Watson, offense finding a groove
|Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:01 PM- -|
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said this weekend that he believes the Tigers’ offense is finding its groove.
The NCAA’s national statistics back up that thought.
After the team’s 56-10 win over Boston College, the offense moved from 47th to 29th in scoring offense at 38.7 points per game, while improving from 43rd to 34th in total offense (470.8 yards per game).
But the Clemson defense continued to improve, as well.
The Tigers rank in the top 10 in several defensive team categories: scoring (15.0 points, eighth); passing (149.0 yards, sixth); total defense (282.2 yards, ninth); interceptions (nine, tied for eighth), sacks (21, tied for sixth) and tackles for loss (56, tied for third).
Other NCAA rankings of note:
Rushing offense: 178.17 yards per game (61).
Passing offense: 292.7 yards per game (27).
Rushing defense: 133.17 yards per game (34).
Fumbles recovered: Five (T26).
Punt returns: 12.18 yards per return (29).
Kickoff returns: 24.0 yards per return (T30).
Sacks: Carlos Watkins, 3.0 (T92).
Interceptions: Jadar Johnson, 3 (T7).
Passes defensed: Johnson, 8 (T11).
Fumbles forced: Boulware, 2 (T17).
Punt returns: Ray-Ray McCloud, 13.1 yards per return (15).
Kickoff returns: Artavis Scott, 27.38 yards per return (22).
Scoring: Greg Huegel, 8.0 points per game (T62).
Daniel Shirley is the sports editor of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., and co-host of The Midday Sports Zone on Middle Georgia’s ESPN, 93.1 FM and 99.5 FM. Follow him on Twitter at @DM_Shirley and read his blog at macon.com/peachsports.