Defense Breakdown: Venables 'proud' of players
CLEMSON — Brent Venables admitted he saw some “bad football” Saturday afternoon. Clemson’s defense regressed against N.C. State and quarterback Mike Glennon, allowing 48 points and 597 yards of total offense. Glennon threw for 493 yards and five touchdowns, keeping Memorial Stadium on edge and keeping Venables more than engaged for three-plus quarters.
Venables discussed the game with reporters afterward, breaking down his overall thoughts on Clemson 62, N.C. State 48.
Overall thoughts: “I watched what I watched. I saw some bad football. We gave up some big plays, two busted coverages that led to touchdowns to them. I was very disappointed in them. There was so much good in that game, again, I’m a bottom-line guy. We’re not going to get in the habit of shootouts, of outscoring people, hoping our offense gets a first down. That’s unacceptable. I thought our guys showed great toughness, played with great effort tonight. Made some huge stops, made a couple of big turnovers. A number of them in good position. Two huge fourth-down stops. A blocked field goal, which was like a turnover. Turnovers we did cause turned into points.
“We had four sacks, Vic Beasley had three of them, got some pressure and guys got to the quarterback. It was hard to get in a rhythm, particularly when you’re causing a fumble and when you’re giving up big plays. We actually felt in control. We put ourselves in tough positions, gave up almost 300 yards on kick returns and that’s a bunch of defensive guys on there. We’ve got to play better, have to play a lot better this week. But we made a bunch of plays, we gave ourselves a chance. Guys showed great toughness. There were periods where we dominated that game and got into a groove, and some big plays put our backs against the wall. Glennon is a terrific quarterback but we contributed some of those things.”