Clemson Tigers Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Larry Rupp
Clemson Tigers bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Clemson Tigers bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / AP Photos/Charles Rex Arbogast
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Bowl game season is an exciting time in college football. Schools across the nation will battle it out for postseason glory and a chance to end their year on a high note.

One team that's no stranger to playing in bowl games is the Clemson Tigers. Here's everything you need to know about Clemson's bowl history before making its next appearance.

Clemson Bowl Game History

College football fans shouldn't be shocked to learn Clemson has built an impressive bowl game history over the years. The Tigers have have played in 49 bowl games all-time, including 17 straight.

Clemson's first bowl appearance came in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic under head coach Jess Neely. The Tigers took down Boston College 6-3 and earned their first bowl win. They went on to win each of their next two bowl games as well before finally losing to Miami in the 1952 Gator Bowl.

The Tigers' most recent bowl appearance came in the 2022 Orange Bowl. Clemson unfortunately fell 31-14 against Tennessee in that one.

Clemson Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Clemson owns a 26-23 all-time record. Check out the school's full bowl results below.

  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1940): Clemson 6, Boston College 3
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1949): Clemson 24, Missouri 23
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1951): Clemson 15, Miami 14
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1952): Miami 14, Clemson 0
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1957): Colorado 27, Clemson 21
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1959): LSU 7, Clemson 0
  • Bluebonnet Bowl (Dec. 19, 1959): Clemson 7, TCU 0
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 30, 1977): Pittsburgh 34, Clemson 3
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 29, 1978): Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 31, 1979): Baylor 24, Clemson 18
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1982): Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
  • Independence Bowl (Dec. 21, 1985): Minnesota 20, Clemson 13
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 27, 1986): Clemson 27, Stanford 21
  • Florida Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1988): Clemson 35, Penn State 10
  • Florida Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1989): Clemson 13, Oklahoma 6
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 30, 1989): Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
  • Hall of Fame Bowl (Jan. 1, 1991): Clemson 30, Illinois 0
  • Florida Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1992): California 37, Clemson 14
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 31, 1993): Clemson 14, Kentucky 13
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1996): Syracuse 41, Clemson 0
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 28, 1996): LSU 10, Clemson 7
  • Peach Bowl (Jan. 2, 1998): Auburn 21, Clemson 17
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 30, 1999): Mississippi State 17, Clemson 7
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 2001): Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 20
  • Humanitarian Bowl (Dec. 31, 2001): Clemson 49, Louisiana Tech 24
  • Tangerine Bowl (Dec. 23, 2002): Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15
  • Peach Bowl (Jan. 2, 2004): Clemson 27, Tennessee 14
  • Champs Sport Bowl (Dec. 27, 2005): Clemson 19, Colorado 10
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006): Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 2007): Auburn 23, Clemson 20 (OT)
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 2009): Nebraska 26, Clemson 21
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 27, 2009): Clemson 21, Kentucky 13
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl (Dec. 31, 2010): South Florida 31, Clemson 26
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 4, 2012): West Virginia 70, Clemson 33
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 2012): Clemson 25, LSU 24
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 3, 2014): Clemson 40, Ohio State 35
  • Russell Athletic Bowl (Dec. 29, 2014): Clemson 40, Oklahoma 6
  • Orange Bowl (Dec. 31, 2015): Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17
  • CFP National Championship (Jan. 11, 2016): Alabama 45, Clemson 40
  • Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 31, 2016): Clemson 31, Ohio State 0
  • CFP National Championship (Jan. 9, 2017): Clemson 35, Alabama 31
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 2018): Alabama 24, Clemson 6
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Dec. 29, 2018): Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3
  • CFP National Championship (Jan. 7, 2019): Clemson 44, Alabama 16
  • Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 28, 2019): Clemson 29, Ohio State 23
  • CFP National Championship (Jan. 13, 2020): LSU 42, Clemson 25
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 2021): Ohio State 49, Clemson 28
  • Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29, 2021): Clemson 20, Iowa State 13
  • Orange Bowl (Dec. 30, 2022): Tennessee 31, Clemson 14

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