Tigers led the nation in tackles for loss, ranked 3rd in third-down defense

Clemson ranked in the top 15 in nine of 11 major defensive stat categories

Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley sacks Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in the first quarter

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Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley sacks Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in the first quarter

Brent Venables' Clemson defense earned a reputation as one of the nation's most disruptive units during the 2013 season, and the Tigers' success is backed up by a wide range of top-25 statistical rankings on the defensive side of the ball.

Of 11 major defensive categories, Clemson ranked in the top 10 in three, in the top 16 in five, and in the top 25 in nine.

The Tigers led the nation in tackles for loss by a wide margin over second-place Tulane. Clemson averaged 9.5 tackles for loss per game, and had particularly strong showings against some of the best backs they faced, including Boston College's Andre Williams, South Carolina's Mike Davis and Ohio State's Carlos Hyde.

Tulane averaged 8.5 tackles for loss per game.

The Tigers ranked fifth in third-down conversion defense with a .308 mark, which was second in the ACC to Virginia Tech.

Clemson ranked 10th in turnovers gained with 30.

The Tigers had the nation's No. 16 pass defense, in terms of yardage allowed (201.0), and were 19th in passing efficiency defense.

Clemson ranked 13th in quarterback sacks with 2.92 per game, and was 22nd in first downs allowed (234), 24th in scoring defense (22.2) and 25th in total defense (356.7).

The Tigers ranked 52nd nationally against the run (155.7) and were 49th in red zone defense (.818).

In FootballInsiders.com's overall defensive rating, the Tigers ranked 12th nationally, while in the Fremeau Efficiency Index, Clemson's defense ranked 17th.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Very impressive numbers by our defense. Too bad we had 6 turnovers against SC or we would have been 12 and 1 and ranked in the top 5. We will need to be better next year on defense to offset the loss of Sammy and Tajh. Next year will definitely be an interesting year. A great defense can carry a not great offense a long way. We may not lose a step on either side of the ball.

DahlonegaJoe writes:

GO Tigers. Ready for Kickoff Already.

lhaselden writes:

I think our D will be better.... but I do not expect our O to have the TOs they had this year. If the DWatson is QB then we might have better numbers than this year on O but more mistakes and TOs. I expect Stoudt to start against UGa and either CK or DW to play in certain situations.

brookesdad729 writes:

Great job defense! Much improved! That really helps going into next year!

33dtb writes:

Statistics ,,,,we LOST to carolina when we shouldn't have

dirtybirdlover writes:

So proud of how our guys were driven to improve and get better and they accomplished that! Hopefully we will continue to get better and better and make great D our calling card again!

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