CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said the Tigers' struggling defense can be fixed this season, despite the second-worst showing in school history in last week's loss at Florida State.
No. 17 Clemson (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up 667 yards in the 49-37 loss to the Seminoles, a total surpassed only by the 771 the team allowed 12 years ago in a 54-7 defeat also at Florida State.
The Tigers, who visit Boston College on Saturday, have had their defensive issues since the season began. With a third of the season gone, Clemson's given up at least 350 in its four games and stands 100th nationally in rushing yards allowed at more than 206 a game.
"I'm as frustrated and disappointed, I'd like to think, as anybody at the issues," Venables said Tuesday. "But we can (improve) and I expect that we will."
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