By Lee Lance.
Turnovers, Big Quarter Doom Tigers
Turnovers kill a football teams chances to win. That is what we have always been told and taught. Today, it was proven to be factual, as the Tigers shot themselves in the foot on six different occasions against the 16th ranked Hurricanes and lost their homecoming game, 30-to-21.
It’s not very often that a team takes the ball away from their opponent four times during a game, yet still loses the turnover battle, especially by two, but that is exactly what happened to the Tigers today.
As if the turnovers weren’t enough, once again the defense, much like the Auburn game, seemed to take off a full quarter of play, today it was the second.
After trading touchdowns with Miami in the first quarter, the Tiger defense gave up three touchdowns and 219 yards in the second quarter alone. Clemson helped the Hurricane’s cause in the second by also committing three of those six turnovers in the quarter.
Before the day was all said and done, the Tigers, who came into the game leading the league with just two turnovers, gave up six total including three fumbles and three interceptions thrown.
After one full half played, the Tigers really seemed fortunate to only trail by 13 points,27-14 and would get the ball first in the second, giving them a chance to get within one touchdown early.
Eventually they would, but it wasn’t early in the third.
With two minutes left in the third quarter, things finally started to look positive for the Tigers. After holding Miami scoreless for the quarter, Andre Ellington ran it in from three yards out, giving the Tigers life and brining the deficit to within a touchdown, 27-21.
Despite numerous opportunities, the Tigers could never manage to get the lead back, and didn’t even score again in the game. Three fourth quarter drives by the Tigers ended the way most of their opportunities in the second quarter did, with turnovers.
All total, the Hurricanes dinged the Tiger’s defense for 376 yards, 205 in the air and 171 on the ground.
The Tiger offense started slow and other than two drives, never really seemed to click all day long. Kyle Parker finished just 14-for-33 for 149 yards. The Tigers did manage to roll up 162 yards on the ground, including 107 by Andre Ellington.
Much more coverage coming up here on The Clemson Insider, including interviews with players and Coach Swinney’s post game press conference.