Beasley provides spark, again

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Vic Beasley felt compelled to make a play. After all, somebody had to stop the bleeding.

There may not be a better man for the job on the Clemson defense. Beasley certainly feels as if he's a worthy candidate.

"I'm taking that upon myself now," Beasley said. "I feel like guys are looking at me to make a play, so I just took it upon my shoulders."

So, Beasley did what he's done so many times over the last two season, he sacked the quarterback.

Halfway through the third quarter with Clemson holding on to a 35-14 lead, Syracuse was into the Tigers' red zone after gashing runs by Terrel Hunt and Jerome Smith.

On thid-and-11 from the 18, Beasley sacked Hunt on the 25. Syracuse settled for a field goal attempt that was pushed wide left.

"I felt like they were trying to get that momentum back on to their side," Beasley said. "Me, making a play shifted the momentum back to our side. We just went on from there."

Beasley finished the night with five tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks, the first of which was on the Orange's previous possession. Before that, he'd been kept relatively quiet.

"It's a long game. Vic is one of those guys you've got to deal with for four quarters, not two quarters," Dabo Swinney said.

As Swinney noted, Beasley doesn't necessarily need to show up on the stat sheet to prove his worth.

"He impacts the game with his speed and ability to chase people down," Swinney said. "He made some nice tackles for us. [A] very smart football player [who] plays hard."

Brent Venables appreciated the spark.

"He was so close to a couple of others," Venables said. "He really turned it on there in the second half."

Beasley entered the game tied for third in the county sacks. With the two he recorded against Syracuse, his season total is now up to eight. Top Stories