"I went black and I went down," he said after Saturday's 14-13 win over N.C. State in Death Valley.
Steele's defense has been lights out lately. Since the 31-7 win over
Maryland, Clemson has allowed just four touchdowns--exactly one in each of
the last four games.
"What they've done is they've started a consistency over the last four or
five games in a row now where they've just being relentless in trying to
keep them out of the end zone," he said.
Of the five red zone trips by the Wolfpack on Saturday, only one resulted
in a touchdown. Two others ended with field goals. The missed scoring
opportunities were a blocked field goal by Jarvis Jenkins and McDaniel's
interception--both of which occurred in the second quarter.
"Once I got over there, I saw him laying down," McDaniel said of Steele's
black out. "I don't know what caused it. I don't know what happened. I
didn't get to see it. He got up and finished the game with us. It made us
McDaniel's interception tied him for 16th in the country. He is also now tied
for second in Clemson history with Fred Knoebel in career
Terry Kinard owns the all-time Clemson record with 17.
"He was happy for me. I was happy he put me in that position. We were
happy together," McDaniel said.
Da'Quan Bowers continues to push his name through the Clemson record
books, too. The nation's leader in sacks recorded two on Saturday.
He is now tied for second place in Clemson history for sacks in a season
with Gaines Adams, who recorded 12.5 in 2006.
Clemson (5-4, 3-3 ACC) will head to Florida State (6-3, 4-2 ACC) on
Saturday for an 8 p.m. tilt at Doak Campbell Stadium.
A win would keep the Tigers' push for a second-straight ACC Atlantic
Division title alive.
"This is going to create a lot of momentum for us. we have to keep up the
intensity on the defensive side of the ball, and the offense is going to
get it together," Bowers said. "We're going to take it down to Tallahassee
and try to get the victory."
Clemson defense becoming dominant
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