Bowden Bowl

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  • Bowden Bowl I - October 23, 1999: The first-ever meeting of father and son head coaches in college football history as Clemson takes on top-ranked Florida State in Death Valley, losing 14-17, to the eventual national champion Seminoles. This nationally-televised game sets a stadium capacity record of 86,092.
  • Bowden Bowl II - November 4, 2000: Second meeting between dad and son in football lore. The Tigers are crushed in Tallahassee, 7-54, by the fifth-ranked Seminoles.
  • Bowden Bowl III - November 3, 2001: Clemson loses third straight in the only father-son head football coach match-up in college football history. Fourth largest Death Valley crowd (85,036) watches Tigers go down, 27-41, to the fifteenth-ranked Seminoles.
  • Bowden Bowl IV - October 3, 2002: Son Tommy again loses to dad Bobby as the Tigers go down in Tallahassee, 31-48.
  • Bowden Bowl V - November 8, 2003: The jinx is broken! Tommy Bowden finally defeats Bobby Bowden in Death Valley, with the Tigers beating the third-ranked Seminoles, 26-10.
  • Bowden Bowl VI - September 25, 2004: The fifteenth-ranked Seminoles beat the Tigers 22-41, in Tallahassee.
  • Bowden Bowl VII - November 12, 2005: Defying odds-makers, Tommy Bowden defeats father Bobby Bowden, 35-14, in Death Valley.
  • Bowden Bowl VIII - September 16, 2006: The unranked Tigers face the ninth-ranked Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Tigers prevail in the fourth quarter, 27-20, after being tied 20-20 in the late stages of the game. This is Clemson's first win in Tallahassee since 1989.
  • Bowden Bowl IX - September 3, 2007: In the first Monday night game since 1982 when the Tigers opened with Georgia in a nationally televised game on ABC, Clemson hosts nineteenth-ranked Florida State in Death Valley at 8 p.m., televised by ESPN, winning 24-18. This was the last Bowden Bowl as Tommy Bowden was fired on October 13, 2008 after only achieving a 3-3 season record in 2008.