It happened only three times in 88 years of Clemson Football - perfection. That's what coach Danny Ford and his Clemson Tigers were looking for when they traveled to the 1982 Orange Bowl to take on Nebraska. Nebraska came into the Orange Bowl with one of the top offenses in the nation, led by future NFL stars Mike Rozier, Roger Craig, Irving Fryar, and massive center Dave Rimington. Clemson's plan was to counter the Huskers' high-powered offense with a lightning-quick and very athletic
defense that featured All-American safety Terry Kinard and a soon-to-be celebrity,
295-pound freshman guard William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
• This National Championship victory by Clemson marked the 1st National Championship attained in the school’s history in any sport
• Danny Ford won several coach of year honors and is still the youngest coach ever
to win a National Championship
• Complete NBC Broadcast of the Orange Bowl