Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 41-10 on Monday night in Atlanta.

The Tigers got off to a slow start offensively, but exploded for 27 second-half points. Some of that production was thanks to a pair of blocked punts — one in each half.

Here are 3 takeaways from Clemson’s season-opening win:

Clemson’s defense is as-advertised

Clemson’s defense is special. The Tigers certainly showed up on that end of the ball, limiting Georgia Tech to just 10 points and only 3.6yards per play. Quarterback Jeff Sims played well, but it didn’t matter — the Tigers created simply too much havoc.

Linebacker Trenton Simpson was especially impressive as he blew up a lot of what the Yellow Jackets wanted to do offensively. KJ Henry led the team with 2.5 tackles for loss. Barrett Carter had the most tackles with 8. Andrew Mukuba recorded the only interception on the game’s first play of the game.

DJ Uiagalelei responded to early adversity

After a slow start, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei settled into his first start of 2022. He dropped a key 3rd down snap on his first drive and fumbled on his second. Clemson’s next 2 drives both went 3-and-out.

But then, the flood gates opened. Uiagalelei and the Tigers scored points on 4 of their next 6 drives. Uiagalelei finished 19-of-32 for 209 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 20 yards and another score on the ground.

Cade Klubnik’s debut

Fans started clamoring to see Klubnik after Clemson’s zero-point first quarter, but Uiagalelei stayed in the game until late. But when Klubnik did finally enter in garbage time, it was impressive.

Klubnik led a seamless touchdown drive, repeatedly throwing the ball into tight windows along the way. He got just 1 drive, but finished 4-of-6 for 49 yards and 1 touchdown.

Klubnik’s presence means Uiagalelei will have to continue to play at a high level in order to keep the starting job. The Tigers face Furman at home next weekend — perhaps an opportunity for Klubnik to play even more in his home debut.