Ball State Review
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Ball State Review
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The Ball State game is not the measuring stick for the season. It was a breather. It was a game where the goals were to stay healthy and try to improve. I think both were accomplished.
The offense was a well oiled machine in the first half. The Tigers scored on seven of the eight first half drives including six touchdowns and the half ended on the longest field goal in ACC history.
The 45 points in the first half is the most points scored by Clemson in a half since the Tigers scored 49 points in the first half against Wake Forest in 1981.
The second half was a chance to play a bunch of players and get experience for the backups. The staff got a bunch of players in the game and now have game film to evaluate.
Clemson tallied 526 yards of total offense on 84 plays. The Tigers did not allow a sack and did not turn the ball over. It is the first time Clemson has had back-to-back games of 500+ yards of total offense since last season when the Tigers had 500 against Boston College and 576 at Maryland in back-to-back games. It is also the first time since at least 1980 that Clemson has had back-to-back games of 500+ yards of total offense in the first two games of the season.
Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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touchdowns in the first half. With his three touchdown receptions, Hopkins ties a school record for receiving touchdowns and joins Rod Gardner, Dreher Gaskin and Tony Horne
as the only other players to accomplish the feat.
Hopkins also now has three consecutive games of at least 100+ receiving yards, which ties a Clemson record. Rod Gardner had three in 2000, Tony Horne had three in 1997, and Charlie Waters had three in 1969.
The former Dorman High School wide outs had career highs.
Charone PeakeCharone Peake
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Clemson had 12 different players catch a pass in the game. That is the most players to catch a pass in a single game since 2007 when Clemson had 12 different players catch a pass against Louisiana-Monroe. Daniel Rodriquez saw his first action as a Tiger which brought the crowd to its feet.
The running game was not a priority as
Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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Moncks Corner, SC
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Rod McDowell had his best game as a Tiger with eight carries for 59 yards including a sensational touchdown run.
For the second straight week it was nice to see the offensive line play well.
David BeasleyDavid Beasley
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The defense improved in some areas but there are still question marks at all three levels.
On the positive front, Clemson held Ball State to 3-for-14 (.214) on third-down conversions. The Tigers held Auburn to 4-for-13 (.308) on third-down conversions last week, so opposing teams are 7-for-27 (.259) against the Clemson defense this season.
The Tigers held the Cardinals to just 128 passing yards which is perhaps the biggest surprise of the day.
Clemson created two turnovers including one from
Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
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But Clemson had two issues on defense. First, the Tigers allowed 252 yards rushing. This was against a MAC team that didn't do anything tricky. Ball State found success on basic running plays in basic running formations.
The defensive line and the linebackers were a big part of that but the Tiger secondary whiffed on a couple of long runs. Bad pursuit angles and poor fundamentals plagued the defense.
The other major issue is the secondary and their ball skills. Time and time again over the past two seasons we see defensive backs lose their balance, get their feet tangled, commit pass interference penalties, lose the receiver, lose the ball and look bad in the process. I chalk this up to a problem that I am not sure can be fixed and that is a lack of athleticism.
Spencer BentonSpencer Benton
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