Clemson by the numbers: Tigers make moves with dominant performance


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Tanner Muse is in the top-10 nationally with interceptions per game.
Tanner Muse is in the top-10 nationally with interceptions per game.

Clemson's statistical rankings made big moves across the board after a dominating 45-14 win over Florida State on Saturday.

The Tigers now rank in the top-10 nationally in passing defense 2 (150.3 YPG), total defense 3 (254.8), sacks allowed 3 (.67), first downs defense 4 (76 allowed), kickoff return defense 5 (14.56 per), defensive TDs 5 (2), red zone TD percentage defense 6 (38.5 percent), scoring defense 6 (12.3 PPG), pass efficiency defense 10 (100.27 rating) and team sacks 10 (3.67 per).

Brent Venables' defense is also top-25 in passes intercepted 11 (8), third-down defense 13 (29.5 percent), tackles for loss 15 (7.8), red zone defense 16 (69.2), fourth-down defense 20 (33.3) and rushing defense 22 (104.5).

Individually, Tanner Muse is back in the top-10 in picks (7th; 3) and Travis Etienne joins him there in yards per carry (8th; 7.01). Despite leaving early due to injury (hamstring), Tee Higgins moved into the top-5 in yards per reception average (4th; 22.88).

Clemson top 25 national rankings

Passing defense - 2 (150.3 YPG), total defense - 3 (254.8), sacks allowed - 3 (.67), first downs defense - 4 (76 allowed), kickoff return defense - 5 (14.56 per), defensive TDs - 5 (2), red zone TD percentage defense - 6 (38.5), scoring defense - 6 (12.3 PPG), team sacks - 10 (3.67 per), pass efficiency defense - 10 (100.27 rating), tackles for loss allowed - 11 (3.83), passes intercepted - 11 (8), total offense - 12 (497), third down defense - 13 (29.5), scoring offense - 14 (39.2 PPG), rushing offense - 15 (238.8 YPG), tackles for loss - 15 (7.8), red zone defense - 16 (69.2 percent), first downs offense - 17 (151 gained), turnovers gained - 19 (12), fourth down defense - 20 (33.3), rushing defense - 22 (104.5).

Other key stats

Red zone TD percentage offense - 37 (68), third down offense - 41 (42.7 percent), passing offense - 52 (258.2), turnover margin - 56 (.17), passing efficiency - 58 (141.51), red zone offense - 61 (84), kickoff returns - 65 (21.13).

Top individual national ranks

Tee Higgins - Yards per reception 4 (22.88), receiving yards per game 16 (91.5), receiving yards 18 (549).

Tanner Muse - Total interceptions 7 (3), interceptions per game 9 (0.5).

Travis Etienne - rushing yards per carry 8 (7.01), rushing yards 23 (589).

Trevor Lawrence - Points responsible for 16 (96), points responsible for per game 18 (16).

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