May 26, 2018

Short Yardage Offense Successful 84% of Time

Several weeks ago we took a look at the success of the short yardage offense in 2012. This was one of the areas that Clemson struggled in back in 2011. Things have improved this year, whether it’s the Pistol formation, the offensive line, Tajh Boyd’s running ability or a combination of factors.

Through 9 games the Tigers have gotten a first down or touchdown in 16 of 19 third and 1’s (or 3rd and goal from the 1) a success rate of 84.2% On fourth down Clemson has been successful in 5 of 6 of these situations (83.3%). Together Clemson is 21 of 25 in 3rd and 4th and 1 (or goal) – 84%.

Short Yardage 9


  1. Reading through that chart, Tajh’s running seems to be one of the differences after the fact that the line is performing better and is more athletic at the guard position. Having to cover the option of running back, qb, or very talented receives in that short yardage has made a difference here.

    I really wish Clemson could find a bruiser at rb. We have not had one in a long time.

  2. Marty Coleman says:

    I think it’s fair to say Tajh’s running is the biggest factor, but there has also been some improvement up front (perhaps inconsistent) because the RBs are also doing better also. Mixed in a pass or two this year to boot.

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