This would have been a little higher had the offense not gone three-and-out four straight possessions in the second half, which allowed the Seminoles to gain momentum and battle back to tie it in the fourth quarter. Even though the stats may not show it, quarterback Will Proctor played his best game of the season. His deep throws were on the money and his decision making was good. , which meant the receivers didn't have to slow down or stop. The running game struggled for the majority of the game, which was surprising considering the Seminoles didn't have their best defensive tackles due to injury.
Defensive coordinator's rag-tag group on defense shined nearly the entire game. The Seminoles only had 208 yards of total offense and 10 offensive points. The defensive line pressured quarterback Drew Weatherford much of the game, which is a big turnaround from the first two games. The defense also provided the big stop on 3-and-1 when Florida State had all the momentum. The defense also caused two fumbles.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F
For the second straight week, the special teams nearly cost Clemson a win. Placekicker Jad Dean had two kicks blocked that were returned for points. He has missed an extra point in three straight games and at one point had had three straight kicks blocked dating back to last week. To this point, the Tigers may have the worst collection of special teams in the country.
This is right in the middle because there were good moves and bad ones. The decision not to kick an extra point and go for two with an 11-point lead could have cost the Tigers the game. Also, it's obvious there was no resolving of the problem that caused Dean's blocked extra point last week. However, offensive coordinator Rob Spence's decision to quick-snap against the Seminoles caught them off guard and produced James Davis's long run in the final seconds. Also, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the rest of the defensive coaching staff did a great job of getting the young and inexperienced players ready to perform.
Many may think getting a win in Tallahassee for the first time in 17 years deserves a higher grade, but taking everything into consideration, this is where grade should be. There were some positives and negatives. The Tigers should be thrilled with their win, but it wasn't perfect. The question is whether or not the Tigers will follow past seasons under Bowden and lay an egg after a massive win. But considering the Tigers are playing in the worst BCS conference in the country, that's not likely to happen.
Grades: Clemson vs. FSU
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