Tigers throttle Tech


CLEMSON - The seventh-ranked Clemson Tigers, coming off a bye week after suffering a 27-24 loss to Syracuse, bounced back with a 24-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Georgia Tech received the opening kickoff and picked up a first down. However, running back KirVonte Benson fumbled the ball and the Tigers recovered at the Yellow Jacket 45-yard line.

After a 7-yard completion from quarterback Kelly Bryant to wide receiver Deon Cain, Bryant went back to him for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Alex Spence made the extra point to make it 7-0 with 12:51 left in the first quarter.

After a 52-yard punt by GT freshman punter Pressley Harvin, the former Sumter High School standout, the Tigers were on the move again. Freshman running back Travis Etienne fumbled the ball though and Tech recovered at its 33.

Benson broke off a 65-yard run to the CU 9 on the first play. The Clemson defense stiffened though and limited Georgia Tech to a 25-yard field goal by Brenton King to make it 7-3 with 4:53 left in the first quarter.

Clemson responded with an 8-play, 65-yard scoring drive to go up 14-3 with 1:56 left in the quarter. Running back Adam Choice scored from two yards out.

The Tigers pushed the lead to 21-3 late in the first half with a 10-play, 71-yard drive. Etienne scored from two yards out with 3:26 left in the second quarter.

Clemson limited the Yellow Jackets' run-heavy option offense to just 110 yards of total offense in the first half.

Bryant, who was playing after leaving the Syracuse loss with a concussion while trying to play with an ankle injury, was 14-for-19 for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries as well.

The Tigers pushed the lead to 24-3 on its first drive of the second half. Clemson started at its 13 and drove all the way to the Tech 19 before Spence booted a 29-yard field goal with 10:32 left in the third quarter.