The day Calvin Johnson was shut out

Defensive coordinator explains how Clemson held future star without a reception

Originally Published: July 31, 2014
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- On Oct. 21, 2006, in a nationally televised game with ESPN's "College GameDay" on site, the Clemson Tigers pulled off a feat most thought was impossible, and one that hasn't been replicated since. They shut out Calvin Johnson.

When former Tigers coach Tommy Bowden was interviewing Vic Koenning to become his defensive coordinator after the 2004 season, part of the interview, Koenning said, focused on the plan he had to double-team wide receivers. The main concern ...

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