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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.


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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