When you end up on the wrong end of a 51-14 game there is always plenty of blame to go around. Clemson’s offense turned the ball over a season high four times, three of those were from senior quarterback Tajh Boyd. A Tigers offense that is designed to be high-speed and high scoring struggled to gain any traction against Florida State. Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris said a lot of things went wrong against the Seminoles and that it wasn’t fair to blame one person for the dud performance. He said there were a lot of players and coaches hurting emotionally after the performance, but vowed they would bounce back starting next week against Maryland.
Defensively the Tigers weren’t any better. The Seminoles hung half a hundred on them and they made it look easy while they did it. Brent Venables said everything about the game was bad, from the plan to the execution it was a bust. The Tigers defense entered the game with some confidence, but they figured out right away that Florida State is on a different level than the likes of Boston College, NC State and Wake Forest offensively. But like Morris, Venables vowed to rally the troops and get the Tigers defense back on track for Maryland.
Clemson will play at Maryland next Saturday. The Terps are terrible. They were blown out by Wake Forest Saturday and lost their two best receivers to broken legs. Clemson has opened as a 13 point favorite.