Offense Up Almost 100 Yards Per Game

Clemson has made a strong improvement in terms of offense this year.

The Tigers have gone from 295.6 yards per game in 2004 to 394.3 yards per game so far in 2005. That is an improvement of 98.7 yards per game over last season, the eighth best total offense improvement in the nation, and the top improvement in the ACC . It might surprise some that Southern Cal is the most improved team in the nation in terms of total offense so far this year. The Trojans were obviously good in 2004 with a 449.1 average, but they have trumped that with an average of 593.6 yards per game so far this year.

Clemson has improved by 64 places in the national rankings in total offense over last year. Clemson is currently 46th after ranking 110th at the end of the 2004 season. A check to Clemson history shows that a 98.7- yard improvement would be the second biggest gain from one year to another on record. Clemson improved by 107.3 yards per game from 1994 to 1995 under offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. Like Rob Spence, Christensen was in his first year at Clemson in 1995. He is now a quarterbacks coach in the NFL. Christensen and Spence coached together at Maryland in 1992 and 1993.

A look to the ACC stats for this year shows that Clemson is second in the league in total offense at 394.3 yards per game, fourth in rushing at 157.3 yards per game, and fourth in passing at 237.0 yards per game. The Tigers are the only ACC team to rank in the top four in the conference in rushing offense and passing offense. Passing efficiency has also made a dramatic improvement this year under offensive coordinator Rob Spence. Clemson has a 135.8 team efficiency rating so far this year, second best in the ACC. Clemson's team efficiency last year was just 96.0.

Most Improved Teams in Total Offense
Rk School 2004 2005 Improvement
1.  Southern Cal     449.1 593.6 +144.5
2.  Notre Dame       345.1 474.0 +128.5
3.  Penn State       310.7 437.4 +126.7
4.  Washington State 368.6 491.1 +122.5
5.  Central Florida  280.0 401.2 +121.2
6.  New Mexico       298.0 410.8 +112.8
7.  Iowa             312.7 419.6 +106.9
8.  Clemson          295.6 394.3 +98.7
9.  Northwestern     409.5 508.1 +98.6
10. Maryland         298.0 383.9 +85.9

Most Improved Total Offense Teams in Clemson History
Rk First Year (Figure) Second year (Figure) Improvement
1. 1994 (272.4) 1995 (379.7) +107.3
2. 2004 (295.6) 2005 (394.3) +98.7
3. 1972 (266.2) 1973 (364.5) +98.3
4. 1998 (304.9) 1999 (402.6) +97.7
5. 1977 (339.6) 1978 (427.8) +88.2
6. 1956 (251.2) 1957 (327.7) +76.5
7. 1949 (312.4) 1950 (388.1) +75.7
8. 1940 (265.7) 1941 (330.8) +65.1

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