Clemson's offense left a lot to be desired early in the game, seemingly not improving from last season's disappointing showing.
The offensive line struggled to give DJ Viagalelli enough time to make plays, and Clemson's receivers didn't help their quarterback downfield, but the former 5-star prospect settled down and rebounded nicely.
Uiagalelei finished with over 200 passing yards, something he did in just two games last season, and Clemson's specialists showed with a pair of blocked punts. And we got a sneak preview of Cade Klink’s experience late in the game as well.
And Clemson kind of responded. Tech went for a long shot on the first play from scrimmage, but Clemson's Andrew Mukuba picked off Jeff Sims' pass at the 27-yard line.
An ugly first trimester-For both teams. Clemson finished the 1st frame with 38 yards of total offense, while Tech mustered just 28, while 13 of the Yellow Jackets' 24 plays in the quarter went for 1 yard or less.
Clemson blocked a Tech punt, recovered by Brannon Spector, who returned the ball to the 5, but Clemson's offense stalled near the goal line.That was, until Will Shipley got involved.
On 4th and goal and looking to make a statement with an offensive line that wasn't jiving early, Clemson seized the opportunity and Shipley drove through the line for his first touchdown of the season.