Gameday: Home sweet road for the Tigers?

Clemson's Tajh Boyd during Tiger Walk before game against Florida State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Tajh Boyd during Tiger Walk before game against Florida State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Hello from sorta chilly, sunny Maryland.

Clemson is gunning for a seventh win in a row away from Memorial Stadium's friendly confines, averaging 533 yards and a 15-point margin of victory over the last two seasons on the road. Here's some more fun stats going into gameday...

More Tigers-Terps Notes

Turtle soup: Tajh Boyd can do something that a Clemson quarterback hasn't accomplished since 2003-05. He's after the career-sweep of Maryland at Byrd Stadium, after a 56-45 win two years ago. The last Tiger QB to win both games on the road against an opponent was Charlie Whitehurst (2003-05).

The last ACC team a Clemson quarterback has swept was Woody Dantzler and Wake Forest (1999-01).

Boyd is just two wins from tying the school record for ACC wins (Rodney Williams, 20-6-1).

He's thrown for seven touchdowns and 531 yards in his career versus the Terps

Big-play back?: Almost half of Clemson's plays of 20 yards or more have come on the road (15-of-34), in only two games. On average, that's 7.5 per per contest, as opposed to just 3.8 per at home.

Clemson didn't register one last week for the first time since 2008 at Virginia, a 13-3 win.

The Tigers have score five touchdowns and one field goal in seven road red zone trips, while they've been held without a score twice and without a touchdown four times inside the 20 at home.

Nationally, Clemson is 14th in red zone touchdown percentage (72.4 percent), but 73rd in red zone scoring percentage overall (82.8 percent).

Change in fortune?: Four turnovers, and maybe more importantly, four scores off from them (24 points) put the Tigers in a hole last week against the 'Noles. Back on what's been the home sweet road for Clemson this season, they are plus-four in TO margin, outscoring opponents 14-0 on them.

Clemson is 29-3 with the turnover margin advantage under Dabo Swinney.

Where has all the ru(n) gone?: Clemson has had as many (1) or less (4) runs of 10 or more yards than its opponents in all but two games (Wake Forest and N.C. State). Last season, the Tigers were even or better in the category 9-of-11 contests.

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33dtb writes:

2nd Quarter @ Maryland......Call Coach Rob at Daniel High School and see if we can borrow an O-Lined.

At least recruit the whole O-Line currently at Daniel for starting freshmen next year.

It is getting real hard to hope for my Tigers.

33dtb writes:

Chad, I refer you to Coach Danny Ford.....You DON"T brag on them BEFORE a game. or come out and SAY what they are going to do before a game.

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