The Clemson football players were understandably upset following Saturday’s 30-21 home loss against 16th ranked Miami. The Tigers committed a season high six turnovers and had numerous missed assignments and squandered opportunities against the Hurricanes.
Kyle Parker had arguably the worst game of his Tiger career. Parker had four turnovers, three on interceptions and one on a lost fumble. He finished the game 14-33 for 149 yards and no touchdowns.
Parker said his performance was not because of the lingering effects of a rib injury in the Auburn game two weeks ago.
Parker didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers either. Nuke Hopkins (three receptions) and Jaron Brown (one reception) were the only two receivers to catch a pass. Running backs Jamie Harper, Andre Ellington and tight end Dwayne Allen caught the rest of the passes.
Ellington had the highlight of the day for the offense when he broke off a 71 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. That score tied the game at seven. Ellington finished the game with 107 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Ellington’s lowlight came on a forth and one play on the Miami 20 yard line with 8:24 left in the fourth quarter. He was stopped for no gain, ending the drive and Clemson’s last chance to take the lead.
Defensively the Tigers had some missed assignments that led to a couple of easy Miami scores. Canes quarterback Jacory Harris played a rather erratic game, but he still managed to throw four first half touchdowns.
The Tiger defense did settle down in the second half and only allowed three points after the break. The Hurricanes finished with 376 yards of total offense.