After losing North Carolina state, Clemson Tigers OC Tony Elliott will assess everything including himself


Tony Elliott has been so successful in his career that it’s hard to draw on past experiences to get him and Clemson’s offense to overcome their final issues.

After a lackluster 14-8 performance against Georgia Tech last Saturday, the No.9 Tigers were once again unable to overcome penalties, turnovers, weird play calls and complete offensive inefficiencies at NC State.

This time it cost them a game, and maybe the season. Clemson totaled just 214 yards and missed third and fourth goals as he needed five yards to keep a practice alive in a 27-21 double-overtime loss at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday.

“I think the guys are trying,” said Elliott, the Tigers’ offensive coordinator in their six-game college football playoff streak after the game. “The first part of our formula is to put effort into technique, so we have to assess technique. Part of that is going to be experience. Things happen fast so I watch everything. Same with myself. . It’s evaluating to see what I can do best to help these young men succeed. “

This was not the case against the Wolfpack, who broke through with enough offense to keep Clemson off balance the entire game. The Tigers have only played 40 games in regulation time.

Ups and downs: Clemson vs. NC State

The playoff race and hopes for a third national championship in the CFP era were dashed by the Clemson Tigers’ 27-21 loss to NC State on Saturday night.

“The defense got on the field for too many plays,” said Elliott.

He and offense couldn’t help them. Clemson only had 10 first tries and allowed 31.

“I don’t remember a situation like this,” Elliott said. “You learn from it. We will be able to resolve and determine what the problems were and work on the problems and correct them for the future.”

Elliott said he wished the offense had taken better advantage of opportunities early in the game. The Tigers scored on a fantastic first quarter practice on superb throws from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Then they had flawless goal possession in the fourth quarter. Other than that, nothing went well in the regulations for an offense that scored once again in overtime.

What’s next for this struggling attack?

“I think it’s just to remind them, the coaches and everyone on the program… that the only people who are going to get us out of this situation are us,” said Elliott. “We’re going to have to believe, unite and come together, not let the outside world divide us. We know it’s going to come. We haven’t done our best on the pitch. When you’re in this arena, you you submit to criticism so you know it’s coming. “

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