Clemson eager to match ACC expectations on field

Greensboro — The last time Clemson won an ACC football championship (1991), quarterback Cullen Harper was 6 years old.
ACC Football Kickoff at Reynolds Plantation. “I heard it last year. I heard it the year before. And now is the year when we have to quit talking about it and just do it. It’s time for Clemson to step up and win a championship.”

teams that was just good enough to break your heart.
In 2006, the Tigers started 7-1, were ranked as high as No. 10, and looked unbeatable after destroying Georgia Tech, the eventual Coastal Division champions, 31-7 at Death Valley. But then Clemson lost four of its last five to finish 8-5.
Last season, Clemson needed a win over Boston College at home to advance to the ACC championship game. But Matt Ryan rallied the Eagles for 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:46 left, to deny Clemson a trip to Jacksonville.
But if there has been a constant refrain coming out of the Palmetto State this summer, it is this: “If Clemson and Tommy Bowden don’t win it this year, they ain’t never gonna win it.”

Harper does not disagree.

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7/20/08