Where's the O?

RALEIGH, N.C. - The no huddle, hurry-up offense that Chad Morris brought to Clemson this past January was rather pedestrian on Saturday night.

In the 37-13 loss to N.C. State, Clemson was held to a measly 337 yards of total of offense -- its second lowest output of yardage this season.

For the first-time all year, the Tigers did not have a touchdown through the air. Their only trip to pay dirt came with less than two minutes in the game.

"It starts and ends with me, as an offensive coordinator," Morris said. "Right now, we're not playing with the confidence level we were playing with earlier in the year."

Tajh Boyd completed 21 of 34 for 238 yards and two interceptions.

Clemson's leading rusher, Andre Ellington, had only nine carries for 28 yards.

Turnovers continue to plague the Tigers.

"We turned the ball over four times. That's unacceptable, not when you do such a great job for the first eight games of the year," Morris said. "That's a lack of focus. It continues to be harped on -- believe me -- in practice."

When he arrived to Tigertown earlier this year, Morris promised to re-energize a Clemson offense that had was low on confidence. For three-quarters of the season, the Tigers oozed with swagger.

That's been lost.

"We've got to get back that confidence level, that swagger that we played with for eight games," Morris said. "We've got to be able to make plays. We've got to be able to hang on to the football.

"Turnovers. That's a critical part of this thing right now. If we protect the football, we don't put our defense in such a tough situation tonight early in the second quarter."

A healthy Sammy Watkins certainly would have helped.

"We're more than a one-man team. While he does give us the explosion...we've got guys that are busting their tail out there," Morris said. "It definitely hurt that we didn't have Sammy."

An injured Phillip Price hurt, too.

"Phillip has been one of our most consistent guys up front, has been all year long," Morris said. "Without having him out there tonight, his leadership alone was tough not to have him out there on the field."

Personnel shortages aside, Morris said there was more to the season's second loss.

"We're not executing at the level we executed three or four weeks ago. Period. We're not doing it.

"We've got to get back to that mental focus, that drive that we had, that hunger that we had back four and five weeks ago."

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