Though 20 points were scored in third-ranked Clemson’s 14-6 win over No. 13 Auburn on Saturday night, there were plenty of numbers to look at in the game between the two top 15 teams. Here are just a few of the numbers that came out of the defensive struggle in Death Valley.
1.8: Clemson’s defense was lights out against Auburn. Their defensive performance was so dominant it held Auburn to 1.8 yards per play on 66 plays. Auburn would need five downs to get a first down based off of the average. Auburn finished the game with just 117 total yards.
2: Auburn had a tough time making anything happen through the air. Clemson’s secondary led by Ryan Carter had a great day only allowing two first downs through the air.
4: That’s the number of sacks by defensive end Austin Bryant, who had just 3.5 sacks for his career before Saturday night. He is the third Clemson player to have four sacks in a game. Keith Adams had four against Duke in 1999 and Andre Branch had four against Virginia Tech in 2011.
4 (straight): With the victory, Clemson has now beaten Auburn in four consecutive meetings. It is the first time since 1900-‘06 that Clemson has beaten an SEC team four consecutive times other than South Carolina. Clemson beat Georgia six consecutive games from 1900-‘06.
9: Kelly Bryant completed a total of 19 passes in the win, nine of which went to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, the second best mark of his career. Renfrow finished the game with nine catches for 62 yards.
10: That is the number of tackles linebacker Dorian O’Daniel had in the first half, which tied a Clemson record for one half. He finished the game with a game-high 14 tackles.
10-1: Clemson is now 10-1 in its last 11 games against ranked teams. The Tigers are on a six-game winning streak against ranked teams, the longest streak in Clemson history. The Tigers will get another opportunity against a top 25 team next week when the Tigers face No. 17 Louisville.
11: Clemson tied a school record with 11 sacks. Seven of the 11 sacks came from the Tigers’ dominant defensive line. Austin Bryant had four, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins had two and defensive end Clelin Ferrell had one.
12: Head coach Dabo Swinney now has 12 non-conference wins over SEC teams since he became Clemson’s head coach in 2008. That is the most in the nation over the last 10 seasons.
21: Swinney became Clemson’s career leader in wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the major polls with the win over No. 13 Auburn. It was Swinney’s 21st win over a top 25 team. Danny Ford, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, had 20 between 1978-‘89.
80: Clemson has given up just 80 yards passing in two games. Opponents are averaging less than three yards per attempt.
81,799: The Clemson faithful were ready for the game against Auburn, packing Clemson Memorial Stadium with 81,799 people.