The stats reveal the Tigers grinded out 400 yards of total offense, which is good. However, Kyle Parker threw two first-half interceptions, which is bad. The Tigers also failed to get anything going through most of the first quarter until Parker hooked up with Jacoby Ford on a 36-yard touchdown pass in double coverage. After emptying the bench at halftime the reserves were more efficient in every way, including Andre Ellington's 55-yard touchdown scamper as well as Willy Korn's two touchdown (one on the ground, one through the air) third quarter. Jaron Brown even got in the mix with the first touchdown of his career as well. Clearly the Tigers didn't bring their best game to the table Saturday, but they still scored 49 points. Not great considering the competition, but not bad either.
The only thing the defense didn't do Saturday was get the shut out, but even then it still held Coastal Carolina to 170 yards and provided a handful of huge collisions in the first half to set the tone early on. Overall, the Chanticleers completed just 5-of-17 passes, were only 4-of-17 on third down and really never mounted a serious scoring threat until late in the game. The only red flag was QB Jamie Childers ability to pick up yards on the ground once the pocket broke down, but other than that it was another solid outing by Kevin Steele's unit. Also, redshirt freshman safety Rashard Hall is now second on the team in interceptions with four after another strong performance and true freshman Corico Hawkins led the Tigers in tackles with eight, including 2.5 for loss. Simply put, it was a good game to get some much needed playing time to the second and third teams.
Willy Korn came off the bench to complete 5-of-6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Coastal Carolina. (Kevin Bray)
For the first time all year, special teams really weren't that big of a factor for the Tigers. There were no field goals attempted, Dawson Zimmerman punted just three times for a 38.3 yard average and Coastal Carolina kicked away from C.J. Spiller when he was in the game, even if it meant giving up good field position to do it.
It wasn't the most inspired performance yet Clemson still won by 46 points. The play calling on both sides of the ball was solid and the Tigers were able to build a big enough lead to empty the bench in the second half. To anyone suggesting it wasn't a good win, get over it. Clemson will every chance to prove itself for the 1,000th time this coming weekend against a suddenly hot Florida State team ... and then again the next week at N.C. State and finally the week after that against Virginia. A 46-point victory on Homecoming and rest for the starters in the second is exactly what the doctor ordered for this program entering November.
Again, it was the kind of game where nothing new was going to be revealed about the Clemson football team. The Tigers were more talented on both sides of the ball and needed a "breather" before heading back into conference play next weekend against Florida State, and that's exactly what they got Saturday. With FSU winning its last two games, some people are already suggesting Saturday's game could determine the Atlantic Division championship. While technically that's inaccurate, a win over the 'Noles combined with one more loss by Boston College would put the Tigers in a pretty good position.