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Defense turning the corner

CLEMSON – The statistics might not necessarily bear it out, but through three games, anyone watching knows that Clemson's defense has made real progress over 2012.

Clemson is 12th in the ACC in total defense, allowing 388 yards per game. The Tigers are ninth in scoring defense, allowing 20.7 points per game. But their effort Thursday at N.C. State – allowing 14 points and lifting the offense on an off night – gives reason for hope. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that the defense is much further along through three games than it was a year ago, and...