A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football, game-by-game, starting with the Tigers’ 38-35 win over Georgia…
Clemson by the numbers
0 - Touchdown passes thrown by Aaron Murray. The senior Bulldogs QB had thrown a TD pass in 20 of his last 21 games and 24 in an eight-game run to finish out last season.
0 (pt. 2) - Kick return yards for Georgia. Clemson sophomore punter Bradley Pinion boomed kick after kick through the endzone. He also had a long of 55 yards in the punt game and three of his seven punts landed inside the 20.
1 - The amount of Georgia third down conversions in the second half. Georgia finished 17th nationally in the category last year (47.1%), but were only 4-of-14 (28.9) on the night in Death Valley.
2 - Vic Beasley sacks Saturday night. He had just two in his first 109 snaps (16 games) and has since posted eight in his last seven games.
3 - As in consecutive Clemson games where the losing team averaged more yards per play. Georgia held a wide margin of 7.8-6.1.
6 - Rod McDowell’s yards per carry. He also posted a career-high 132 rushing yards in his first career start. A primary back (at least 100 carries) hasn’t averaged six yards per carry or more for Clemson since C.J. Spiller in 2006 (7.2).
11.4 - The tackles per game Spencer Shuey is averaging per start. He led the Tigers with 12 tackles Saturday night.
16-2 - Clemson’s record when rushing for at least 130 yards under Chad Morris (two losses were West Virginia in 2011 and South Carolina in 2012).
17 - Carrying the No. 1 red zone offense into 2013, Clemson continued the run stretching their streak to 17-straight times in the red zone with a score. In the last two games, they’ve punched it in for six against two top-10 teams 56 percent of the time.
19.1 - Welcome back old Sammy Watkins, who averaged that every time he touched the ball against Georgia. Last season, he hit a solid but much lower 12.3 yards per touch.
76 - Marty Coleman of Seldom Used Reserve set the goal pregame at 75 plays – the median of their average in wins (83) and losses (67) – and the Tigers did one better.
77 - The length of a career-long TD pass for Tajh Boyd and TD catch for Sammy Watkins in the first quarter Saturday night.
545 - Total yards given up to Georgia. Clemson improved to 2-2 when giving up over 500 yards of offense to an opponent in the Chad Morris era.