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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
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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
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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
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The passing game was worse.
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The offensive line was without starting left tackle
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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.
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In the passing game
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One positive note was
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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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