This was supposed to be the “show me” weekend for the ACC with three games against top ten ranked SEC teams. Only Clemson came thru for the league with a 38-35 win over 5th ranked Georgia. The 6th ranked Tigers succeeded where North Carolina (vs USC) and Virginia Tech (vs Alabama) failed. They were were as physical and as fast as a big, bad SEC team.
And in case you’ve forgotten, that’s two straight wins for the Tigers over a top ten SEC team. In fact, Clemson is now the first non-SEC team to defeat top ten ranked SEC teams in consecutive games.
For all the offensive fireworks in this one, and there were plenty, the difference in the game came down to a special teams blunder by Georgia, a botched, short field goal attempt in the third quarter. The high snap was recovered by the Georgia holder at the Clemson eight, and Georgia was not able to make up the difference. A late touchdown cut the Clemson lead to three in the final 90 seconds, but Clemson recovered the onside kick to preserve the victory.
Here’s the complete game story courtesy of Clemson Sports Information:
In case you didn’t follow the game, here’s our quarter by quarter recap: