Sunday Clemson Football Notes

Tommy Bowden talks with the media Sunday afternoon about a variety of topics.

IMPRESSIONS ON THE GAME: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Sunday after watching film of Saturday's win over Louisiana-Monroe he was not pleased with his defense.

The stats seem to prove his point.

Clemson gave up 26 points and also allowed two running backs to go over 100 yards rushing.

"We didn't play very well defensively with our assignments," Bowden said. "It looks like we didn't play with a lot of intensity and we had some missed assignments."

He also refused to blame his team's performance on the fact that it played just five days earlier against Florida State.

"Not really," he said. "If that would have been a higher ranked team with better skilled athletes ... I'm not going to use excuses. We weren't that tired. I made sure of that."

LOOKING AHEAD: Clemson's next opponent, Football Subdivision Power Furman, fell to 1-1 on the season after losing on the road to Hofstra, 32-17. The Paladins beat Presbyterian 40-16 to open the 2007 season.

Furman was ranked in the top 10 of both major polls this week before the loss.

Bowden said Sunday he's not too familiar with the Paladins' style of play but he knows they are well-coached.

"I went up and watched their spring game two years ago to kind of kill some time on a Saturday," he said. "They win a lot of games because of their coach. You know pretty much what you are going to face from a mental standpoint. Most of their guys would like to be here, there's no way around of trying to say that."

Clemson has not faced Furman since beating the Paladins 28-17 in 2003.

NO INJURIES: One of the biggest stories to emerge from Saturday's win was the fact there were no new injuries to report.

This time a year ago, Clemson had already lost starting MIKE linebacker Anthony Waters and starting SAM linebacker Tramaine Billie for the season. Also, starting safety Mike Hamlin was lost for three games after the week two loss at Boston College.

QUICK HITS: Clemson moved to No. 20 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Poll after being ranked 26th last week (coaches) and 25th (AP).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We are 2-0. I have to be careful myself not to get too discouraged after watching tape. They run a complicated offense and we did have a short week. Their running back has been a pretty productive runner. So you don't want to get discouraged." -- Tommy Bowden on Louisiana-Monroe having success rushing the football. Top Stories