Statistically, it was one of those games that can only be put into context by turning to the archives. Prior to Saturday, Clemson hadn’t been shut out of the end zone since a 24-6 loss to Alabama in the 2017 Playoff semifinal (starting quarterback: Kelly Bryant) or held to as few as 3 points since September 2007. The Tigers’ output in terms of total offense (180 yards) was their worst since 2004; their final total on the ground (2 yards rushing) the worst since 2008; their average gain (3.0 yards per play) the worst since 2006. DJ Uiagalelei’s pass efficiency rating (86.4) ranked among the bottom 5 performances by a Clemson quarterback in the past decade. Georgia racked up 7 sacks, forced 5 three-and-outs, and limited the Tigers to no gain or a loss on nearly half of their total snaps.
You can give me all the DJU this, offensive line that you want, but the fact remains that Georgia’s defense laid an ass whooping on Clemson the likes of which hadn’t occurred since Dabo became the head coach there. Smart and Lanning painted their masterpiece in Charlotte.