Hearing delayed on art funding

Sherri McClain-Brown performs in the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto production of 'Mahalia.' Spoleto and Piccolo events in Charleston could lose some state funding under a proposal to shift hotel accommodations income from the arts to the state park system and tour

CLEMSON -- The 92 offensive plays, fifth-most in program history, were nice. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris also seemed pleasantly surprised with Tajh Boyd's 416 total yards of offense, the most by a Clemson player in the history of Memorial Stadium.

But what Morris was most pleased with was with a time: 9 minutes, 34 seconds.

That's how long Clemson held the ball on a game-ending drive, covering 18 plays, which ended any chance for Auburn to create more magic. And Auburn had created plenty of magic during its 17-game winning streak. It was the third-longest drive, time-wise, in Clemson history.

After publically calling out his offensive line for a lack of physical play against Wofford, Morris was pleased with how the group responded, wearing down a Southeastern Conference team in the fourth quarter.

"They didn't like me," Morris said of practices during the week. "That's OK, if that's what it takes … I'm really proud of them. They took a lot of abuse and they really stepped forward."

Curb your enthusiasm

While coach Dabo Swinney said many good things happened Saturday, Clemson still has glaring flaws, most notably on defense.

Clemson entered the game allowing one more yard per rush than a season ago, and Auburn rushed for 237 yards on 38 carries Saturday.

"I didn't see as many missed tackles," defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said, "but a couple of times I didn't see any (defender) there."

Auburn sophomore running back Michael Dyer rushed for 151 yards on 15 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run where he went untouched.

Injury report

Swinney said RB Andre Ellington tweaked his hamstring and wide receiver Jaron Brown suffered a bruised knee. Swinney will know more about their status today.

Guard Mason Cloy left the game with a lower-body injury in the first half, though Swinney said he could have returned. Cloy was starting in place of David Smith, who had surgery Thursday to repair his shoulder. Swinney is hopeful Smith can return for the Florida State game.

Depth charge

Clemson was down to its third-team left guard in Brandon Thomas on Saturday. Swinney praised the work of Thomas, who arrived as a highly touted four-star prospect in 2009 but has disappointed coaches with his practice performances.

"Brandon Thomas stepped up," Swinney said. "He really solidified us."

Dabo's biggest win?

Swinney was asked if Saturday's win was the biggest in his brief head coaching career. He said the South Carolina win in 2008 and the win over Virginia in 2009 to clinch the division title are the top two.

Extra points

Clemson and Auburn combined for 1,059 yards, the second most all-time in a Clemson game. Clemson and Wake Forest combined for 1,107 yards in 1981 … TE Dwayne Allen had a career-high seven catches for 80 yards.