Clemson took down ACC Atlantic rival Florida State Saturday, 31-14, to clinch its third straight division championship and sixth under head coach Dabo Swinney.
Below are a few of the numbers that came from Saturday’s game.
0.9: The Clemson defense was very tough on Saturday, especially on the ground. Florida State was held to a measly 0.9 yards per rush and 21 yards overall. They could not find any room to work on the ground as the Tiger’s defensive line was dominating the game.
1: Florida State has not had the year that anyone expected of them. With starting quarterback Deondre Francois out for the year, they have not been solid on the offensive side of the ball. Jacques Patrick’s three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the Seminoles’ first third-quarter touchdown of the year.
2: Freshman sensation Travis Etienne just keeps performing. He put together two touchdowns on the ground Saturday to go along with 97 yards. One of the touchdowns was a 28-yard run up the middle. Etienne’s breakaway speed has made him one of the most dangerous players on the field.
2.5: As mentioned earlier, the defensive line was an absolute force. There were a lot of strong defensive performances on the line, but Christian Wilkins shined the brightest today. He had a total of 2.5 tackles for loss Saturday in the win. He was fighting through the Seminoles offensive line with ease, giving FSU quarterback James Blackman a tough time in the pocket.
5: The defense yet again, was dominate. They had five sacks on FSU quarterback Jamal Blackman. They were up and down the field wreaking havoc on the young quarterback. The sacks were spread out manly among the defensive line and linebackers for the Tigers.
12: Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant did not have his best day, but he did do a good job distributing the ball. Bryant completed passes to twelve different receivers Saturday.
8 of 15: The Tigers were able to do a very solid job on third down, averaging over 50 percent.
35: Ray-Ray McCloud was very exciting in the punt return game Saturday. He looked smooth and shifty on the field as he averaged 15.7 yards a return. One of which he popped off for a nice 37 yards. His shiftiness in the return game this year has shown, as he has also improved drastically in catching the punt.
36:10 In football the team that controls the ball usually controls the game. That was the case on Saturday as well as the Tigers dominated possession with 36:10 total time with the ball. This was nearly 13 minutes more time with the ball than FSU and it showed in the score.
227: Per usual, Clemson was dangerously good on the ground. They put together a whopping 227 yards running the ball, finding constant success as they averaged 4.4 yards a rush. The Tigers had three people rush for over 40 yards, being led by Travis Etienne with 97 and Kelly Bryant with 60.