While the Clemson Tigers edged out the Syracuse Orange last week by a field goal , for a third straight late, three-point loss, not all was lost. In a day where the Clemson defense threw multiple looks at the Orange, the offensive line actually looked to do something positive. I had highlighted prior to the game that Syracuse had to take advantage of the fact that Brian Bresee and Tyler Davis were injured in the middle of that defensive front, and whether by design, or just how the beast that is Sean Tucker is, they did just that, rushing for 5.8 yards per carry (YPC) between the tackles . Because of his burst outside, he also averaged an astonishing 9.375 YPC outside the tackles. These numbers were aided by a 39-yard and 54-yard run and if you take those out of the equation, he averaged 3.0 YPC inside the tackles and 3.3 YPC outside, consistent no matter where he running the ball until he breaks one. By the numbers, the offense ran eight plays that Tucker hit either right or left A-gaps, six which he hit B-gaps, five targeting C-gaps and three off the edge. The way Tucker cuts, there usually a gap shift one way or another, a function of his running style and a zone blocking scheme. So youe looking at fourteen of his twenty-two attempts inside the tackles. In general, the play call was pushing the line and Tucker interior and then working them out. The numbers are slightly skewed by the two long runs of 39 yards (B-gap) and 54 yards (Edge) but and they were consistently rushing (and run blocking) against a still above average defensive front for 7 .1 YPC, and 3.2 if you take the two burst plays out. On the line, Matthew Bergeron had a day with Myles Murphy. Murphy accounted for two hurries on the day, but was otherwise bottled up by the tackle. Carlos Vettorello had a less stellar day lining up on Xavier Thomas, who has a penchant for making many tackles look silly, so we won hold it against them. He gave up four pressures on the day per Virginia Tech defensive front this coming week. Syracuse Football New Mexico State RB Juwaun Price announces transfer to Syracuse Syracuse football recruiting: What left for 2022? TNIAAL: Big East nostalgia bites back Report: SU targeting UVA Robert Anae, Jason Beck as hires Syracuse football: Mikel Jones announces return for 2022 Early signing period roundtable: What do we think of SU 2022 class?