Tigers still have a chance

CLEMSON - Landon Walker is of the belief that there are times when things just aren't quite as bad as they seem.

Case in point: the three-play stretch in Saturday's 14-13 win over N.C. State when Kyle Parker was sacked three times.

"Sometimes that kind of stuff happens," Walker said. "It doesn't really happen to us a lot. So when it happens, people notice it quite a bit."

The first two were allowed during a two-minute drill at the end of the first half--the third on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage after halftime.

"Anytime you're in two-minute drill--people up in the stands don't really understand how easy it is for them to get a sack when they know that 100 percent you're passing the ball," Walker said.

Clemson had given up just six sacks all season. Despite the spike to nine, the Tigers' average of one sack per game is tied for 15th in the nation.

This weekend's opponent, Florida State, is first in the nation with 4.22 sacks per game under first-year defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

"We'll see what we have to do Saturday," Walker said. "If we get in there and we can run the ball really well, we won't have to throw the ball a lot... we'll do what we have to do."

Keeping Parker upright on Saturday presents a tough challenge. The Seminoles have two of the ACC's best pass rushers. Sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins is second in the conference with 7.5 sacks. Senior defensive end Markus White is fifth with 4.5.

"They've got a bunch of good guys that can get after the quarterback," Walker said. "It's going to take a lot of focus and a lot of attention from everybody--the backs, us--everybody who's blocking. We're going to have to step up and secure the pocket for Kyle."

Florida State is third in the ACC against the run, giving up an average of 118.5 yards.

"I feel like this week will be a really big challenge for us to go into Tallahassee and have some good rushing yards, and hopefully win the game," Walker said.

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