Room for improvement

Despite 43 points and 468 yards of offense in a season-opening victory, offensive coordinator Chad Morris is expecting even more production out of the Tigers.

Last week's strong numbers, which represented the first time Clemson had reached both those levels against an FBS opponent since 2007, were lost on Morris, who said he was "ticked off" when he walked off the field.

"I thought we could've had more," Morris said. "I'm proud we won -- heck, I love it. But that's not our standard, and we're not going to accept the way we played."

Indeed, the Tigers' offense was abysmal in the first half -- 0-for-8 on third downs and 121 total yards -- and Morris is anticipating a much stronger start against the Terriers, an in-state FCS opponent that advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

"We were physical on some occasions up front, on other occasions we weren't," Morris said. "But we're going to run the football."

So will Wofford. The Terriers led the FCS in rushing last year at nearly 300 yards per game, and their option-heavy offense, which Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said is "40 percent Georgia Tech, 30 percent Auburn and 30 percent South Carolina," requires great discipline to defend effectively.

"They play with a ton of energy, they play smart and they're a fundamentally sound team," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "They give you a lot of different looks with their option plays, so we've got to be ready. If you don't take care of your responsibility, you'll give up a big play."

The Terriers represent the Tigers' lone FCS opponent this season, but at least they picked a challenging one -- Wofford has been an FCS power in recent years and is coming off a 10-3 season. The Terriers also provide a unique challenge with a run-heavy option offense that is spiced by occasional yet efficient passing, as the team averaged more than 19 yards per reception last season.

THURSDAY NOTES: Mike Bellamy (139) and Sammy Watkins, the Tigers' freshman duo from Florida, combined for 237 all-purpose yards in the Tigers' opener. That total was 17 yards ahead of what the former Florida tandem of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford amassed in their first game in 2006. Spiller and Ford rank as the No. 1 all-purpose duo, not only in Clemson history, but in NCAA history as well.

Mike Bellamy (139) and Sammy Watkins combined for 237 all-purpose yards in the Tigers' opener. That total was 17 yards ahead of what the former Florida tandem of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford amassed in their first game in 2006. (Roy Phipott)
* When Clemson defeated Wofford 45-10 during its national championship season of 1981, Wofford coach Mike Ayers was an assistant for the Terriers. Wofford led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter of that game and finished with 293 yards of offense, including 201 yards rushing. Only Nebraska had more rushing yards against the Tigers that year.

* Clemson is a perfect 24-0 all-time against FCS teams (formerly Division I-AA) since the NCAA formed the division in 1978. The Tigers have won all 24 games by double digits.

SERIES HISTORY: Clemson leads 10-3 (last meeting, 2001, 38-14 Clemson)

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Tigers are counting on a more efficient start against Wofford, which should have difficulty trying to match Clemson's speed, both in the backfield and at receiver. Clemson's veteran offensive line, which has four starters back from last year's team and averages more than 305 pounds per man, also will present a formidable challenge for the smaller Terriers. Look for the Tigers to establish their running game early, so it could be a big day for junior Andre Ellington as well as freshman sensation Mike Bellamy.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Wofford will be a unique test for the Tigers with its option-oriented offense that relies on catching defenders out of position. Clemson's defense is youthful, which gives defensive coordinator Kevin Steele cause for concern, but he loves his unit's talent. "We've got guys who are very focused, we've just got to get the game experience to them as quick as we can," Steele said. Young LBs Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward both made impressive debuts and may see more action this week while the secondary must compensate for the loss of S Rashard Hall, who is expected to miss a week with a minor knee injury.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Clemson must contain Wofford RB Eric Breitenstein, the Southern Conference's preseason Player of the Year. Breitenstein, a burly back who seldom fumbles, scored 22 touchdowns last year and got his 2011 season off to a good start last week with a 107-yard, one-TD performance in the Terriers' win over Presbyterian. Clemson's defensive backs can't become so enamored with stopping the run that they completely forget about Wofford receivers, who have shown big-play capabilities.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Andre Ellington -- Ellington showed he's fully recovered from last season's foot injury by rushing for 89 yards on 18 attempts in the Tigers' opener. Now he'd like to step it up a notch against Wofford, particularly since he'll be operating behind a veteran line with a distinct size advantage.

TE Dwayne Allen -- Allen could have a big day against Wofford, which will be intent on shutting down the Tigers' plethora of speedy receivers. This should allow big gaps in which Allen can operate, and the junior has shown a knack for finding open spaces. He had a 54-yard touchdown catch-and-run last week and will be looking for more this week. He's also deceptively quick -- a veritable receiver in a tight end's body.

LB Stephone Anthony -- He's just a freshman, but coaches already are raving about his maturity and intelligence. Anthony recorded his first sack and showed a knack for coverage as well in the Tigers' opener. He should see even more than 22 snaps this week. "He's special," coach Dabo Swinney said. "He's got the whole package." Top Stories