Clemson's 14 scoring drives this season have been an average of four plays each and have consumed an average of just 1:31 off the game clock. And that trend continued in Saturday's lopsided 58-21 victory against Presbyterian College.
Clemson's first three scoring drives against the Blue Hose consumed all of six total plays and 44 seconds.
"I hope we can keep on scoring quick," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "I'm never gonna complain about scoring."
It's nice to have such big-play and quick-strike potential, but the possibility looms that maybe the Tigers aren't affording themselves opportunities to develop rhythm and consistency on offense. Nine of Clemson's 14 scoring drives have required less than two minutes and their longest drive of the season consumed just 3:13.
"It's a good thing, but it might be a bad thing at the same time (to score quickly)," said backup quarterback Tajh Boyd.
"We've got to learn how to sustain drives. We'll experience more of that as the season goes on, but the first two games have been all about big plays."
Things could change over the next three games as the Tigers enter their toughest stretch of the season. Clemson travels to Auburn this Saturday, then hosts Miami before playing at North Carolina.
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Daniel Barnes -- Barnes, a former walk-on from Emory and Henry College who was recently awarded a scholarship, played like a man on a mission Saturday, rushing for 79 yards and scoring on an 11-yard pass reception. "For a lot of us, this was our first time and probably our last time scoring," said Barnes, a fourth-stringer. "But we were able to contribute to our win and there are no words for it."
KEEP AN EYE ON: TE Dwayne Allen -- Allen has only three catches on the season, but he's made the most of them, averaging 30 yards per reception. With the body of a tight end (he's 6-4, 255) and the speed and agility of a wide receiver, Allen should emerge as a key component in Clemson's offense, particularly with no receiver separating from the pack over the Tigers' first two games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The ability to step out of that tackle on the rushing touchdown definitely came from (strength) coach (Joey) Batson and his help in the weight room. I don't think I'm on the Tim Tebow level yet, but I think it might be coming." -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Tajh Boyd, on his 6-yard touchdown run Saturday.
LOOKING GOOD: Backfield depth apparently won't be an issue for the Tigers. One week after the "New Storm" duo of Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington combined for 224 yards, reserve backs Roderick "Hot Rod" McDowell and Daniel Barnes led the rushing attack with 86 and 79 yards, respectively. "I'm proud of those guys," coach Dabo Swinney said. "They both ran with a physical nature."
STILL NEEDS WORK: Senior receiver Xavier Dye was expected to emerge as the leader of a talented but youthful group of pass catchers. But Dye, a 6-foot-5 target who caught 14 balls last season, has yet to catch a pass in two games against inferior competition. If he doesn't assert himself soon, younger guys such as DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon Clear and Bryce McNeal may pass him by.
Tigers scoring quickly in 2010
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