Georgia Tech hung in for a while, but in the end the Clemson scoring machine was just too much for the Yellow Jackets to handle, as the No. 8 Tigers handed them a humbling 55-31 defeat in Death Valley on Thursday night .
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd broke several records, including passing former N.C. State QB Phillip Rivers for the ACC‘s all-time lead in touchdown passes when he threw is 96th in the second quarter, and then going on to throw one more during the game. Boyd went 20-26 for 340 yards and four touchdowns, in what ended up being a dominating performance that ended during the fourth quarter when Boyd went down hard and had to have his left shoulder examined.
Boyd finished with 383 total yards and five TDs, and also became the first ACC quarterback to ever pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in his career.
The Tigers didn’t lose a step with Cole Stoudt in at quarterback however, who also added a running touchdown after replacing Boyd in the 4th.
It’s easy to look at both Georgia Tech’s offense and defense and see a lot of deficiencies in this game, but the truth of the matter is, the Yellow Jackets were just outgunned on both sides of the ball. Clemson had better players, and even the best game plan can’t make up for a big discrepancy in talent.
It wasn’t all bad for the Jackets however. Senior DE Jeremiah Attaochu played a whale of a game, including two of the four Georgia Tech sacks, and continued his season-long dominating performance at the line. DL Adam Gotsis added a sack and an interception that seemingly kept the Tech in the game during the second quarter.
The biggest performance however, came from senior A-back Robert Godhigh, who tallied 229 total yards, and two touchdowns. Godhigh was Lee’s go-to guy all night, and seemingly the Clemson defense had no answer for him. Unfortunately, the Tigers had more than enough answers for the rest of the Yellow Jackets offense.
The worst part of the humiliating defeat is that Georgia Tech has lost any chance of moving on to an ACC Championship game with their third conference loss. The next goal for the Jackets will be to secure a spot in one of the better bowl games this season.