December 30

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December 30 in Clemson History

  • 1902: Cadet Lorin Oscar King, (b. February 21, 1878), dies at home of ill health after being compelled to leave school in October, being bed-ridden since November 6. (Commemorated on page 72, The Oconeean, Volume One, 1903.)
  • 1907: Frank Scott Shiver (March 28, 1871-December 30, 1907), Assistant Professor of Agricultural Analyses at Clemson Agricultural College, and Chemist with the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, dies this date.
  • 1977: Final year for Tiger Band's worn-out 1963-vintage Guardsman uniforms, in which they perform a "Star Wars" half-time show at the Gator Bowl on December 30, Clemson's first bowl appearance since the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh marching band also does a "Star Wars" show. Clemson is defeated by the defending National Champion Pittsburgh Panthers led by future NFL star player and coach Matt Cavanaugh, 34-3, for a season record of 8-3-1. Obed Ariri puts the sole face-saving score through the uprights.
  • 1989: Clemson shuts down Heisman Trophy finalist Major Harris as the Tigers defeat the West Virginia Mountaineers, 27-7, in the 45th Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. Tigers' season record is 10-2, 5-2 in conference for third in the ACC. Post-season polls place Clemson twelfth (Associated Press and USA Today) and eleventh (United Press International). This was Danny Ford's last game as Clemson's head coach.
  • 1999: Clemson takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, a game in which all the scoring takes place in the second half. Mississippi State prevails, 7-17. The Tigers finish with a 6-6 record overall, 5-3 in the ACC for second place in conference.
  • 2008: The 20th-ranked Tigers meet South Carolina on the hardwood floor in Columbia. Tigers beat the Cocks, 98-87, to move season record to 13-0.


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