CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Joseph Ngata is among the national leaders in yards per reception.
Joseph Ngata is among the national leaders in yards per reception.

Clemson football by the numbers at midseason


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A less-than-convincing effort off of the bye week at Syracuse meant little improvement if any among the national stats.

The lone solely offensive stat in the top-25 comes with tackles for loss allowed (15th; 3.5 per game), where the Tigers did go into the weekend ranked 13th-best in not having runs stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage.

Clemson's defense hasn't allowed more than 14 points in regulation this season and that shows with a No. 2 rank in scoring defense, as well as a top-5 red zone group (No. 5 overall and No. 2 in red zone TD percentage).

On the low end, Clemson has triple-digit rankings offensively in: completion percentage - 104 (.560), passing offense - 107 (180.3), scoring offense - 113 (20.5), total offense - T-116 (324), passing efficiency - 118 (108.06), passing yards per completion - 124 (10.1) and fourth down offense - 126 (.200).

Clemson's stat profile through six games

Team

Top-10 ranks: Scoring defense - 2 (12.5 PPG), red zone defense - 5 (.611; No. 2 in red zone TD percentage - .278).

Top-25 ranks: Pass efficiency defense - 12 (108.05 rating), fumbles lost - 13 (2), tackles for loss allowed - 15 (3.5 PG), turnovers lost - 23 (6), total defense - 24 (314.7 YPG).

Top-50 ranks: Rushing defense - 27 (113), third down defense - 29 (.340), passing defense - 32 (201.7), kickoff return defense - 32 (18.3), punt return defense - 33 (4.36), tackles for loss - 34 (6.5 PG), passes had intercepted - 37 (4), turnover margin - 39 (.5), team sacks - 45 (2.5 PG), passes intercepted - 44 (6).

75th or worse: Punt returns - 78 (6.5), third down offense - 83 (.381), rushing offense - 84 (142), fourth down defense - 87 (.625), penalty yards per game - 91 (63.3), blocked punts allowed - 92 (1), net punting - 94 (37.3), completion percentage - 104 (.560), passing offense - 107 (180.3), fewest penalties per game T-110 (7.7), scoring offense - 113 (20.5), time of possession - 115 (27.3), total offense - T-116 (324), passing efficiency - 118 (108.06), passing yards per completion - 124 (10.1), fourth down offense - 126 (.200).

Individual

Top-25 ranks: Will Taylor - punt returns (17th; 10.7); Joseph Ngata - yards per reception (21st; 19.56), BT Potter - field goal percentage (24th; .857).

Top-50 ranks: RJ Mickens - total INTs (28th; 2), INTs per game (35th; 0.3); Baylon Spector - total tackles (33rd; 8.8 per game); KJ Henry, Jack Maddox, Ruke Orhorhoro - Fumbles recovered (44th; 1).

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