The season opener on the road in Death Valley turned out to be a nightmare for the Bulldogs. Clemson jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half, which all but sealed the Dawgs’ fate before the game even reached halftime. The Tigers held a seven point lead at the end of the first quarter, but then exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter. Georgia got on the board with a touchdown in the third but it was too little, too late. Both teams tacked on late field goals for the final 35-10 outcome.
The Tigers had no trouble dominating the UGA defense, totaling 467 yards of total offense and 23 first downs in a very balanced attack. Clemson had 134 yards rushing to go along with 333 yards through the air. The Dawgs also had difficulty stopping Clemson on third down, where the Tigers had a 62-percent conversion rate.
The UGA offense didn’t have any more success than the defense. The Dawgs were stymied by Clemson’s defense and were forced to punt the ball seven times. For whatever reason, Todd Gurley only finished the game with 13 carries. The experienced offensive line also had trouble protecting Aaron Murray and allowed four sacks. On the other side of the ball, Tajh Boyd wasn’t sacked one time. Certainly some questionable playcalling by Coach Bobo and Coach Grantham.
Tajh Boyd – Clemson
Boyd wasn’t particularly accurate, completing 18 of 34 passes, but he got the job done when he needed to. He finished with 313 yards passing and two touchdowns and essentially put the game away with his 55-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, which gave Clemson a 21 point lead.
Todd Gurley – Georgia
The only problem with Todd Gurley from this game is that he didn’t get the ball enough. He finished with 82 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and he also caught one pass out of the backfield for 35 yards. Add in his 100 yards from kick returns and Gurley finished the game with 217 total yards. That’s over 11 yards every time he touched the ball. He clearly has the ability, he just needs to get the opportunities.
It’s a disappointing start to the season for the Dawgs but they must now quickly turn their attention to the SEC home opener against South Carolina. The Gamecocks are coming off an exciting 35-31 victory over North Carolina and the winner of this game will get a leg-up in the race to win the SEC East.