After spewing off three consecutive losses with two of them coming from ACC rivals, the Clemson Tigers had several questions they needed to answer and the one to answer them was not head coach Dabo Sweeny who basically turned his weekly press conference into something of a self-defense session.
“I wish we had a little bit better record, but this season isn’t over,” Swinney said. How true that statement was. At Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, the young pride of tigers ran down that hill and avenged the two losses from last season. Yeah, two! One during the regular season and the second was in the ACC Championship game last season.
Lead by Andre Ellington and his career high 166 yards and three touchdowns, the Clemson Tigers handed Georgia Tech their third loss of the season sending them to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in ACC play while improving the Tigers to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. The Tigers are still 4th in the Atlantic Division and faces the last place Boston College Eagles next week at Boston.
From the beginning the Tigers ran the Georgia Tech defense up and down the field with the first major strike came at the hands of “The New Storm’s” Andre Ellington when he ran for 55 yards for the score with just a little more than 13 minutes left in the first quarter. The Tigers defense showed much improvement from the losses to Auburn, Miami and North Carolina as they continued to pressure Joshua Nesbitt the entire game holding him to 6 for 19 for 83 yards. Then again, Georgia Tech really isn’t known for their passing game, but the Yellow Jackets did try to come out passing against a Tigers defense that has been prone to giving up the big passing plays.
Kyle Parker continued to show why he’s the leader of this young team by going 17 for 27 for 167 yards including a 10 yard touchdown to Andre Ellington in response to a 26 yard field goal by Georgia Tech’s Scott Blair.
This game has literally brought the Tigers Nation down in South Carolina back to life and has the Tigers believing that they can run the table and get a chance to play for the ACC Championship again. The Tigers get that chance next week when they face off against the Eagles of Boston College who just lost a close thriller to the Maryland Terrapins who lost to the Tigers last week. This thrilling match up takes place at 12 Noon.
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Written by Adrian Wilkins
Supreme Knight (Adrian Wilkins) is a former pro wrestler and MMA Manager that happens to have a strong love for football. He's married to a Dallas Cowboys fan and asks the world not to judge him for that.