Clemson coming up big on offense

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris once again proved his new system’s worth Saturday when the Tigers converted 9 of 17 first downs and scored five touchdowns in a win over No. 11 Florida State.

Morris also said he still hasn’t shown all his cards.

“We’re only four games into this offense, too. That’s what’s crazy,” he said. “We’ve got a lot still left to keep exploiting. I don’t know if we’ll get to that this year. We’ve got to get good at what we’re doing. And you’re seeing that. You’re seeing confidence with these guys. They’re growing. And they feed off each other.”

The first-year offensive coordinator said the effort wasn’t perfect. Quarterback Tajh Boyd gave up an easy pick-six in the second half, and the offense failed to convert what would have been a game-sealing fourth-down conversion late in the fourth quarter.

GAME-WINNER: Though Clemson led Florida State for all but the first four minutes of the game, the outcome was still in doubt until Tigers tackle Rennie Moore sacked quarterback Clint Trickett late in the fourth quarter to force a turnover on downs.

It’s a play he’ll be talking about for the rest of his life.

“I want to be known as a good pass rusher, and I wanted to seal the game,” he said. “They flushed him to me, I gave the guard a little juke move, came inside and here I come. Head-on-head – I think I’m going to win that battle.”

ANOTHER TARGET: Florida State freshman Nick O’Leary has become an established part of the offense.

The grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus made his first collegiate start at tight end and hauled in three first-half catches for 23 yards. His first reception went for 11 yards and a first down in a drive that ended in a field goal and a 3-0 lead.

CENTENNIAL: Clemson joined thousands of other high school, college and NFL teams this weekend in honoring former President Reagan’s 100th birthday during the game’s coin toss.

The “Flip one for the Gipper” ceremony, a product of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, encouraged teams to use a special Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham was present for the toss.


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