2005 Clemson Tigers football team

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2005 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division
Ranking
Coaches #21
AP #21
2005 record 8–4 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Tommy Bowden (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Rob Spence
Offensive scheme Various
Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (c. 77,381, grass)
Seasons
« 2004 2006 »
2005 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#23 Florida State xy   5 3         8 5  
#18 Boston College x   5 3         9 3  
#21 Clemson   4 4         8 4  
Wake Forest   3 5         4 7  
NC State   3 5         7 5  
Maryland   3 5         5 6  
Coastal Division
#7 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 2  
#17 Miami   6 2         9 3  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 5  
North Carolina   4 4         5 6  
Virginia   3 5         7 5  
Duke   0 8         1 10  

Championship: Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tommy Bowden and played their homes game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

Season[edit]

Clemson started off its season with wins over a ranked Texas A&M team and the Maryland Terrapins. However, Clemson then lost the following three games to Miami, Boston College, and Wake Forest. The losses to Miami and Boston College came in overtime. Clemson then rebounded to win the next two games against NC State and Temple. The next week, Clemson lost a close game to Georgia Tech. Clemson then closed out the regular season with three straight wins over Duke, ACC rival Florida State, and instate rival South Carolina. In the post-season, Clemson received an invitation to play in the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl against Colorado. Clemson won the game, 19–10, to finish the season at 8–4.

Clemson finished the season ranked in the top 25 (21st in both the AP and the Coaches' Poll) for the second time in three years. Clemson also recorded wins against three AP top 20 teams in the 2005 season for just the fourth time in school history. Clemson lost its four games by a combined 14 points.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:00 PM #17[1] Texas A&M* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ABC W 25–24   79,917[2]
September 10 3:30 PM at Maryland #25 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPN W 28–24   50,637[2]
September 17 3:30 PM #13 Miami #20[3] Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ABC L 30–36 3OT  79,135[2]
September 24 12:00 PM Boston College Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC JPS L 16–13 OT  77,684[2]
October 1 3:30 PM at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU L 31-27   32,153[2]
October 13 7:45 PM at NC State Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) ESPN W 31–10   57,500[2]
October 22 12:30 PM Temple* Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 37–7   74,841[2]
October 29 3:30 PM at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA (Rivalry) ESPN L 10-9   55,000[2]
November 5 1:00 PM Dukedagger Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 49–20   77,278[2]
November 12 12:00 PM #17 Florida State Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Bowden Bowl) ESPN W 35–14   80,536[2]
November 19 7:00 PM at #19 South Carolina* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN2 W 13–9   83,368[2]
December 27 5:00 PM vs. Colorado* #23 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Champs Sports Bowl) ESPN W 19–10   31,470[2]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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