ACC: clutch team past
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
You won't believe it.
The most schizophrenic team out there -- the program that can't seem to win the "big one" -- also happens to be the most historically clutch team in the ACC.
NC State gave the Clemson Tigers some serious competition for this honor, as the Wolfpack's 7-4 record in overtime games is the best in the conference -- and four of those OT wins were on the road. There were also numerous amazing Philip Rivers-led comebacks that must be taken into consideration.
However, when you're looking at each program through its entire history, Clemson actually does win the close ones. Still not convinced? Take a look:
- Since 1948, Clemson has had 67 fourth-quarter wins, and five overtime wins during which the Tigers erased a deficit or tie.
- All of those games were decided by seven points or less, or in overtime.
- 24 of those wins came with less than a minute left in the game.
- Three of them came with zero seconds left on the clock.
There were a few seasons during that span that stood out:
1986 -- David Treadwell kicked three game-winning field goals (46 yards, 21 yards and 31 yards) to beat Georgia, Maryland and South Carolina. He put it through the uprights on the road against Georgia and Maryland with 10 seconds or less on the clock. The Tigers were ACC champs that year.
1987 -- A second straight season in which the Tigers were ACC champs in large part because of Treadwell, who kicked game-winners against Georgia and North Carolina. Tracy Johnson's four-yard run against Duke with 6:46 remaining gave Clemson the 17-10 win.
2005 -- With 2 seconds left on the clock, Jad Dean made a 42-yard field goal to beat Texas A&M, 25-24. Reggie Merriweather's 38-yard burst with 2:58 left beat Maryland, 28-24, and a 2-yard run by James Davis with 5:58 remaining put Clemson over rival South Carolina, 13-9.
Granted, that was then, and this is now. Can the Tigers come through in the clutch this season? If not, who is currently the most clutch team in the conference? Check back later to find out.