CLEMSON – Chad Morris’ Tiger offense was in trouble from the first offensive snap – a Stanton Seckinger fumble – and by the 3:07 mark of the first quarter, they trailed by three possessions.
Twice starting in FSU territory, Clemson twice came up empty – and as a byproduct, his senior QB Tajh Boyd suffered his second-worst career passing effort (156 yards).
Morris delivers the full report on the Tigers’ struggles…
Turnovers bite Tigers again: You can’t give a team of that caliber many opportunities as it is. You can’t play perfect, but you can’t let them have those opportunities. Very disappointed in that. We haven’t shown that this year. Credit them, they’ve got a good football team, but you can’t give them the ball there.
Any common threat in Boyd struggles?: No, it started off and we never got the momentum back it seems. He never looked like he was in a rhythm. I thought he ran the ball the well, but as soon as you blink you’re down 17-7. He does a good job of getting us down in the endzone there and we get the ball back and go down and (you) make it 17-14 – we had a bust there (on the Lamarcus Joyner INT).
It’s not just one thing. It’s not just one player. Obviously we all know what Tajh is capable of doing. We’ve seen him play here at a very high level. It was one of those nights.
Did FSU ‘D’ show new looks?:Not a thing. Even with the week off – well, they didn’t show as much press. We were expecting a lot of press-man and they showed a lot less of that.
Tiger drives stall on drops: I definitely think we had some critical drops that would’ve kept drives alive. Who knows what it would have led to. Again, it’s very uncharacteristic of us. You have to make plays in these type of games. That’s when you want your playmakers to step up. They played hard, but we missed some plays.
Was Boyd overthinking: You try not to think that. Tajh is a veteran guy. He’s been in some big ballgames. He’s performed extremely well at a high level so know I don’t think that.
Lot of football left, pressing on: This is a group of men in that locker room that are hurting. Our coaches are hurting. Our fans are hurting. I can tell you this there’s a group of players and coaches that aren’t going to give up. They didn’t give up tonight. We’re not going to give up. There’s a lot of football to be played. We got to get back and get things cleared up from the film. We got to press on.
Overall effort level: I wish we could have put it inside the one-yard line. We’re trying to run it in there. I wish we could’ve got it in there. I don’t think anybody gave up. There wasn’t any bickering on the sidelines. That was the furthest from the case. Guys were picking each other up and we can’t kill our self. One thing I wrote on the board at halftime was, ‘It’s about us.’ They hadn’t really stopped us. We can’t turn the ball over like we did. You’ve got to execute and make plays,