A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…
Clemson football by the numbers (through four games)
0 - Wake Forest had two third conversions all game, and none of those came in the final three quarters (0-9). Wake Forest is 114th nationally now in third down percentage (27.4), averaging just four per game.
0 (Pt. 2) - No field goals were attempted in the Tigers-Deacs game, which is pretty rare. How rare? As far as our crack research team can tell, the last Clemson game without a field goal attempt of some sort was on Oct. 16, 2004 against Utah State, a 35-6 win.
3 - With sacks from Vic Beasley, Quandon Christian and Bashaud Breeland, the Tiger ‘D’ continued a run of seven-straight games with at least three sacks for the unit. Clemson jumped into a tie for sixth nationally in sacks per game this season (3.75). Beasley sits in second in that stat individually (1.5).
3.1 - That’s the yards per carry Clemson has allowed at home this season. Over the year, that would put Clemson in the top-22 nationally. As it stands now, they’re 32nd in the nation allowing 3.46 per rush.
3.3 - A combination of an offense finding its mojo and a defense already there, the Tigers edged the Deacs by 3.3 yards per play. That’s the widest margin in nine games (Duke 2012, 4.5).
6 - After three of them Saturday, Clemson has six fourth down conversions on the year, converting at a 67 percent rate. They have the ninth-most conversions in the country.
10 - In Chad Morris’ reign of terror upon opposing defenses at Clemson, the Tigers have now out-paced opponents by 20 plays or more 10 times. They’ve done it six times against ACC opponents. The largest play disparity came against LSU last season (+52), while this past Saturday was a more tame 22 plays. Not surprisingly, they are 10-0 in these games.
11.3 - Clemson’s effectiveness behind the line of scrimmage defensively deserves a second nod here, and so far, they rank No. 2 in the nation in tackles for loss per game. Ten Tigers have more than a single tackle for loss, with Beasley pacing the group (6).
16.6 - Against the Demon Deacons, the Tigers moved the ball through the air on third down to the tune of 16.6 yards per attempt, which set up five conversions.
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30 - It wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but Clemson did more than double up its season punt return yards with 30 for a six yards per average Saturday. Adam Humphries had a long of 18, which topped any return last season (the longest was 14 yards).
96.2 - Cole Stoudt’s QBR, an ESPN quarterback rating, which has him fifth in the country of all QBs regardless of attempts a game. He has hit 29-of-31 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. That’s right, he has more touchdown passes than incompletions. He’s a pretty suitable backup. (Tajh Boyd has a 76.9 QBR, and measured against attempts a game, he is No. 29 nationally).
120 - Junior running back D.J. Howard averaged 13.3 yards per touch en route to a career-high 120 all-purpose yards. Howard had 171 yards total last season, but in 2013, the Alabama native is over the century mark rushing (104) with three catches for 93 yards and two scores.