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Overnight Sensation: Clemson Defense

October 5, 2022

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After a slow start at the beginning of the season, Clemson’s defense has demonstrated a major improvement that landed them yet another win this weekend against North Carolina State.

Even without the star defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, who did not play due to a non-football medical condition, his teammates were able to carry the team throughout all four quarters.

 The Tigers stopped NC State behind the line of scrimmage seven times, holding the Wolfpack to 1.6 yards per rush and 5 of 14 on third-down conversions. Defensive lineman Myles Murphy had 1.5 sacks, Tyler Davis had 1.5 tackles for loss, and K.J. Henry had a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

These impressive stats can be credited to a wake-up call for the Tigers after the Wake Forest game last weekend, according to Myles Murphy.

“I think it was kind of a good and a bad thing,” the Tigers’ defensive lineman said. “The defense kind of needed a game like that to know what it feels like not to have a good game and know what it feels like to prevent that from happening.”

The win against the Wolfpack pushes Clemson to 3-0 in the ACC, with two of those wins coming over ranked division opponents. Clemson also extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 11 games, and recorded their 37th consecutive home win, tying the longest home winning streak in ACC history. 

Clemson hits the road again this weekend as they travel to Boston College to play the Eagles in Alumni Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Will the defense continue to improve? Stay tuned to to find out!

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