Georgia vs. Clemson notes: Bulldogs' defense fuels top-five win
Blake Lovell • 9/4/2021 in Football
Here are notes on Georgia's 10-3 win against Clemson.
- One play changed the game for the Bulldogs, as Christopher Smith's 74-yard interception return for a touchdown was the only touchdown Georgia needed to earn the victory.
“We frustrated and confused them,” Kirby Smart said via The Associated Press. “I knew we were would be pretty good and pretty deep on defense. But we’re more athletic than when we were in the past.”
- Nakobe Dean was one of six Bulldogs to earn a sack on Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Dean had two sacks in the contest.
- Clemson's defense did its job in slowing down JT Daniels and the Georgia offense, which only produced a field goal. Daniels went 22 of 30 for 135 yards and an interception, though he did distribute the ball to 11 different players in the passing game.
- Georgia running back Zamir White, a Second Team Preseason All-SEC selection, had 13 carries for 74 yards.
- As for the Clemson running game, well, it didn't do much. The Tigers had finished with just two yards rushing, with a big reason for that being Uigalelei's -22 yards on sacks. However, only one Clemson player hit the double-digit rushing mark, as Lyn-J Dixon had one carry for 10 yards.