Enough already. Let’s give credit where credit is due. No more grading this Clemson offense on a curve. It’s time to give credit where credit is due:Clemson’s offense is really, really good. Furthermore they are really, really confident, and they really, really have it rolling.
There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of quality in some of the Tigers opponents this season, but the stats they are putting up offensively right now are eye popping. Against NC State they scored 62 points, and racked up 754 yards of total offense.
Tajh Boyd passed for 426 yards and ran for another 103. He threw five touchdowns and ran for another three. That’s 529 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns from just the quarterback.
Those are impressive numbers against air, much less a BCS team. Is NC State great? No, but their defense was good enough to slow down and beat Florida State.
Meanwhile, Andre Ellington ran for 130 of the Tigers 337 yards on the ground. Sammy Watkins caught 11 passes for 110 yards, Brandon Ford had five receptions for 101 yards and Nuk Hopkins caught two passes for 75 yards.
“What an incredible game,” Dabo Swinney said. “We made it harder that it had to be and we gave them a couple of sparks. It’s a good thing though because we haven’t faced a lot of adversity as of late. We missed a lot of opportunities early; turnovers were huge, but offensively for us to respond with so many records led to a great win. There were just a lot of things going on in the game.”
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney on the NC State win [7:10]
The win gives improves Clemson to 10-1 this season. If they can beat rival USC next week they will probably clinch a BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl. Swinney said his team definitely deserves the BCS bid if they reach 11 wins.