Will Shipley ran for 2 touchdowns and No. 6 Clemson had a goal-line stand contained in the remaining seconds in wild 14-8 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night time time time.
The Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a risk to pressure additional time after recovering an onside kick with 1:19 to play. But they have been held out of the tip zone on 4 performs from the Clemson 2 contained in the closing seconds — the final word when linebacker James Skalski tackled Dylan Deveney a yard transient.
The chaos continued, although, when Shipley fumbled in the long run zone with Clemson (2-1, 1-0) trying to run out the clock and was tackled after recovering for a security with seven seconds left.
The Tigers kicked the ball away and Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates’ final ditch throw with 3 seconds left was dominated an incomplete ahead go, ending the sport.
The sport was delayed just about two hours merely ahead of the half due to the specter of lightning spherical Memorial Stadium.
Clemson was favored by just about 4 touchdowns and had overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets 73-7 a season prior to now. This time, although, Clemson and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei could not get the offense going for the second time in three video video video games.
Clemson was held to 180 yards in a 10-3 loss to No. 2 Georgia two weeks prior to now. Georgia Tech restricted Clemson to 207 yards the primary three quarters and it ceaselessly obtained proper right here up with third-down stops.
Shipley opened factors with a 3-yard landing run inside the primary quarter. But that was it for the offense till very late inside the game ahead of Shipley’s 3-yard bull-rush into the tip zone let numerous the remaining followers who returned after the delay exhale.
Clemson’s security has carried out at a championship diploma to this degree. The group has nevertheless to yield a TD, holding its first three opponents to a complete of 4 house goals. Georgia’s landing contained in the opener obtained proper right here on a pick-six interception.
Yates drove his workforce to Clemson’s 5 on the tip of each halves. The Yellow Jackets left with an area goals each occasions. He achieved 20 of 33 for 203 yards.
It’s clear Clemson wouldn’t have the an similar rhythm on offense it did the sooner three years when a pair of NFL first-rounders in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne have been predominant probably the greatest methods.
To wrestle this a lot this season was not anticipated out of Uiagalelei and heralded working prospects like Shipley and sophomore Kobe Pace.
The Tigers did not rating a landing contained in the opener in opposition to Georgia, the place Uiagalelei was sacked seven occasions and misfired fairly a number of passes.
Things appeared on observe per week prior to now when Clemson scored touchdowns on its 4 opening possessions — Uiagalelei ran for 2 touchdowns and threw for a 3rd — in a 49-3 blowout of South Carolina State.
But the Tigers as quickly as additional could not get one factor moving into opposition to a Georgia Tech security ranked ninth contained in the ACC in components allowed at merely fewer than 20 a sport.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets actually come away with a jolt of confidence after collaborating in toe-to-toe at Clemson, regardless of their seventh straight loss to the Tigers. It’s unlikely they’re going to see one totally different security as deep and gifted contained in the ACC.
Clemson: The Tigers have work forward inside the event that they hope for a seventh consecutive ACC title and journey to the College Football Playoff. Their security is championship caliber. The offense will not be and Uiagalelei and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott ought to uncover some choices shortly.
Expect Clemson to slide inside the brand new rankings due to the airing in opposition to Georgia Tech. The Tigers, who entered the season ranked No. 3, may slip out of the perfect 10.
Georgia Tech: Hosts North Carolina on Saturday night time time time.
Clemson: At North Carolina State on Saturday.