Woody Dantzler likely reignited his flickering Heisman Trophy hopes with a sterling performance in an unlikely setting.
Dantzler rushed for 164 yards on 25 carries, the last of which covered 11 yards for the game-winner in overtime. The senior quarterback also completed 21-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. His final touchdown pass was a 63-yarder to J.J. McKelvey that gave the Tigers a 41-38 lead with 1:58 remaining.
BAG OF TRICKS
Clemson resorted to yet another trick play Saturday, using a fake punt to keep alive its second drive of the game.
Faced with fourth and one from its own 47, upback Bernard Rambert took a direct snap from center and handed to Chad Jasmin on and inside reverse. Jasmin momentarily bobbled the ball, but recovered and fell forward for the necessary yard.
Clemson also got a huge break on the play preceding the fake punt. Jasmin clearly fumbled at the Clemson 47 and had the ball returned for an apparent touchdown by Georgia Tech. But the officials ruled Jasmin down by contact, nullifying the touchdown.
FIRST AND LONGEST
- Woody Dantzler’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Matt Bailey was the longest completion of his career, until he threw the 63-yarder to McKelvey. The 55-yarder was the longest reception of Bailey’s career.
- Georgia Tech wide receiver Will Glover’s 16-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his first reception of the season.
In yet another blow to the wide receiver corps, junior Tony Elliott suffered a broken wrist in the first half. No report on how long he will be out was announced in the press box.
THREE-PEAT TIMES SIX
For the sixth consecutive season, the final margin of victory in the game between these teams was 3 points.
LET’S PLAY FIVE
Clemson is now 2-0 all time in overtime games, while Georgia Tech falls to 2-2.
Clemson finally will get a chance to add to its tombstone collection outside the Jervey Practice Complex.
The Tigers are awarded a tombstone every time they defeat a Top 25 opponent on the road. The last such victory came against North Carolina St in 1997.