|by CU Athletic Communications|
Clemson also led the nation in pass efficiency defense for the first time with a 98.3 passing efficiency rating, the only team in the nation to score under 100 rating points. Clemson also led in first downs allowed per game (14.2), third-down conversion defense (27.4%), tackles for loss per game (10.1), sack yardage (356), fewest yards per pass attempt allowed (5.3), fewest yards per play allowed (4.03), fewest plays of 10 yards or more allowed (126), scoring defense vs. FBS teams with a winning record (18.6) and yardage on tackles for loss (553).
Additionally, Clemson was third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 16.7 points per game, second in passing yardage allowed per game (157.4), and fifth in rushing defense (103.4). The passing yardage allowed per game was the best by a Clemson team since 1981. Clemson was the only school in the nation to rank in the top five of all four of the major defensive categories, scoring, rushing, passing and total defense. It was the first time in Clemson history the Tigers ranked in the top five in the same year.
Clemson Top 25 Rankings in NCAA Stats
Category Rank Figure Total Defense 1st 260.8 Pass Efficiency Defense 1st 98.3 Fewest First Downs Allowed 1st 14.2 Tackles for Loss/Game 1st 10.08 Tackles for Loss Yardage 1st 553 Sack Yardage 1st 356 Third Down Defense 1st .274 Fewest Yards/Pass Attempt 1st 5.3 Fewest Yards/Play Allowed 1st 4.03 Fewest Plays 10+ yards Allowed 1st 126 Score defense vs. FBS Win Rec 1st 18.6 Pass yards Allowed/Game 2nd 157.4 Pass Plays 10+ allowed 2nd 72 Scoring Defense 3rd 16.7 Yards/Rush Allowed 3rd 2.97 Rush Defense 5th 103.4 Completion % 5th 50.0 Sacks/Game 6th 3.46 Defensive Touchdowns 14th 4 Redzone Defense 13th .741 Fewest Penalties/Game 5th 4.0 Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 7th 34.6 Net Punting 22nd 39.6 Completion Percentage Offense 14th 64.7 Individual Leaders Vic Beasley, Tackles for Loss 3rd 1.7 Vic Beasley, Sacks 8th 0.9 B.J. Goodson, Caused fumbles 10th 3 Adam Humphries, PR TDs 11th 1 Ammon Lakip, FG/Game 13th 1.6 Deshaun Watson, #Pass Eff. 1st 188.57 Deshaun Watson, #Yds/Attempt 1st 10.7 Mike Williams, $Yds/Catch 7th 18.07 Artavis Scott, TD receptions Fr 1st 8 #Min 125 attempts $min 50 receptions