September 1, 2015

USC inches back into BCS Top 10

With it’s win at Tennessee Saturday night and a 7-1 record, USC has moved back into the BCS Top 10.  The Gamecocks dropped from the top ten after their September loss at home to Auburn.  They are now ranked 9th, just ahead of #10 Nebraska.  The Gamecocks and Cornhuskers were the biggest movers forward this week, each improving four spots from last week.

Clemson, with its loss to Georgia Tech, suffered the biggest drop among the top teams falling six places to 11th. 

LSU and Alabama are ranked 1-2 heading into their showdown this weekend in Tuscaloosa.  Oklahoma State is sitting in the #3 spot poised to move up ahead of the loser of the SEC battle. 

Stanford was the major benefactor from Clemson’s loss to Georgia Tech.  The Cardinal went from sixth to fourth jumping over Boise State in the process.  Boise is now 5th. 

BCS Standings

USC back in the top ten, Clemson drops after loss

USC jumped back into the top ten in both national polls this week following its win over Tennessee Saturday night.  The Gamecocks moved up four spots in both the AP and the Coaches Top 25 to #10. 

Clemson fell five spots in the AP ranking to 11th and 6th positions in the Coaches poll to 12th following its loss last night at Georgia Tech.

In both polls, LSU is ranked #1 and Alabama is ranked #2.  They meet this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.  The AP ranks Oklahoma State third while the coaches have Stanford third. 

The BCS ranking for this week will be released tonight.

Steve Spurrier Sunday conference call (AUDIO)

USC coach Steve Spurrier spoke with members of the media Sunday afternoon via a conference call to review Saturday night’s win at Tennessee and to preview this Saturday night’s game at Arkansas. 

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier

Tigers lose game, but not hope (AUDIO)

Sammy Watkins continued his sensational season in the loss to Georgia Tech

It’s been a long time since members of the Clemson football team have had to explain away a defeat.  Prior to Saturday night’s loss at Georgia Tech, the Tigers had not been on the losing side since that forgettable bowl game in Charlotte against South Florida.

So in the aftermath of the disapointing loss in Atlanta, the Tigers took on the defeat head on.  Something their defense couldn’t do with Tech’s offense.  The number’s Paul Johnson’s group put up on the Clemson defense were staggering…383 rushing yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 39 minutes of ball possession including 13:03 of the fourth quarter. 

When Clemson needed to stop Tech the most, down by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Tigers could not.  The Yellow Jackets sliced and diced Kevin Steele’s defense for a 16 play, nine minute march, all on the ground, that effectively eliminated any chance of a Tiger rally.

AUDIO: Kevin Steele

The Clemson offense was also not up to par.  The Tigers managed 399 yards with 304 of that coming thru the air.  Without Andre Ellington at tailback, Clemson turned to DJ Howard and Mike Bellamy.  They combined for 89 yards and two turnovers. 

Quarterback Tajh Boyd was 23-40 for 295 yards but had two interceptions.  One was particularly costly as it came in the end zone after the Tigers had picked off a Tech pass deep in its territory.  That was one of the few times Boyd and Sammy Watkins did not connect.  Watkins had another monster night with 10 catches for 159 yards and 1 touchdown, a 48 yard catch and dash  to the end zone. 

AUDIO: Chad Morris

AUDIO: Tajh Boyd

AUDIO: Dwayne Allen

The Tigers will have two weeks to forget about this loss and get ready for their next game.  And it’s a big one.  It will be Senior Day in Death Valley with Wake Forest the opponent.  A Clemson win and the Tigers will be going  back to the ACC Championship Game for the second time in three seasons.

Clemson’s perfect season ends in Atlanta (AUDIO)

Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense could not run away from Georgia Tech's defense

Clemson’s hopes for  a perfect season and a spot in the BCS Championship Game were wrecked by a Georgia Tech team that revived its own season.  Tech literally ran the Tigers into the ground with a punishing 31-17  victory at Bobby Dodd Stadium. 

The Yellow Jackets rushed for 383 yards,  by far the most allowed by Clemson’s defense this season, in breaking a two game losing streak.  The win keeps alive Tech’s hopes of winning the ACC’s Coastal Division.  Clemson can still win the Atlantic Division title in two weeks with a victory at home against Wake Forest. 

Tech’s offensive dominance was never more evident than in the fourth quarter.  Clemson trailed by two touchdowns and needed a quick stop for a chance to get back into the game.  But Tech ran off 16 plays, all on the ground, and ate up over nine minutes off the clock leaving Clemson no time for a dramatic rally.

The Tigers fall to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.  The Tigers have lost their last four games in  Atlanta.  Tech improves to 7-2 and 4-2 and will face Virginia Tech November 10th at home in the game that will likely determine the division champion.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney

Final Stats

1st Quarter Recap

2nd Quarter Recap

3rd Quarter Recap

4th Quarter Recap

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