Christopher Smith returned an interception 74 yards for a landing and No. 5 Georgia turned in a defensive effort for the ages, toppling third-ranked Clemson 10-3 on Saturday within the opener for each groups.
The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 2 yards dashing and sacked D.J. Uiagalelei seven instances to place themselves for a run on the School Soccer Playoffs.
Uiagalelei, who entered the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 19 of 37 for 178 yards with one interception. He bobbled snaps, was out of sync along with his receivers and spent many of the day below heavy duress towards a relentless Bulldogs move rush.
Even when Georgia turned the ball over, the Tigers could not take benefit.
With Clemson down 7-0 within the third quarter, Baylon Specter appeared to offer the Tigers they momentum they wanted when he intercepted J.T. Daniels’ move on the Georgia 33. However after a brief achieve on first down Uiagalelei was sacked on consecutive performs and Clemson was compelled to punt.
Clemson did not rating till 9:08 left within the sport when a 44-yard reception by Joseph Ngata an a defensive move interference penalty arrange a 22-yard subject aim by B.T. Potter, serving to the Tigers keep away from their first shutout since 2003.
Regardless of being dominated all sport, the Tigers had an opportunity to tie with 7:35 left once they took over at their very own 25. The Tigers would attain midfield and Dabo Swinney went for on fourth-and-5, solely to see Uiagalelei’s hurried move fall incomplete.
From there, the Bulldogs ran out the clock.
Georgia’s protection, which dominated the road of scrimmage, set the tone early with Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean registering third-down sacks on Clemson’s first two possessions.
In a primary half dominated by protection — and a few fairly spectacular punting — it was solely becoming the one rating got here when Smith jumped in entrance of a Uiagalelei move meant for Justyn Ross and raced 74 yards to the top zone to offer the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Former Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 decide in April’s NFL draft, made a surprise appearance on the sport. Lawrence will begin his profession with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 12 once they open the season on the Houston Texans.
Georgia will make a leap into the highest 4, and presumably the highest three after No. 2 Oklahoma struggled to beat Tulane. Clemson may drop out of the highest 5 after being held to 180 yards.
Georgia: The protection goes to be a drive to reckoned with. It held Clemson to 2 yards dashing and had seven sacks, barely giving Uiagalelei an opportunity to arrange within the pocket. This will very effectively be one of the best protection within the nation.
Clemson: One of many issues getting into the sport was how the Tigers had been going to exchange the manufacturing of working again Travis Etienne. Tigers working backs Kobe Tempo and Will Shipley mixed for simply 14 yards on eight carries. On the flip aspect, Clemson’s protection is powerful, holding Georgia to simply three factors.
Georgia: Hosts Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.
Clemson: Hosts South Carolina State on Saturday.