Stick to the basics

ATLANTA - Since arriving to Clemson in 2011, Chad Morris has been consistent with the message to his players.

"The thing that we have to do, we have to come out and play our game and do what we do," Morris said. "Anybody at this stage of the season, you better worry about yourself.

"I've been saying that all year long. It's more about the Clemson Tigers than it is the LSU Tigers. We've got to make sure and do what we do."

To do what they like to do, Tajh Boyd must limit his mistakes. In 26 games as the starting quarterback, Boyd has thrown 25 interceptions.

Clemson is 15-2 in games that he throws one or fewer interceptions. When he throws two or more, the Tigers are 4-4.

Like any offense, for Clemson's hurry-up, no-huddle attack to operate at max capacity, the quarterback must be on his game.
Against a stout defense like the one LSU will bring to the Georgia Dome on Monday night, all 11 pieces of the Tigers' offense will have to limit the mistakes.

"We're not going to try to reinvent plays and try to be somebody you're not, so we've got to do a good job, come out and execute, eliminate the three-and-outs, playing fast and play aggressive," Morris said.

There's little room for error.

"I think that's the biggest thing that we've seen, as we watch what they do, defensively. Very sound, well coached, play fast, play aggressive," Morris said. "I think, the biggest thing you see when you watch LSU's defense, you see a front four that's not just four guys. They're rotating guys.

"They're two-deep at every position up front. They do a really good job of getting their guys in and out." Top Stories