- Wednesday we gave you the six most important stats in college football. Clemson had better numbers in 5 of the 6 on Saturday.
- I picked Brandon Ford as the Clemson player to “Keep and Eye On”. Ford had 5 catches for 51 yards and 2 official dropped passes while being targeted 9 times in 35 attempts in the game. Four of Ford’s 5 receptions went for first downs and 1 was an explosive play of 22 yards.
- Clemson had 12 drives in the game and only 1 three and out.
- The trend continues – but this time with success. The Tigers faced 2 third and 1’s and 1 fourth and 1, ran Ellington all three times and were successful on all three plays. Under Morris Clemson now has run on 3rd and 4th and 1 39 consecutive times.
- Andre Ellington was a man.
- Tig Willard was all over the field with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.
- Josh Watson was another player who seemed to be in the middle of every play. Watson finished with 5 tackles and a forced fumble.
- We’ve talked endlessly about the way the NCAA counts red zone stats and this game was a perfect example. The official stats show Auburn scored all three times they entered the red zone. They did – they were all field goals.
- The much maligned Clemson defense held Auburn to 4 of 13 on third down conversions. Some of that was due to Frazier’s inconsistency, but still very encouraging.
- Speaking of the defense, I’m not sure I’ve seen receivers as open as Auburn’s were on several occasions. Worrisome.
- Anyone else think this is the Chad Morris’s final season at Clemson?
Looking Back – Game 1
September 2, 2012 by 2 Comments