The Clemson Tigers have looked strong in the early part of the season as they are off to a 5-0 start. After holding Kent State to three points, Auburn to six and Boston College to seven, their defense has been clicking on all cylinders thus far.
But it was Saturday night’s defensive effort against Virginia Tech that truly impressed Dabo Swinney, stating on the ACC’s weekly teleconference that the Tigers’ performance on defense stood out the most out of all of their games so far.
“Defensively I thought it was our best game,” Swinney said. “That’s good because I thought our worst game was at Louisville. We stopped the run, created turnovers and continued to play good in the red zone and on third down. It was a clean game, but still a lot to coach from on tape.”
In the win over the Hokies, the Tigers recorded eight tackles for a loss and two sacks, while allowing just ninety yards on 28 Virginia Tech carries. They did allow 251 passing yards to Josh Jackson, but intercepted him twice and recovered a fumble as they opened up a 24-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite the defense’s performance, Swinney thought things could have been a little better on the other side of the ball.
“We had some drops and some missed throws. We missed some touchdown opportunities as well,” he said. “We probably should have been eight or nine of 16 on third down. We had three sacks, one on the O-line. I do think we did some good things, but again there were some missed opportunities.”
Clemson hosts Wake Forest at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
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