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5 Greatest Moments in Clemson Tigers Football History

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5. The Catch II (2000)

Down 14-13, with 0:10 left, Clemson QB Woody Dantzler connects with Rod Gardner on a 50-yard pass to the South Carolina eight-yard line that sets up a game-winning 35-yard field goal by Aaron Hunt. Clemson fans dub the play “The Catch II,” while Gamecock supporters complain that Gardner pushed off.

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4. Field Goal over The Gamecocks (2007)

Mark Buchholz hits a 35-yard field goal with no time remaining to give Clemson a 23-21 victory over South Carolina. It is the first time in the history of the rivalry that the game is won on the last play and is the Tigers’ fifth win in six games against the Gamecocks.

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3. Crushing Virginia Tech (2011)

Tajh Boyd throws three touchdown passes to lead Clemson to a 38-10 romp over fifth-ranked Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game. The triumph gives the Tigers their first conference crown in 30 years and sends them to the Orange Bowl.

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2. The Catch (1977)

Steve Fuller completes a 20-yard touchdown pass to a twisting Jerry Butler with 0:49 left to give Clemson a 31-27 win over South Carolina. “The Catch” serves as notice that the Tigers have returned to the top echelon of college football.

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1. Winning the National Championship (1982)

Clemson stifles Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 22-15, behind QB Homer Jordan and receiver Perry Tuttle to complete a 12-0 season and win its first national championship. The Clemson defense holds the Cornhuskers to 256 total yards.

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