Clemson had its first touchdown on special teams after both teams struggled early on offense.
Carson Donnelly emerged unscathed and choked off David Shanahan’s punt. Brannon Spector picked up the ball on the 18th par for Georgia Tech, knocked it down on the 5th, and was thrown out of bounds.
The Yellow Jackets established a strong goal range, but Shipley ended up going from 1 to fourth.
Intercept Sims In Georgia Tech’s first game of the season, Andrew Mukuba took an ill-advised deep shot under pressure.
The Yellow Jackets’ third-year quarterback was seen as key to the team’s chances of turning the season around, so much so that Collins hired Chip Lang as offensive coordinator and Chris Wink as quarterbacks coach in goal. accurate to get the team to play. More stable performance for The Sims.
He showed flashes in the throws and runs, but it wasn’t enough to quell the jitters. Sims threw for 164 yards and led the team to 41.
Chick-fil-A’s second kick-off game on Labor Day weekend was played to a crowd of 47,712 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the upper deck closed to keep it from looking like the game at Clemson’s home.
In fact, at least half the crowd appeared to be wearing orange.
Clemson: After what was considered a disappointing 10-3 season by the Tigers’ high standards, this team still seems to be in the works.
For the first time in Dabo Swinney’s full 14 seasons as manager, Clemson have signed two new coordinators, so it may be a while before everyone agrees.
But the offensive line appears to have little advantage, with a stark difference between the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the nation. No. 3 Georgia defeated No. 11 Oregon 49-3 in their first kickoff game on Saturday.
Georgia Tech: Collins appears to have done little to address some of the familiar issues that plagued his first three years in Atlanta.
There were too many penalties, including a series of false starts, an unnecessary pass interference penalty, a stretched drive when the Yellow Jackets had momentum and a targeted call that led to Charlie being ejected Thomas.
Besides, the special team is a mess. Double blocked punts are inexcusable.
Impact of opinion polls
Clemson will likely remain in the AP rankings after the final score falls within the expected range.
Clemson: Play Saturday’s home opener against FCS Southern Conference member Furman. It’s a short trip for Paladins, whose campus is about 35 miles from Death Valley.
Georgia Tech: The campus opens on Saturday when West Carolina, another Southern Conference team, visits Bobby Dodd Stadium.