Clemson was money in the bank last season when it came to scoring in the red zone.
Not this year.
Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris has been working to find ways for the country's former gold standard in the red zone to regain its edge when Clemson gets inside the 20.
No. 9 Clemson led the FBS in red-zone scoring a year ago, capitalizing on 56 of 59 chances. Points have been much harder to come by this fall for the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are tied for 58th nationally in red-zone offense.
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The red-zone issues cropped up again last week at Maryland, where the Tigers settled for three field goals in their first four trips to the Terps 20. Clemson was able to breakaway late for a 40-27 victory, but the problems of getting past the goal line have Morris working overtime to correct.
''While we would've liked to have scored touchdowns every time we get inside the 5 yard line,'' Morris said. ''It d...