October 23

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October 23 in Clemson History

  • 1897: The Tigers beat the Charlotte "Y" in an away game, 10-0, the sole meeting with this squad.
  • 1909: In sole meeting with Port Royal, the Tigers win, 19-0, on Bowman Field, for all-time series record of 1-0.
  • 1920: Clemson loses roadgame at Knoxville to Tennessee, 0-26.
  • October 19, 1922-October 25, 1922: The 5th Southern Textile Exposition is held at Textile Hall in Greenville, South Carolina. A document from this event is preserved in the scrapbook of Cadet John Murphy Cook of Fort Mill, South Carolina, class of 1924, in the Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1930: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks, 20-7, in Columbia.
  • 1941: Going into Big Thursday, Clemson has achieved a number 14 ranking. It won't help. Tigers go down to the Gamecocks, 14-18, in Columbia.
  • 1946: The Jungaleers play at a pre-Carolina game dance at the Columbia Township Auditorium, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., with admission $1.50 per person or $2.75 per couple, as reported in The Tiger, October 21, 1946, (Volume XXXIX, Number 39).
  • 1947: The Tigers are defeated by the Gamecocks in Columbia, 19-21.
  • 1952: The Gamecocks defeat the Tigers, 0-6, in Columbia.
  • 1958: Tenth-ranked Clemson plays South Carolina in Columbia, losing, 6-26. "'Big Thursday' was football for everyone. The Tigers failed to exceed Carolina's score, creating the upset of the season; however, Clemson spirit was not dampened. The men of Calhoun took the defeat as true sportsmen and the students continued to show their revelry following the game. They attended numerous parties, climaxed by a party in the Mehl-Ruhjan Room. Here the Clemson students partied, danced, and were heard using Carolina's coined phrase, 'Wait 'til next year.'" (TAPS 1959, page 112.)
  • 1965: The Tigers host Texas Christian, and win with almost the smallest victory possible, 3-0. The Tigers hold the Horned Frogs to 72 yards total offense and just two first downs. In the first half TCU punts seven times and the Tigers six. As time expires in the first half, Clemson kicker Frank Pearce puts a 26-yard attempt through the uprights for the only score of the game. A Clemson drive in the third quarter is stymied after the Tigers advance from their own 30 to the TCU 9 for first and goal but fumble three plays later with the Frogs recovering the ball. A 42-yard fieldgoal attempt by Texas Christian late in the fourth period is partially deflected by defensive end Butch Sursavage and the kick falls off-target in the endzone. The two teams exchange punts, Clemson takes over the ball with 1:25 left and runs out the clock. (TAPS 1965, "Clemson Hands a Southwestern Foe a 3-0 Defeat", Volume 56, page 207.) CDA holds second dance of the Homecoming weekend with Little Anthony and the Imperials, backed up by "Little Royal" Torrance. (TAPS 1966, "Good Times, Date, and Good Game-Homecoming", Volume 56, page 87.)
  • 1999: Bowden Bowl I - 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. Largest ever Memorial Stadium crowd - 86,092 - a record that still stands in 2007.
  • 2006: "Clemson - There's Something in These Hills" by Trent Allen and Alan Bray, is published by Fort Hill Press, LLC (www.forthillpress.com), ISBN 0-9788583-0-1 - first printing, September 2006 by Electric City Printing Company, Anderson, South Carolina.

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