Tigers look to halt trend against Hurricanes
There are some sports rivalries that seem to feature a dramatic game every time the two teams face off.
Then there is the Clemson-Miami rivalry.
Since the Hurricanes entered the ACC in 2004, their three-game series against Clemson can be described as nothing other than an anomaly.
Every game has gone to overtime, and the away team has won each of the three contests. Try to find another three-game stretch between two college football teams that can compete with that ongoing story line.
In 2004, Clemson traveled to the Orange Bowl and shocked the No. 10 Hurricanes, erasing a 14-point deficit and winning 24-17 in overtime when Brock Berlin's fourth down pass fell incomplete. Reggie Merriweather scored all three of Clemson's touchdowns.
Miami got its revenge the next year, however. In one of the most exciting games Death Valley has ever hosted, Miami freshman Kenny Phillips picked off an errant Charlie Whitehurst pass in the third overtime to seal a 36-30 win for the Hurricanes.
The matchup had a three-year hiatus until last season, when Clemson headed back to Coral Gables. After another back-and-forth game, Kyle Parker hit Jacoby Ford for the game-winning touchdown on a deep crossing route in overtime to cap a 40-37 win for the Tigers.
If recent history is any indication, Saturday's game should be another great slugfest between these two programs. Clemson just hopes the home team comes away victorious this time.