
October 18 Duke Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 17–34
59,873
October 25 at North Carolina State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 20–24
44,400
November 1 at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 35–33
28,200
November 8 #14 North Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 19–24
62,288
November 15 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 7–34
32,650
November 22* #19 South Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) W 27–6
64,200
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1981[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 Wofford* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 45-10   59,313
September 12 at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 13-5   45,736
September 19 #4 Georgia* Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 13-3   62,466
October 3 at Kentucky* #14 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ABC W 21-3   57,453
October 10 Virginiadagger #9 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 27-0   63,064
October 17 at Duke #6 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 38-10   26,000
October 24 North Carolina State #4 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 17-7   62,727
October 31 Wake Forest #3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 82-24   60,383
November 7 at #9[1] North Carolina #2 Kenan StadiumChapel Hill, NC ABC W 10-8   53,611
November 14 Maryland #2 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 21-7   63,199
November 23 at South Carolina* #2 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN W 29-13   56,971
January 1 vs. #4 Nebraska* #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 22-15   72,748
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

1982[edit]

1982 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #8
1982 record 9–1–1 (6–0 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Homer Jordan, Terry Kinard
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »

Clemson was placed on probation near the end of the season for recruiting violations, and was ineligible for a bowl bid. "I was a senior on the 1982 team, and we voted as seniors to accept the unprecedented extra year of probation which the ACC handed down on top of two year NCAA sanctions. We were offered the invitation to play SMU in the Cotton Bowl, and turned it down so that the future teams at Clemson could accept a bowl invitation in 1985." (Carl Martin)

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 6* at #7 Georgia #11 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 7–13
82,122
September 18* Boston College #16 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC T 17–17
63,118
September 25* Western Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–10
61,369
October 2* Kentucky Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 24–6
63,115
October 9 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 48–0
30,971
October 16 Duke #20 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 49–14
62,822
October 23 at North Carolina State #18 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 38–29
47,300
November 6 #18 North Carolina #13 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 16–13
63,788
November 13 at Maryland #11 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 24–22
51,750
November 20* South Carolina #10 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) W 24–6
66,210
November 28 vs. Wake Forest #10 National Olympic StadiumTokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) W 21–17
80,000
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1983[edit]

1983 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #11
1983 record 9–1–1 (7–0 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain James Farr, James Robinson
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »

Clemson was on probation for recruiting violations, and was ineligible for the ACC championship and a bowl bid.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3* Western Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 44–10
69,962
September 10* at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA L 16–31
32,500
September 17* #11 Georgia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC T 16–16
79,815
September 24 Georgia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 41–14
73,882
October 8 Virginia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 42–21
78,376
October 15 at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 38–31
19,300
October 22 North Carolina State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 27–17
73,773
October 29 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 24–17
65,475
November 5 at #10 North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 16–3
53,689
November 12 #11 Maryland #17 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 52–27
80,615
November 19* at South Carolina #13 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) W 22–13
74,550
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1984[edit]

1984 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1984 record 7–4 (5–2 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Mike Eppley, William Perry
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »

Clemson was on probation for recruiting violations, and was ineligible for the ACC championship and postseason play.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 1* Appalachian State #4 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 40–7
75,398
September 8 at Virginia #3 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 55–0
38,676
September 22* at #20 Georgia #2 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 23–26
82,122
September 29 at #20 Georgia Tech #13 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 21–28
57,704
October 6 North Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 20–12
80,111
October 20 Duke Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 54–21
80,617
October 27 at North Carolina State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 35–24
44,100
November 3 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 37–14
71,697
November 10* Virginia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 17–10
77,754
November 17 at Maryland #20 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD L 23–41
60,575
November 24* #9 South Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) L 21–22
82,093
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1985[edit]

1985 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1985 record 6–6 (4–3 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Steve Berlin, Steve Reese
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14* at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 20–17
31,000
September 21* Georgia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 13–20
80,473
September 28 Georgia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 3–14
79,309
October 5* at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY L 7–26
58,230
October 12 Virginia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 27–24
79,110
October 19 at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 21–9
31,800
October 26 North Carolina State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 39–10
72,316
November 2 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 26–10
71,179
November 9 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 20–21
50,000
November 16 Maryland Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 31–34
78,037
November 23* at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) W 24–17
75,026
December 21* vs. Minnesota Independence StadiumShreveport, LA (Independence Bowl) L 13–20
42,800
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1986[edit]

1986 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Gator Bowl, W 27–21 vs. Stanford
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #18
AP #17
1986 record 8–2–2 (5–1–1 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Terrence Flagler, Terence Mack
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 13* Virginia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 14–20
75,930
September 20* at #14 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 31–28
81,377
September 27 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 27–3
46,062
October 4* The Citadel Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 24–0
75,540
October 11 at Virginia #20 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 31–17
44,300
October 18 Duke #17 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 35–3
81,320
October 25 at #20 North Carolina State #16 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 3–27
51,300
November 1 at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 28–20
20,370
November 8 North Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 38–10
79,210
November 15 at Maryland #15 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD T 17–17
58,758
November 22* South Carolina #19 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) T 21–21
82,492
December 27* vs. #20 Stanford #21 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 27–21
80,104
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1987[edit]

1987 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #12
1987 record 10–2 (6–1 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Michael Dean Perry, John Phillips
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5* Western Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 43–0
71,465
September 12* at Virginia Tech #10 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 22–10
42,000
September 19* #18 Georgia #8 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–20
81,875
September 26 Georgia Tech #9 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 33–12
78,832
October 10 Virginia #8 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 38–21
79,963
October 17 Duke #7 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 17–10
70,294
October 24 NC State #7 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) L 28–30
73,613
October 31 Wake Forest #14 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 31–17
69,711
November 7 at North Carolina #10 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 13–10
53,115
November 14 Maryland #9 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 45–16
76,773
November 21* at #12 South Carolina #8 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) L 7–20
75,043
January 1* vs. #20 Penn State #14 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) W 35–10
53,152
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1988[edit]

1988 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champions
Florida Citrus Bowl Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #9
1988 record 10–2 (6–1 ACC)
Head coach Danny Ford
Captain Rodney Williams, Donnell Woolford
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (c. 79,854, grass)
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:00 PM Virginia* #4 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC JPS W 40–7   78,714
September 10 1:00 PM Furman* #3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 23–3   80,620
September 17 2:30 PM #10 Florida State* #3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC CBS L 21–24   85,576
September 24 1:00 PM Georgia Tech #12 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 30–13   45,106
October 8 1:00 PM at Virginia #11 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 10–7   42,000
October 15 4:00 PM #22 Duke #11 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ESPN W 49–17   83,356
October 22 1:00 PM at #24 NC State #9 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 3–10   55,000
October 29 1:00 PM at Wake Forest #15 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 37–14   27,300
November 5 12:00 PM North Carolina #17 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC JPS W 37–14   78,369
November 12 12:00 PM at Maryland #16 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD JPS W 49–25   45,000
November 19 1:00 PM #25 South Carolina* #15 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) JPS W 29–10   84,867
January 1 1:30 PM vs. #10 Oklahoma* #9 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC W 13–6   53,571
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

1989[edit]

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