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The Tiger Ten returns with a look back at the Wake Forest game and a look ahead to Duke. We start with Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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' big game against Wake Forest.

The Tiger Ten

10.) Sammy Watkins’ 202 yard receiving day was not only a new Clemson single game receiving record, but it also doubled his output for the season. Prior to the Wake Forest game, Watkins’ had 24 receptions for 202 yards. Against Wake, he had 8 receptions for 202 yards. Watkins now has a total of 1,623 receiving yards for his career. This moves him up to 13th on the Clemson All-Time receiving list behind Kevin Youngblood (2000-03, 142 receptions for 1,713 yards).

9.) Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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is now only one touchdown behind Woody Dantzler for Clemson’s All-Time leader in touchdown responsibility. Boyd has 57 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns to give him a total of 67 touchdowns for his career. Between 1998 and 2001, Woody Dantzler had 41 passing touchdowns and 27 rushing touchdowns to give him the Clemson record of 68 total touchdowns.

8.) Clemson’s other star wide receiver, DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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, had his lowest output (6 rec - 64 yards) since the South Carolina game last season (3 rec – 24yards). However, Hopkins has now had a receiving touchdown in every game this season except the Furman game. This brings him to a total of 19 touchdowns for his career. He is now one touchdown away from tying Aaron Kelley’s (2005-08) career receiving touchdown record of 20 touchdowns.

7.) Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Jr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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ended his record setting streak of consecutive field goals at 20. Ironically, Catanzaro started his streak last season against Wake Forest and ended it this past Thursday against Wake. The previous record was held by Obed Ariri. Ariri’s 14 consecutive field goals streak came to an end in 1980.

6.) Prior to the Virginia Tech game, Clemson had the 69th ranked scoring defense, allowing 27.33 points per game. Over the last two games, the Clemson defense has only allowed a total of 30 points to be scored. This has brought their season average down to allowing 24.25 points per game. This is good for 51st nationally. Last season, the Clemson defense allowed 29.29 points per game, which was good for 81st nationally.

5.) The Clemson defense will be facing its 4th toughest scoring offense when they go to Wallace Wade stadium this week. The Duke offense is averaging 31.89 points per game, which is good for 48th nationally. The Clemson defense has faced offenses that are averaging 28.91 points per game. The best scoring team they have faced this season was Florida State who is averaging 44.78 points per game which is good for 4th nationally. The worst scoring team they have faced this season is Auburn who is averaging 16.38 points per game which is good for 119th nationally.

4.) Clemson’s 69th ranked passing defense will be tested this week against Duke’s 36th ranked passing offense. In Duke’s six wins, they have passed for 16 touchdowns and only had 4 interceptions. In Duke’s three losses, they only have 1 passing touchdown and 5 interceptions. Watch for Duke to test Clemson’s secondary early.

3.) Clemson continues to convert third downs at an impressive rate. Clemson is currently 8th in the nation, converting 53.03% of their third downs. Going back to last season, in Clemson’s wins they have converted 51.3% of their third downs. In Clemson’s losses, they have only converted 31.1% of their third downs. This season, in Duke’s six wins they have only allowed their opponents to convert 33% of their third downs. In Duke’s six losses, they have allowed their opponents to convert 50% of their third downs.

2.) In Clemson’s last 2 games, they have sacked the quarterback 8 times (this is compared to only 10 sacks in their first 6 games). Virginia Tech is ranked 62nd nationally in sacks allowed (allowing 1.88 per game) and Wake Forest is tied for 81st nationally (allowing 2.25 per game). Duke, on the other hand, is a little better at protecting their quarterback. They are ranked 20th nationally only allowing just over 1 sack per game.

1.) Clemson has had an easy schedule so far this season (it’s why the computers are killing them in the BCS rankings). Duke (6-3) will be the first team with a winning record that Clemson has faced since Florida State (8-1). Clemson’s last four opponents (BC, GT, VT, WF) have a combined record of 13-19. Clemson’s next four opponents (Duke, Maryland, NCSU, SCar) have a combined record of 22-12.

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