Citadel-Clemson Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 21, 2013 at 8:55 am •  Published: November 21, 2013
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Citadel (5-6) at No. 7 Clemson (5-6), noon, ESPN3.

Line: No line.

Series record: Clemson leads 30-5-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson's seeking a third straight season of double-digit victories, something last accomplished by the program in four straight season from 1987-90. Citadel of the Southern Conference has lost 15 straight to Clemson and is 0-16 against nationally ranked teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

KEY MATCHUP

Citadel QB Ben Dupree vs. Clemson's defensive line. Dupree controls the Bulldogs triple-option attack, which is fourth in the FCS at 284 yards rushing a game. The Tigers are coming off playing Georgia Tech, which runs a similar scheme. Clemson held the Yellow Jackets to 248 yards on the ground, well below their average of 311 yards rushing coming in.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Citadel: RB Darien Robinson has run for 983 yards and eight touchdowns, sharing the rushing load with QB Ben Dupree.

Clemson: QB Tajh Boyd makes his last appearance in Death Valley and says he wants to leave fans at the sold-out game with more good memories. Boyd leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense at just under 320 yards a game. He's thrown for 24 TDs and rushed for eight more.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Clemson is 27-0 against teams from the FCS, a mark that includes a 52-13 victory over South Carolina State earlier this season. ... The last time the Tigers lost to the Citadel in 1931, it led to the formation of Clemson's ground-breaking athletic booster club, IPTAY. ... Citadel dropped a 59-58 OT contest to Old Dominion, which is transitioning to FBS, earlier this season. ... This is the first season Clemson has faced two FCS teams since 2008, when it again defeated South Carolina State and Citadel. ... Citadel last defeated an FBS team in 1992 when it beat Arkansas 10-3 and Army 15-14.


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