CLEMSON, SC – No.6 Clemson survived a scare in the dying seconds on Saturday night, winning just 14-8 after Georgia Tech missed the goal line on a shovel pass on the Clemson’s fourth and goal 2. Sixth – Linebacker of the Year James Skalski got it right for Clemson.
Georgia Tech recovered from a side kick with just over a minute to go for a chance to tie the game, which followed a blistering nearly two-hour delay between halves.
Clemson took a safety in the dying seconds to further complicate the Tigers’ unconvincing victory.
“We are a work in progress,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.
On a night when Clemson barely took any deep shots and second-year quarterback DJ Uiagalelei struggled to find rhythm in the passing game again, Will Shipley carried the load for the Tigers. with 21 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown came in the fourth quarter, moments after he fell with an injury that caused the coaches to sprint towards him. Death Valley fans let out a collective sigh of relief as he ran off the pitch.
A year after Clemson beat Georgia Tech 73-7, which notably led the Yellow Jackets 52-7 at halftime, the Tigers had almost no attacking rhythm until late, when Shipley recovered the ball. and Uiagalelei got involved with his legs. Even then, Uiagalelei fumbled in the fourth quarter.
Uiagalelei completed 18 of 25 passes for 126 yards and no passing touchdowns. With the exception of three points Clemson scored against Georgia in Week 1, the Tigers’ 14 points were the lowest under coach Swinney since 2017 against Auburn.
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