Streeter: Frustrated but Still Confident

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Streeter: "We’re going to turn things around.”

Clemson’s new offense had a strangely familiar look to it Saturday night.

In the middle of the no-huddle and fast pace was an old relic – Brandon Streeter.

Streeter, a survivor from the old days of Clemson football – the pre-Tommy Bowden era – seemed comfortable in the new offense. He completed 23-36 passes for 186 yards.

Despite a slow start (Clemson had just one first down in the first quarter) Bowden stuck with Streeter. Streeter’s survived the first half, just like he survived an off-season when much was written about Clemson’s new offense, but little was written about Streeter.

For Streeter, the 13-10 loss was familiar. He’s seen plenty of close losses. Clemson lost six games last year by ten points or less.

Last year left Streeter frustrated. Saturday night was different, though. Instead of wondering how many more times it will happen this year, he looked ahead with anticipation.

“It’s frustrating because it reminds me of last year,” he said. “I know we’re a better team that that. I know we can fix it. That’s the difference with last year. We’re going to turn things around.”

On Saturday, Clemson had a chance to win. Bowden could point to three missed field goals – all within 40 yards – that cost Clemson the game.

“Clemson is never going to give up,” said Streeter. “No matter how far we’re behind, we’re never going to give up. It was just frustrating.”

The offense, although it had a familiar look to it, was very different – there was plenty of confidence left over after this loss unlike last year.

“Anytime we get into the red zone, we think we can score,” said tailback Javis Austin, another player that was given little chance of playing once the Bowden era began. “With this offense, it can happen any time. Chop, chop, chop, boom, score.”

Austin, one of just two players (Terry Witherspoon was the other) that Bowden used at running back, carried the ball 14 times for 49 yards. He’s another old head on the offense, which didn’t self destruct like it did last year at times. There were mistakes, but nothing that gave Marshall an advantage.

“We made too many mistakes the first half,” said Streeter. “We just couldn’t get the ball moving. What it came down to was the fact that we couldn’t execute the offense like we had in the scrimmages. I’m not taking anything away from Marshall. We just didn’t execute the offense like we should have. We weren’t consistent on offense in the first half. We had to make some adjustments.”

In the fourth quarter, Clemson scored its only touchdown on a 67-yard drive. Clemson’s final drive that ended with a missed field goal that would have tied the game also showed promise.

“Depending on what they did, we had a few plays called,” said Streeter. “If they were giving us something deep then we had something deep. We tried to go with the short pass there and try to set up a field goal there.”

Chris Campbell missed a 34-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime. It didn’t send Streeter into an emotional tailspin, though.

“I love the offense,” said Streeter. “It’s a quick pace offense a quick strike offense. First game, but we were real comfortable with the offense. Everybody was real confident which was a good sign before the game.”

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