Last year at this point, O&W contributor Marty Coleman's statistical breakdown demonstrated a Clemson offense efficient both vertically and side-to-side in the passing game.
That kind of efficiency is looking more atypical by the game though.
In 2012's 8-1 start, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd passed for 1,055 yards to his right (111 attempts) and 1,053 yards to his left (114 attempts), averaging his highest yards per pass attempt up the middle (9.9). He was averaging at least 9.24 yards per attempt to all fields.
In 2013's 8-1 start, he's thrown for 1,272 yards to the right (142 attempts) to 1,039 to the left (115 attempts). What's interesting is he's averaging the same yards per attempt (9) to both sides, and lower than '12 by a full yard up the middle (8.8).
Season to season, Boyd's needing over four more attempts per TD to the right (14.2) and over two to the left (16.4).
With the senior gunslinger's arm and a bevy of speedy receivers, the deep threat is still there.
3-year comparison: Clemson offense (Through 9 games)
|Category||'13 Clemson||'12 Clemson||'11 Clemson|
|Scoring Offense||39.8 PPG||42.7 PPG||32.5 PPG|
|Total Yards||507 YPG||522.4 YPG||482.5 YPG|
|Cmp. Pct. (Tajh Boyd)||65.8||67.8||61.9|
|Yards Per Pass (Tajh Boyd)||8.97||9.5||8.6|
|Plays per game||84.7||80.5||78.3|
|Runs of 10+/Passes of 20+||9.8||13.4||9.3|
|3rd Down Pct.||42.4||54.2||48.5|
|Yards Per Carry||3.9||4.4||4.3|
|Yards Per Play||6.0||6.5||6.2|
On passes of 20-plus yards, Boyd is averaging 18.8 yards per attempt (45 completion percentage), with 10 touchdowns to a single pick. Last season his completion percentage (53) and yards per attempt (19.8) were higher, but he had only one more touchdown (11) and three more interceptions (4).
Against injury-ridden secondaries the last two games, he's posted a 74.3 completion percentage, averaging 339 yards and 9.7 yards per attempt. Taking out the one FCS date, however, Boyd has a respectable 66.2 completion rate on the season, averaging 306.4 yards per game and 9.1 per attempt.
Thanks to some blowouts, he has attempted just 26 fourth-quarter passes with two touchdowns. Despite some slow starts, his top efficiency is still in the first quarter (177.65), with seven TDs to one pick and one out of every four passes going for 15-plus yards.
In the red zone, the Hampton, Va. native has a 205.08 efficiency, completing 16-of-26 passes for eight touchdowns (no picks) and punching in seven more scores on the ground.
In conference ranks, he's No. 1 in total offense (2,814) and touchdowns (27); No. 2 in total offense per game (312.7; Leader: FSU's Jameis Winston, 331.9); No. 3 in pass efficiency (159.6; Leader: Winston, 201.1); No. 4 in yards per pass (9; Leader: Winston, 11.8); No. 9 in yards per play (7.2; Leader: GT's Robert Godhigh, 11.3) and rushing touchdowns (7).
Nationally, he's No. 10 in touchdown passes (20; Leader: Oregon State's Sean Mannion, 31); No. 12 in yards per pass (Leader: Baylor's Bryce Petty, 13.9); No. 15 in pass yards per game (291.1; Leader: Mannion, 393.3); No. 18 in total offense (Leader: Garrett Gilbert, 408.3**).
(CFBStats were used here in this post as well) **Gilbert was Chad Morris' QB at Lake Travis High School (Tx.).