Clemson Memories Both High and Low

The series between the Jackets and Tigers has included plenty of high drama in the past decade, with great plays and great blunders sometimes deciding the ultimate outcome, and as I packed the Jeep and made plans for the drive to Clemson tomorrow morning I reflected back on some of my other trips to Clemson.  And then I checked the Hive and found this related thread, which included a cavalcade of GT/Clemson memories.

A handful of “highs” jump immediately to the forefront for me…and I’ll rank them in the order of importance:

  1. Derrick Morgan’s sack of Kyle Parker in 2009 – Maybe its not the biggest play, but its the timeliest and it secured an ACC title and a BCS bid so it ranks #1.
  2. George Godsey to Kerry Watkins in 2000 – Amazing catch to end an amazing game, as Tech defeated an undefeated Top 10 Clemson team on the road.  “Seven seconds left on the clock and Wesley, it doesn’t get any bigger than this!”, will be an immortalized Kim King call for decades to come.
  3. “The Muff” and “The Fade” in 2004 – Clemson muffs a punt snap and Reggie Ball throws a fade on the next play to Calvin Johnson, completing an improbably comeback.  I was at this game and remember the bedlam in the GT section and the Clemson fans who had left early only to get back to their tailgates and discover they’d lost.  One of the best and most improbable comebacks I’ve seen GT execute.
  4. Nesbitt to Thomas for 70 Yards in the 2009 ACC Title Game – Its third and 10 at the Yellow Jacket 30 yard line.  Tech is clinging to a three point lead after a Clemson score on their previous drive.  Thomas makes the catch and stiff arms the defender en route to the endzone.
  5. Nesbitt Pitches to Allen, 82 Yards on First Play – The Jacket’s first play from scrimmage against Clemson in 2009 went 82 yards as Allen gets textbook blocking and rumbles in for the first score in a 21 point Yellow Jacket first quarter.

Unfortunately, a couple of lows are tough to forget…

  1. The 47-44 overtime loss in 2001 as Woody Dantzler ran for 191 yards and 2 scores, the most painful being his 11 yard scamper in overtime.  He killed us over and over again with that quarterback draw play as soon as Darryl Smith got injured and had to leave the game.  Our backup middle linebacker played valiantly, but Danztler ended up being the ACC’s top rushing quarterback for a reason.
  2. The 31-7 loss in 2006 as Clemson ran for 321 yards on just 38 attempts.  I remember Tenuta’s defense cheating our outside linebackers up onto the edges while the Clemson offense kept pounding us in the middle.  This was the game when Tech fans started realizing that Tenuta’s defense did one thing well and rarely adjusted.  It felt like, “They’re gashing us in the middle, we need to blitz harder!”

And speaking of Dantzler…its fitting that Joshua Nesbitt is only 44 yards of eclipsing Dantzler’s career record of 2,761 yards.

It’d be nice to see #9 break the record tomorrow evening…maybe even on a little TD scamper of his own.  I bet that would help me exorcise some of the bad memories from that 2001 game.  I could do without the image of Danztler running that draw over and over again…

Since I’ll be on the road both early and late tomorrow, in order to attend the game, its highly likely that my post Clemson blog will show up on Sunday.  Hopefully I’ll have a new “high” to add to the list rather than a new “low”.

Go Jackets!

Beat Clemson!

35 comments Add your comment

Buzz29

October 22nd, 2010
11:51 pm

Looking forward to the game tomorrow. I’ll be there. Unfortunately I’ll be in the dreaded Top Deck.

Go Jackets!

BB's

October 23rd, 2010
8:04 am

I know it’s been 30 years, but the game in 1990 has to be included in any list. Goal line stand with only 10 men on defense on 4th down. Clemson attempts a 60 yard field goal at the end. I was sitting on the goal line at the end where the field goal was being kicked. We were the first to be able to tell it was going to fall short. Lose that game and there would have been no championship. Go Jackets!

TDone

October 23rd, 2010
8:38 am

I know it’s 26 years old, but Robeert Lavette’s run in the 1984 Clemson game is still the best run and effort I ever saw in a game. It was so good, Tech still plays it before every game during the highlights. It went towards the winning field goal. Georgia Tech 24, Clemson 21.

cuttysark

October 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

Hopefully this game with Clemson will result in another win for the Yellow Jackets. Have to come out strong this game and take hold of the ACC Coastal with a 4 and 1 record. We also need to catch the football better this week and for the rest of the season. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

a game of inches

October 23rd, 2010
7:33 pm

The game today indicated Clem for sure did not want Nez to break a record held by a tiger.
Hard to digest this game…that first stop/roughing call was a game changer.
That first “almost” int…just inches from a pick6. That “almost” blocked or tipped punt…inches from a non roughing call. That call seemed to me to be the “tone setter” of the game. Tech seemed flat after that and Clem was on fire. There are more pass drops that were “inches” away.
Question…if the 3-4 is no good for the run stop and is no good for the 3rd down pass stop, what good is it? Mr Growold seemed to never understand where to place his linebackers to stop the run up the middle…all day.
Can Tech forget this game and play well again? Seems doubtful to me. I think the air is out of the sails. Just my opinion.
Did I mention that first penalty?

GT Fan

October 24th, 2010
8:40 am

But we beat UGA two years ago.

Snellville Jacket

October 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

The 2001 loss had to be the lowest of the lows. That was the first game after 9/11, and I’ll never forget the lone bugler playing Taps before the game to honor the victims. If I’m not mistaken, we were ranked in the top 10 at the time – then we had to watch Woody run all over us. A Clemson friend of mine said the hardest hit Woody got all day was when the chunky Tech girl hit him with her pom pom as he ran through the end zone after scoring the winning touchdown!

reality check

October 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

GT Fan: Yes, and next year you will be able to say we beat UGA three years ago. Congrats!

Buzz29

October 24th, 2010
3:15 pm

GT Fan is an imposter, reality check. Only a mutt could be that retarded without actually having a mental handicap.

Go Jackets!
Beat the Bye Week!

Yes, sir...

October 24th, 2010
3:30 pm

…and a new memory will be Nesbitt breaking a Clemson guy’s rushing record on the Tiger’s home field – oh, you mean we lost and Nesbitt had only 2 yards rushing – Oh well, nevermind…

ty webb

October 24th, 2010
8:43 pm

anyone know where I can get one of those “Nesbitt 4 heisman” tshirts? how ’bout a bumper sticker?

GT Fan

October 25th, 2010
4:16 am

Enter your comments here

Rockdale Jacket

October 25th, 2010
4:20 am

Speaking of records being set….Nesbitt`s 2 yards net on 15 carries
could be a GT or NCAA record for an option QB. Probably no records kept to prove this but it was a pitiful performance. Lot of blame to go around including the offensive line, the play calling and the QB himself.

hahahahahaha!!!!!!!

October 25th, 2010
9:47 am

The implosion continues!!! I love it!!!! Couldn’t happen to a better fan “base!!!”

posh

October 25th, 2010
10:32 am

Without Duke, Yech would be the worst team in the pathetic ACC by far. Love it!!!

BRING CHAN BACK!!!

October 25th, 2010
10:32 am

WE MISS YOU BUDDY!!! PLEASE, FORGIVE AND FORGET!!!! WE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!!!

RogersParkRob

October 25th, 2010
10:34 am

I think it’s clear that Anthony Allen is an A Back and not a B Back. He has good hands and is the best blocker of all the A Backs.

ss

October 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

Rogers,

He can carry the load at B-back. Maybe the line this year sucks and its hard to do anything when no one on the o-line can block and the dive play is really non exsistent.

ss

October 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

but he is done at the end of the year and we will see a new b-back again next year. Probally perkins maybe?

RobParkRogers

October 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

I think it’s clear that Georgia Tech is not a football institution. Nor a basketball or baseball for that matter. It’s time to give all the athletic monies and equipment to Georgia State.

Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
3:14 pm

I told Paul that if I could play Josh Nibbler on defense It would improve drastically. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

The Truth

October 27th, 2010
5:43 pm

Move Nesbitt to safety before it’s too late!!

Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
5:53 pm

Truth….. Exactly what i told Paul but he is too busy cooking up creek suckers. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

dodd coliseum

October 27th, 2010
5:57 pm

Yes many great memories such as Josh Nibbler gaining a hefty 2 yards. Are those creek suckers ready yet paul? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

memory lane

October 28th, 2010
8:29 am

Ah yes, all those great memories. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

hahahahaha!!!!

October 28th, 2010
11:23 am

Looks like the Humanitarian Bowl doesn’t even want the Trade School this year

love it

October 28th, 2010
11:40 am

It never gets old watching GT fans shamefully pretending to be fans of other teams on here. Coincidentally whoever UGA is playing that week. It just reminds me of how much of bottom-feeders they truly are.

memory lane

October 28th, 2010
11:57 am

THE LASTING MEMORY OF THE CLEMSON GAME WHERE JOSH NESBITT GAINED TWO YARDS. bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!

Al Groh

October 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Stop it, Stop it now or I will go back to VA. BAHAHA!!!!

Paul Johnson

October 28th, 2010
1:53 pm

Not if I get back to Navy first!!!!!!

Al Groh

October 28th, 2010
7:40 pm

Paul, I know you are the lowlife that poured cayenne pepper on my creek sucker. Guess you thought that was pretty funny. Now my ulcer is acting up. I am going back to Va. BAHAHAHA!!! BAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHA!!!!!

donbagelbiters

October 29th, 2010
4:39 am

Lol clumpson is still a podunk hick town and dabo swinney still belongs on the cast of beverly hills 90210. tommy bowden is the godfather of clemson football and i want to eat bagel bites off his daughter’s chest. Why did you end Woody Hayes’s career? It’s good to know that all those four star and five star recruits will still end up leading clempson to mediocrity. And all god’s people said…. AMEN!!!!!

Paul Johnson

October 29th, 2010
9:38 am

Al, I thought you’d appreciate my sense of humor, ehh? I’m just trying to liven up the mood. We are in the worst conference in the country and we still cant take advantage of it. The fans are starting to realize my high school offense was just a gimmick to get me a job at a big time program. I just hope another job opens up fast, I’m scared walking to my car every night after practice!!!

Al Groh

October 29th, 2010
2:35 pm

Paul, I am scared to even be on the practice field. These fans realize you and both are jokes. Me thinks they are sick of this thing we portray as a football program. I wish I had kept my ass at Va. but to tell you the truth, I was washed up there. Most everybody knew it. I mean, what do I have to offer a program? Ulcers and old age and sleep apnea, that’s about it. Paul you sob you put cayenne pepper on my fried sucker didn’t you? My stomach is killing me. BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Al Groh

October 29th, 2010
5:08 pm