Inside Clemson football: By the numbers (Syracuse edition)

Clemson's Sammy Watkins gets excited about the first touchdown of the day in Syracuse, a 60-yard play to teammate Adam Humphries during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

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Clemson's Sammy Watkins gets excited about the first touchdown of the day in Syracuse, a 60-yard play to teammate Adam Humphries during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

Our weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…

1:24 - That’s how long it’s taken Clemson to put a score on the board the last two games...combined.

Defense breakdown: Secondary shows off improvement

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2 - Now, twice have Tiger d-linemen led Clemson in tackles this season after Grady Jarrett’s eight stops in the Carrier Dome. The trio of Corey Crawford, D.J. Reader and Jarrett led the way versus S.C. State (5).

2.6 and 6.2 - Pregame, Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt said there were “a bunch of faults in (Clemson’s) defense,” and he proceeded to complete 33 percent of his passes at 2.6 an attempt and 6.2 per completion against the faulty Tiger ‘D.’ That’s not very good.

3 - Field goal defense? Clemson has been exceptional. The Tigers are one of three teams (also Bowling Green and Houston) to not have a made field goal against them this season. They have only had two attempted period.

4 - That’s the number of interceptions the Tigers inflicted on the Orange, which was their most since 2009’s 40-24 win over Florida State in Memorial Stadium.

5 - That’s the updated number of 600-yard games in the Chad Morris era

5 (Pt. 2) - After two touchdowns of 60-plus yards Saturday, Clemson sits behind only the high-octane Baylor offense (7) in 60-yard pass plays nationally (5). The Tigers had four 60-yard pass plays all last season. Sammy Watkins’ 91-yard TD reception was only the Tigers’ second 90-yard pass play in school history.

8 – We’ll keep updating as it as the impressive run continues, as now it’s been eight consecutive games the Tiger defense has posted at least three sacks.

9 - The Tigers forced a three-year high for punts from the Orange.

14.6 - 14.6 is a really good yards per completion, but that’s what the Tigers did in 32 attempts on the ‘Cuse. The Tigers last approached that mark in 2012 versus Duke (13.1).

30 - Before Boyd’s INT-less streak breaker in the red zone Saturday, Clemson had scored in 30-straight red zone scores opportunities, stretching back to last year’s Maryland game

118 – Adam Humphries’ receiving yards, which were two short of his total four games in. He also doubled his career touchdown receptions (2).

455 – Breaking the single-game school record (again), Tajh Boyd now owns three of only four 400 passing yard games in Clemson history. The Tigers posted back-to-back 400-yard passing efforts for the first time ever.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

But they said we weren't very good and their quarterback was better than ours was. How can that be so? Oh, it ain't so!!! They were pretty much pathetic and were very lucky we didn't score a couple of more touchdowns on them. I wish we had scored 70 points instead of a measly 49.

seldomusedreserve#284867 writes:

The 2 FG attempts are a good news/bad news stat. Before Saturday the Tigers were giving up TDs in the red zone instead of holding teams to FG attempts.

Syracuse had three trips inside the red zone and didn't score a point on Saturday.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to seldomusedreserve#284867:

The 2 FG attempts are a good news/bad news stat. Before Saturday the Tigers were giving up TDs in the red zone instead of holding teams to FG attempts.

Syracuse had three trips inside the red zone and didn't score a point on Saturday.

No doubt, it's definitely a tongue-in-cheek addition/oddity on the list. But it does show to some extent that Clemson is keeping teams out of range with its top-20 scoring defense.

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