A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…
Clemson football by the numbers (through five games)
0.75 - Boasting the nation’s rushing leader coming in (Andre Williams), BC managed only 0.75 yards per carry in the second half, which was only hurt by taking four sacks.
1 - With the running game lacking and the pressure on, the Eagles converted just one third down conversion out of eight tries in the second half.
2 - After scoring in 30-straight red zone trips up to Syracuse, the Tigers missed out on scores twice Saturday and now three out of their last six ventures inside the opponent’s 20. Their four chances/two conversions Saturday were still four and two more than B.C., who never entered the red zone.
2 (pt. 2) - Keeping up with one of the odder stats Clemson holds claim to, the Tigers are now one of two teams in the nation to not have surrendered a field goal (Bowling Green the other).
3 - Stephone Anthony has already matched the season-high in sacks for a linebacker in recent Tigers’ seasons. Tig Willard totaled three in 12 games last season and no other Clemson linebacker has done so in at least the last seven years.
9 - Clemson junior end Vic Beasley still holds the edge nationally in sacks, just ahead of ACC foe Aaron Donald (8, of Pittsburgh) and future ACC foe Lorenzo Mauldin (6.5, of Louisville). Donald did take the lead over Beasley in sacks per game (1.6-1.5).
30 - The Tigers have posted 30 sacks in their last seven games. It took them double those contests (14) to reach the same mark previously.
42-of-46 - Senior Tigers placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, if Chad Morris has anything to do with it, will not put up as long as a run as he had snapped on the chip-shot miss versus B.C. Prior to the errant 25-yarder, he had made 28 consecutive and 42-of-46 from 48 yards or less in the last three seasons.
56 - Clemson’s defensive effort shows up a bunch in this week’s by the numbers – and deservedly so. They’ve racked up 56 tackles for loss in a five-game stretch hitting of double-digits in the category. Previously, the S.C. State game that started the run broke up a streak of 23 games for the Tigers’ defense without double-figures in the stat.
199 - Safe to say, Adam Humphries has stepped in nicely for Charone Peake, with 199 receiving yards combined the last two games, a career-high in touchdowns (2, versus Syracuse) and catches (9, versus Boston College).
582 - Sammy Watkins strung together three consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the first time in his career Saturday, hauling in seven catches for 101 yards and a score. He ranks second in the ACC in yards (582) and touchdown receptions (4).