Chick-Fil-A Bowl

Breaking down Clemson-LSU

December 31, 2012 

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson is trying to reach 11 wins for the fourth time in school history and the first time since a 12-0 finish in its 1981 national championship season.

LSU, which one year ago was preparing for the national championship game, is hoping for a top-five finish and to close with four straight wins after its 21-17 loss to Alabama on Nov. 3.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU freshman cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins, who have had prominent roles since the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu before the season, will be challenged to contain DeAndre Hopkins, who is second in the nation with 16 TD catches, and Sammy Watkins. Mills, the starter, and Collins, who plays on passing downs, have combined for four interceptions. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has 34 TD passes.

FACTS & FIGURES

The ACC and SEC have split their 20 Chick-fil-A Bowl matchups. … LSU is 36-1 in non-conference games since 2005, with the one loss coming against Penn State in the 2010 Capital One Bowl. … LSU is 9-1 all-time in the Georgia Dome. ... Les Miles is 5-2 in bowls.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: LB Kevin Minter, a second-team All-American who leads the Tigers with 111 tackles, will be a key to LSU’s hopes of containing 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington and Boyd’s scrambles to make Clemson’s offense one-dimensional. Minter had 12 tackles and an interception in LSU’s 24-19 win against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M on Oct. 20.

CLEMSON: Watkins has three TD catches, a big drop from the 12 he posted as a freshman last season. He could be ready for a strong finish after missing three games early in the season — two to a suspension and one to illness. He had 11 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown against N.C. State on Nov. 17 and could have another big game if LSU leaves him in man coverage while focusing on Hopkins.

The Associated Press

By the numbers

Turnover Margin

GainedLost
Fum.Int.Tot.Fum.Int.Tot.
Clemson10122251419
LSU13183110616

Rushing Offense

Car.Yds.YPG.
Clemson5382385198.8
LSU5022159179.9

Passing Offense

Att.Cp.Yds.YPG.
Clemson4242823835319.6
LSU3331942487207.3

Rushing Defense

CarYdsYPG.
Clemson4601928160.7
LSU3901222101.8

Passing Defense

Att.Cp.Yds.TDs
Clemson404234300422
LSU407218233213

Scoring Offense

G.Pts.Avg.
Clemson1250842.3
LSU1236330.3

Scoring Defense

G.Pts.Avg.
Clemson1229924.9
LSU1220316.9


Clemson roster

OFFENSE DEPTH CHART

No.NameHt.Wt.Yr.
Quarterback
10Tajh Boyd6-1225Jr.
8Cole Stoudt6-5205So.
Running Back
23Andre Ellington5-10195Sr.
25Roderick McDowell5-9195Jr.
22D.J. Howard5-11195So.
Fullback
40Darrell Smith6-2250Jr.
Wide Receiver
18Jaron Brown6-2205Gr.
19Charone Peake6-3200So.
Wide Receiver
2Sammy Watkins6-1205So.
16Adam Humphries5-11190So.
Wide Receiver
6DeAndre Hopkins6-2205Jr.
1Martavis Bryant6-5200So.
Tight End
80Brandon Ford6-4240Gr.
86Sam Cooper6-5250So.
Left Tackle
63Brandon Thomas6-3305Jr.
79Isaiah Battle6-6280Fr.
Left Guard
68David Beasley6-4315So.
67Kalon Davis6-5330So.
Center
55Dalton Freeman6-5285Gr.
58Ryan Norton6-3270Fr.
Right Guard
62Tyler Shatley6-3295Jr.
77Reid Webster6-5285So.
Right Tackle
70Gifford Timothy6-6310So.
76Shaq Anthony6-4265Fr.
Kicker
39Chandler Catanzaro6-2195Jr.
13Spencer Benton6-1195Sr.
36Ammon Lakip5-10175Fr.

Defense depth chart

No.NameHt.Wt.Yr.
Defensive End
97Malliciah Goodman6-4270Sr.
6Tavaris Barnes6-4275So.
Nose Guard
50Grady Jarrett6-1290So.
48D.J. Reader6-3335Fr.
Defensive Tackle
91Josh Watson6-4285So.
99DeShawn Williams6-1285So.
94Carlos Watkins6-3300Fr.
Defensive End
93Corey Crawford6-5270So.
3Vic Beasley6-3225So.
Strongside Linebacker
34Quandon Christian6-2225Jr.
11Travis Blanks6-1190Fr.
Middle Linebacker
33Spencer Shuey6-3230Jr.
12Stephone Anthony6-3235So.
Weakside Linebacker
46Jonathan Willard6-2225Sr.
42Corico Wright5-11230Sr.
7Tony Steward6-1235So.
Cornerback
9Xavier Brewer5-11190Gr.
29Cortez Davis6-3200Fr.
Cornerback
26Garry Peters6-0195So.
17Bashaud Breeland6-0195So.
Strong Safety
5Jonathan Meeks6-1210Sr.
27Robert Smith5-11210So.
Free Safety
31Rashard Hall6-2210Gr.
9Xavier Brewer5-11190Gr.
Punter
13Spencer Benton6-1195Sr.
92Bradley Pinion6-6230Fr.

SCHEDULE

DateOpponentScore
Sept. 1at AuburnW, 26-19
Sept. 8Ball St.W, 52-27
Sept. 15FurmanW, 41-7
Sept. 22at Florida St.L, 49-37
Sept. 29at Boston CollegeW, 45-31
Oct. 6Georgia TechW, 47-31
Oct. 20Virginia TechW, 38-17
Oct. 25at Wake ForestW, 42-13
Nov. 3at DukeW, 56-20
Nov. 10MarylandW, 45-10
Nov. 17NC StateW, 62-48
Nov. 24South CarolinaL, 27-17


LSU roster

OFFENSE DEPTH CHART

No.NameHt.Wt.Yr.
Quarterback
8Zach Mettenberger6-5222Jr.
17Stephen Rivers6-7220Fr.
Running Back
33Jeremy Hill6-2225Fr.
11Spencer Ware5-11223Jr.
42Michael Ford5-10215Jr.
Fullback
44J.C. Copeland6-1280Jr.
43Connor Neighbors5-10233So.
Wide Receiver
3Odell Beckham, Jr.5-11183So.
10Russell Shepard6-1185Sr.
Wide Receiver
80Jarvis Landry6-0190So.
21Paul Turner5-11186Fr.
Wide Receiver
86Kadron Boone6-0195Jr.
82James Wright6-2201Jr.
81Armand Williams6-3200So.
Tight End
88Chase Clement6-5251Sr.
41Travis Dickson6-3230So.
Left Tackle
68Josh Dworaczyk6-6301Sr.
73Chris Davenport6-4320Jr.
Left Guard
70La’el Collins6-5320So.
55Elliott Porter6-4278So.
Center
64P.J. Lonergan6-4305Sr.
55Elliott Porter6-4278So.
Right Guard
56Trai Turner6-2332Fr.
74Josh Williford6-7324Jr.
Right Tackle
78Vadal Alexander6-6315Fr.
71Jonah Austin6-6322Fr.
Kicker
30Drew Alleman5-11183Sr.
30James Hairston6-0200So.

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

No.NameHt.Wt.Yr.
Defensive End
49Barkevious Mingo6-5240Jr.
59Jermauria Rasco6-3225So.
87Chancey Aghayere6-4279Sr.
Defensive Tackle
77Josh Downs6-1287Sr.
9Ego Ferguson6-3283So.
Defensive Tackle
18Bennie Logan6-3287Jr.
90Anthony Johnson6-3294So.
Defensive End
99Sam Montgomery6-4260Jr.
89Lavar Edwards6-5264Sr.
Strongside Linebacker
25Kwon Alexander6-2220Fr.
23Lamar Louis6-0220Fr.
Middle Linebacker
46Kevin Minter6-2242Jr.
22Ronnie Feist6-2225Fr.
Weakside Linebacker
57Lamin Barrow6-2229Jr.
45Deion Jones6-2202Fr.
35Lorenzo Phillips6-2215Fr.
Cornerback
28Jalen Mills6-0185Fr.
32Jalen Collins6-1184Fr.
Cornerback
24Tharold Simon6-3187Jr.
13Dwayne Thomas6-0175Fr.
19Derrick Raymond6-1175Fr.
Strong Safety
6Craig Loston6-2208Jr.
34Micah Eugene5-11194Fr.
Free Safety
1Eric Reid6-2208Jr.
26Ronald Martin6-1200So.
Punter
38Brad Wing6-3184So.
38Jamie Keehn6-4222Fr.

SCHEDULE

DateOpponentScore
Sept. 1North Texas41-14
Sept. 8Washington41-3
Sept. 15Idaho63-14
Sept. 22at Auburn12-10
Sept. 29Towson38-22
Oct. 6at Florida14-6
Oct. 13South Carolina23-21
Oct. 20at Texas A&M24-19
Nov. 3Alabama21-17
Nov. 10Mississippi St.37-17
Nov. 17Mississippi41-35
Nov. 23at Arkansas20-13

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