Sep 15, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts during the second quarter of the game against the Furman Paladins at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
We continue to track Clemson's statistical performance relative to our expectations, now with the Furman game. On offense our expectation was to be inside the Top 25 nationally, with the goal of being between 10-20th in total offense and scoring. The yardage goals are based on what it took to finish inside those rankings in 2011.
|Category||2012 Top 25 Goal||2012 Top 15 Goal||Furman||2012 Season|
|3rd downs||45.83%||47%||4/13 - 31%||50|
|Red Zone TD%||100%||-|
The Tigers continue to excel statistically in the passing game and total offensive numbers, but the lack of interior rushing this week, partly due to 3 starters being out up front, shows in the rushing yards. It also shows in the 3rd down conversion percentage, because we weren't getting enough yards on 1st & 2nd down runs to make the 3rd downs short. Clemson finished with 7.3 per play.
The offense was balanced, with 34 passes and 34 rushes, but the overall tempo was not good enough and we did not meet the goal of 85 plays against a 1-AA opponent. Currently, even though we're meeting most of the goals in these categories, we're just inside the Top 25-30 in the individual categories. Clemson's total offense is ranked 21st.
|Category||2012 Top 40||2012 Top 20||Furman||2012|
|Other Categories||2012 Goal|
|3rd & short||40% stop||
|3rd & long||70%||
|Plays over 25+||0||