Preview: Clemson at Georgia Tech
by CFP Staff with excerpts courtesy of The ACC
One would expect this game to produce some offensive fireworks as Georgia Tech boasts the ACC's Player of the Year in running back Jonathan Dwyer, and Clemson returns running back C.J. Spiller.
Dwyer carried just 7 times for 95 yards but still scored 2 TD's in last week's Georgia Tech win over FCS member Jacksonville State. He had a 74-yard TD run on the game's first play.
Meanwhile, Spiller returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD in Clemson's 36-14 win over Middle Tennessee. He also had a 50-yard punt return, but rushed just 4 times for 12 yards.
Georgia Tech earned the program’s 663rd alltime victory last week and head coach Paul Johnson improved his record to 10-4 with the Yellow Jackets. He is 117-43 overall. The Ramblin' Wreck eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the 7th time in 14 games under Johnson.
Sophomore cornerback Jerrard Tarrant returned a punt 68 yards for a score for Georgia Tech's first punt return for a touchdown since 2003. Junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt was 6-of-11 for 141 yards passing and added 95 yards rishing on 7 carries. He threw for a score and ran for another.
Clemson's win gave Dabo Swinney a 5-3 record as the Tigers’ head coach since taking over for Tommy Bowden midway through last season.
Clemson honored linebacker Stanley Hunter, who retired from football over the summer due to his ongoing battle with epilepsy. A different player will wear his No. 17 jersey throughout the season. Linebacker Brandon Maye had the honor for the season opener.
Quarterback Kyle Parker debuted for the Tigers by completing 9-of-20 passes for 159 yards with 2 TD passes of 43 and 33 yards. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford caught the 43-yard score and added a 61-yard punt return.
Surprisingly, the last four games in this series have all produced 38 total points or less. The Yellow Jackets have taken four of the last five meetings.