|Monday, November 12, 2012, 11:07 AM- -|
I got a text from a friend in the second quarter of the Clemson-Maryland game Saturday that read, "I thought the Orange and White game is in the spring."
Saturday saw Clemson beat an inferior opponent once again but it also saw the Tigers beat the spread. I usually don't care about the spread but it does show that Clemson is beating opponents worse than expected week in and week out. Clemson has covered the spread in every game this season except Ball State.
There were a lot of positives that came out of Saturday. Clemson established the school record for consecutive wins at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have now won 12 in a row at home. Previous mark was 11 in a row from 1989-91. The victory also tied the school record for consecutive home wins regardless of home site. Clemson won 12 in a row from 1927-30 at Riggs Field.
For the third straight week the staff got to empty the bench and saw new players emerge with excellent performances.
Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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The Tigers scored 35 points in the first half for third straight game. This was the first time in school history that Clemson accomplished that feat.
The defense held Maryland to just 180 yards of total offense. That is the fewest yards of total offense allowed by Clemson since October 31, 2009 when the Tigers held Coastal Carolina to 170 yards. It is also the fewest yards by an ACC team since 2009 when Clemson held Wake Forest to 178 yards of total offense.
The defense allowed only 10 first downs, 139 yards rushing, 41 yards passing and 180 total yards. They held Maryland to 1-13 on third down conversions. The Terps' 10 points came on two scoring drives of 18 yards and 8 yards. Over the last four games Clemson has allowed just 15 points per game. To top it off, the the defense came up with a defensive touchdown.
Offensively this was impressive because Maryland had been a top ten defense for most of the season. On Saturday, 45 points against a solid defense was impressive. The Tigers totaled 26 first downs, 301 passing and they were 7-15 on third down. The only negative came in the form of three turnovers.
The running game was not clicking on all cylinders but
Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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Moncks Corner, SC
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This time last season
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Fort Myers, FL
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Nuk Hopkins scored again but like Watkins, he was held out after the game was out of reach. So
Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Calhoun Falls, SC
View Full Profile , Charone PeakeCharone Peake
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View Full Profile , Humphries, Brandon FordBrandon Ford
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The reserves got a ton of snaps again. The defenses snaps totals were:
In summary, we knew going in that this Maryland offense was crushed with injuries but it was nice to see the Tigers not play down to the competition. It was nice to see Anthony get back on track with 10 tackles. It gave players like
Cortez DavisCortez Davis
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The offense did turn it over but scored 45 points (38 offensive points) against a pretty good defense and a bunch of reserves got valuable experience.
D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
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