David Treadwell provides the kicker, as 1980s era ends with Clemson on top

Placekicker boots his way into Tiger history with back-to-back victories

Georgia - Clemson Football: David Treadwell

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Georgia - Clemson Football: David Treadwell

David Treadwell will join Homer Jordan Saturday night as honorary alumni captains for the Clemson-Georgia game. His hero status was carved in stone by a pair of game-winning kicks against the Bulldogs, as Clemson ended the every-season series on two-game roll.

1986: Clemson 31, Georgia 28

Back-and-forth, until the very end.

David Treadwell kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, stunning a sellout crowd at Sanford Stadium and lifting Clemson to a 31-28 victory.

Just moments before, anything but a Bulldog victory had seemed unlikely.

The teams traded blows all afternoon. Midway through the third period, Georgia wiped out a 28-21 Clemson lead with a 78-yard pass from James Jackson to Freddy Lane, and then on the next possession, Treadwell missed a 39-yard field goal - the first miss of his career from between 30 and 39 yards.

With the score still tied 28-28, Georgia appeared to have things well in hand, driving toward the Clemson end zone. But then, on a play from the Clemson 15, Jackson lost the football on an option keeper, and Tiger safety A.J. Johnson pounced on the fumble at the Tigers' nine yard line.

It took an exchange of punts and a three-and-out by Clemson's defense to give the Tigers' their final chance, as runs by Terrence Flagler and Rodney Williams helped the Clemson reach the Georgia 29 as the clock ticked down.

Treadwell came on with four seconds remaining and drilled the ball through the uprights as time expired, giving Clemson its first victory at Athens since 1977.

1987: Clemson 21, Georgia 20

By the slim margin of a 'hurry-up' alignment and a 21-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, the Tigers broke the Bulldogs' hearts for the second straight year, 21-20, at Death Valley.

Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers got a break when Chinedu Ohan and freshman John Johnson combined to down a Rusty Seyle at the Georgia one yard line.

Clemson's defense came onto the field and attacked. On first down, the Tigers narrowly missed a safety when noseguard Tony Stephens broke through the middle of the Georgia line. On second down from just outside the goal line, the Bulldogs weren't so fortunate. Quarterback James Jackson tried an outside run, and he was chased down in the end zone by James Lott and Gene Beasley for a safety that narrowed the lead to two.

Then Donnell Woolford fielded Georgia's free-kick punt and returned it 17 yards to the Clemson 42.

Runs of 14 yards by Wesley McFadden and 11 yards by Terry Allen moved the Tigers to the Georgia 33, and then Allen escaped a tackle after taking an option pitch and scampered 17 yards to the Georgia 13.

In the end, the Tigers cut things close. Runs by McFadden and Tracy Johnson moved the ball to the four and into field goal position, and the Tigers, who were out of timeouts, rushed their field goal unit onto the field. Treadwell nailed his kick to lift Clemson to victory.

Afterwards, Georgia coach Vince Dooley said the safety was the difference in the game.

"It was obvious we couldn't get it out of there against them," Dooley said. "It was my fault for making that call. They're great at the line of scrimmage. There's no question: We should've punted."

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