GA (Gainesville HS)
Years Played: 2014 - 2016
*Clemson scored 21 points in the first half. Tied for the most Clemson has scored in a first half against Georgia. The Tigers also scored 21 in the first half in 1986 and in 2013. The halftime score last year was 21-21.
*Clemson gained 276 yards of total offense and scored 21 points in the first half. The Tigers averaged 253 yards of total offense and 20.5 points per half last year.
*Clemson ran 54 plays in the first half, the most plays Clemson has run in a half against Georgia since 1980 when the Tigers ran 56 in the first half in the game in Athens. The Tigers ran 56 plays to just 10 for Georgia in the first half of that game, yet Georgia led 14-10 at intermission.
*Average starting field position for this game was the key stat. Georgia’s average start was its own 43 and Clemson’s average start was its own 19. This was just the second time in the last 17 years that Clemson had an average starting field position inside its own 20. It was the 10th time in the last 17 years that the opposition started at its own 40 or better.
*The difference of 24 yards per possession was the second most in the last 17 years and the most since the 2006 Wake Forest game, a game Clemson won. Wake Forest’s average start was midfield and Clemson’s was its own 21 for a 29-yard margin per possession in that game eight years ago.
*This was the first season opening loss for Dabo Swinney as head coach. It was the program’s first season opening loss since 2008 when Alabama defeated the Tigers 34-10 in the Georgia Dome.
*This was Clemson’s fourth season opening loss since 2000. All four have been to top 25 SEC teams. The previous three teams to defeat Clemson in the opener have gone on to a combined record of 36-6 and all have finished in the top 10.
*Clemson game captains today were Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
#18 6-4, 231
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Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
View Full Profile, Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
View Full Profile, Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
View Full Profile, and Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Sr. Tight End
#86 6-6, 250
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*McKensie Alexander started in the secondary for the Tigers today in his first game as a redshirt freshman.. He is the first freshman to start the first game of the season in the secondary since Alex Ardley in 1998. Ardley started all 11 games that season.
*Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
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*Both quarterbacks directed touchdown drives for Clemson in the first half. Cole Stoudt took the Tigers on a pair of scoring drives (70 and 68) and freshman Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-3, 204
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*Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
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*Vic Beasley record a sack in the first half and had two tackles for loss for the game. He now has 22 sacks for his career and moved into sixth place in Clemson history and is tied with Brentson BucknerBrentson Buckner
Defensive Tackle (1990 - 1993)
#89 6-3, 315
View Full Profile and Bryant McNeal. He needs seven to become Clemson’s career leader.
*Clemson safety Robert SmithRobert Smith
#27 5-11, 211
St. George, SC
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*Adam Humphries had five catches tonight and went over the 100 mark for his career. He enters the home opener against South Carolina State with 102.
*Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
#92 6-6, 230
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*C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
#32 5-10, 203
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*When Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass in the second period he became the first Clemson freshman quarterback to throw a touchdown pass since Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
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, Vic Beasley
, Tajh Boyd
, Sam Cooper
, Adam Humphries
, Grady Jarrett
, Charone Peake
, Robert Smith
, Cole Stoudt
, Bradley Pinion
, Brentson Buckner