Remembering the Last Five: Miami vs. Clemson

by Mike Ferguson
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In a contest that will have significant ACC championship and maybe even national championship implications, No. 7 Miami will go into Death Valley and take on top-ranked Clemson on Saturday night.

The Tigers played their closest game of the season last week with a 41-23 win over Virginia. Both teams come in with records of 3-0. Miami is coming off an open date after impressive wins over Florida State and Louisville.

Saturday’s contest will be just the 12th meeting between the schools and the first in Clemson since 2010. Miami leads the all-time series, 6-5. Before the weekend gets here, take a look back on the last five contests in the series:

(7) Miami 3, (1) Clemson 38 — Dec. 2, 2017 (ACC Championship)

Miami’s first trip to the ACC Championship was not one to remember. The Hurricanes managed only 214 yards in Charlotte and turned the ball over three times. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant passed for 252 yards and a touchdown in the win while adding a rushing score. Ray-Ray McCloud led the Tigers with 100 yards receiving. Michael Badgley’s 22-yard field goal with 3:29 to play broke up the shutout.

(6) Clemson 58, Miami 0 — Oct. 24, 2015

Miami’s worst-ever defeat came courtesy of Clemson in 2015. The 58-0 trouncing of the Hurricanes also brought about the end of the Al Golden era. Clemson finished with 567 yards of offense to just 146 for Miami. The Hurricanes also turned the ball over three times. Wayne Gallman finished with 118 yards rushing for a Clemson team that went for 416 on the ground. Quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Kelly Bryant each accounted for two total touchdowns for the Tigers. Cordrea Tankersley returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the win.

(16) Miami 30, Clemson 21 — Oct. 2, 2010

After falling behind 14-7, Miami used 20 straight second-quarter points to seize control of the contest and never looked back. Jacory Harris passed for four touchdowns, which included three to Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson finished with 147 yards receiving while Damien Berry rushed for 101 yards in the win. Clemson turned the ball over six times, leading to a pair of Miami touchdowns. Andre Ellington rushed for 107 yards and scored all three touchdowns for Clemson.

Clemson 40, (10) Miami 37 — Oct. 24, 2009 (Overtime)

A contest that saw 11 lead changes, including three in the fourth quarter finally ended in overtime. After a 30-yard field goal by Clemson’s Richard Jackson sent the game into overtime, Miami was forced to settle for a field goal on its possession. Clemson ended the game with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker to Jacoby Ford. Parker finished with 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. C.J. Spiller finished with 185 yards of offense and a touchdown in the win. DeAndre McDaniel finished with two interceptions of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, included one he returned 23 yards for a touchdown. Harris passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.

(13) Miami 36, (20) Clemson 30 — Sept. 17, 2005 (Triple-Overtime)

Clemson scored 10 points in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime, but could not get over the hump in the extra periods. The teams traded touchdowns and then field goals on the first two possessions before Tyrone Moss’ 25-yard touchdown run put the Hurricanes ahead for good. Kenny Phillips intercepted Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst on the second play of triple-overtime to seal the win for Miami. Moss finished with 135 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Whitehust passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one more for the Tigers in the loss.

Mike Ferguson is the managing editor for Fifth Quarter. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

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