December 29

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December 29 in Clemson History

  • 1978: Clemson returns to the Gator Bowl, beating Ohio State Buckeyes, 17-15. OSU Coach Woody Hayes throws a hissy after an intercepted pass, punches Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman, loses job by sports writers' deadline. He had been severely warned about his behavior after he punched a television cameraman at the Michigan game in November. His escapades will be commemorated in the Tiger Band Unhymnal in the song The Night We Drove Old Woody Down. Danny Ford becomes the youngest NCAA coach, and the only one whose record consists of a bowl win.
  • 2006: Clemson plays Kentucky in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone Tires in Nashville, Tennessee at 1 p.m. Pre-game Concert, beginning at 9 a.m., free music and family activities at LP Field's South End Zone Area Lot R. Free admission. Despite an unlikely comeback attempt from a 6-28 deficit late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers fall short, 20-28, when the Wildcats secure an on-side kick in last 20 seconds of the game. Kentucky secures its first bowl win since 1984. Womens Basketball plays at Duquesne at 7 p.m., winning 77-74.
  • 2008: Thirtieth anniversary of Woody Hayes infamous punch of Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman as the Tigers gain their first bowl win in two decades, at the 1978 Gator Bowl.

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