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Tigers improve on third downs

Posted by cuorange on November 11, 2009

Three for three on third and short and 1 for 2 on 3rd and 4-6. Too many 3rd and 11+ chances (6, though one came as part of three consecutive kneel down plays).

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 61.76% 35.29% 30.95% 19.23%
2009 21/34 12/34 13/42 5/26

The interesting thing is that on the first 12 third downs Clemson threw the ball no matter the distance needed or where they were on the field. Add to that that the final 3rd down was a kneel down play mentioned above, and on 12 of 13 third downs (when the game was in doubt) Clemson threw the ball. On third and one and third and third and 3 Clemson threw the ball. To me this says a lot about how Clemson coaches feel about their ability to get a push from the offensive line on short yardage running plays.

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