CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Clelin Ferrell caught two more sacks Saturday night.
Clelin Ferrell caught two more sacks Saturday night.

Clemson by the numbers: Ferrell leads Tigers to No. 1 in sacks


by - Staff Writer -

Clemson ranks No. 1 in sacks per game (3.64) after a four-sack night in a 35-6 win over Duke Saturday.

Clelin Ferrell jumped up to No. 5 nationally in sacks per game (0.95) with his third multi-sack game of the year (2).

The Tigers are also No. 2 tackles for loss (9.8) to pair with again the top scoring defense (12.1) and the No. 2 defense in yards allowed (254.4).

The success behind the scoring defense largely rests in the red zone, where Clemson has surrendered only two touchdowns in the last six games for a unit that ranks seventh in red zone TD percentage (44) and 17th overall there (76).

Travis Etienne moved up to a tie for second nationally in rushing touchdowns (17) among peers in a top-four group who are averaging seven more carries per game than him (19.3 to 12.4).

Clemson top 25 national rankings

Scoring defense – 1 (12.1 PPG), sacks per game – 1 (3.64), total defense – 2 (254.4 YPG), TFL per game – 2 (9.8), rushing defense – 3 (84.3), TFL allowed - 3 (3.5 per game), fourth down defense - 4 (.267), scoring offense – 5 (44.7), third down defense - 6 (.270), red zone TD percentage – 6 (76.9), red zone defense TD percentage – 7 (44), total offense – 8 (520.5), red zone offense – 8 (.923), pass efficiency defense - 10 (104.81 rating), passing defense - 11 (170.1), rushing offense - 12 (247.7), sacks allowed - 14 (1.18), fewest penalties per game - 16 (4.73), red zone defense – 17 (.760), kickoff returns – 17 (24.3), fewest penalty yards per game 17 (43.36), passing efficiency – 22 (152.51), completion percentage - 25 (.647).

Other key stats

Passing offense - 27 (272.7), third down offense – 34 (.431), turnover margin – 62 (.09), punt returns – 75 (8.29).

Top individual national ranks

Travis Etienne – Rushing touchdowns 2 (17), rushing yards per carry 3 (8.51), total touchdowns 3 (18), rushing yards 13 (1,157), rushing yards per game 18 (105.2).

Clelin Ferrell – Sacks 5 (0.95 per game), tackles for loss 21 (1.4).

Justyn Ross – Yards per reception 12 (19.7).

Trevor Lawrence – Pass efficiency 20 (154.2), passing TDs 26 (21), completion percentage 29 (.650).

(National and individual stats per NCAA and CFBStats.com)

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