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Venables knew defense was ready for dominant performance

Oct 15, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables knew his defense was ready for a dominant performance on Friday when they went through the final preparations for the rivalry game.

The fourth-ranked Tigers held rival South Carolina to 218 total yards in a 56-7 victory in Death Valley on Saturday night. Venables said he believes the defense is hitting their stride at the right time.

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