Three of Clemson’s first four scores came off of drives beginning in Georgia Tech turnovers. A muffed punt led to a 6-yard scramble by Lawrence, a forced fumble led to a 14 yard rushing score by Etienne, and a fourth down goal-line interception paved the way to a 61-yard Lawrence to Tee Higgins touchdown.
What Went Well:
Trevor Lawrence is rushing more than last year, and he has the wheels to pick up significant gains (ex: his 14 yard scramble to end the first quarter). The junior trio of Etienne and Higgins look like stars with their big play ability.
Even though Georgia Tech’s offense is disappointing, Clemson’s defense has played well in its own right. From new starters such as Thomas, Skalski, and Smith shining to an impressive four down goal line stand, Venables’ defense hasn’t dropped off as much as outsiders expected.
Room for Improvement:
Clemson’s offense hasn’t dominated Georgia Tech like most expected, especially through the air. Instead of consistent offense, Clemson’s first four scores were after turnovers or on massive chunk plays. While impressing on the ground and with his effort, Lawrence has looked abnormally human through the air this half.
What to Watch:
With a commanding lead against an outmatched team, it’s likely Clemson will play backups and keep their cards close to the vest if the Yellow Jackets can’t claw back in the game soon.