Auburn's defense takes its blows

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Auburn's defense started well enough, bottling up Clemson's offense in the first quarter and tackling well.

But Clemson's past two drives have been reminiscent of what we've seen from Auburn's defense the first two games.

Clemson drove 81 yards to pull within 21-14 at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter, and it's starting to look like Auburn's defense might be on skates now.

On that last drive, Clemson was 3-for-3 on third down, and all three conversions were at least third-and-6.

Coming into the game, Auburn had struggled on third down, allowing opponents to convert 57 percent of the time.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has been the beneficiary of some big-time catches by his receivers, who are starting to exploit that Auburn secondary.