You couldn’t tell it from the 27-10 score, but the Georgia Tech defense actually started off playing pretty well against Clemson. Unfortunately the offense handing the ball back after four consecutive four-and-out possessions winded the defense sooner than hoped, and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd took advantage.
Senior Yellow Jackets DE Jeremiah Attaochu has two sacks, twice as many pressures and handful of tackles to start off the game, as he has anchored the Georgia Tech defensive line to keep the Tigers from starting any type of run game. Unfortunately, the secondary hasn’t been as effective, and Boyd (13 for 18, 234 yards and 3 TDs) has had his choice of receivers on several deep plays. The Tigers had three plays of over 25 yards in the second quarter, including a 78-yard TD pass.
The Jackets have had some success throwing the ball, and hitting receivers as they are released in to the flat, and head coach Paul Johnson may have to resort to more of that to be able to get the Clemson d-line to back off on the run game a little. Tech has only rushed for 72 yards in the first half (they are averaging 320 per game).
Right now, limiting the big plays, and getting Vad Lee to recognize the need to go with the pitch a little sooner have to be the focus in the locker room. Clemson is shooting the inside gaps and forcing the ball to the edge, but Lee isn’t seeing the play quickly enough. Robert Godhigh has a couple of big plays, including a reception for 38 yards, and a 33-yard run that set up the Jackets only touchdown of the first half.