This isn't 2011. This is a different Clemson team that learned a lesson from last year's loss to Georgia Tech.
Clemson was 8-0 last year when it went to Atlanta and was upset by the Yellow Jackets. This year, the No. 15-ranked Tigers avoided the letdown and were able to hang on for the 47-31 win. Georgia Tech gave Clemson a good scare -- and Clemson's defense gave its fans a good scare for the majority of the game -- but in the end, it was Georgia Tech's defense that came up short. Again.
Clemson held Georgia Tech to a field goal in the fourth quarter and got a safety, not to mention more outstanding plays from receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins had seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. That might have been Clemson's toughest test remaining on the schedule. The Tigers' success continues to be good for the ACC, as the league needs to keep its two ranked teams ranked in order to stand a chance at two BCS bowl bids. It was more bad news, though, for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.
It was a much better effort, but Georgia Tech has now lost three straight games.