Coming into this game, several Clemson fans were concerned that the team was ripe for a letdown game, and some around the country felt like Georgia Tech might provide a prime opportunity for an upset.
There's still plenty of time left and anything can happen, but through 30 minutes in Death Valley, it doesn't look like the Jackets are in position to pull that off.
Tigers RB Wayne Gallman scored a 66-yard rushing touchdown on the third snap of the game to put the home team up 7-0. Georgia Tech responded with a three-play drive that finished with a Justin Thomas interception on a poor throw into traffic. A goal line stand by the Yellow Jackets' defense held Clemson to a field goal, extending the Tigers' lead to 10-0.
The Jackets went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, before the defense forced and recovered a fumble deep in Tigers' territory. Georgia Tech was unable to go anywhere, but luckily found themselves in field goal range -- Harrison Butker cut the lead to 10-3. Clemson then went 80 yards on 10 plays to extend the lead to 17-3, before a bad snap to Ryan Rodwell resulted in a safety that made the lead 19-3. The Tigers then went 66 yards on 5 plays for a 26-3 lead.
It was the second quarter before Georgia Tech had any semblance of offensive success. The Yellow Jackets were able to get some momentum, though, aided by a successful fake punt to convert on fourth down before Justin Thomas hit a wide open Clinton Lynch for a 50-yard passing touchdown. It was 26-10 shortly before halftime when Clemson went 70 yards in 10 plays to add to their lead, finishing with a second touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett.
Marcus Marshall leads the Jackets in rushing with 33 yards on 7 carries. Justin Thomas has 6 yards on 8 carries and is 2-for-7 through the air with 53 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. The offensive woes have largely continued, while the special teams have continued to be problematic for Georgia Tech.
There's plenty of football left to play, though. Can the Jackets pull off the comeback?