It’s been since the opener that Clemson has allowed more than two touchdowns, holding a fourth consecutive opponent to 14 points or less for the first time since 2000.
Brent Venables’ defense made the Carrier Dome a no-fly zone for the Syracuse passing game, with four interceptions and a measly 2.6 (!) yards per pass attempt.
Clemson defense recovers from slow second half start: I’m proud of the way they responded to adversity. I really felt that going into halftime from years of experience that we’ve got this one sealed. Sure enough, they got us on our heels that first drive coming out of the half - didn’t play very well or coach very well. We had to settle back down.
Beasley bags 7th, 8th sacks
Grady Jarrett comes up big again: It’s just what I see in practice every day. Great toughness, very disruptive, makes plays. He plays with incredible effort and relentless. You can’t take a play off against him. He was big tonight.
Vic Beasley helps turn tide in second half: He was so close to a couple of other ones. He really turned it on in the second half and put them backwards. He got them out of rhythm and kept them out of the endzone a couple times.
Tiger secondary gets its picks:They made some great plays. D-Rob (Darius Robinson) had a couple really nice plays on the football and played with some great technique. Very aggressive and nice to see Jayron (Kearse) get one of those Ben Boulware picks. Guys still have to make the plays and he did.
Travis Blanks is still learning safety spot: He’s still learning. He’s a young guy and young guys make young guy mistakes some times. He’s come along and been good and some not so good and some a little bit out of position, but he did a good job.
Venables proud of the Tigers’ red zone ‘D’: Very much so. That’s not an easy position to be in and to respond. Obviously we put ourselves in that position – obviously you hate that, but you love how they respond and got tested. That will help us down the road. That really creates a sense of belief. When we don’t hurt ourselves, we’re hard to beat.
Tigers’ secondary positioning makes the difference: We did a very nice job with coverage and nice position, matching them. We really were solid in positioning most of the night.