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Clemson by the numbers: Higgins pacing ACC receivers, moving up national ranks


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(USA TODAY Sports-Rich Barnes)
(USA TODAY Sports-Rich Barnes)

Tee Higgins continued his strong junior campaign on Saturday with his second 100-yard game of the season, totaling six catches for 129 yards with a score.

He leads the ACC in yards per reception (22.95) and ranks second in yards per game (101).

As a team, Clemson ranks in the top-10 in both punt (4) and kickoff return defense (4), as well as sacks (7), total defense (8), sacks allowed (9), scoring defense (9), passing defense (9), tackles for loss (9) and passing efficiency defense (10).

Freshman returner Joseph Ngata moved into the top-20 nationally in yards per kickoff return (19).

More stats:

Clemson top 25 national rankings

Kickoff return defense - 4 (12.7 per), punt return defense - 4 (0.00), team sacks - 7 (3.8 per), total defense - 8 (255.2), sacks allowed - 9 (.8), scoring defense - 9 (12 PPG), passing defense - 9 (150.4 YPG), tackles for loss - 9 (8.4), pass efficiency defense - 10 (100.27 rating), first downs offense - 13 (120 gained), red zone TD percentage defense - 14 (38.46), red zone defense - 14 (69.2 percent), first downs defense - 17 (66 allowed), fewest penalty yards per game (43), total offense - 21 (486), scoring offense - 24 (38 PPG), passes intercepted - 25 (5).

Other key stats

Rushing offense - 26 (226. 6 YPG), red zone TD percentage offense - 29 (72.2), third down defense - 30 (31.7), rushing defense - 30 (104.8), third down offense - 30 (45.8 percent), red zone offense - 37 (88.9), passing offense - 46 (263.4), passing efficiency - 54 (142.98), kickoff returns - 66 (21.1), turnover margin - 80 (-.2).

Top individual national ranks

Tee Higgins - Yards per reception 7 (22.95), receiving yards 9 (505), receiving yards per game 12 (101)

Travis Etienne - rushing yards per carry 19 (6.9), rushing TDs 20 (5), rushing yards 21 (462).

Joseph Ngata - kickoff returns 19 (26.7)

Xavier Kelly, James Skalski, Baylon Spector - fumbles recovered 25 (1)

Trevor Lawrence - passing yards per completion 29 (13.5), points responsible for 18 (72)

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