1. Clemson 49, Georgia Tech 21
That’s what you do against a dangerous team on the road.
And that’s what you do against a dangerous team that runs the option.
Ask Oklahoma how tough it is to handle an option running attack on the wrong day.
The Tigers allowed just 146 yards and two scores to the Georgia Tech attack, and they never let TaQuon Marshall and company get into a groove. The Yellow Jackets kept hammering away, and it didn’t matter. There were a few okay runs, but not enough of them.
Clemson never let there be any drama, with the only complaint a Trevor Lawrence interception.
He was amazing the rest of the way, though.
Kelly Bryant was fine, and Travis Etienne ran 11 times for 122 yards and a score, but it was Lawrence’s 13-of-18, 176-yard, four-score performance that put the game away early on.
It was what Clemson needed to do with the curveball road game. Now comes the revenge date against Syracuse, and that might just be it. As bad as the ACC has been so far – thank, Virginia Tech – it’s going to take a total flop to lose before dealing with the battle with South Carolina at the end of the regular season, and the ACC Championship against – most likely – Miami.
And Georgia Tech? Now is the time to go on a run with Bowling Green, Louisville and Duke up next. It got the Clemson game out of the way.