Clemson had nightmares in offensive struggle against the Bulldogs
Clemson- The Tigers' offense was stagnant in a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs 10-7
The young Clemson team with a new identity opened up their season against the Georgia Bulldogs in a prime time match-up. D.J. Uiagalelei had some huge shoes to fill since Trevor Lawrence was drafted to the Jacksonville Jaguars this year. Uiagalelei struggled in the first half trying to figure out the Bulldogs defense. Prior to him snapping the ball, Georgia would have a lot of movement on the defensive line, confusing Uiagalelei.
Defensively, Clemson did a good job with keeping Zamir White and Kendall Milton contain in the first two quarters. Both players combined for 37 yards. Everything was going okay for Clemson until Uiagalelei threw an interception to Christopher Smith, who returned it 74-yards to put GA on top,7-0.
The Tigers walked in the locker room with a total of 90 yards and nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
Clemson's offense struggled to find a wrinkle in the Bulldogs' offense in the second half. They tried a little mis-direction, RPO, and some running draws to try to get something positive going, but nothing was working. Each time Uiagalelei snapped the ball, a GA defender was in the backfield and he was forced to throw the ball away or take a sack.
GA was shredding the Tigers and making them look like cubs on the field. JT Daniels was starting to get comfortable and zipping passes into some tight windows. Late into the third, the Tigers stopped the Bulldogs from scoring a touchdown and forced them to kick a field goal. The field goal was good and GA extended their lead 10-0.
For the first time in the game, Uiagalelei threw a 30-yard pass to his receiver at the start of the fourth. Four plays later Clemson was forced to attempt a field goal. The field goal was good, which cut GA's lead to a one possession game, 10-7.
The Bulldogs iced the game with a few first downs and went on to win.