RIP, Clemsoning

Tigers send a message …

It wasn’t the “Potato Famine” beatdown one clever sign-maker at ESPN’s College Gameday predicted, but Clemson University sent a message to the Irish – and the rest of the college football world.

That message? RIP, “Clemsoning.”

With No. 6 Notre Dame and its nation’s best offensive line knocking on the door of a potential game-tying two-point conversion, Clemson’s defense stood tall – preserving a 24-22 victory in front of 82,415 storm-drenched fans at Memorial Stadium (a.k.a. Death Valley).

“We heard they had the best offensive line in the country, so we wanted to show them what we could do,” said Tigers’ junior defensive end Shaq Lawson.

Lawson and his teammates did just that – showing a national prime time audience that this year’s Tiger “D” is every bit as ferocious as last year’s national No. 1 unit that sent multiple players (including a pair of first round draft picks) to the NFL.

In fact if Lawson – who had 3.5 tackles for loss during the game – keeps it up he’ll be joining his former teammates at the next level very soon.

Don’t believe us?  Take a look at this clip of Lawson manhandling the left side of the Irish line and forcing a holding penalty …


(Via: SB Nation)

“It took two of them, and they both had to cheat to do it, and one of those guys is presumed potential first-round pick Ronnie Stanley,” noted SB Nation’s Jason Kirk.

Still, the Tigers nearly turned the program’s biggest victory since a 2013 home win over No. 5 Georgia into a last-second collapse – one that would have breathed new life into Tiger fans’ least favorite Urban Dictionary entry.

Clemson led 24-9 with less than ten minutes in the fourth quarter but Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer – starting only his third game in place of injured starter Malik Zaire – led his team on a pair of late touchdown drives.  In fact Notre Dame (4-1) found itself in position to tie the game despite committing a pair of seemingly disastrous fourth quarter turnovers.

Exceedingly conservative offensive play-calling on the part of Clemson kept their hopes alive – and the No. 12 Tigers (4-0, 1-0 ACC) had to pounce on an onside kick to secure the soggy victory.

“This is what it’s all about,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “It ain’t always perfect. I told them, ‘Listen, we give you scholarships, we give you stipends and meals, we give you nice uniforms and a place to live. I can’t give you guts. I can’t give you heart.'”

“Tonight it was BYOG, bring your own guts,” Swinney added.  “They brought some guts and some heart and they never quit until the last play.”

For awhile it appeared as thought the game wouldn’t even take place, thanks to a torrential downpour that continued to pummel the Palmetto State well into Sunday.

Clemson University decided to move forward with the game anyway – and a huge crowd showed up even though S.C. governor Nikki Haley told them to stay home and watch on television due to the risk of flash flooding.



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U R Full of Shit October 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

That was the OVERRATED BOWL…all that “win” proved for Clemson is that Notre Dame is more overrated than Clemson.

Either of those teams would get the shit beaten out of them by the REAL college football powers. (See ND vs Bama in the NC game)….

But FITSNews, as usual, picks up the ignorant media line, classifying that contest of lightweights as a meaningful game on the national scale. Like a small-time stupid and country rube.

And you’ll be the first to shit all over yourself with disbelief when Clemson fakes its way into a game with a TRUE power, and gets the Fuck beaten out of them…

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 4, 2015 at 9:37 am

The Mizzou butthurt is strong in that one.

“Tigers beat Gamecocks in Columbia.”

Get used to it.
You’ll hear it a couple more times this year…

mamatiger92 October 4, 2015 at 9:40 am

Sounds like someone needs a hug.

Go Tigers!!

tomstickler October 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

Eeeewwww! Can’t you smell that’s GT?

U R Evil October 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

Been dumpster diving behind Planned Parenthood again? Go use some mouthwash.

rap dancin w/daba dabo do do October 4, 2015 at 10:10 am

You are correct.ND is HIGHLY over ranked and have been since the bowl game they got blown out in a couple of years ago.

Golson left and Zaire got hurt.They were only a Top 20 team BEFORE that.Dabo is a clown.He acts like he is 6 years-old.It is all fun and games when you are beating inferior opponents.Clemson loses a couple of games those kids will turn on him in a minute.

E Norma Scok October 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

You know about this because….thats what’s happening to Spurrier?

Great Defense by the cocks yesterday!


Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 9:39 am

41 – 0 When leading in the fourth quarter.
Since 2011 a 31 game winning streak against unranked opponents, second longest in the country.
That’s Clemsoning.

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

…with wins over Oklahoma, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Notre Dame in the last several years…

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

Ranked top 25 AP, 59 of the last 60 poll weeks.

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

And Ohio State.

u sound like fits or boz :) October 4, 2015 at 10:04 am

Ohio State? 2 years ago? Please.That Ohio State team was all freshman and a Top 20 team at best.The qb on that team plays WR now.

Clemson is not in the same zip code as THE Ohio State University in today’s world of college football.

Clemson is a Top 20 team with NO chance of a playoff. ND is highly over ranked.

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

Ohio St. was ranked 7th in the country and 12 – 1.
Those are facts, not your opinions.

deal? October 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

They were highly over ranked.Here is a fact.Clemson won’t EVER smell a play off game in our lifetime.

Notre Dame was ranked #1 in 2013 and got beat 42-14 by Alabama.

Let’s make a deal.You keep defending ‘traitor’ Haley and I will post facts about college football.

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

What’s the deal, Deal? Clemson is sixth in both polls. Two of the top five have to lose, because they play each other. Put aside trash talk. Clemson’s chances are good.

a face in the crowd October 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Depends on what happens with one-loss teams. I see Clemson having more success against several teams ranked ahead of it than behind it. Ohio State and Michigan State are both overrated while Alabama and Texas A & M are both underrated. I don’t see Clemson defeating Alabama, especially with Alabama having something to prove.

mamatiger92 October 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

You’re right. We’re not in the same zip code. We wouldn’t struggle to beat Indiana.

stick to baking cookies! October 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

lol…thank God you know about as much about football as you do life and politics-that being ZERO! :)

stick to baking cookies! October 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

I hope Clemson enjoys the Potato Bowl…or Salad Bowl…or Pork Chop Bowl in late December.

Squishy123 October 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

Either way, I hope USCe players and coaches stay safe watching the games on television.

tidbit October 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

Indiana beat Missouri AT Missouri last year.

mamatiger92 October 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Clearly they are world beaters.

Elfego October 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I watched the Mighty Buckeyes pummel the high touted team from Indians. What a bashing! Maybe they can bash Tuccumcary.

correction October 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

“Since 2011 a 31 game winning streak against unranked opponents, second longest in the country.”

“Since 2011 a 31 game winning streak against LOSING programs, second longest in the country.”

Fixed it for ya.

a face in the crowd October 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

So is crapping the bed against Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech in games that mattered, and then calling the season a success based on a win in an irrelevant bowl game. When Clemson puts together a full season, then ‘Clemsoning’ may be put to rest.

CNSYD October 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Typical dumb face butt hurt whenever Clemson succeeds when the “experts” said they couldn’t.

a face in the crowd October 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Sorry dipshit. I called the Clemson win.

CNSYD October 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Oh you created the victory much like the success USCe had after Folks took Spurrier to the woodshed, right?

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

ESPN cuts off Dobo thanking the Lord and recently deceased Dad. Ten seconds of dead air looking at their tablets. Hilarious and sad. Hopefully it was just a mistake.

say what? October 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

It was a shame that game was even on ABC at 8:00. That was a ESPN 2 caliber game.

The Lord? Dabo?He is apparently just uses his ‘faith’ like Haley?Didn’t he ‘stab’ Bowden in the back to get the job at Clemson?

“Swinney said in a statement that he has no association with the Palmetto Family Council and, after receiving considerable backlash, said he will not attend. He said he believed his attendance at the event was solely to honor his All In Foundation, whose mission “is to raise awareness and health issues in order to change lives of people across the state of South Carolina.”

“I appreciate the recognition of my and the foundation’s efforts,” Swinney said. “However, after much thought, in order to avoid a distraction for the team and the entire football program, I’ve decided it is in the best interests of all involved that I not attend the event on June 2.”

Squishy123 October 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

I hear the USCe vs. Missouri was a Cartoon Network caliber game.

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

Nikki and Dabo – more popular than ever. Must be frustrating for you.

sure October 4, 2015 at 11:17 am


According to a Public Policy Polling survey, 60 percent of South Carolina voters are against Haley pursuing the second-in-command job if asked by the eventual Republican presidential nominee.

Only 22 percent of voters said they would like to see her as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

CNSYD October 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Explain exactly how Swinney “stabbed Bowden in the back”. You see how much Bowden has been in demand as a coach since leaving Clemson.

a face in the crowd October 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Bowden never has to coach again thanks to his successful hustle of Barker and Phillips.

Bible Thumper October 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm

“It was a shame that game was even on ABC at 8:00. That was a ESPN 2 caliber game.”

Notre Dame’s trip to Clemson’s Death Valley was the third-highest overnight of the 2015 season across all networks and up 71% compared to 2014 Week 5 Saturday Night Football (Notre Dame at Syracuse). On WatchESPN, the Buckeyes-Hoosiers matchup was the most-streamed game of the day, attracting an additional 82,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience, 422,000 unique viewers and 19,600,000 live minutes viewed. Additionally, on WatchESPN, the regionalized 3:30 p.m. ABC window was up 66% in average minute impressions (97,000), 51% in unique viewers (528,000) and 60% in live minutes viewed (23,200,000) compared to last season’s similar regionalized window. 

College GameDay Scores Big Overnight Rating, Sets Record on WatchESPN

College GameDay (from Clemson) earned a 1.6 overnight rating, the show’s highest overnight since Nov 30, 2013, (from Auburn) and up 45% compared to 2014 Week 5 (from South Carolina). Additionally, yesterday’s show was the best ever on WatchESPN across all major metrics: 46,000 average minute impressions, 196,000 unique viewers, and 8,200,000 live minutes viewed.

GaryJR October 4, 2015 at 10:52 am

Might even be best in state over Coastal.


chrisn'kirkherbstreit October 4, 2015 at 11:32 pm

dont care for clemson or sacurlina. but anytime they beat those morons for ohio st or notre dame pedophiles is a good day.lee corso was right about 10 years ago when he said sacurlina would never compete for a nat’l title. for whatever reason they never get those championship caliber players.theyve had there run . clemsuck has had more staying power with dabu and he has takien them to that next level spurrier couldnt achieve. final four pickens tech , lspu, utah fightin mormons and those miserable fucks from the ohio state penitenitary


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