September 21

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September 21 in Clemson History

Events on September 21 in Clemson's History

  • 1912: Senior class holds first meeting of the fall session.
  • 1915: Mrs. Corrie B. Freeman, wife of Mr. Benjamin Freeman of the chemical department, dies. An eight-year resident of the community, she is laid to rest in the Old Stone Church cemetery. (The Tiger, "Death of Mrs. Freeman", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2, page 2.)
  • 1928: Clemson defeats Newberry College, 30-0, on Riggs Field.
  • 1929: The Tigers crush Newberry College, 66-0, in home opener.
  • 1935: For the sixth time in a row, Clemson opens at home against Presbyterian, winning, 25-6.
  • 1940: For the fifth year in a row, Presbyterian is blanked for the Tigers, 38-0, in a roadtrip this season. Seven thousand fans watch the game, played at Johnson Field in Clinton, paying homage to Coach Walter Johnson's silver jubilee.
  • 1946: Perennial opening game fodder, Presbyterian comes to Clemson for a 39-0 spank.
  • 1956: Central Dance Association presents Clemson's own Jungaleers at the Friday night "Rat Hop" formal dance. Miss Sally Felton of Columbia is selected from a field of five finalists as the Rat Queen. (TAPS 1957, Volume LXVII, page 152.)
  • 1957: In final meeting with Presbyterian College until the 2010 season, the Tigers rule, 66-0. PC will go 0-8-1.
  • 1963: Clemson plays number four-ranked Oklahoma away, losing, 14-31. The crowd of 62,034 will remain the largest regular season attendance for a Clemson game for many years. (Martin, Johnny, "Death Valley: 72 Years of Exciting Football at Clemson University", Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, S.C., 1968, Library of Congress card number 68-58849, page 14.)
  • 1968: Clemson's first football game of the season, played away at Wake Forest, is televised on ABC, the sixth time the Tigers have been broadcast. Jim Phillips begins broadcasting Clemson games as the new voice of the Tigers. The Tigers and Demon Deacons play to a 20-20 tie.
  • 1974: The Peter Yarrow Band performs in Tillman Auditorium, admission is $1.50 for students, $2 for general public.
  • 1974: Clemson plays night game against fifteenth-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack in Raleigh - Tigers go down, 31-10. Fistfights break out in the visitor stands during the fourth quarter. Presented with apples by the N.C. State marching band instead of the customary soda following half-time, Tiger Band members eject afore-mentioned projectiles onto the playing field to express displeasure with almost everything. After the game, band members horrify Greyhound drivers by engaging in games of Rock the Bus, while buses are parked on a slope in the Wolfpack's meadow parking lot.
  • 1985: The Tigers host Georgia, but lose in the Valley, 13-20.
  • 1991: Still ranked eighth after polls were unimpressed with opening beat-down of a II-A team, the Tigers defeat the Temple Owls, 37-7, in the Valley.
  • 1996: Clemson travels to Missouri to take on the Tigers in a night game, but fall, 24-38.
  • 2002: Clemson beats Ball State in Death Valley, 30-7.
  • 2005 - Tiger Band is featured in a segment "The Best Band" on Turner South cable network program "Blue Ribbon" after being chosen as one of top four bands in the southern region.
  • 2006: Information concerning public contributions to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund was released Tuesday by the Clemson Athletic Department. The fund will be established through the First Citizens Bank of Clemson, SC. Fahmarr McElrathbey is the brother of Clemson football student-athlete Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has been granted custody of his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr. The story was originally told in an article by Charleston Post Courier sportswriter Larry Williams in August, and has featured in various national media outlets in the last few weeks. Ray Ray McElrathbey, a red-shirt freshman on the Clemson team, was named the Person of the Week by ABC World News tonight last Friday. Last week, the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing the establishment of a trust to benefit Fahmarr in terms of providing basic needs in terms of food, clothing and other areas. The waiver also allows family members of Clemson coaches and administrators to provide transportation for Fahmarr. The details of the trust agreement have not been finalized, but a special escrow account to be administered by Chris Olson of Olson Smith Jordan and Cox has been established. Once the trust agreement is complete, all funds in the account will be transferred to an account administered by the First Citizens Trust Department. All contributions are not tax deductible.
All checks should be made payable to First Citizen F/B/O Fahmarr McElrathbey and can be mailed to:
Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust
C/O First Citizens and Olson Smith Jordan and Cox Attorneys
PO Box 1627
Clemson, SC 29633
Anyone who wishes to make a contribution in person at the bank should come to First Citizens Bank at 1055 Tiger Boulevard in Clemson.
  • 2007: The Family Series presents "A Year with Frog and Toad" in the Brooks Center at 7 p.m. A hit on Broadway, "A Year with Frog and Toad" was nominated for three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical." Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, general seating. The ARTS Center, 212 Butler Street, Clemson, presents over 50 works of many local artists at the Arts About Gala Art Auction. The auction includes snacks and beverages, and begins at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Go to or call 864-633-5051 for more information.
  • 2007: The 20th-ranked Clemson women's soccer team upset seventh-ranked South Carolina by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Riggs Field. With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Gamecocks suffered their first loss of the season falling to 7-1. The win was the first over a top-10 team for the Lady Tigers since October 15, 2006, when Clemson won a 2-1 decision over #9 Wake Forest at Riggs Field. It was the seventh victory over a top-10 team for Head Coach Todd Bramble. The Lady Tigers took five shots to the Gamecocks' 10 and Clemson had five corner kicks while South Carolina took eight in the match. Lady Tiger goalkeeper Ashley Phillips recorded three saves and posted her third solo shut out of the season. Phillips has still only allowed one goal in over 470 minutes of play this season. The match between the in-state rivals remained scoreless until the 72nd minute, when Clemson's Molly Franklin scored what proved to be the game-winner. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore midfielder. The play began when sophomore Lindsey Jackson passed the ball from the top of the box out to sophomore Lily Boleyn on the left side of the goal. Boleyn then sent the ball back in to Franklin, who was waiting in front of the goal. Franklin nailed the eight-yard shot past Gamecock goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson. "This is one of the first games that I feel good about the result and also about how we performed," said Head Coach Todd Bramble. "South Carolina has a very good team this year and this was a tough game. We had contributions from a lot of people tonight. Some players who haven't gotten a lot of playing time really stepped up for us and it was great to see that." The Lady Tigers will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as they play host to Wofford at Riggs Field. The match between the Lady Tigers and the Terriers will begin at 2:00 p.m.
  • 2008: Clemson rises to 20th in the Associated Press poll, and 19th in the Coaches poll following 54-0 win over first-time opponent South Carolina State.
  • 2019: Clemson hosts the Charlotte 49ers in Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. for Family Weekend. Odds makers give Charlotte a five percent chance of winning. The Tigers win, 52-10. A record 110 players see action, breaking the previous tally of 95. Five quarterbacks go 17-25, throwing to 14 receivers. This is Dabo Swinney’s 150th game. Football game action for the Disney production, “Safety,” is filmed during halftime during the game. Fans obliged the producers by remaining in their seats for the gridiron sequences and cheer the "plays" as if they were real. In post-game commentary, sports announcers state that the level of crowd noise for the second "running down the hill," the Clemson Tigers' signature entrance to Death Valley, described by sportscaster Brent Musberger as "the 25 most exciting seconds in college football," recreated at the start of halftime, was actually louder than for the real team at the start of the game.

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