Friday, September 11, 2009

GT HOLDS ON TO BEAT CLEMSON

#15 GEORGIA TECH 30, CLEMSON 27

Say what you will about ACC football, evidently it is going to be entertaining.
Georgia Tech raced to a 24-0 lead after scoring early on a long run and two Clemson miscues only to have the Tigers roar back in the second half.

The Jacket’s Scott Blair, who had earlier thrown a touchdown pass on a fake field goal, kicked a 36-yarder with 57 seconds to give 15th ranked Georgia Tech the win.

Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC) pulled itself back from the brink of a potentially devastating loss as Clemson (1-1, 0-1) scored 27 straight points, and actually taking the lead with 11:33 to go.

After a blunder filled first half, the second half rally had to be encouraging to Dabo Swinney’s crew.

"I'm proud of the way we played against a top 15 team on the road," C.J. Spiller said. "We kept thinking we would come back and get back in the game. You have to believe. You have to have faith."

Kyle Parker, a redshirt freshman making only his second college start, threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, hooking up with Spiller on a 63-yarder and Jacoby Ford on a 77-yarder, sandwiched around a 9-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Allen.
Spiller rushed for 87 yards and caught four passes for 69 more. Ford had five catches for 109 yards.

Anthony Allen led Georgia Tech with 127 yards rushing on just five carries, including an 82-yard touchdown on his team's second play from scrimmage.

Ultimately, the close score has to make the two special team gaffs that led to two Georgia Tech touchdowns that much harder to swallow for the men in purple and their now, no doubt, beleaguered special teams coach.

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