Quick thoughts on Clemson's 16-6 win over Syracuse
|Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:55 PM- -|
CLEMSON – It wasn’t pretty but the Tigers got the job done once again.
Clemson beat Syracuse 16-6 in Death Valley Saturday night on the backs of the defense, with just enough offense sprinkled in.
Here are a few quick postgame thoughts.
Turnovers: Coming into Saturday’s game,
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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#18 6-4, 231
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Changing of the guard on the offensive line? Redshirt freshman guard
Tyrone CrowderTyrone Crowder
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#79 6-7, 285
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#67 6-5, 340
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RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#78 6-4, 306
Hope Mills, NC
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However, not many people would call Saturday’s effort by the line a good one - it was just good enough to win.
Wayne Train: Clemson had a 100 yard rusher for the first time this season. Redshirt freshman
Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
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Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
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Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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View Full Profile Clemson’s place kicker got off to a rocky start to begin his first season as a starter but without his kicks Saturday night, Clemson loses the game. Lakip was 3-for-3 on the night, with a long of 42 yards.
Defense Clemson’s defense continues to dominate teams. Syracuse only had 170 total yards Saturday night – 88 on the ground and 82 through the air. Opponents have only converted 6-of-47 third down attempts over the last three games. The defense also forced three turnovers – a fumble recovery by
MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
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#27 5-11, 211
St. George, SC
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#42 6-2, 244
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Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
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#23 5-11, 214
View Full Profile - The Clemson coaches said the freshman running back would play this week, but he didn't sniff the field as Gallman and C.J. Davidson carried the rushing load.