Clemson’s offense put up some shiny, big numbers in Saturday’s win at Maryland. The Tigers totaled 551 yards on 98 plays, an average of 5.6 yards per play. And there was excellent balance with 304 yards thru the air and 247 on the ground.
Individually, three Tigers had days to remember. Quarterback Tajh Boyd moved into second place all time in passing in the ACC going over the 10,000 yard mark in the process. Receiver Sammy Watkins had a Clemson record 14 catches for 163 yards. And running back Rod McDowell carried a career high 30 times for a career high 161 yards.
Yet, there was not complete satisfaction afterwards because of issues inside the red zone. The Tigers were 0-4 on third down conversions inside the red zone (8 of 13 everywhere else) and that forced them to kick four field goals. That also allowed Maryland to stay in the game into the fourth quarter. Clemson only led 19-13 after three quarters. Oh, and there were the three turnovers to boot.
So while on the surface it appeared all was well with the Clemson offense Saturday, there are still issues for Chad Morris and company to address.
The Tigers are 18th in the country in total offense at 495.5 yards per game and 24th in scoring at 37.4 points per game. They play at Virginia Saturday afternoon and are 17 points favorites.