Clemson by the numbers: Tigers lead nation in first downs gained, allowed


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Rodgers cracked the top-15 nationally on punt returns after a 53-yard return on Saturday.
Rodgers cracked the top-15 nationally on punt returns after a 53-yard return on Saturday.

A dominating 52-3 over Wake Forest only strengthened increasingly impressive numbers on offense and defense this season.

With 11 games under its belt, Clemson leads the nation in both first downs gained (291) and allowed (120) and also holds the No. 1 spot in pass efficiency defense (89.92).

The Tigers are also top-5 in both total defense (2; 238.2 YPG) and total offense (3; 543.1 YPG) and scoring defense (3; 10.7 PPG) and scoring offense (5; 45.9 PPG), which only Ohio State can also claim nationally (No. 1 in scoring offense, 51.5 PPG; No. 4 in total offense, 541.7; No. 1 in scoring defense, 9.8 PPG; No. 1 in total defense, 216.4 YPG).

Individually, Trevor Lawrence moved to No. 6 nationally in points responsible for (204) and Amari Rodgers is now in the top-15 on punt returns (15; 10.6).

Clemson top 25 national rankings

First downs offense - 1 (291 gained), pass efficiency defense - 1 (89.92 rating), first downs defense - 1 (120 allowed), turnovers gained - 2 (24), total defense - 2 (238.2), passing defense - 2 (128.5 YPG), total offense - 3 (543.1), scoring defense - 3 (10.7 PPG), sacks allowed - 5 (.91), scoring offense - 5 (45.9 PPG), third down defense - 5 (27.3), red zone TD percentage defense - 6 (37.5), tackles for loss - 6 (8.5), passes intercepted - 8 (13), defensive TDs - 9 (3), turnover margin - 10 (.91), rushing offense - 10 (260.5 YPG), red zone TD percentage offense - 11 (75), kickoff return defense 11 (17.29), red zone defense - 13 (71.4 percent), passing efficiency - 15 (159.23), tackles for loss allowed - 15 (4.27), fumbles lost 16 (4), team sacks - 19 (3 per), rushing defense - 20 (109.7), completion percentage - 20 (65.7).

Other key stats

Passing offense - 27 (282.5), red zone offense - 37 (88.5), third down offense - 38 (43.1 percent), , kickoff returns - 52 (21.4).

Top individual national ranks

Travis Etienne - Rushing yards per carry 1 (8.73), rushing yards 4 (1,335), total touchdowns 6 (16), rushing yards per game 6 (121.4), total points scored 8 (90), rushing TDs 8 (14), all purpose yards 8 (144.27), scoring 26 (8.7).

Trevor Lawrence - Points responsible for 6 (204), points responsible for per game 10 (18.5), passing efficiency 8 (171.8), passing yards per attempt 11 (9.23), passing TDs 11 (27), completion percentage 14 (68.1), passing yards per completion 23 (13.55), passing yards 23 (2,575).

Tanner Muse - Total interceptions 9 (4)

Amari Rodgers - Punt returns 15 (10.6).

Tee Higgins - Yards per reception 16 (19.98), receiving TDs 25 (8).

(Stats per NCAA and CFBStats.com)

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