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Atlanta, Georgia- Clemson Tigers (4-0) took care of business early and put the game away 49-21 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-3).
The Tigers came in playing two quarterbacks, senior Kelly Bryant and true freshman Trevor Lawrence over the course of the season.
Bryant started the game but Lawrence came in the third series and led Clemson to four touchdown drives before being replaced by Bryant late in the third quarter. Lawrence was 13-18 for 176 passing yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Clemson had 480 yards of total offense including 250 rushing yards. “I thought this was our best game for sure of our four games to this point. I’m really pleased with the things we tried to do in this game that I saw take place in the game,” said Clemson’s head coach Dabo Swinny.
Georgia Tech on the other hand struggled throughout the game. They fumbled four times in the first quarter and eight times overall in the game. “Yeah, fundamentals. We aren’t doing a really good job coaching them. Just call it what it is, we’re not.,“ said Georgia Tech’s head coach Paul Johnson.
The Yellow Jackets started the game driving down the length of the field to the Tigers 18-yard line. On second down, Marshall pitched the ball to Nathan Cottrell which he fumbled once he got hit. Georgia Tech recovered it for a loss.
The very next play, Marshall dropped back to pass and was sacked and fumbled which they recovered again. Then a false start took them out of field goal range and caused them to punt.
On Tech’s second drive, Marshall pitched an error toss that made them lose five yards. On the very next play, Marshall was pressured in the backfield on an option-play. He pitched to H-Back Qua Search which fumbled as he was hit simultaneously and Clemson ended up recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Clemson was able to put together a drive on Lawrence’s first drive of the game. They capped the drive off with a 17-yard touchdown by Lawrence to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.
The Yellow Jackets offense stalled against the Tigers front seven. Lawrence continued his success by connecting with Justyn Ross for a 53-yard touchdown to put them up 21-0. “I keep telling our guys, we need to throw it to [Justyn Ross] just a little bit more, he seems to score every time he touches it,” stated Swinney.
Georgia Tech caught a break when Desmond Branch intercepted Lawrence at their 23-yard line. Tech was able to capitalize on it by a 11-yard touchdown run through the right side on a option keeper by Marshall.
From there, Clemson took control of the game and was able to dominate on both sides of the ball. It was the first time that the Tigers’ senior class won all four game times since 1996.
Next up for Georgia Tech is Bowling Green Red Hawks at home 9/29 and Clemson plays the Syracuse Orange on 9/29.