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A year ago, Clemson outscored its opposition 129-51 in the first quarter and 243-70 in the first half. Through three games, the Tigers have won the first quarter 17-3 and the first half 62-3.
The first quarter has not been the Jackets' shining moment thus far. Tech fell behind Pitt on Saturday 14-0 in the first quarter and was down 21-0 by halftime. The Jackets also gave up back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns in the first quarter of the loss to South Florida, though they ended the quarter ahead 17-14.
Last season, Tech held a 58-47 advantage in the first quarter.
The application is pretty obvious. Saint-Amour said that he felt that Tech played much harder in the second half of last year’s loss to Clemson.
“So I feel like we’ve just got to come out with that same energy this year from the top, try to minimize mistakes as much as possible, just play with everything we’ve got,” he said.