Getting off to a fast start is something the Clemson offense seems to have down. When Kelly Bryant hit Deon Cain for a 28-yard touchdown pass in the game’s first series against Wake Forest last Saturday, it marked the fourth time in the first six games the Tigers scored on its opening drive – three touchdowns and one field goal.
Running back Adam Choice then scored on the Tigers’ next drive, a four-yard plunge to give them a quick 14-0 lead.
Wide Receiver Hunter Renfrow said the offense was able to set the tone during the first two drives of the game.
“This was something we were unable to do against Boston College, but we feel like it is something we were able to do away from home at Louisville and Virginia Tech, so that’s good and it helped the defense out, but they played unbelievable, the defense really played lights out,” he said. “It helps us a lot when they play like that too.”
Despite the good starts and its ability to score, whenever Clemson needs it the most, Renfrow said the offense needs to be more consistent.
“It’s a good trait to have, but I feel that it is bad sometimes,” he said. “Because we tend to save our best performances for when we need it, it is something that we as an offense need to work on. We cannot depend on the defense to bail us out. Wake Forest is a very good team, but a lot of this was self-inflicted. We really need to better our execution.”
The Tigers have so far this season been able to secure three top 15 wins, but after a thrilling win over Virginia Tech, Wake Forest was still able to come into Death Valley and give the Tigers a game.
“Wake was good enough to beat us.” Renfrow said “So we just had to come out and be consistent and be consistent as a team and as an offense. We feel like we didn’t necessarily do that today, I know the defense played another extraordinary game. But we just got to come out and that’s something we are looking forward to improving in practice this week. We know that the defense is going to play well every week, but us as an offense, we cannot keep putting it on the defense so we got to get out there and score points.”