Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables had his fair of rough games in his first season in TigerTown, which makes this year’s early success that much sweeter.
Versus B.C., Clemson held an opponent to 14 or less points for a fifth consecutive game, which the school hadn’t done since 1989 into 1990.
They held a third team in six games under 300 total yards, which happened all last season three times.
Beasley: Playmaker that steps up to make plays
And with five sacks, the Tigers moved to an even four sacks per game, leading the nation this season. Venables wraps up the performance and looks ahead to a date with Florida State…
Boston College impressed: They do a great job in more with less in terms of coaching and schemes. Watching their defense this year earlier and you knew right away that they’ve got it together. We’ve got our hands full. I was proud of our guys digging and making plays and playing ball for 60 minutes. We expected the game to be like it (was). We had a lot of respect for how they played.
Cohesive Tigers’ d-line showing: I thought they played really good no doubt. The coverage was pretty good in some of those spread sets and empty sets. It helps when you run the ball too. I thought they played relentless as a unit. You can see the chemistry and you can see they like each other and the cohesion there. It’s hard to coach that and nurture that and foster that. Sometimes you hit it. We’ve got a great group of leaders and guys that love to play the game and it shows.
Travis Blanks returns from knee injury: Jayron (Kearse) was playing good, but that’s a lot of snaps and a lot on our freshman. These guys were throwing the kitchen sink at us. I felt we’d give Travis an opportunity – and he actually was fully cleared to play. He was in no kind of pain so he was ready to go.
Defense is continuing to impress the Tigers’ DC: It was a good performance. It was a really good performance. I hate to compare one to another. Every game is different, every opponent is different and every week is different. The game itself is different in the adversity you face and the situations are different. I love that we continue to respond over and over when they made some plays. I have a lot of admiration and respect for those guys.
Tony Steward’s crucial strip-and-fumble:– Huge play, if you ask Tony it was literally how you drew it up. That particular call. We expected him to scramble weak and Tony (was) right there ready to scrape. He did a great job and that was the play of the game. Anytime you can score on defense – tight game or not, it’s difficult to do. It was a very critical time in the game. It created a lot of momentum for us. Nobody deserves it more than Tony with the things he’s been through. He really seized his opportunity today.
Beasley’s day: He played with great leverage and good gap control and very disciplined, tough manner. He’s tough to handle on the edge when he know it’s pass time. He’s playing good right now.
FSU QB Jameis Winston is a ‘special player’: He’s playing lights-out. He’s very special. Whatever ‘it’ is, he’s got it. He plays with great poise and he’s a precision-thrower and he can run and he’s big and he’s strong. He’s faced some pressure and makes great decisions. He keeps his eyes downfield when he’s under duress. He’s a very special player.