Georgia Tech Outmanned By Clemson 49-21

 Matchup: Clemson Tigers (4-0, 1-0 ACC)  at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-3, 0-2 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, September 22. 3:30pm (ET)
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
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By Don Stone -

    Georgia Tech really needed the win last week at Pitt. It was their ACC opener with the always tough Clemson Tigers coming to town the following week. "We dug ourselves quite a hole and weren't able to get out of the hole," said Tech head coach Paul Johnson.  The same thing applied for this game. They dug themselves an ACC hole and everything pointed to them starting off 0-2 in conference play. The Tigers are nationally ranked at #3 or #2 and most experts see them playing in the college football playoffs again this year. That made them the highest-ranked opponent to visit Bobby Dodd Stadium since Sept. 9, 2000, when No. 2 Florida State escaped with a 26-21 victory over the Jackets. And, given that the Jackets struggled and lost not only to unranked Pittsburgh but to USF, that didn't bode well for their chances against Clemson. They had not started a season 1-3 in 15 years. And Clemson had won 46 of its last 50 games, including a national championship two seasons ago.
  "Defensively, they've got multiple first-round draft picks and offensively, they've got a great deal of skill. Their running backs and receivers are as good as anyone's in the country. It'll be a huge challenge," said Johnson of his opponent.
  If you were looking for something to be optimistic about, coming in, the Yellow Jackets had beaten Dabo Swinney's team five of the last six times they had played at Bobby Dodd Stadium. "We haven't played well in Atlanta," Swinney acknowledged. But, the Tigers had won their three previous meetings.
  It was clear driving in to the stadium and even more so after entering that the Clemson faithful were going to outnumber Tech fans. "I can't get tickets to home games because they're always sold out," said CU student Paul Simpson. "So, I came here to see the Tigers." It appeared that Clemson fans occupied about 75 percent of the sold out crowd.
  Georgia Tech got the ball first at their 25. A toss left to Qua Searcy gained 20 to the 45. TaQuon Marshall kept it for seven across midfield. Another keeper and the ball was at the 41. On a third and four at the 35, Marshall tossed it to Clinton Lynch who got seven and a first down at the 28. Marshall kept it for 8 to the 20. A false start made it first and 15 at the 22. Jerry Howard got six to the 16. Then, almost disaster as a toss was mishandled with Tech falling on it making it third and 14 at the 21. Coach Johnson took his first time out to make sure everyone was on the same page. But another fumble, this one when Marshall was hit, ended a promising drive that started well but died with all of the miscues. A false start pushed them out of field goal range and Johnson sent in the punt team. Clemson got the ball at their 25.
  I was planning to watch the Braves game when I got home, but the PA announcer ruined that by letting everyone know that Atlanta had beaten Philly to clinch the NL East.
  With that, the Tigers began their first drive. Kelly Bryant quickly picked up 8 with a short pass to the 28. But David Curry sacked Bryant to force a punt, which rolled out at the 29.
  The offensive problems continued as another toss was lost for a five yard loss at the 24. After Marshall was sacked, the Jackets faced a third and 20 at the 19. Johnson had an exasperated look on his face as he watched another fumble get scooped up and carried in for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
  At times, Tech looked like they were here to upset the #3 team in the country. But, mostly, the offense looked like they were afraid to be on the same field with them.
  Tech got the ball at their 25 but a quick three and out and the defense would try to get another stop with the ball at the 30. 
   The "D" did their job holding Clemson to a three and out. Tech got the ball at their 29.
  Finally, the Jackets showed what could happen if they don't drop the ball as Jordan Mason took a toss and took it to the CU44. the first quarter came to an end.
  Tech caught a break on a facemask penalty that made it first and ten at the CU31. But they could only get to the 31. Brenton King missed on a 33 yard field goal attempt to keep it at 7-0.
  Over the next three quarters the Jackets looked clearly outmanned and overpowered by a team that may win another national championship. The Tigers defense held Tech to just 203 yards of total offense. The final 49-21 score was not reflective of the domination by Clemson. It was actually 42-7 before the Yellow Jackets scored on two of the last four possessions against a defense filled with second and third stringers. 
  "We got our tails kicked. I mean that's pretty much it. We got out-played, out-coached and we got beat by a really good football team," said coach Johnson after the game. "We aren't good enough to fumble the ball seven or eight times and jump off sides and take ourselves out of field-goal range to start the game with two sacks in a row and all those things." 
  Obviously, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, had a different point of view. "I'm really proud of our seniors. As you know, it's not been easy to win down here. This group - 1903, 1996 and 2018 - that's the only senior classes that have beaten Tech four years in a row. That just shows you how hard that is to do. This rivalry, 100-some years, it's been incredibly competitive. That has not happened very often. And again, it shows you how successful this senior group has been."

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