Venables on stopping Shaw: "We tried everything"


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Shaw ended the night as the Gamecocks leading rusher, accounting for 94 yards.
Shaw ended the night as the Gamecocks leading rusher, accounting for 94 yards.

COLUMBIA - There was no shortage of emotion and frustration from defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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after Saturday night’s loss to South Carolina.

The Clemson defense was simply out of options when it came to stopping South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.

Shaw ended the night as the Gamecocks leading rusher, accounting for 94 of South Carolina’s 140 total rushing yards, and Venables said that he schemed every possible way to stop him.

"Going into a game like this against a good team like them, you have to take away what they do best and obviously we did a poor job of that,” Venables said after the game. “Same thing from a year ago. We didn't play good on third down. The quarterback continuously made plays with his legs. When you don’t take away what they do best against a good team, you have no chance. We tried everything. None of it worked like we wanted it to. Rush four, rush five, rush six, spy him. He continued to make plays - designed plays, scramble plays.”

South Carolina starting running back Mike Davis is fourth in the SEC with 1,134 total yards and is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt, but the Clemson defense took Davis out of the game – holding him to just 22 yards and 1.5 yards per carry.

However, Venables said that the job his defense did stopping Davis didn’t negate the poor job they did of stopping Shaw.

"It all goes hand in hand. It’s part of the run game,” Venables said. “[Connor Shaw] he's part of the run game every bit as much as Davis is. When you want to be effective, you can’t do one without the other. Guys throw the ball a lot, too. When you're in coverage, you have guys who are responsible for it. We have to do a better job execution-wise. We can't sit out there the whole game in zero coverage and play it like it's the option."

Shaw averaged 4.3 yards per carry and five of 22 carries came on third down and went for more than nine yards.

Venables said the Gamecocks simply executed ‘blocking 101.’

"Blocking us. They put a hat on a hat, Venables said. “We went left, they pushed us left. We went right, they pushed us right. It's pretty simple. It's execution. It's blocking 101."

Venables said that the struggles of the team as whole weren’t for lack of trying, but that the Gamecocks didn’t make the critical mistakes.

“Our guys fought hard tonight. I'm proud of our guys,” Venables said. “We didn't coach them good enough. We didn’t play good enough at times. In a game like this you can't make the kind of critical mistakes we did. They out-executed us at critical times. Those things are part of the game. Our job is to stop them, react and respond the right way and we didn't do a good enough job."

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spacer Front Page Story: Venables on stopping Shaw: "We tried everything"
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spacer Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
dyeguy13
spacer Re: Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer If you spy Shaw with Shuey, they could just leave him
york_tiger
spacer I saw they had spied Shaw with Corey Crawford twice
AllTimeClemson
spacer my wife and son had a bet on how many times I would watch
ragtop
spacer Re: Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
TigerRockAlways
spacer Re: Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
Tiger in Charlotte
spacer I thought both lines mostly played great. The TOs and
Orange®
spacer agreed but after several pick ups, I would've made him prove
ragtop
spacer Re: Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
kiggity
spacer my thoughts exactly!! I kept yelling it over and over but
ragtop
spacer The one time I saw a spy, Shaw dumped a pass over his head.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Actually Shaw had less yards than usual. The turnovers are
WolfMan2
spacer Re: Spy? I must have missed that. Never saw a spy on Shaw. Who?
FORESTTIGER
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Clemsonhitter®
spacer Shaw didn't win the game for South Carolina***
camcgee®
spacer You are ABSOLUTELY correct***
BigCUFan®
spacer How about Vic keeping contain instead of getting upfield
henslecd
spacer Bingo!! We have a winner!!***
TigerBank
spacer Didn't see anywhere in the article where they tried to
CUTiger1989®
spacer Maybe, just maybe
sspassport®
spacer AMEN
kodibuddy
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RDW
spacer "We tried everything" except blitzing***
cupton®
spacer Defense - didn't lose the game. Without the turnovers, they
clemson78jmh®
spacer Except for the part where they let them hold the ball for...
tiger B
spacer Turnovers skewed the TOP. Two on punts, (down zero), one on
clemson78jmh®
spacer Actually Shaw had less yards than normal. The turnovers
WolfMan2
spacer He normally rushes for more than 95 yards?***
RC Tiger®
spacer Re: Defense - didn't lose the game. Without the turnovers, they
gauscfan
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Mortimer
spacer ^^^ Accurate post.***
Lonnie Utah
spacer When Carolina is up on you, they make it almost
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Deathvalley88
spacer Shaw is good
TigerInRaleigh
spacer Tajh not scared
TigerInRaleigh
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big monk
spacer You didn't coach well enough last year either Brent***
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