May 26, 2018

Looking Back – Game 13

Thoughts compiled while watching one heck of a football game as Clemson edged LSU in Atlanta:

  • Tajh Boyd deserves all the credit he gets.  What a game and what a show of courage.  You proved a lot of people wrong Tajh, including me.  Great game and quote of the night – “If you want to be remembered you step up in games like these.”  You will be remembered.
  • Nuk Hopkins with bookend 13 catch performances in Atlanta against two SEC teams.
  • Chandler Catanzaro, I questioned if you were clutch prior to the season.  You had an outstanding season and were clutch last night.
  • People who question whether or not Sammy Watkins should be running the ball show their lack of knowledge of the Chad Morris offense.  It is not a “gadget” or “trick” play.  It’s part of the offense.  This is not the cookie cutter offenses of the NFL, its college football. 
  • Malliciah Goodman – Just wow.  Sure, I wonder where that has been the last 4 years, but I also recognize that you stepped it up several notches last night.
  • The interior defensive line:  A stop on 3rd and 1.  A stop of 3rd and 2.  A stop on 3rd and goal from the 3 which forced a field goal.  A stop on 3rd and 1 to start the 4th quarter.  A stop on 3rd and 2 to get the ball back for the winning drive with under 2 minutes left.
  • Holding LSU to a field goal after the Ellington fumble was huge.
  • I suggested earlier in the week to keep an eye on Boyd’s numbers.  Boyd needed to be efficient and avoid turnovers.  Boyd only averaged 6.9 yards per pass attempt, but he completed 72% of his passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns and had 0 interceptions.  Mission accomplished.
  • Rod McDowell looks like he wants to be a starter next year.
  • Brandon Ford’s athleticism will be missed.  9 catches for 69 yards.  The catch where Ford had to turn around on a 3rd and 11 from the LSU 34 on the last Clemson touchdown drive was spectacular.
  • 100 plays.  Not in my wildest imagination did I think Clemson would run 100 plays against LSU.
  • Boyd with 79 touches on those 100 plays – 50 passes and 29 rushes (including sacks).
  • When running the hurry up a lot of times the time of possession stat means little.  However, Clemson had the ball for 36:21, including 11:26 in the 4th quarter.
  • In the 4th quarter Clemson outscored LSU 12-0, outgained LSU 169 to 1 and had 0 penalty yards to 31 for LSU, ran 32 plays to 6 for LSU and had 12 first downs to 0 for LSU.  Total and complete domination.

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