Clemson continued its sack attack during its victory Saturday over Syracuse, adding four more and boosting its five-game total to a nation-leading 19, for 85 yards in losses.
So far, 11 players have had a hand in sacking the quarterback, led by Vic Beasley with eight.
Dabo Swinney said Sunday that the Tiger secondary had a lot to do with adversely affecting the play of Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt, as well as setting the stage for the effectiveness of the pass rush.
"Our secondary is playing some good football for us," said Swinney. "One of our keys to the game that we talked about was that if we were going to get pressure on the quarterback, we were going to have to get it from a coverage standpoint.
"Our guys competed very well and they made the quarterback hold the ball, so we ended up getting four sacks."
Swinney characterized Clemson's four sacks - two by Beasley and one each by Shaq Lawson and D.J. Reader - as "coverage sacks."
"The guys in the secondary did an excellent job the whole game of competing outside, and really helping each other," Swinney said.
Clemson held Syracuse's top three wide receivers without a reception, limiting the Orange to short completions to its backs and slot receivers.
In addition to its 19 sacks, the Tiger defense also has recorded 31 other tackles for loss, for a total of 50 TFLs and 176 yards in losses. Clemson's TFL total ranks second nationally.
Following is a quick rundown of how the Tigers stand nationally in some key statistical areas.
No. 1 in sacks (3.80)
No. 2 in turnover margin (+1.80)
No. 2 in tackles for loss (10.0)
No. 5 in turnovers lost (4)
No. 5 in 3rd down conversion defense (24.4)
No. 6 in red zone defense (.600)
No. 7 in interceptions (9)
No. 7 in passing efficiency (176.64)
No. 11 in passing yardage (343.2)
No. 13 in scoring offense (44.2)
No. 14 in passing efficiency defense (102.56)
No. 14 in total offense (518.2)
No. 15 in first downs allowed (79)
No. 16 in scoring defense (16.6)
No. 17 in passing yards allowed (185.4)
No. 18 in fewest penalties per game (4.4)
No. 28 in third-down conversions (.482)
No. 35 in total defense (356.6)
No. 66 in rushing offense (175.0)
No. 78 in punt returns (6.08)
No. 79 in rushing defense (171.2)
No. 101 in kickoff returns (19.0)
No. 104 in fourth down conversion defense (.692)
No. 104 in tackles for loss allowed (7.2)