2006 Clemson Tigers Football Team
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2006 Clemson Tigers Football Team
2006 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson Tigers logo.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2006 record8-5 (5-3 ACC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorRob Spence (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorVic Koenning (2nd season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium (c. 80,301, grass)
Seasons
← 2005
2007 →
2006 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 18 Wake Forest x$   6 2         11 3  
No. 20 Boston College   5 3         10 3  
Maryland   5 3         9 4  
Clemson   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
NC State   2 6         3 9  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech x   7 1         9 5  
No. 19 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
Virginia   4 4         5 7  
Miami   3 5         7 6  
North Carolina   2 6         3 9  
Duke   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2006 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season The team was coached by Tommy Bowden and played their homes game in the Memorial Stadium.

Portions of the season, specifically the games against Florida Atlantic and Florida State, were featured in the 2020 film Safety, which is about sophomore safety Ray Ray McElrathbey taking care of his little brother while their mother receives treatment for drug addiction.

Notable

ESPN's College Gameday show made its first-ever appearance in Clemson for the game between the Tigers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 21. Kirk Herbstreit mentioned both during and after the show, that he felt that Clemson hosted one of the best Gameday audiences he'd ever seen. The Gameday audience at Clemson also set a new noise record when measured in the latter half of the show.

Season

Entering the season, the Tigers had high expectations, hoping to compete for a spot in the ACC Championship Game. After a defeat at Boston College in the second game of the season, Clemson achieved off six straight victories, during which they averaged nearly 42 points a game. But things soon fell apart, with Clemson losing four out of their last five, including a loss to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl, and a 31-28 loss to arch rival South Carolina. The team finished the season with a disappointing 8-5 record.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic*No. 18ESPNUW 54-678,693[1]
September 93:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 18ABCL 34-33 2OT44,500[1]
September 167:45 p.m.at No. 9 Florida StateESPNW 27-2083,510[1]
September 23NoonNorth CarolinaNo. 19
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
Raycom/LFSW 52-781,886[1]
September 307:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*No. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPNUW 51-081,564[1]
October 7Noonat Wake ForestNo. 15ESPNW 27-1735,920[1]
October 127:30 p.m.vs. Temple*No. 12ESPNUW 63-930,246[1]
October 217:45 p.m.No. 13 Georgia TechdaggerNo. 12
ESPNW 31-782,630[1]
October 267:45 p.m.at Virginia TechNo. 10ESPNL 24-766,233[1]
November 4NoonMarylandNo. 19
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPN2L 13-1280,556[1]
November 11NoonNC State
Raycom/LFSW 20-1481,785[1]
November 25NoonSouth Carolina*No. 24
ESPNL 31-2883,428[1]
December 291:00 p.m.vs. Kentucky*ESPNL 28-2068,024[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Coaching staff

  • Tommy Bowden - Head Coach
  • Rob Spence - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Vic Koenning - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Brad Scott - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • David Blackwell - Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Burton Burns - Running Backs
  • Billy Napier - Tight Ends
  • Chris Rumph - Defensive Line
  • Dabo Swinney - Wide Receivers
  • Ron West - Outside Linebackers
  • Mike Dooley - Defensive Video Graduate Assistant
  • Andy Ford - Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Paul Hogan - Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Willie Simmons - Offensive Video Graduate Assistant

Game summaries

Florida Atlantic

1 234Total
Florida Atl 0 060 6
• Clemson 10 141416 54

[2]

Part of that game would be recreated at halftime of the Clemson game between UNC Charlotte on September 21, 2019 as part of a Disney movie.

Boston College

Florida State

1 234Total
• Clemson 6 867 27
Florida St 2 738 20

Clemson's first win in Tallahassee since 1989.

[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "2006 Clemson Football Stats" (PDF). Clemson University.
  2. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Sep-09.
  3. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Sep-09.

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