Clemson’s Top 25 Devastating Losses Since 1980
Being a Clemson football fan since I was born in 1970, I have experienced many devastating losses in Clemson football history. I have listed these top 25 devastating losses in chronological order dating back to 1980 after looking at jhowell.net.
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2011- West Virginia 70, Clemson 33- West Virginia routs Clemson in their first Orange Bowl since 1981.
2011- South Carolina 34, Clemson 13- Gamecocks beat Clemson for the third straight year in a dominant performance.
2011- Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 17- The 4th ranked Tigers lose their first game to the dominant rushing game of Tech.
2010- Auburn 27, Clemson 24- Clemson loses a big lead to the eventual National Champion making bad mistakes in overtime.
2009- Georgia Tech 30, Clemson 27- A close early season loss to Clemson’s second biggest rival. A great comeback in the second half falls short.
2009- Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34- Clemson loses again to Tech in their first ACC Championship game to Tech’s powerful running game.
2006- Boston College 34, Clemson 33- A one point loss with the missed extra point being the difference costing Clemson a trip to the ACC Championship.
2004- Duke 16, Clemson 13- An embarrassing loss to the 2-9 Devils.
2003- Georgia 30, Clemson 0- A bad beat down at home on opening day. The only Clemson game I left early.
2002- Georgia 31, Clemson 28- Tough loss in a winnable game to an old rival.
2001- North Carolina 38, Clemson 3- Favored Tigers were routed at home by a dominant defense with future NFL stars.
2000- Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 28- Tech gets a last second touchdown to beat the 4th ranked Tigers at Death Valley ending hopes of a National Championship.
1999- Florida 17, Clemson 14- The No. 1 ranked Seminoles squeak by the rebuilding Tigers. Bitter loss after leading 14-3.
1996- South Carolina 34, Clemson 31- A great comeback falls just short in this rivalry game that I attended.
1995- Syracuse 41, Clemson 0- Donovan McNabb leads the Orangemen to a rout over Tigers in the Gator Bowl.
1994- South Carolina 33, Clemson 7- Steve Taneyhill leads the Gamecocks to a dominant victory in this rivalry game sending Clemson to a losing season.
1993- Florida St. 57, Clemson 0- Look at the margin. A dismal performance against the top ranked Seminoles
1992- Florida State 24, Clemson 20- Seminoles’ first year in ACC. Clemson was so close against a strong Seminole team that were 11-1.
1990- Virginia 20, Clemson 7- The first loss in 30 games to Virginia.
1990- Georgia Tech 21, Clemson 19-Tigers commit penalties on final drive to lose to Tech who would win the National Championship costing Tigers the ACC Championship.
1988- Florida St. 24, Clemson 21- Clemson loses to “Puntrooski” executed by Deion Sanders.
1987- South Carolina 20, Clemson 7- This one still hurts since both teams were highly ranked. Brad Edwards interception return for touchdown in the 4th quarter clinched the game.
1984- South Carolina 22, Clemson 21- Clemson blows a 21-3 lead against the highly ranked Gamecocks. Offside penalty gives the Gamecocks a chance to kick the winning extra point again.
1982- Georgia 13, Clemson 7- Clemson loses their first game after winning the National Championship in 1981.
1980- Georgia 20, Clemson 16- Clemson loses a close one to Georgia who would win the National Championship this season.
I am a Clemson football fan since my father, two of my siblings, uncle and cousin went to Clemson. I am a College of Charleston alum and they have had no football team since the 1920’s. I have been going to Clemson games since 1979 and will always be a big fan of theirs for football