By William Qualkinbush
Quandon Christian has started a bunch of games for Clemson at linebacker, but until Saturday, he had never celebrated a touchdown. Most of the touchdowns he saw were ones he and his teammates gave up to opponents.
But Christian’s 22-yard scoop-and-score in the second quarter gave him a chance to check “defensive touchdown” off his to-do list.
“It came at the perfect time on Senior Day,” he said. “To get that touchdown is awesome.”
Christian is the first Clemson player to score his first career touchdown on his Senior Day since Howard Bartley did it against South Carolina in 1998. It was also the fourth defensive touchdown for the Tigers this season, the most for the program since 2006.
#2 is #1. Sammy Watkins, in perhaps his final home game in a Clemson uniform, broke DeAndre Hopkins’ school record for career receiving yardage. The junior finished the game with seven receptions for 58 yards to give him 3,071 receiving yards for his career.
Watkins now sits fourth in ACC history in receptions with 217 and sixth in receiving yards.
Going streaking. Clemson has now won 16 consecutive games against The Citadel. Overall, the Tigers are 31-5-1 all-time against The Citadel, including a 13-1 record at Clemson.
Clemson has now won at least 10 games in three straight seasons. That is the longest such streak since the Tigers had four straight 10-win seasons from 1987-1990.
Clemson is now 28-0 all-time against FCS opponents and 16-4 in Military Appreciation Day games. In addition, the Tigers have now won 18 straight games over unranked teams by double digits—the second-longest streak in the country behind Alabama.
Three cheers for seniors. The 2013 senior class earned their 37th win in today’s game. That is tied for fourth-most wins by a senior class in Clemson history with the 1981 and 1984 senior classes. The win also gave the 2013 senior class 24 home wins, tied for the most in Clemson history with the 2012 class.
Defensive prowess. Clemson held The Citadel to -4 passing yards in the game. That is the fewest passing yards by an opponent in Clemson history.
The Tigers also held the Citadel to 172 yards of total offense. That is the fewest yards of total offense against the Tigers since 2009 when Clemson held Coastal Carolina to just 170 yards.
In addition, the Tigers held the Bulldogs to just six points in today’s game. That is the fewest points allowed by Clemson since 2011 when the Tigers defeated Virginia 23-3 in Blacksburg, VA.
Clemson has now recorded 26 takeaways on the season. That is the most since 2009 when the Tigers had 30 takeaways. The Tigers also had 10 tackles for loss in the game and now have 105 for the season.
Explosive balance. Clemson scored at least 50 points for the third straight game and the fifth time this season, both school records. The Tigers also scored six touchdowns in the game, each by a different player.
Kicking and screaming. Chandler Catanzaro scored nine points in today’s game to give him 395 for his career. He is now second in ACC history in points, trailing only Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins, who had 466 in his career from 2009-12.
Catanzaro also made his 66th career field goal in today’s game. He is now tied for sixth in ACC history in career field goals.
Hundred for Hot Rod. Roderick McDowell rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries in today’s game. He now has three games with at least 100 rushing yards this season.
Ending with the future. Jay Jay McCullough rushed the ball for the first time in his career and finished the game with six straight carries for 43 yards.