Clemson DC used Google to stop Auburn's Wing-T offense
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables took the same approach to stopping Auburn’s Wing-T offensive scheme that most other people do when trying to figure something out: he Googled it.
“I literally Googled, ‘How to stop the wing-T,’” Venables admitted to ESPN afterward.
Venables admitted that he hadn’t the slightest clue on how to defend against an offense that primarily stops being used beyond the high school level. So, one day before Saturday’s game, Venables cranked up the search engine.
It worked. Auburn’s rushing offense was limited to 87 yards on 41 attempts, which is the lowest total of Gus Malzahn’s tenure as head coach. Clemson also forced Sean White and Jeremy Johnson to each throw an interception and held all three quarterbacks — John Franklin III included — to zero passing touchdowns.
Despite its offensive woes, Auburn managed to stay in the game until its final drive. But Clemson survived to capture a 19-13 win in Week 1.