Clemson's on the Edge of Elite

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Clemson's on the Edge of Elite
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Clemson had finished unbeaten and untied twice in its history before (1900 and 1948), but 1981's 12-0 run ushered in a new era for Tiger football under third-year coach Danny Ford. At age 30, Ford took a program that had success here and there and turned it into a consistent winner. In '81, powered by defensive stalwarts Jeff Davis (ACC player of the year, All-American) and Terry Kinard (two-time consensus All-American) and quarterback Homer Jordan (All-ACC) – Clemson rolled through the ACC, downed reigning national champ Georgia and took the national title themselves by beating Nebraska, 22-15.

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