The Clemson offense continues to hum along at a high rate. The Tigers needed to do do only the minimum in defeated Maryland Saturday. Despite the fact Maryland was ranked high nationally in defensive statistics, the Tigers stayed with their basic plan with very little fancy stuff. What they did, they did well according to offensive coordinator Chad Morris who was pleased with the precision of his offensive unit, except for two fumbles by quarterback Tajh Boyd.
“That’s an area that will get your tail beat. We’ve got to do a better job taking care of the football, especially in the red zone when we’ve got an opportunity to go in and score. Excited about the win but absolutely we’ve got to get that cleared up. I thought we executed well at times. We’ve got to improve on the turnovers. You’re talking about a top ten defense in the country and I thought we did really well.”
Boyd was very efficient thru the air and continued his touchdown onslaught with three quick ones to three different receivers as the Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 lead.
“There is always more room for improvement. I know we keep saying that every week, but it just drives you to go out there and score every drive possible. I don’t believe that there are too many people that stop us. As you can see…we stop ourselves sometime. There is more of a concentration on it. Heading to the week, of practice, coaches don’t let us get complacent. Not even to a point. We have to keep building and keep working.”
AUDIO: Boyd says offense can play better [1:40]
Sammy Watkins was kept out of the end zone. In fact, he didn’t play in the second half after reaggravating a bruise on his lower leg. He did finish with four catches.
“It’s just a bruised ankle. I’m pretty sure I could have gone back in and played.” As for the ease with which the offensive is scoring, Watkins said he’s not surprised. “It stars with the offensive line. They are the union. And Tajh played a great game. We’re not even at our best right now. We just keep getting better every game.”
AUDIO: Watkins says he could have played in second half [3:50]
The Tigers will close out their ACC scheduled at home this Saturday against NC State. Kickoff will be at 3:30 PM on ABC/ESPN2.