August 17, 2018

Head to Head: Inside the numbers of Clemson vs. Alabama

Inside the numbers of Clemson vs. Alabama.

2 Minute (ish) Video Recap: Georgia Tech

Clemson moves to 7-1 with a 24-10 win over Georgia Tech – Deon Cain breaks free, Austin Bryant gets a sack, Milan Richard down the middle, Tre Lamar tracks down the quarterback, Etienne finds the end zone and there’s Dorian O’Daniel again.

2 Minute (ish) Video Recap: Syracuse

In the Tigers only loss on the season, there were plenty of highlights: Clelin Ferrell does Clelin Ferrell things, Feaster zooms for 6, Dorian O’Daniel registers another sack, Tanner Muse scoops and scores, Hunter Renfrow makes a “sick” catch, Travis Etienne goes the distance and the dreaded fake field goal.

2 Minute (ish) Video Recap: Virginia Tech

Clemson defeats Virginia Tech 31-17 as Tavien Feaster races 60 yards, C.J. Fuller hammers his way for 6, Dorian O’Daniel mauls the passer on a trick play, then swipes a pick 6 & Clemson finishes a September that’s “never been done.”

2 Minute (ish) Video Recap: Louisville

2 minute(ish) video recap of 47-21 victory over Louisville: Kelly powers through, Lamar gets sacked, Ray Ray catches a bomb, Lamar gets sacked again, Dorian O’Daniel takes one to the house, Etienne goes for 81 yards, Herbstreit gushes and Clemson sets a record with their 3rd top 15 win in September.

Tigers Takin’ Care of Business

It seems as if this is becoming the norm if it hasn’t already. Hype surrounds a massive game that pits Clemson against a ranked opponent. Some analysts and experts doubt Clemson and pick the other team. The game starts, and Clemson begins a dominating performance to silence any critics. It wasn’t too long ago, that a massive game for Clemson was getting past Georgia Tech on a sunny afternoon in Death Valley. Now, dominating ranked teams and playing in title games is a norm.

Clemson running back Tavien Feaster (28) scores.  Photo by GWINN DAVIS

This past week vs Virginia Tech was no different. College Gameday had announced that it would be coming to Blacksburg, VA only to create a more intense atmosphere. It marks the second game of the year that Gameday and its crew had been to a game Clemson has played in.

Enter Sandman blasted out of the PA system, and every one of the fans of the sellout crowd was on their feet. Even with all of the noise, chaos, and energy, the Tigers dominated in a way a defending national champion would. Kelly Bryant threw for 186 yards and a touchdown. That lone touchdown pass came midway through the first quarter. The Hokie defense made a critical error in coverage and Tavien Feaster punished them for it. Bryant hit a wide open Feaster for 60 yards and the games first touchdown. Bryant also led the team in rushing yards with 94 on 19 carries. Just before halftime came the Tigers capped off a 6 play 75-yard drive with a touchdown. CJ Fuller punched it in for the Tigers, and just like that the Tigers are up 17-3 at the half.

Clemson defensive back Ryan Carter (31) Photo: Gwinn Davis

The Tigers offense went a quick three and out to start the second half which allowed the Hokies to remain within striking distance. On the Hokies following drive Dexter Lawrence forces Tech running back Travon McMillian to fumble and O’Daniel recovered for the Tigers. On third and one Kelly Bryant rushed 34 yards to the Hokie 6 yard line and a first down for the Tigers. Three plays later, Feaster walked it in for the Tigers second rushing touchdown of the night. Virginia Tech’s first touchdown of the night came early in the fourth quarter as Sean Savoy punched it in from two yards out.

Clemson defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell (99) and defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) Gwinn Davis

The Tigers were up 24-10, but a punt early in the fourth by the Tigers put a little life back into the crowd at Lane Stadium. That life seemed to disappear just a few seconds later when Dorian O’Daniel intercepted a pass from freshman quarterback Josh Jackson and took it 22 yards to the house. The interception return is O-Daniel’s second on the season. The Tigers were out of reach, up 31-10 and fans began to file out. Clemson improved to 5-0 and 3-0 in ACC play.

Shortly after the game had ended Dabo and the team was dancing in an opponents locker room yet again. The toughest remaining game on the Tigers schedule this year will be in Raleigh, NC as the Tigers take on the N.C. State Wolfpack. Although, for now, the Tigers take put their focus on a one-loss Wake Forest team who feels as though they can upset a Tiger team fresh off a huge win in Blacksburg.

But, if there is one thing we know about this Tigers team, its that no one takes them by surprise.

Tigers dominate, 47-21

All week long, this game was the talk of the college football world. Eyes tuned in all around the country to see the defending national champions, and the reigning Heisman trophy winner square off. Coming into the game, the biggest question was how Kelly Bryant would perform on the road. By the end of the night, those questions were answered. Bryant amassed 342 total yards — with two touchdowns on the ground and one in the air. The Tigers handed the Cardinals their first loss of the 2017 season 47-21.

Tavien Feaster (GWINN DAVIS)

Bryant wasn’t the only standout player on the offensive side of the ball. Tavien Feaster seemed to all but solidify the starting running back job. The sophomore had 92 yards on just 10 carries. Although he didn’t reach the end zone, his yards after contact were impressive. The offense settled into a groove with him on the field, and I expect him to take the starting job. Looking at the receivers, Ray-Ray McCloud had himself a night. The Tampa, Florida native had 7 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. The talented Junior has become a hot target for Kelly Bryant through the first few games of the season.

The defense showed their strength and dominance throughout the game. Lamar Jackson was held to under 100 rushing yards for the first time this season on 17 attempts. Of those 17 attempts, Jackson only averaged 3.8 yards a carry. The defense also kept the lethal runner out of the end zone for the entirety of the game. The Clemson defense proved again tonight why it is one of, if not the best defense in the nation.

Travis Etienne (GWINN DAVIS)

The turning point of the game came midway through the third quarter. The Tigers were holding onto a 19-7 lead when Dorian O’Daniel took home a 44-yard pick six. The interception was the first turnover of the season for the Clemson defense. The Tigers then went up 26-7 and never looked back. The road win was the 11th straight for the Clemson program as the Tigers continue to steamroll to a third straight title game.

By the fourth quarter we got to get a look at some backup players, and one stole the spotlight. True freshman Travis Etienne stole the show late and showed his blistering speed. Bouncing outside, Etienne took the ball 81 yards to the house and put the game away for good. He showed great speed and elusiveness and the Clemson fan base saw a glimpse into the future at the position.

Next week, the Eagles of Boston College come to town bringing with them a 1-2 record on the year. The Tigers will look to improve to 4-0 and 2-0 in ACC play. It should be another high scoring bout for the Tigers as the Eagle’s are ranked 53rd in total defense. An impressive and dominant road win for the Tigers. As for now, Dabo and Co. will keep on dancing.

The average drive against Clemson defense

I realize it’s only 2 games in, Kent State is a pseudo FBS team that played four corners and Auburn doesn’t light up the scoreboard.  That said, the numbers below are impressive.

Huge challenge this week with Lamar Jackson and Louisville.

Here is what the average drive for opponents have looked like in the first two games (24 drives):


Featured image courtesy gwinndavisphotos.com

All 11 sacks from Saturday

Couldn’t fit them all in on Twitter, but there is all 11 sacks from Saturday.

FYI – 2nd clip where intentional grounding was called is officially listed as sack.

Featured image courtesy gwinndavisphotos.com

15 Games 15 Plays – Video look at the journey from December 2008 to January 2017

A 6+ minute video detailing the journey from December of 2008 thru January 9, 2017 of Dabo and the Tigers winning the National Championship and includes fan reactions.

Featured image courtesy UPI.