Given the LOS situation, I doubt it would have made any noticeable difference

Author: ndunabomber (2446 Posts - Original UHND Member)
Posted at 12:18 pm on Jan 2, 2019

Clemson controlled the line of scrimmage against us, without having to commit anyone to the blitz. There were even times that 2 or 3 of their linemen would drop back in coverage, and they'd still get significant pressure.

It wouldn't have mattered if Tommie Frazier were in the backfield. They were getting pressure, sealing off the running lanes, and would have stopped Wimbush in his tracks.

There are three factors here:

1) Coach Venables called a damn fine game against us.
2) No question, Clemson's front seven have the superior talent and development. Having two sophomores on our offensive line, with one of them being hobbled, probably didn't help us, either.
3) Clemson's defensive line was playing razor sharp, while our offensive line was in a daze.

At this point? All we can do is simply tip the cap to Clemson for being the superior team, and focus on fixing what was a weak point all of this year for us (the offensive line).

There are 4 starters returning, and with another year of S&C, along with experience under their belts, there should be significant improvement.

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