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GAME 14: #1 CLEMSON (14-0) VS. #2 ALABAMA (13-1)

JANUARY 11, 2016National Championship GameUniversity of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, ArizonaKickoff: 8:32 p.m.

TV: ESPN(Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)

CLEMSON RADIO NETWORK(Don Munson,Rodney Williams,Patrick Sapp)

ESPN Radio: (Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)

SERIES HISTORYOverall Record: Alabama Leads, 12-3

at Neutral: Tied 3-3at Alabama: Alabama Leads, 7-0at Clemson: Alabama Leads 2-0

First Meeting: Clemson 35-0 in 1900Last Meeting: Alabama 34-10 in 2008

Last Clemson Win: 25-0 in 1905Streak: Alabama won 12 straight

Date Opponent TV W-L Score/TimeSept. 5 Wofford ACCN W 49-10Sept. 12 Appalachian St. ESPN3 W 41-10Sept. 17 at Louisville ESPN W 20-17.Oct. 3 Notre Dame ABC W 24-22Oct. 10 Georgia Tech ABC/2 W 43-24Oct. 17 Boston College ESPNU W 34-17Oct. 24 at Miami (FL) ABC W 58-0Oct. 31 at NC State ABC/2 W 56-41Nov. 7 Florida State ABC W 23-13Nov. 14 at Syracuse ABC/2 W 37-27Nov. 21 Wake Forest ESPN2 W 33-13Nov. 28 at South Carolina ESPN W 37-32Dec. 5 No. Carolina (ACC) ABC W 45-37Dec. 31 Oklahoma ESPN W 37-17


Assistant AD / Football CommunicationsTim Bourret (Notre Dame 77) Office: 864-656-1926 Cell: 864-356-3791 Email: btimoth@clemson.eduAssistant AD / Director of Athletic CommunicationsJoe Galbraith (Mississippi State 01) Office: 864-656-9227 Email: joegalb@clemson.eduAssociate Communications Director / SecondaryPhilip Sikes (Clemson 02) Office: 864-656-1985 Cell: 864-525-4889 Email: philips@clemson.eduSr. Associate Communications Director / CredentialsSam Blackman (Clemson 85) Email: blackmj@clemson.eduAthletic Communications: 864-656-2114Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31, Clemson, SC 29633Overnight: 100 Perimeter Rd, Clemson, SC 29633Tickets: 1-800-CLEMSON


Clemson and Alabama have two of the top football traditions in the South. Both have won National Championships and both programs have the most league titles in their respective conference histories. Clemson has won 15 ACC titles to tie Florida State for best in the ACC, while Alabama has 25 to lead SEC institutions. The two schools have met just once on the gridiron since 1975, and that was in the season opener in Atlanta in 2008.

Alabama has a 12-3 lead in the series that dates to a 35-0 Clemson victory in 1900. College football Hall of Fame Coach John Heisman was Clemsons coach that day. Clemson won the first three games of the series, as the Tigers followed with shutout wins in 1904 and 1905. Alabama has won the last 12, so Clemson has not beaten Alabama since 1905. Alabama did not score on Clemson in the first three meetings, then Clemson did not score on Alabama in four consecutive games played between 1934-1966. Alabama won a battle of strong teams in 1935, as Clemson en-tered the game with a 5-1 record and the Crim-son Tide stood with a 5-1-1 mark. Alabama won the game played at Tuscaloosa, 33-0. The two schools met four consecutive years from 1966-69. It was a series arranged by good friends Frank Howard of Clemson and Bear Bryant of Alabama. Howard was a 1931 Alabama graduate who went to Clemson the fall after he graduated and never left until his death in 1996. Howard was a senior when Bryant was a freshman at Alabama.

They decided late in Howards career to have a four-game home-and-home series. Clemson went to Alabama in 1966 and 1968 and Alabama came to Clemson in 1967 and 1969. The 1969 season was Howards final year as head coach. The 1966 game was a contest between eventual conference champions. Ala-bama finished that season with an 11-0 record and won the SEC with a 6-0 conference mark. Clemson finished with a 6-4 record, but had a 6-1 record in the ACC. That year Clemson played ninth-ranked Georgia Tech, fourth-ranked Alabama and fifth-ranked Southern California, all on the road, as its non-conference

CLEMSON TIGERS2015 Record 14-0, 8-0 ACC, ACC ChampsLocation Clemson, S.C.Colors Clemson Orange & RegaliaEnrollment 21,303Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich (Indiana (Pa.) 80)Head Coach Dabo Swinney (Alabama 93) Clemson Record (7th full season) 75-26 (.743) Bowl Record 5-3 Away & Neutral Record 29-20 (.592) vs. ACC regular season 47-14 (.770) vs. Alabama 0-0Clemson Rankings #1 CFP, #1 AP, #1 USACo-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott, Jeff ScottDefensive Coordinator Brent VenablesTwitter /Instagram @ClemsonFBWeb

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE2015 Record: 13-1 overall, 7-1 SEC ChampsLocation: Tuscaloosa, AlaColors: Crimson and WhiteEnrollment: 6,155Athletics Director: Bill BattleHead Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State 73) Alabama Record (9th year): 99-18 (.852) Overall: (22nd year) 190-60-1 (.764) vs Clemson: 1-0Offensive Coordinator: Lane KiffinDefensive Coordinator: Kirby SmartFootball Communications: Josh Maxson Phone: (205) 348-6084 Email: Address: Rolltide.comTwitter: @AlabamaFtBl

Clemson vs. Alabama Series

schedule. Bryant came to Clemson for the first time in 1967 and the two teams did not disap-point the sellout crowd or 49,500 at Clemson Memorial Stadium. The contest ended with a 13-10 Alabama victory. Ken Stabler hit on 9-15 passes for 135 yards, including four con-nections for 110 yards to All-American Denis Homan. Clemson was led by Buddy Gore, the ACC Player of the Year that season, who had 23-73 rushing. Total offense was as close as the score, 276 for Alabama and 275 for Clem-son. Clemson had the ball in Alabama ter-ritory twice in the last eight minutes, but could not get on the scoreboard. Clemson came close again in 1968, but an Alabama team that finished with an 8-3 record and top 15 national ranking, beat Clem-son at Tuscaloosa, 21-14. The following year, Clemson ran up and down the field, but lost, 38-13. Clemson had a 200-yard passer (Tom-my Kendrick), a 100-yard rusher (Ray Yauger) and a 100-yard receiver (Charlie Waters), yet lost the game by 25 points. After the game, then Alabama captain and future Clemson head coach Danny Ford presented Coach Bryant with a game ball that included a sticker with the No. 100 on it. (It was the 100th year of college football and teams wore a 100 logo, so all he had to do was take if off of his helmet. The victory was Bryants 100th win at Alabama. Now current Head Coach Nick Saban goes for his 100th win at Alabama against Clemson. Alabama defeated Clemson in the Georgia Dome in the 2008 season opener, 34-10. Clemson was ranked eighth and Alabama was 24thentering the game, but Nick Sabans team was outstanding. Alabama finished that year 12-2 and ranked sixth in the nation. The highlight of the game for Clemson was a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by C.J. Spiller. A month and a half after this game, Alabama graduate Dabo Swinney was named Clemson interim head coach.



CLEMSON vs. Alabama

Atlantic Division ACC Home Away OverallClemson 8-0 7-0 5-0 14-0Florida State 6-2 7-0 3-2 10-3Louisville 5-3 4-2 3-2 8-5NC State 4-4 3-3 4-2 7-6Syracuse 2-6 4-3 0-5 4-8Wake Forest 1-7 1-5 2-4 3-9Boston College 0-8 3-4 0-4 3-9

Coastal Division ACC Home Away OverallNorth Carolina 7-0 7-0 4-0 11-3Pittsburgh 6-2 3-3 5-1 8-5Miami (Fla.) 5-3 5-1 3-3 8-5Duke 4-4 3-3 4-2 8-5Virginia Tech 4-4 2-4 4-2 7-6Virginia 3-5 4-3 0-5 4-8Georgia Tech 1-7 3-4 0-5 3-9


In the 14 games Clemson has played so far, 990,772 fans have seen the Tigers play. That includes 572,258 for Clemsons seven home games, all sellouts, an average of 81,751 fans per game. With over 63,000 fans expect-ed for the National Championship game on January 11 in Arizona, attendance for Clemsons 2015 season will go over the 1 million mark, a first in school history. The existing record for all games is 997,796 for 14 games in 2011. Prior to this year, Clemson had attracted over 900,000 fans for a season, five times, including 907,657 in 2014 for 13 games. Five of the six larg-est total attendance seasons have now taken place in the Dabo Swinney era.

First Million Fan Season

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Cliff Notes Version of Clemson Accomplish-ments this Year

Established school record for wins in a season with 14.The Tigers became just the third ACC team in history with at least 14 wins. Florida State did it in 2013 and 2014.Just as the case in 1981, Clemson was only team in the nation to complete regular season without a loss.Posted perfect 8-0 record in the ACC regular season, first Clemson team to win eight confer-ence games in a season.Won ACC Championship with 45-37 victory over North Carolina in ACC Championship game on December 5 in Charlotte. That gave Clemson league record tying nine wins vs. ACC teams.Ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation for each of the six College Football Playoff Polls, first team to hold No. 1 ranking for every Col-lege Football Playoff Poll in a season.Just the second Clemson team to have a No. 1 ranking in the AP or Coaches polls during the season. The 1981 National Championship team held No. 1 for last two polls. The 2015 Clemson team was No. 1 by AP for the last five weeks of the regular season, and last four weeks by USA Today.Clemson entered the postseason with seven straight weeks in the top five of the AP poll, longest active streak in the nation. That is the second longest streak of top five rankings in Clemson history (8 in 1981),Set Clemson record with five wins over teams