September 1, 2014

Swinney maintains positive outlook following loss at Georgia (AUDIO)

Germone Hopper battles for a catch in Georgia game

Germone Hopper battles for a catch in Georgia game

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has reviewed the tape of last night’s 45-21 loss in Athens and he is by no means ready to hit the panic button.

Swinney saw a lot to like from his team’s performance and even though there is SC State to deal with this week, the big picture is the Florida State game in three weeks.

That’s when the Tigers need to have it all figured out.

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From the Locker Room: Tigers felt they were right there vs Georgia (AUDIO)

Freshman QB Deshaun Watson got his "welcome to college football moment" in Athens

Freshman QB Deshaun Watson got his “welcome to college football moment” in Athens

Don’t let the 45-21 final score fool you.  That was the sentiment outside the Clemson locker room after last night’s loss at Georgia.  Needing something to hang their hats on, the Tigers pointed to the fact they were in a three point game early in the fourth quarter before lightening struck for the Bulldogs in the form of three touchdowns in a span of three minutes.

Certainly, the defense caved in during that stretch allowing a pair of one play touchdown drives, but the offense did little to help as they failed to generate a first down in the fourth quarter, and only one in the second half.

Here’s what some of the Tigers had to say after the game:

Artavis Scott had 2 catches for 41 yards in college debut

Artavis Scott had 2 catches for 41 yards in college debut

AUDIO: QB Cole Stoudt [2:09]

AUDIO: Deshaun Watson [1:42]

AUDIO: DT Grady Jarrett [2:08]

AUDIO: DE Vic Beasley [2:02]

AUDIO: SAF Robert Smith [1:44]

Misery loves company; Tigers join USC with lopsided season opening loss (VIDEO/AUDIO)

Mike Williams had a 38 yard catch to spark Clemson to a touchdown on the opening drive

Mike Williams had a 38 yard catch to spark Clemson to a touchdown on the opening drive

Herschel Walker was at Sanford Stadium in Athens Saturday night.  No, he didn’t slip into a #3 red jersey and rush for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns, and return a kickoff 100 yards for another score.  That, indeed, was Todd Gurley who did his best to overshadow perhaps the greatest Bulldog of all time in his presence.

The Bulldogs broke open a 3 point game in the fourth quarter with 21 unanswered points and beat Clemson 45-21  in the season opener at Sanford Stadium.  It’s the first time the Tigers have lost their opening game under Dabo Swinney.

Check out our video review of the game:

Clemson post game interviews:

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney post game comments [10:32]

AUDIO: OC Chad Morris talks about offensive problems in 2nd half [2:56]

AUDIO: DC Brent Venables on the effort of his guys [2:58]

The Bulldogs ganged up on Cole Stoudt in the 2nd half

The Bulldogs ganged up on Cole Stoudt in the 2nd half

Final Stats

1st Quarter Recap

2nd Quarter Recap

3rd Quarter Recap

4th Quarter Recap

 

4th Quarter Recap: Georgia runs over Tigers to the finish

clemson logoGeorgia forced another Clemson punt to open the quarter and then said enough of playing kick back.  The Bulldogs went on a 6 play, 82 yard drive with Gurley carrying most of the load.  He had a 38 yard run to the Clemson 42, and after Sony Michel ran 17 yards to the 18, Gurley took it home from there for a 31-21 Georgia lead with 10:26 to play.

After forcing a punt on Clemson’s next possession, Georgia pounded the ball on the ground again  with Nick Chub rumbling 47 yards for a touchdown on the Bulldogs first play from scrimmage. That made it 38-21 Georgia with 8:53 to play.

After forcing another three-and-out, Georgia went back to work on the ground. On first down Todd, Gurley went 51 yards for another touchdown. That made it 45-21 Georgia with 7:54 to play in the game.  That gave Gurley 198 yards rushing, with three touchdowns. He also had the 100 yard kickoff return for a score.

Georgia forced another three-and out on the Tigers next possession. The Bulldogs proceeded to run out the clock on their next possession,

FINAL SCORE: Georgia 45, Clemson 21.

 

 

3rd Quarter Recap: Kickers take over and Georgia leads 24-21

clemson logoThe Bulldogs came out in the second half intent on giving the ball to Todd  Gurley who had only 4 carries in the first half, albeit for 44 yards.  Gurley had 4 carries for 25 yards on the drive and Hutson Mason completed 3 passes for 31 yards.  But a third down pass to the back of the end zone from the Clemson 10 was well defended and the Bulldogs settled for a 27 yard field goal by Marshall Morgan and a 24-21 lead.

The rest of the quarter was a punting contest as the teams combined for six punts and only 7 first downs, six of them by Georgia.

End of quarter…Georgia 24-21