Clemson’s defense led the nation in 11 different statistical categories


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Clemson’s defense for the 2014 season led the nation in 11 different statistical categories and has to be regarded as one of the best in school history, if not the best. Brent Venables unit led the nation in total defense, allowing 260.8 yards per game. That is the first time since 1990 that Clemson led the nation in total defense and the 260.8 figure was the best for a Clemson team since that 1990 team allowed just 219 yards per game.

Clemson also led the nation in pass efficiency defense for the first time with a 98.3 passing efficiency rating, the only team in the nation to score under 100 rating points. Clemson also led in first downs allowed per game (14.2), third-down conversion defense (27.4%), tackles for loss per game (10.1), sack yardage (356), fewest yards per pass attempt allowed (5.3), fewest yards per play allowed (4.03), fewest plays of 10 yards or more allowed (126), scoring defense vs. FBS teams with a winning record (18.6) and yardage on tackles for loss (553).

Additionally, Clemson was third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 16.7 points per game, second in passing yardage allowed per game (157.4), and fifth in rushing defense (103.4). The passing yardage allowed per game was the best by a Clemson team since 1981. Clemson was the only school in the nation to rank in the top five of all four of the major defensive categories, scoring, rushing, passing and total defense. It was the first time in Clemson history the Tigers ranked in the top five in the same year.

Clemson Top 25 Rankings in NCAA Stats


Category	 		Rank Figure
Total Defense 			1st 260.8
Pass Efficiency Defense 	1st 98.3
Fewest First Downs Allowed 	1st 14.2
Tackles for Loss/Game 		1st 10.08
Tackles for Loss Yardage 	1st 553
Sack Yardage 			1st 356
Third Down Defense 		1st .274
Fewest Yards/Pass Attempt 	1st 5.3
Fewest Yards/Play Allowed 	1st 4.03
Fewest Plays 10+ yards Allowed 	1st 126
Score defense vs. FBS Win Rec	1st 18.6
Pass yards Allowed/Game 	2nd 157.4
Pass Plays 10+ allowed 		2nd 72
Scoring Defense 		3rd 16.7
Yards/Rush Allowed 		3rd 2.97
Rush Defense 			5th 103.4
Completion % 			5th 50.0
Sacks/Game 			6th 3.46
Defensive Touchdowns 		14th 4
Redzone Defense 		13th .741
Fewest Penalties/Game 		5th 4.0
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 	7th 34.6
Net Punting 			22nd 39.6
Completion Percentage Offense 	14th 64.7

Individual Leaders
Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA
View Full Profile, Tackles for Loss 	3rd 1.7
Vic Beasley, Sacks 		8th 0.9
B.J. GoodsonB.J. Goodson
RS Jr. Linebacker
#44 6-1, 240
Lamar, SC
View Full Profile, Caused fumbles 	10th 3
Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC
View Full Profile, PR TDs 		11th 1
Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 200
Alpharetta, GA
View Full Profile, FG/Game 		13th 1.6
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA
View Full Profile, #Pass Eff. 	1st 188.57
Deshaun Watson, #Yds/Attempt 	1st 10.7
Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC
View Full Profile, $Yds/Catch 	7th 18.07
Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL
View Full Profile, TD receptions Fr 1st 8

#Min 125 attempts
$min 50 receptions
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