Saturday, October 29, 2011
1Q: Georgia Tech 7, Clemson 3
By Heather Dinich
ATLANTA -- In a game that features two average defenses, Georgia Tech's defense has gotten off to an above-average start. Cornerback Louis Young forced a fumble that set up Georgia Tech's first touchdown and gave the Jackets the 7-3 lead. It was a costly turnover for Clemson, which was pushed back for losses on three straight plays. While Georgia Tech's offense gets all of the ink, it was the Jackets' defense that had the crowd roaring in Bobby Dodd Stadium. T.J. Barnes' 16-yard sack of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was a big boost for the Georgia Tech defense and was the spark that got it started.
Clemson's defense has started strong, too, getting after quarterback Tevin Washington and forcing the Jackets into third-and-long situations, and they haven't been able to get out of them with their passing game as well as Clemson can. A 14-yard penalty from a personal foul didn't help Georgia Tech -- but the Jackets' defense did.
This isn't the first time Clemson has started a game cold this season. It's still waaaay too early to tell which direction this game is headed, but Georgia Tech's defense has been the highlight so far.