Syracuse Review

  by - Radio Host - Monday, October 27, 2014 1:22 PM

Syracuse Review
For the third straight week, Clemson won on defense and just enough offense and I walked out of the stadium feeling fortunate to win a close, low-scoring game.

I have lost enough to know to never complain about a win. Winning is the objective and the mission was accomplished In Saturday's 16-6 victory over Syracuse.

The good news is the defense was dominant once again. The Tigers held Syracuse to six points, 10 first downs, 88 rushing yards, 82 passing yards and 170 total yards. The Tigers forced three turnovers as well.

Syracuse freshman quarterback A.J. Long was only 12 of 27 for those 82 yards and he was picked off with two beautiful interceptions by Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
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Polkton, NC

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and Robert SmithRobert Smith
Sr. Safety
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St. George, SC

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Clemson's defense gave the Tigers' offense the ball in great field position on several occasions.

The other good news is freshman sensation Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
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Gainesville, GA

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will eventually be back as the starting quarterback. However, the Tigers are lost offensively without him.

If this blog was dedicated to only the positive things about the offense Saturday night, it would be a short one.

I guess a positive is the Tigers got their first 100-yard rushing game. But Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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took 28 carries to get it and he averaged less than four yards per carry.

The passing game was worse. Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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struggled with several decisions and throws and the senior turned the ball over three times with two interceptions and a fumble.

The offensive line was without starting left tackle Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Jr. Offensive Tackle
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Brooklyn, NY

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who was suspended and starting center Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 292
Simpsonville, SC

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got injured during the game, so it was another patchwork unit along the offensive front.

The Tigers managed just 16 points and 375 yards including 166 on the ground and 209 through the air. The major issue came on the heels of four Clemson turnovers.

Stoudt was 24 of 35 for 209 yards with one beautiful touchdown pass to Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 241
Isle of Palms, SC

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C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
#32 5-10, 203
Clemson, SC

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added 38 yards on nine carries but did not see much action after he fumbled on a pitch play heading into the end zone.

In the passing game Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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caught five balls for 72 yards, while Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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had seven catches for 59 yards.

One positive note was Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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who continues to kick well at home. He was 3-3 on field goals including a 41-yarder in the third quarter that gave the Tigers the lead for good.

In the end, it was much closer than some would have thought. Four turnovers and personnel issues on offense continue to be the storyline. Unfortunately, until Watson returns, this appears to be the story on offense.

Fortunately, Clemson has its best defense it has had in many years. It also has helped the schedule has not been tough and won't be again with a trip to Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest a week from Thursday. This offense needs an open date and it needs a healthy Deshaun Watson. Until then the defense will be the key to victory.

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Thomasville, GA

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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
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Spartanburg, SC

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#9 6-4, 273
Jacksonville, FL

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