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Clemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry
History
First Meeting Clemson, 23–0 (1898)
Last Meeting Clemson, 47–31 (2012)
Next Meeting TBA, 2013
Number of Meetings 77
All-Time Series Georgia Tech leads 49–26–2
Current Streak Clemson, 1

The Clemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Clemson Tigers football team of Clemson University and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team of Georgia Tech. The Tigers and Yellow Jackets first met in 1898, and have played annually since 1983.

Series history

File:Georgia Tech Clemson 2007 Halftime.jpg

Halftime at the 2007 Clemson–Georgia Tech game at Bobby Dodd Stadium

Through 2011, the teams have played 77 times, with Tech leading the series 49–26–2.[1] The teams first met in 1898, when Clemson's third-year program defeated Georgia Tech 23–0 to finish with a 3–1 record. The following year, the Tigers beat Tech again, 41–5.[2] In 1904, Georgia Tech lured away Clemson's head coach, John Heisman (namesake of the Heisman Trophy), with the prospect of $450 pay raise ($10,963 adjusted for inflation), which was a 25% salary increase.[3]

In 1977, Georgia Tech, a year before it joined the ACC, decided to end its series with Clemson. George Bennett, a Clemson athletics booster, was determined to preserve the game, as the trip to Atlanta provided a unique experience for the Tigers players and fanbase who had not been to a bowl game since 1959. In what was supposed to be the final game in Atlanta, upon Bennett's suggestion, thousands of Clemson supporters paid their expenses with two-dollar bills stamped with the shape of a tiger paw. This demonstrated the large amount of money that the Clemson fanbase regularly pumped into the local economy because of the game.[4]

The series resumed in 1983 when Georgia Tech began playing football in the ACC. This has become one of the most competitive rivalries in the ACC with Georgia Tech leading the series 16-15 in the ACC era. These games have often been decided at the last minute and by small margins.[5] Nine of the games between 1996 and 2006 were decided by five points or less.[6]

When the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), of which both schools are members, reorganized in 2005 to form divisions for the sport of football, Clemson and Georgia Tech were designated as cross-division rivals.[7] This means that their football teams meet every season, unlike their other non-divisional conference opponents, which are played less often on a rotational basis.

In the 2009 season, both teams won their respective divisions of the ACC. For the first time in the series' history, the two teams met for a second time in a season on December 5, 2009 in the ACC Championship Game. The game marked the first ever December meeting between the two teams, as well as the first post-season meeting. It was also the first time the series has been played outside of Atlanta or Clemson since 1899. Georgia Tech won 39–34, however the NCAA later vacated the last 3 games of Georgia Tech's 2009 season along with the ACC Championship due to several starters being ruled ineligible.[8]

In the 2011 season, both teams started 6–0. The match-up was highly anticipated until Georgia Tech stumbled losing two straight games, at Virginia and at Miami (FL). The game was 6–2 Georgia Tech hosting 8–0 #5 Clemson. This game was the 2011 Georgia Tech homecoming game. Georgia Tech upset the Tigers 31–17. After the game, Clemson fell out of the top ten and Georgia Tech became the #22 team in the country.

Game results

Clemson victories are colored ██ orange. Georgia Tech victories are colored ██ gold. Ties are white.

Date Winner Score Location
Nov. 24, 1898 Clemson
23-0
Augusta, GA
Nov. 30, 1899 Clemson
41-5
Greenville, SC
Oct. 18, 1902 Clemson
44-5
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 17, 1903 Clemson
73-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 5, 1904 Tie
11-11
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 30, 1905 Georgia Tech
17-10
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 29, 1906 Clemson
10-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 28, 1907 Clemson
6-5
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 26, 1908 Georgia Tech
30-6
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 25, 1909 Georgia Tech
29-3
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 24, 1910 Georgia Tech
34-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 30, 1911 Georgia Tech
32-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 28, 1912 Georgia Tech
20-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 27, 1913 Georgia Tech
34-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 26, 1914 Georgia Tech
26-6
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5, 1918 Georgia Tech
28-0
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 9, 1919 Georgia Tech
28-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 6, 1920 Georgia Tech
7-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 5, 1921 Georgia Tech
48-7
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 4, 1922 Georgia Tech
21-7
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 1, 1932 Georgia Tech
32-14
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 30, 1933 Georgia Tech
39-2
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 29, 1934 Georgia Tech
12-7
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 31, 1936 Clemson
14-13
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 6, 1937 Georgia Tech
7-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 20, 1943 Georgia Tech
41-6
Atlanta, GA

Date Winner Score Location
Sep. 30, 1944 Georgia Tech
51-0
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 24, 1945 Clemson
21-7
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 7, 1953 Georgia Tech
20-7
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 8, 1958 Georgia Tech
13-0
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3, 1959 Georgia Tech
16-6
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 22, 1962 Georgia Tech
26-9
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 28, 1963 Georgia Tech
27-0
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3, 1964 Georgia Tech
14-7
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 2, 1965 Georgia Tech
38-6
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 1, 1966 Georgia Tech
13-12
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 7, 1967 Georgia Tech
10-0
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5, 1968 Georgia Tech
24-21
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 4, 1969 Clemson
21-10
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3, 1970 Georgia Tech
28-7
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 2, 1971 Georgia Tech
24-14
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 7, 1972 Georgia Tech
31-9
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 29, 1973 Georgia Tech
29-21
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 28, 1974 Clemson
21-17
Clemson, SC
Sep. 27, 1975 Georgia Tech
33-28
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 25, 1976 Tie
24-24
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 24, 1977 Clemson
31-14
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 24, 1983 Clemson
41-14
Clemson, SC
Sep. 29, 1984 Georgia Tech
28-21
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 28, 1985 Georgia Tech
14-3
Clemson, SC
Sep. 27, 1986 Clemson
27-3
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 26, 1987 Clemson
33-12
Clemson, SC

Date Winner Score Location
Sep. 24, 1988 Clemson
30-13
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14, 1989 Georgia Tech
30-14
Clemson, SC
Oct. 13, 1990 Georgia Tech
21-19
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 28, 1991 Clemson
9-7
Clemson, SC
Sep. 26, 1992 Georgia Tech
20-16
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 25, 1993 Clemson
16-13
Clemson, SC
Nov. 12, 1994 Clemson
20-10
Clemson, SC
Oct. 28, 1995 Clemson
24-3
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 19, 1996 Clemson
28-25
Clemson, SC
Sep. 27, 1997 Georgia Tech
23-20
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 12, 1998 Georgia Tech
24-21
Clemson, SC
Nov. 13, 1999 Georgia Tech
45-42
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 28, 2000 Georgia Tech
31-28
Clemson, SC
Sep. 29, 2001 Clemson
47-44
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 14, 2002 Clemson
24-19
Clemson, SC
Sep. 20, 2003 Clemson
39-3
Atlanta, GA
Sep. 11, 2004 Georgia Tech
28-24
Clemson, SC
Oct. 29, 2005 Georgia Tech
10-9
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 21, 2006 Clemson
31-7
Clemson, SC
Sep. 29, 2007 Georgia Tech
13-3
Atlanta, GA
Oct. 18, 2008 Georgia Tech
21-17
Clemson, SC
Sep. 9, 2009 Georgia Tech
30-27
Atlanta, GA
Dec. 5, 2009 Vacated
N / A
Tampa, FL
Oct. 23, 2010 Clemson
27-13
Clemson, SC
Oct. 29, 2011 Georgia Tech
31-17
Atlanta. GA
Oct. 6, 2012 Clemson
47-31
Clemson, SC

References

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