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With the Win: Clemson 27, Syracuse 23

September 30, 2018

Clemson has now opened 5-0 for a fourth straight season and for the sixth time in the last eight years.

Clemson won its first five games of a season for the sixth time under head coach Dabo Swinney (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). Clemson's five previous 5-0 starts under Swinney were already the most under any head coach in school history (Josh Cody, 3; Frank Howard, 2; Danny Ford, 2; Tommy Bowden, 1; John Heisman, 1).

The four consecutive 5-0 starts represent the most consecutive 5-0 starts in team history, surpassing a three-year streak from 1928-30.

Clemson won its first ACC home game of the season for an eighth consecutive year. Clemson has won every ACC home opener dating back to 2011. The eighth straight victory by Clemson in its ACC home opener matched the longest streak in program history, set across the 1964-71 seasons under head coaches Frank Howard and Cecil Ingram.

Clemson won the 23rd of its last 24 games against ACC Atlantic Division opponents. Clemson has won 27 of its last 29 games against all ACC foes.

Clemson defeated an ACC foe for the 29th time in its last 31 opportunities, including conference championship games, dating back to 2015.

Clemson improved to 5-2 all-time against Syracuse, including a 3-0 record in games played at Clemson.

Clemson won its 11th consecutive game at Memorial Stadium, dating back to a 56-7 win against South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2016. The current 11-game streak is Clemson's third-longest home winning streak in Dabo Swinney’s tenure as head coach (21 from 2013-16, 13 from 2011-12).

Clemson has now won 32 of its last 33 home games.

Clemson improved to 35-4 in ACC contests at Memorial Stadium under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. He is now 62-7 against all opponents in Death Valley as a head coach.

Clemson won its fifth game in the month of September, marking the seventh time in program history that the Tigers have won five games in a single month (October 1977, October 1981, November 1991, September 2000, October 2015 and September 2017).

Clemson extended its winning streak in Saturday games to 21 to tie the longest Saturday winning streak in school history from the 2014-16 campaigns. The current streak is the longest of any school in the country.

Clemson won its 18th consecutive game in the month of September, dating back to 2014. The current streak is already the longest in school history.

With the 106th victory of his head coaching career, head coach Dabo Swinney surpassed the number of total victories earned by Notre Dame's Knute Rockne, the winningest coach by percentage in Division I history. Rockne compiled a 105-12-5 career record from 1918-30 at Notre Dame for a record .881 winning percentage.

The game was Clemson’s second of the season in which its opponent has scored first. Clemson is now 2-0 in those contests with victories against Syracuse and Texas A&M.

Clemson trailed, 16-7, at halftime. The victory was Clemson’s first win after trailing at halftime since overcoming a 27-17 halftime deficit in a 38-31 win against NC State on Nov. 4, 2017.

Clemson trailed, 16-13, after three quarters. The win marks Clemson’s first after trailing entering the fourth quarter since the National Championship game against Alabama during the 2016 season, in which Clemson overcame a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit in a 35-31 win.

Clemson has now won 48 of its last 52 games overall, dating to 2014.

With the Win: Clemson 27, Syracuse 23

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