Defense raises level of play for No. 8 Clemson




CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s explosive new offense has helped the Tigers defense excel, too.

Defensive tackle Kourtnei Brown says his group has found its stride the past few weeks for the eighth-ranked Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), in part because they practice against their high-powered offense each day.

Clemson will try and keep the pressure up on both sides of the ball at Maryland (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers have played their best on defense the last two games, holding Virginia Tech and Boston College to under 260 yards of offense.

Clemson’s fast-paced offense led by new stars like quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins, grabbed the headlines in the season’s first month. Now, the defense is getting noticed as Clemson is off to its best start in 11 years.