When Clemson and LSU score could shape game

The Clemson Sports Blog

LSU's Jeremy Hill

(photo by Steve Franz, LSU Sports Information)

LSU's Jeremy Hill (photo by Steve Franz, LSU Sports Information)

Scoring offense and defense by quarter is another of the many strength v. weakness matchups between the dueling Tigers in the ATL.

Clemson owns the second quarter (and as a result, the first half), while LSU controls the third (and the second half), and that’s not good news for either side.

Clemson scored a school-record 191 points for a quarter in the second period – not coincidentally, leading at the half in every game this season (28-12 average score). Meanwhile, the Bayou Bengals have given up its most per quarter in the same one, 5.6.

Just in the second quarter, quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 71 percent of passes for 1,167 yards and 16 touchdowns, with a passing efficiency of 198.

Team 1st (Avg) 2nd 3rd 4th Total
LSU 80 (6.7) 91 (7.6) 83 (6.9) 110 (9.2) 363 (30.3)
LSU Opponents 40 (3.3) 67 (5.6) 38 (3.2) 58 (4.8) 203 (16.9)
Clemson 143 (11.9) 191 (15.9) 92 (7.7) 82 (6.8) 508 (42.3)
Clemson opponents 87 (7.3) 71 (5.9) 87 (7.3) 54 (4.5) 299 (24.9)

But just after the half, the results have soured for the Tigers.

Clemson has surrendered its most points (7.25 per), while scoring its second lowest total a quarter (7.7) in the third period. It’s an especially troubling trend going up against the Bayou Bengals.

LSU has only allowed 38 points points total in the third quarter, which works out to 3.2 per game. And they’ve used that third-quarter momentum for their best average scoring margin by period in the fourth, 9.2-4.8.

Meanwhile, when Clemson can take a lead into the fourth quarter – they’re 17-0 since Chad Morris took command of the offense.

In the same span, the ACC Tigers are 19-0 when outgaining an opponent (9-0 this season). LSU lost to No. 2 Alabama at home this season despite outgaining the Crimson Tide by 104 yards (435-331), but won despite being outgained in two of its next three games (Ole Miss -36; at Arkansas -156).

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