Georgia Tech Looks to Slow Clemson in Atlanta

Written by Garin Turner

The #3 Clemson Tigers (3-0) begin ACC play as they travel to Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-2) 3:30 PM EST on ABC. Clemson has won the last three meetings between the teams but trails in the series 51-30-2.


The Tigers are looking to go 4-0 for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in the last six years. The Tigers had a 300-yard rushing attack in last week’s victory over Georgia Southern (38-7) which included a career high 162 day from Travis Etienne. Etienne has 35 carries for 269 yards and four touchdowns. As a team, the Tigers have rushed 113 times for 673 yards and eight scores.


The Tigers have two good quarterbacks in Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence has the better numbers, but Bryant has been able to show why he’s a dual threat. Bryant has 26 carries for 125 yards and two scores. He’s also thrown for two touchdowns with 405 yards. Lawrence, a freshman, has five touchdowns and 424 yards but has a lower completion percentage than Bryant (Bryant 68% to Lawrence 61%).


The Tigers got off to a slow start last week with a couple of turnovers and a missed field goal. They’ll look to have a better start against a Yellow Jacket Team that’s allowed 24.3 points a game and has allowed 302.3 yards a game. Georgia Tech has lost its two games. Last week they lost to Pitt 24-19 and the week before to USF 49-38. They opened the season with a 41-0 shutout of Alcon State.


A bright spot for the Yellow Jackets is the rushing attack. They have 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 167 carries. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall leads the way with 50 carries for 293 yards and four touchdowns. Jordan Mason has 34 carries for 274 yards and a score. Marshall hasn’t been that effective in the passing game only completing 47% of his passes and has four interceptions on the year. Their wishbone offense could cause problems for a talented Tigers defense.



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