Aug. 11, 1999
While Clemson had a 3-8 overall record in 1998, you could not see that in the defensive statistics. The Tigers ranked first in the ACC in sacks with 37, and rated second in total defense, yards per play allowed, rushing defense, rushing yards allowed per attempt, and pass completion percentage defense. The Tigers ranked 14th in the nation in rushing defense and 25th in total defense. Only Florida State was better than Clemson in most defensive statistical categories.
This marked the seventh time in the decade of the 1990s that Clemson has ranked in the top 20 in the country in rushing defense. Six times in the decade Clemson has been in the top 20 in scoring defense and this was the fourth time in the 1990s that Clemson has been in the top 25 in total defense.
Total Rush Score Year Defense Defense Defense1990 1st (216.9) 2nd (71.7) 2nd (9.9)1991 4th (263.2) 1st (53.4) 10th (13.5)1992 13th (120.1)1993 24th (128.5) 15th (16.3)1994 14th (113.5) 17th (17.1)1995 18th (122.0) 10th (16.2)19961997 16th (312.5) 6th (88.3) 18th (18.0)1998 25th (320.1) 14th (104.5)
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