The Tigers went big for the first play of the season, intercepting Yellow Jackets’ QB Jeff Sims.

Sophomore Andrew Mukuba came in to pick an underthrown pass intended for wide receiver Nate McCollum. The play set up Clemson to start on their 30 yard line.

Last season, Mukuba recorded 47 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 7 pass deflections during an impressive freshman campaign. He entered the season as one of Clemson’s top returning defensive players, especially in the secondary.

It was a great first showing for new Clemson defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin, who replaced Brent Venables. Venables left Clemson’s program after last season to assume the head coaching position at Oklahoma.

By many analysts predictions, Clemson should have one of the top defenses in the country this year, and have received several nods as CFP contenders.

Clemson was a 24-point favorite over Georgia Tech.