September 26, 2011
Column: Florida State was its own worst enemy
The numbers are ugly for a defense many thought might be among the nation's best.
Just a week after the Seminoles held No. 1 Oklahoma to its lowest offensive output in two years, Clemson with an offensive coordinator that was coaching high school two years ago, sliced and diced FSU for 35 points and 455 yards. Most of the damage came from rookie quarterback Tajh Boyd and true freshman receiver Sammy Watkins.
With Clemson posting 35 or more points in each of its first four games, there's little doubt that the Tigers have a potent offense. And with the way FSU's secondary was continually beat by Clemson receivers, it is clear that defensive coordinator Mark Stoops still has some work to do to get his squad to play to its potential. All that being said, had FSU avoided a handful of untimely penalties, Clemson's offensive production would have been significantly reduced.
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