By Will Vandervort.
By Will Vandervort
Other than the third quarter when the offense struggled to move the football with any regularity, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was pleased to the see the improvement of his offense in Saturday’s 49-14 victory over Syracuse.
“We did not know what a football looked like for a few series in the third quarter,” Morris said Monday during his weekly press conference. “A lot of that was credit to (Syracuse). They decided they were going to load it up and bring everybody, which we knew that was probably going to happen.”
Though the Orange brought the house at times, Clemson, who will host Boston College this Saturday in Death Valley, still amassed 624 total yards, including a school record 466 passing yards. The running game averaged 3.5 yards per carry though that could have been higher if it was not for the four times Tajh Boyd was sacked.
“We are better,” Morris said. “We are better than we were a week ago, and that is always a plus to see. We need to be better this week than we did last week.”
Boston College (3-2, 1-1 ACC) might make that a little more challenging for the Tigers. The Eagles are a much improved football team under new head coach Steve Addazio.
“They don’t have to look too far, about two or three clips into their video and they will realize this is a good football team we are about to play,” Morris said. “They have a brand new coach and they are getting better every week.
“They are physical and they are going to bring a lot of pressure, much like Syracuse did. We have to be ready and sound in how we protect. We have to be able to execute our system. They are going to come in here and we are going to get their absolute best.”
Morris would like to see a repeat performance from his quarterback and another quick start by his offense this Saturday. The Tigers had 439 yards by halftime against Syracuse, with Boyd leading the way with 363 yards and four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes.
Boyd finished with a school-record 455 passing yards and tied his own record for touchdowns thrown in a single game with five.
“We did a lot of things good. We executed well early,” Morris said. “We did a lot of good things, but there were some things in that third quarter that we could have done a lot better.
“Tajh did a really good job of (seeing the blitzes). We knew we would have to take some shots and we would need to hit on them and they needed to stick. We did that.”
Morris said the failure to execute in the third quarter was more his fault than anyone else’s The Tigers (5-0, 3-0) failed to pick up a first down and had two total yards on their first three possessions of the quarter. Then, with 40 seconds left, Boyd found wide receiver Sammy Watkins for a 91-yard touchdown pass – the second longest play in Clemson history.
“I thought in the third quarter we would come out and try to run the football a little bit,” he said. “But, if I had to do it over, I would come out and throw the ball every play early on in that third quarter.”
Anthony to stay at right tackle. Morris said Gif Timothy is slowly getting back in action at right tackle and saw some snaps there on Saturday, but he admitted it is going to be hard for him to get his starting position back at right tackle.
“There is good competition right there,” Morris said.
Morris also said Kalon Davis, the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, will also be hard pressed to lose his job to David Beasley at left guard, though Beasley is expected to play a lot in the Boston College game as well.