After losing to Texas A&M
last weekend (45-14) the Bulldogs are on the road again to take on Tommy Bowden
and the Clemson Tigers at
Tech has played Clemson twice prior to Saturday’s
upcoming game. The first time they saw action was at the Humanitarian Bowl in
2001. Clemson defeated Tech 49-24, ending a five bowl-game losing streak, then
in 2002 at Memorial Stadium (33-13).
Clemson (3-1) has had a winning season overall, defeating
Florida Atlantic, Florida State and North Carolina. Their one loss went to ACC
rival Boston College by one point (34-33).
The Tiger’s currently lead the ACC conference in points
per game with 41.5 and rushing yards of 202.5. They are also in second standing
for passing yards at 222.5 per game. Senior quarterback Will Proctor has thrown
for 837 yards so far this season for six touchdowns and an efficiency rating of
Proctor, leading Clemson’s passing game, has also
recorded two interceptions and three sacks this season.
The Bulldog’s counter attack will be junior quarterback, Zac Champion, who so far has thrown for 663 yards and four
Sophomore running back, James Davis, with a rushing
attack of 369 yards for nine touchdowns leads Clemson’s back field triple
threat along with senior running back Reggie Merriweather
and freshman C.J. Spiller.
Their offense, ranked No. 19 in the nation, picks up 425
yards per game.
The Bulldog’s half back duo, sophomore Patrick Jackson
and junior Freddie Franklin, have a combined total of 72 carries for 321 yards
and three touchdowns.
On the receiving side, senior Tiger, Chansi
Stuckey has caught 21 passes for 231 yards in efforts for two touchdowns. His
average is 11 yards per touch.
Tech receiving corps is led by Jonathan Holland with 13
receptions for 221 yards, yielding one touchdown. Sophomore wide out Josh
Wheeler follows up in second with 139 yards on six catches. Wheeler has found
his way to the end zone twice this year with the help of Champion.
Clemson’s defense is giving up only 234.75 yards per
game, ranking them No. 12 nationally. This is made up of 156 yards through the
air and the Tiger’s rush defense averaging 87.3 yards. Junior lineman Nick
Watkins leads the defense with 24 tackles and 7 assists, followed by corner
Duane Coleman with a total of 30 tackles.
Tech’s top tackler, linebacker Quin
Harris, leads the Dog’s D with 29 tackles and recorded his first sack last
week, hitting Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee in the backfield.
He is followed up by Antonio Baker with 22 tackles and D’Anthony Smith, who made the team’s sole interception made
in the Nebraska game.