Tigers lead the nation in sacks, tackles for loss, third-down defense

Clemson ranks 10th in scoring defense, 21st in total defense, fourth in turnover margin

Clemson Football - Vic Beasley scoops up the ball after Tony Steward (7) caused Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig to fumble

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Clemson Football - Vic Beasley scoops up the ball after Tony Steward (7) caused Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig to fumble

Clemson leads the nation in three key defensive areas, coming out of its 24-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

The Tigers lead the nation in sacks with 4.00 per game, in tackles for loss with 10.2 per game, and in third-down conversion defense, at .237.

The Tigers rank 10th in scoring defense, allowing 16.2 points per game, and are 21st in total defense, with a 344.8 average.

Clemson ranks fourth in turnover margin at +1.5.

Individually, Vic Beasley ranks second in sacks (1.5) to Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald (1.6), and is fourth in tackles for loss (2.0).

Tajh Boyd ranks third in touchdown responsibility (20) and is eighth in passing efficiency.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Our defense is a big reason we have not lost a game and may not lose a game. If we do go 12 and 0 (regular season) it will most certainly be due in large part to our great defensive play. Those boys are really playing well. We just got to stop giving up a big play every now and then. That's aggravating as heck. Just like yesterday after we scored and we turned right around and gave them that long touchdown pass. I knew they were going deep before they ever got to the line of scrimmage. Why didn't somebody on our coaching staff not figure they would go deep on the first play after our touchdown. It happens like that all the time. Anyway, the statistics are great and they are playing great up till now. Just keep it up guys and we will have a great team by the end of the year. Maybe the best team.

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