The improvement is unmistakable.
Clemson has held half of its opponents under 300 offensive yards since the opener, with Virginia the latest victim (277).
The last four-game sub-300 run took 23 contests from 2011-13.
They surrendered 115 rushing yards or less (114) for a fifth time this season and a second game in a row (82, Maryland).
But if there's a stat Brent Venables likes more than most, it came in the late-going with the subs in. Three, as in second-half points and therefore second-and-third team-in points given up, after allowing a couple cheap scores at Maryland last week. His breakdown...
Tiger 'D' plays clean start-to-finish: I'm proud of our guys. The second drive of the game they kind of worked us. We had a couple guys out of position. After that, we really locked in and played with the right kind of focus and discipline. Had a couple turnovers there. Big plays in the game from Jayron (Kearse). We played a ton of guys tonight and I'm pleased with the overall cleanliness of play of everybody.
We had good pressure. They were bound and determined offensively not to give up sacks and bottled-up the passing game. For the most part, we had good coverage and leverage on the ball. Just like seeing a bunch of young guys out there playing and playing well.
Keeping the Hoos out of the endzone in the final three quarters: (A big lead), it's a good problem to have, but for me as a coach, it's not fun because you start substituting and there are other issues. You're really coaching to the very end believe it or not. It was very pleasing to play a complete, 60-minute game. Regardless of what an opponent is able to do or not able to do, but for our guys to play with the right kind of intensity is about pride, toughness and having a standard on how you play defense.
It's not okay to let teams move the football and score. If you're getting in the game, you're going to play to a standard. That's not always the case, but that's what the expectation is.
Jayron Kearse, Korrin Wiggins shine: It was good. They're maturing and doing some things real well and some other things not well. We'll see them continue to get playing time and learn from their mistakes. They both had a good week of practice and preparation and the older guys do a great job of helping them. They really do. We've got great depth and competition and we've got great leadership too.