A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…
Clemson football by the numbers (through seven games)
0 - Clemson senior running back Rod McDowell hasn’t reached the endzone yet this season. In games not injured since the opener, he’s averaged 14.5 carries for 76 yards after a career-high 22 carries and 132 yards versus Georgia. Last season, he scored the Tigers’ first rushing touchdown from the RB corps.
2 - While the Tigers had their issues stopping the Seminoles, Clemson couldn’t keep the chains moving, failing on 7-of-9 second-half third downs.
Boyd not worried about letdown
5 - Tajh Boyd’s last five games with an interception – he paired it at least one more pick, stretching back to Duke 2012 (11 INTs total in the stretch).
6 - FSU continued its run of scoring on the opening possession of the second half in every game this season, going six plays and 42 yards Saturday.
6 (pt. 2) - It’s both the Clemson tackles for loss count and the number of games straight in double-figures they missed out on. They had averaged 11.2 per game from S.C. State on.
8 - Clemson entered the contest No. 1 in third downs, allowing only 12 total in four conference games previously. They gave up two-thirds of that figure to the Seminoles.
10 - The first half points in the last two games for the Tigers, after putting up 70 combined in the first session against Wake Forest and Syracuse.
25 - And after six games, an opponent finally put up a field goal on the Tigers in quarter No. 25 of the season. FSU’s Roberto Aguayo went on to hit 3-of-3, which knocked down Clemson to fourth in the nation in FGs allowed.
37 - The margin of defeat wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been thanks to Cole Stoudt’s touchdown. Before the score, the Tigers were on track for their worst home loss since 1918, against Camp Hancock, by 53 points. Instead, they settled for the third-worst in a tie with 1998 Virginia Tech and behind 1970 Auburn. As a sidenote, Camp Hancock played one season and two games all-time, outscoring its opponents 91-19 (Vanderbilt the other opponent).
39 - As in FSU's own 39, the Seminoles' average field position in the first and third quarters, where they converted 5-of-7 third downs with 31 offensive points.
86 - Clemson lost for the first time under Chad Morris hitting the 80 play or more mark (16-1).
156 - Boyd put up his worst-ever ACC passing effort and next-to-last overall (’11 South Carolina, 83) in a start.
164 - Boyd also finished with his worst total offense output in conference play. It was his second-lowest effort overall (also ’11 South Carolina, 60).
241 - That’s the passing yard margin in favor of FSU Saturday night, which is by far the worst in the Chad Morris era. The only one close was the 2011 season’s Orange Bowl (157, WVU).
293 - ESPN keeps track of the amount of yards thrown for facing a blitz, and FSU’s Jameis Winston just torched Clemson on them. He posted the best yards output (293) of any BCS AQ quarterback in the last three years.