How ’bout them Dawgs?
No. 5 ranked Georgia (1-0, 0-0) took down No. 3 ranked Clemson (0-1, 0-0) Saturday night in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium by a score of 10-3.
It was not always pretty, but it sure was effective. We just witnessed maybe the greatest display of defense in the history of Georgia football.
Going up against a Clemson team that’s expected to be an offensive powerhouse, the Georgia defense did not flinch.
In fact, it simply dominated.
A ferocious pass rush, which recorded 7 sacks, held Clemson to just 180 yards of total offense.
Every time the Tigers thought they were about to move the ball, Georgia simply did not let them.
Only six points were scored offensively by both teams combined. The difference was a second quarter pick-six by Georgia junior defensive back Christopher Smith. That proved to be enough.
Oh, and Clemson only rushed for two yards the whole night.
Tigers’ quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, a preseason Heisman hopeful, looked far from it. Georgia held the young quarterback to 178 yards on 19/37 passing.
But what about Georgia’s offense?
Well, Clemson fans surely are not hanging their heads because of their team’s defensive effort.
Georgia’s high powered offense struggled.
JT Daniels, another preseason Heisman hopeful, only threw for 135 yards on 22/30 passing. He definitely struggled.
Zamir White put the Dawgs on his back at the end of it. He did not have huge numbers on Saturday – 74 yards on 13 carries – but he stepped up when it matters.
Georgia has work to do offensively. But then again, this was definitely the best defense the Dawgs will play all season.
Celebrate. We just beat Clemson.