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November 10, 2012
Notes from Death Valley
* Clemson established the school record for consecutive wins at Memorial Stadium (71st season this year). The Tigers have now won 12 in a row at home. The previous mark was 11 in a row from 1989-91. The victory also tied the school record for consecutive home wins regardless of home site. Clemson won 12 in a row from 1927-30 at Riggs Field.
* Clemson has nine wins in an even numbered year for the first time since 1990 (10-2). This is the first time Clemson has had at least nine wins in consecutive seasons since the 1990-91 era.
* Clemson has a 9-1 record to start the season for the second consecutive season.
* Next week Clemson will have a chance to reach 10 wins in the regular season for the first time since the 1981 season. In each of Clemson's last four 10-win seasons the 10th win came in a bowl game.
* Clemson's senior class has 34 wins (34-17), the most for a four-year class since 1992.
* Clemson received the opening kickoff for the ninth time in 10 games this season. The only game the Tigers didn't receive the opening kickoff was against Furman.
* Clemson scored 35 points in the first half for the third straight game. That was the first time in school history that Clemson has done that.
* When Clemson scored 12 seconds apart in the first quarter, it was the fewest seconds between touchdowns in school history. The previous record was 14 seconds against Duke in 2003, both on touchdowns by Derrick Hamilton.
* The Tigers had not allowed the opposing team to score nine straight times following a turnover by Clemson before Maryland scored off a muffed punt in the second quarter. The Tigers have allowed just 24 points off turnovers this season.
* Clemson's defense held Maryland to just 180 yards of total offense in tonight's game. That is the fewest yards of total offense allowed by Clemson since October 31, 2009 when the Tigers held Coastal Carolina to 170 yards. It is also the fewest yards by an ACC team since 2009 when Clemson held Wake Forest to 178 yards of total offense.
* Clemson had three lost fumbles in the first half of today's game. Entering today, Clemson had lost just two fumbles all season and was second in the nation in that category.
* Clemson held Maryland to just 1-for-13 on third-down conversions in today's game. That is the fewest third-down conversions for an opponent since September 19, 2009 when Clemson held Boston College to 1-for-12 on third-down conversions.
* Tajh Boyd completed 18 of 26 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd has now thrown for 13 touchdowns and 1,033 yards over the last three games. All 13 of those touchdown passes have come in the first half.
* DeAndre Hopkins tallied four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, the 23rd touchdown reception of his career. He has now scored a touchdown in seven straight games. He broke the Clemson record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception last week against Duke.
* Hopkins also moved into second place in Clemson history in career reception yards with 2711. He needs just 22 receiving yards to pass Aaron Kelly and become Clemson's career leader in receiving yards. He moved ahead of his uncle (Terry Smith) today. Smith finished his career in 1993 with 2681.
* Hopkins now has 14 touchdown receptions this year, already the season record. Only seven other players in Clemson history have had as many as 14 touchdown receptions in a career.
* Adam Humphries recorded his first career touchdown reception in the first quarter. He finished the game with a game-high five receptions for 41 receiving yards.
* Corey Crawford recovered a fumble and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It is the first fumble return for a touchdown by a Tiger since last season when Kourtnei Brown returned a fumble for a touchdown against North Carolina.
* Stanton Seckinger recorded the first touchdown reception of his career in the fourth quarter.
* Cortez Davis recorded a career-high five tackles in today's game.
* Sammy Watkins had four catches for 60 yards today, all in the first half. He did not play in the second half after suffering a bruised calf muscle in the first half. Coach Swinney said after the game, he could have played in the second half. He and Andre Ellington were both held out as a precaution.
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