Eternal optimist that he is, Dabo Swinney told the media Tuesday he thinks if Clemson and Florida State played 10 times, "we'd probably win five, they'd probably win five."
His offensive coordinator has taken a more, uh, pragmatic approach in the days following the Seminoles' 51-14 mauling at Death Valley. “I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. I’m not going to lie to anybody. We didn’t get it done. Period. Didn’t get it done,” Morris told the Post and Courier on Monday. “We’ve got to find a way to go get it done. And we will.”
The Tigers produced seasons lows in rushing yards (123 yards, 3.0 per carry), passing yards (203, 4.5 yards per attempt) and points in Saturday night's loss. Worse yet, a fumble on the first snap from scrimmage and a Tajh Boyd fumble returned 37 yards for a score contributed heavily to Clemson falling in a 17-0 hole 12 minutes into the game.
Boyd has shouldered a significant portion of the blame after completing 17-of-37 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and the aforementioned fumble to go with 14 rushing yards on eight attempts.
“We’re very much an equal opportunity employer around here. It is very much equally spread that we got one guy playing well and 10 guys not. It’s hard to get in any consistent flow. We’re, what, seven games into it? That’s what’s disheartening right now. We’ve got to get it together," Morris said.
An offense that ranked ninth nationally in total offense, sixth in scoring offense and fourth in passing efficiency a year ago has dipped to 22nd, 26th and 17th, respectively, despite returning a fifth-year senior at quarterback. Equally vexing for Morris, Clemson has produced a total of 10 points in their last two first halves.
“We’re consistently inconsistent right now. That’s the biggest thing I see over the last two weeks. We’ve got to get it fixed. We’ve got to get it right. And we will.”
Without nine, or even one, more shots at Florida State, Clemson has to move on and focus on its shot at an 11-1 regular season, ending a four-year losing streak to South Carolina and an outside shot at an ACC championship and BCS berth. It starts Saturday at Maryland (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).