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]

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.

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.

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 Champion
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
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3* Virginia Tech #4 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 40–7
78,714
September 10* Furman #3 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 23–3
80,620
September 17* #10 Florida State #3 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 21–24
85,576
September 24 at Georgia Tech #12 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 30–13
45,106
October 8 at Virginia #11 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 10–7
42,000
October 15 #22 Duke #11 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 49–17
83,356
October 22 at #24 North Carolina State #9 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 3–10
55,000
October 29 at Wake Forest #15 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 38–21
27,300
November 5 North Carolina #17 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 37–14
78,369
November 12 at Maryland #16 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 49–25
45,000
November 19* #25 South Carolina #15 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) W 29–10
84,867
January 1* vs. #10 Oklahoma #9 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) W 13–6
53,571
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1989[edit]

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