3 takeaways from Clemson's big win over Georgia Tech
Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 42-21 on Saturday afternoon in Death Valley.
The win pushes Clemson to 6-4 on the season and secures bowl eligibility for the Tigers as they enter mid-November.
Clemson controlled this game from start-to-finish. After falling behind 7-0, Clemson tied the game in the second quarter with a record-long scoring drive that took nearly 10 minutes off the clock. From there, the Tigers never looked back.
Here’s 3 takeaways from Clemson’s win:
Defense dominant again
Clemson’s defense was once again the star of the show. The Yellow Jackets were able to score a couple times in garbage time, but they didn’t get much of anything accomplished against the Tigers’ starters. Even Georgia Tech’s first touchdown of the day was set up by an ill-advised fake punt in the first half.
Through 3 quarters, Georgia Tech’s offense managed just 100 total yards. The Yellow Jackets massed only 2.9 yards per play over that span.
Cade Klubnik’s big day
Cade Klubnik still wasn’t perfect in this game, but he did have a strong game. He threw for 4 touchdown passes in the win, which matched his total over Clemson’s previous 4 games.
Klubnik still wasn’t super efficient as hew threw for just 205 yards on 34 attempts. He was also picked off in this game, giving him 5 interceptions in his last 4 contests. Still, it’s a step forward for Klubnik in what’s been a brutal season for him as the Tigers’ starter.
Clemson has now rattled off back-to-back wins after starting the year 4-4. The Tigers are officially bowl-eligible — something that didn’t look like a guarantee as recently as a couple of weeks ago after the Tigers’ loss to NC State.
Which bowl Clemson ends up going to will be decided over the coming weeks. The Tigers will close out the season with games against North Carolin and South Carolina.
Clemson has won at least 6 games in every season since 1998 — a streak of 25 consecutive years.