A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…
Clemson football by the numbers (through two games)
1.9 - That’s what Clemson allowed to the run-heavy S.C. State Bulldogs Saturday. It’s the third-best rush ‘D’ performance yet under Brent Venables by that measure, but on sheer attempts (46), it really qualifies as the top effort.
3-of-5 - Clemson is converting on fourth down 60 percent of the time this season, but they already have half the amount of failed attempts from last season, where they went 14-of-18 to lead the nation.
Stoudt posts big performance
4 - Clemson didn’t have a single punt return Saturday and has four punt return yards all season.
4.2 - In the last five contests, Clemson has averaged 4.2 sacks a game. That’s a 2.2 sack average improvement from the first 10 games under Venables.
5.4 - That’s both Clemson running back Rod McDowell’s yards per carry average Saturday and his career average with more than five carries in a game.
6.5 - Bradley Pinion has 12 touchbacks and Ammon Lakip one for a 6.5 per game average this season. Last season, the Tigers had opponents start at the 25 3.8 times a game.
6.7 - Sure, Cole Stoudt set the Clemson completion percentage record versus S.C. State (95 percent), but he also posted the best TD-to-pass attempt ratio in the Chad Morris era, with a score every 6.7 passes (3 TDs to 20 attempts). The next closest was Tajh Boyd last season against Maryland (8.7) with three TDs to 26 pass attempts.
9 - Tajh Boyd has rushed for touchdowns in five-straight games and nine in his last seven. He had only nine rushing scores in his first 22 starts.
18 - Clemson passed for 18 of its 28 first downs on Saturday, which was the fifth-most yet under Morris.
26.7 - After leading the Tigers in receiving versus S.C. State (four catches for 87 yards), Martavis Bryant’s career yards per catch actually took a bit of a dip from his former career mark (27.7) and last year’s nation-leading 30.3 total.
95 - Clemson hits its target on plays a game and much more with 98, which is the third-most since installing the hurry-up no-huddle offense. All of the top-three have come in the last five games (N.C. State – 102; LSU – 100 in 2012).
329 - Clemson passed for over 300 yards for the 18th time under Morris and the 11th time in the last 15 games. From 2008 to 2010, the program hit that mark just twice total.