December 31

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December 31 in Clemson History

  • 1897: The Chronicle reports that a Christmas ball was given at the hotel. "It is true that we had a very small crowd as a great many of the young people were not on the campus, but those who were here enjoyed themselves to the fullest extent," said the January 1898 issue, (V.1, N.4, page 32).
  • 1979: Clemson loses Peach Bowl to Baylor, 24-18, in frigid Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta on New Years Eve for a season record of 8-4. It snows in Atlanta that night. Boogie band ZZ Top plays in the Omni that evening.
  • 1993: Tommy West wins his first game as Clemson head coach when the Tigers defeat the Kentucky Wildcats in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, 14-13. West took over the helm after the regular season when Ken Hatfield resigned after the South Carolina game. He is the first coach in college football history to win a post-season game with a team he did not coach during the regular season. Tigers finish season with 9-3 record, 5-3 in conference for third in the ACC. Final season polls place Clemson twenty-third (Associated Press) and twenty-second (USA Today).
  • 2001: The Tigers take on Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, winning 49-24 in snowy environment, for a season record of 7-5, 4-4 in the ACC for fourth place in conference.
  • 2006: The Men's Basketball team hosts the Georgia State Panthers in Littlejohn Coliseum at 2 p.m., winning 67-57, to improve to 14-0. This is the second-longest winning streak in Clemson basketball records. The 1987-1988 team went 17-0.

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