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Events that occurred in 2015

2015 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 2015

  • Tentative football opponents, at Maryland, and Mississippi, announced a few seasons before, do not appear on the schedule.
  • September 5: Opening the season ranked number 12 in the Associated Press poll, Clemson defeats unranked Wofford in Memorial Stadium, 49-10.
  • September 12: Still ranked number 12, Clemson defeats Appalachian State in Death Valley, 41-10.
  • September 17: Clemson, ranked number 11, travels to unranked Louisville, wins, 20-17.
  • September 26: Open date for football.
  • September 27: Hurricane Joaquin forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • October 1: State officials, including Clemson-graduate Governor Nikki Haley, suggest that the impending match between Clemson and Notre Dame be cancelled or rescheduled due to approaching Hurricane Joaquin.
  • October 3: ESPN’s GameDay show comes to Clemson for only the third match between the Tigers and the Irish of Notre Dame. Clemson, ranked number 11, and Notre Dame, ranked number 6, are both undefeated going into a rain-soaked game due to Hurricane Joaquin, moving up the Atlantic coast. Although many regional games have changes in plans due to the weather, the game in Death Valley is played in its prime time slot on the ABC network. Deshaun Watson throws two touchdown passes and runs for another to hold off a late game comeback attempt by the Irish, with Clemson winning, 24-22, before a capacity rain-sodden crowd. Following the game, Coach Dabo Swinney coins the phrase “B.Y.O.G.” - Bring Your Own Guts.
  • October 10: Number 6 ranked Clemson hosts unranked Georgia Tech, winning, 43-24.
  • October 17: Now ranked number 5, Clemson hosts unranked Boston College, at 7 p.m., broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Clemson wins, 34-17. In the first half, unprompted, fans suddenly all turn on their smart phone lights and light up the stands. Alumni Band spells out “BYOG” on the field at halftime - Bring Your Own Guts. Clemson sets a school record of 14 consecutive home wins.
  • October 24: Clemson, ranked number 6, travels to unranked Miami (Fla.) and spanks the Hurricanes, 58-0.
  • October 31: Ranked number 3, Clemson plays away at unranked North Carolina State, defeating the Wolfpack, 56-41.
  • November 7: Still ranked number 3, Clemson hosts number 17 Florida State, defeating the Seminoles, 23-13.
  • November 14: Rising to number 1 in the Associated Press poll, Clemson plays at unranked Syracuse, winning, 37-27.
  • November 21: Still ranked number 1, Clemson hosts unranked Wake Forest, winning, 33-13.
  • November 28: Ranked number 1, Clemson plays at Columbia against the unranked South Carolina Gamecocks, winning, 37-32.
  • December 5: Still ranked number 1, Clemson plays number 8 ranked North Carolina in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina, winning, 45-37.
  • December 31: In a play-off semi-final, number 1 ranked Clemson meets number 4 ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida, with the Tigers winning, 37-17. Between kicker Greg Huegel scoring 13 points, including 3 of 4 field goal attempts, and Hunter Renfrow’s pass reception from Deshaun Watson in the third quarter, the Tigers score 19 points from walkons, more than the Sooners scored as a team for the entire game. This sets up the Tigers for the CFP Championship Game against Alabama on January 11 in Glendale, Arizona.

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