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      Clemson finishes season with highest final ranking in two decades

      The Clemson football team finished the 2012 season with its best end-of-season ranking in more than 20 years.

      CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - The Clemson football team finished the 2012 season with its best end-of-season ranking in more than 20 years.

      The Tigers finished ninth in the final USA Today poll and 11th in the final Associated Press poll according to the polls released Tuesday. It is the first time since the 1990 season that Clemson has finished in the top 10 in either of the polls.

      Clemson was ranked 13th by USA Today and 14th by the AP entering bowl season, but moved up after beating LSU 25-24 on a last-second field goal in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31. LSU was the highest-ranked team Clemson has beaten in a bowl game since the 2003 season when the Tigers defeated sixth-ranked Tennessee in the same bowl.

      Clemson was ranked in every poll this year and has a streak of 29 consecutive polls being ranked, the third longest streak in school history. This is the first time since the 2000 season and just the fourth time in history that Clemson was ranked in the top 25 of every poll during the season.

      In Clemson's last end of season appearance in the top 10 in 1990, the Tigers were ranked ninth in both final polls.

      Clemson finished this season with an 11-2 record, the most wins for a program in a season since 1981 when the Tigers went 12-0 and won the national championship.