The dive. The keep. The pitch.
These words are what describe Georgia Tech's option offense that the team brought into Death Valley on Saturday for their 3:30 battle against the Clemson Tigers. The Yellow Jackets have been a thorn in the Tigers' side for the last four meetings.
But that thorn was removed on Saturday with Clemson's decisive 27-13 win over Georgia Tech.
In a game where discipline on assignments was crucial to stopping the Yellow Jackets option attack, the defense put up a great performance, holding Georgia Tech to only one touchdown and quarterback Josh Nesbitt to only two total rushing yards.
On offense, Andre Ellington paved the way with three touchdowns (two rushing, one reception TD), to go along with 166 rushing yards.
The win over Georgia Tech not only propelled the Tigers to 4-3 but showed Death Valley fans the answers they have been looking for.
What answers came from the Georgia tech win?
Answers have emerged at wide receiver. The promotions of Deandre Hopkins and Jaron Brown have paid off, as both of these receivers have begun to catch the football consistently and become deep threats for the offense. Bryce McNeal is also a pass- catching contributor out of the slot position.
The receiving core had fewer drops in the game—only one or two—and is steadily improving from week to week.
More answers were also found on defense, where the linebackers exceeded expectations and performed well despite playing extended snaps against the option for the first time. Tig Willard played in place of Maye, and red-shirt freshman Quandon Christian played well, taking what was probably the most snaps he's had all season.
The running game was recharged by Ellington and Jamie Harper, with Ellington rushing for over 160 yards, and Jamie making some good runs and catches out of the backfield. The physicality of the offensive line and the running game was seen once again, putting together long drives in which there were nothing but run plays by Harper and Ellington.
These answers are what proved to be the deciding factor in Clemson's dominating win over Georgia Tech.
The Tigers now shift their focus to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where they must take on the Boston College Eagles at noon.
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