Season Review: Tigers led nation in tackles for loss, 2nd in 3-and-outs

Vic Beasley top 10 in caused fumbles, with four strips on QB sacks

Josh Watson (91) celebrates after Clemson defender Stephone Anthony intercepts a pass in the final minute to preserve the Tigers' 40-35 win over Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla Friday night.

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Josh Watson (91) celebrates after Clemson defender Stephone Anthony intercepts a pass in the final minute to preserve the Tigers' 40-35 win over Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla Friday night. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

Clemson Defensive Accomplishments, 2013

Clemson led the nation in tackles for loss with 123, a school record. The Tigers also led the nation in tackles for loss per game with 9.46.

The Tigers were second in the nation in three-and-outs per game with 6.1 and 13th in total sacks with 38.

The Tigers ranked 24th in the nation in scoring defense at 22.2 points per game.

Clemson ranked 25thin nation in total defense, 16th in pass defense, 13th in interceptions, 10th in turnovers forced (30), and fifth in third down conversion defense.

The Tigers had four defensive returns for touchdowns this year, most by a Clemson team since 2006.

Clemson held opposition to 14 points or less for five straight games in the first half of the season, the longest streak by a Clemson team since the first seven games of the 1981 season.

The Tigers held the nation's leading rusher, Andre Williams of Boston College, to 70 yards in 24 attempts, 2.9 yards per rush. That's the third fewest yards against any team this year by Williams, who set ACC record with over 2000 yards rushing. Top 20 rusher Mike Davis of South Carolina had just 22 yards in 15 carries.

Clemson's pass defense gave up just 200.6 yards per game through the air, 16th best in the nation.

Defensive end Vic Beasley was named a first-team All-American by six different services. He was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.

Beasley had the best individual stat rankings of any player on the Clemson team. The junior ranked first in the nation in sacks on the road with nine, was second in tackles for loss per game at 1.8, was third in total sacks with 13, and third in tackles for loss yardage with 133. He was also 10th in caused fumbles. Four times this year he stripped the opposing quarterback on a sack.

Beasley's 13 sacks rank third best in Clemson history. He also had 23 tackles for loss.

Three times Beasley was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. He's the first Clemson player to win that award three times in a season since Philip Merling in 2007.

Linebacker Spencer Shuey, Clemson's second leading tackler and a third-team All-ACC selection, was a semifinalist for the Lott Impact Award. He was tied for second in the nation in fumble recoveries with four.

Leading tackler Stephone Anthony had 131 stops for the year. His interception with under two minutes left, clinched Clemson's win over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Defensive back Bashaud Breeland was a second-team All-ACC selection at cornerback and ranked fourth in the ACC in passes defended.

Cornerbacks Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins had interception returns for touchdowns against South Carolina State, first time Clemson has had two pick sixes in same game since 1940.

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TigerNE writes:

Our potential is greater this season. In particular I expect to see better numbers in the most challenging games. We may have our best chance for defensive numbers against UGA as they will still be breaking in the QB who seems to lack confidence yet. It will be interesting to see if we can contain Gurshall as well as we did Hyde, without Shuey.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Impressive statistics by our defense. And to think they are almost all coming back next year. Barring something freaky we should really be good on defense next year. Getting a first down against us may be hard to come by next season. We stand a chance of really being a great football team next year and we were pretty good this year.

clemvol writes:

Anyone know the stats against Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina and how they break out with the overall stats? Just wondering.

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