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With the Win: Clemson 31, No. 20 North Carolina 20

November 19, 2023

Clemson improved to 40-19-1 against North Carolina all-time. North Carolina became the sixth program to be defeated by Clemson 40 times (South Carolina, 72, Wake Forest, 71; NC State, 60; Furman, 44; Virginia, 40).

Clemson earned its sixth consecutive victory against North Carolina, starting with a 59-38 victory in 2011. It represents Clemson’s third winning streak of at least six games in series history (six from 1958-63 and seven from 1986-92).

Clemson improved to 10-3 all-time against Mack Brown, including a 3-0 mark in Dabo Swinney’s tenure.

Swinney improved to 37-5 all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina.

Clemson finished its home slate with a 6-1 home record this season to extend its streak of winning at least six games at Memorial Stadium to 13 years. The next longest streak of six-plus home wins in the country entering 2023 was three years (Coastal Carolina).

Clemson posted a perfect homestand of three or more games for the 12th time in program history (1974, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2020). Note: Clemson also had undefeated homestands in 1982, 1983 and 1991 that included ties, and in 1987 and 2008, Clemson had homestands longer than three games in which the Tigers won at least three games in a row but did not win every game.

Clemson improved to 30-12 against AP Top 25 teams in the College Football Playoff era (since 2014). Clemson became only the fourth program to win 30 games against AP-ranked opponents in that span (Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia).

Clemson improved to 15-3 at home against AP Top 25 teams since 2011.

Clemson has posted at least one home win against an AP Top 25 team in 11 out of the last 13 seasons, including this year. That includes wins against No. 21 Auburn and No. 11 Florida State in 2011; No. 5 Georgia in 2013; No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 17 Florida State in 2015; No 3 Louisville in 2016; No. 13 Auburn in 2017; No. 16 NC State in 2018; No. 12 Texas A&M in 2019; No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in 2020; No. 13 Wake Forest in 2021; No. 10 NC State and No. 14 Syracuse in 2022; No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 22 North Carolina in 2023.

With home wins against No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 22 North Carolina this year, Clemson is riding a nine-year streak in which the Tigers have defeated at least one AP Top 25 team at Memorial Stadium, the nation's longest active streak of consecutive seasons with a ranked win at home. 

This year, Clemson earned multiple home wins against AP Top 25 teams in a single season for the eighth time in program history (two each in 1991, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2015 and 2022).

Swinney earned his 39th all-time victory against AP Top 25 teams. Swinney's 38 wins against the AP Top 25 are the second-most of any coach — active or inactive — since 2009.

Clemson improved to 93-12 in regular season play since the start of the 2015 season. Ten of Clemson’s 12 regular season losses in that span have been decided by a final margin of 10 or fewer points.

Clemson improved to 65-3 at Death Valley in the College Football Playoff era. Clemson is tied with Alabama for the nation's best home record in that time frame. 

Clemson improved to 61-1 when both passing and rushing for 200+ yards under Dabo Swinney. Overall, Clemson is 111-1-1 in program history when reaching those marks.

Clemson is now 80-3 when rushing for 200+ yards under Dabo Swinney.

Clemson is now 63-4 when having a 100-yard rusher since 2011.

Clemson now has a 129-8 record when totaling more first downs than its opponent since 2011.

Clemson now has a 76-4 record when winning the turnover margin since 2011.

Clemson has now won 24 of its last 27 November games.

Clemson has now won 113 of its last 118 games when leading at halftime.

Clemson is now 134-4 since 2011 when leading after three quarters.

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