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3rd down woes continue

Posted by cuorange on September 7, 2009

cuorange_exclusiveI went into some detail earlier in the summer about Clemson’s problems on third down last year and while one game does not a season make, you have to be concerned that the Tigers were 4-14 on third downs Saturday and two of the first downs were on scrambles by Kyle Parker.  Simple math tells me that means the Tigers were 2-12 on third when Parker didn’t run.  Against Middle Tennessee State.  Ouch.

Moreover the Tigers were a less than impressive 1 for 4 on third and 3 or less.  Rendrick Taylor was stopped twice on third and 1 (and once on 4th and one). 

The Tigers settled for 5 FG attempts and couldn’t get the ball in the end zone with a first and goal from the 8.

Year 3rd and 1-3 3rd and 4-6 3rd and 7-10 3rd and 11 or more
2008 60.71% 38.10% 20.69% 8.33%
2009 25.00% 0.00% 50.00% 40.00%

Middle Tennessee is not a pushover, but they are a Sun Belt Conference team and the Tigers will need to improve on these numbers if they are to have any chance to win on Thursday.

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One Response to “3rd down woes continue”

  1. […] that Clemson still has a lot to prove in this Thursday night spotlight game for the ACC. CUOrange takes a skeptical look at the Tigers’ performance on 3rd downs. The AJC provides a nice, succinct Clemson preview […]

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