When you play defense at Clemson these days, it’s sometimes hard to get noticed. The offense draws most of the oohs and aahs with it’s array of big play makers producing eye popping numbers. But as Saturday’s game against Boston College progressed, it became evident The Tigers would need a big defensive effort to win.
The defense delivered holding the nation’s leading rusher Andre Williams to 70 yards and the rest of the Eagles’ offense to just 216 yards. And 107 of those yards came on BC’s two scoring plays.
Outside of that, the Tiger defense was dang near perfect. The Tigers forced two more turnovers and came up with five more sacks. Defensive end Vic Beasley, who was named the player of the game, recorded his 9th sack of the season. And, with the help of a fumble inducing sack by Tony Steward of quarterback Chase Rettig, Beasley scooped and scored on the fumble recovery.
With the Tigers loading the box to stop the run, safety Robert Smith tied linebacker Spencer Shuey for most tackles with 9. And linebacker Stephone Anthony had another impressive game with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Tigers entered the game 5th in the country in third down conversion defense and they may go up after holding Boston College to 3 of 15 in that category. They also will move up frmo 35th nationally in total defense. They were giving up 356.6 yards per game going in and bettered that by 70 yards.