GRADES: Tigers Top Furman

CLEMSON – Following every game, each phase of the Clemson football team will be given a letter grade. Here are this week's grades following the 20th-ranked Tigers' 38-10 victory over Furman Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

OFFENSE: C+ Thank goodness for quarterback Cullen Harper. Without another superb performance, this grade would be way down. The offensive line had another difficult game in blocking and preventing pressure getting on Harper and the running backs didn't do much to make anyone take notice other than struggle. Once again, other than Harper and the play of the receivers, it wasn't very good.

DEFENSE: C- Five turnovers helps ease the fact that Furman was 8-of-18 on third down conversions and rolled up 384 yards of total offense. The Paladins did a good job of moving the ball all game. In fact, their quarterbacks started the game 20-of-22 passing. There wasn't much pressure put on the quarterbacks when they dropped back for long passes and the defense had a hard time stopping the run with any sort of consistency.

SPEICAL TEAMS: D Once again, Clemson had trouble recovering onside kicks. This week, Furman recovered two of them. That makes four recovered onside kicks over the last two games, however the two last week were nullified due to questionable offside penalties. Furman also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back due to a block in the back.

COACHING: C The offensive staff did a good job in calling the right plays to find holes in the Furman zone, but just once it'd be good to hear head coach Tommy Bowden truly sing the praises of Harper. Obviously the onside kicking situation was a problem again despite having worked on it the last two practices and many defenders said Furman ran schemes they hadn't practice against or prepared for.

OVERALL: C This was about as average a performance against a team that had no business trailing by only 14 points at halftime. Clemson definitely needs to step up its play over the next three weeks to keep it national ranking and chances for a division and ACC title alive. Top Stories