Clemson vs. Georgia Tech score: Live game updates, college football scores, NCAA highlights, full coverage

No. 1 Clemson got off to a sluggish start but after an explosive second quarter the Tigers are in total control, leading Georgia Tech 52-7 at halftime. Both Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne were responsible for first half turnovers, but they were supported by a defense that is starting to come into its own here in the early-middle stages of Clemson’s season. After Etienne’s fumble the Tigers’ defense forced a three-and-out and after Lawrence’s interception Clemson got not only a fourth down stop against the Yellow Jackets but a turnover on the play as well. The defense also contributed to the mental mistakes of the first quarter, allowing Georgia Tech to pop off a 59-yard touchdown on a pass from Jeff Sims to Jalen Camp. 

The 35-0 rout of the second quarter was largely a product of the passing game, as Lawrence currently has 391 yards and five touchdowns on 22-of-27 passing. Amari Rodgers had the most impressive reception of the half, getting behind the Georgia Tech secondary and speeding down the field for an 83-yard score, and he leads the team with 161 yards and two scores on six catches. Cornell Powell, Davis Allen and Frank Ladson each hauled in touchdowns as well, and the first half featured a few flash plays from freshman E.J. Williams, a name to note as we look ahead to the Clemson offense for 2021 and beyond. 

Speaking of 2021 and beyond, it would not be a surprise to see freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei making an appearance in the second half if the second quarter trends continue, as the Tigers look to improve to 5-0 on the season with their 42nd ACC win in their last 44 conference games. 

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