By Don Stone, Georgia Tech Express
To borrow a quote from Dennis Green, who years ago experienced a meltdown against the Chicago Bears, ‘They are who we thought they were.’
And Clemson was as well.
Very early on, this game looked like a track meet with Trevor Lawrence taking just 1:39 to drive 41 yards and 5 plays to go up 7-0. Georgia Tech came right back with Jalen Camp sprinting 59 yards to a tying score.
But, after that, all of the scoring was done by Clemson. And I do mean “all.” By halftime, the Tigers had put up 473 yards to a massive 52-7 lead.
Even after Dabo Swinney pulled his stars, Clemson continued to move the ball up and down the field like it was practice. And maybe it was.
Coming in, the Tigers were a 26.5 point favorite ranked #1 in the nation. And all of that appeared to be exactly what we thought they were…a team that is playing out the season just waiting to see who they’ll be facing to play for another national championship…Alabama, Georgia or Ohio State. No real obstacles or stumbling blocks in the way between now and the playoffs.
Odds makers could have actually doubled that differential and would still be conservative.
By early in the fourth quarter, they had tacked on a few more easy touchdowns to make it 66-7.
The crowd seemed to be just glad to get out of the house and be able to enjoy some time outside with friends and family on a beautiful Atlanta Saturday afternoon, evidenced by the low amount that had cleared out early.
Oh, and by the time Clemson had run out of time with 66 unanswered points, the score was 73-7…the Tigers’ highest scoring road game in over a hundred years!
Geoff Collins will take his wounded Yellow Jackets and regroup to take on more appropriate competition as they head to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for a Saturday matchup at Boston College. Its a 4:00pm kickoff with their first appearance of the season on the ACC Network.