Georgia Tech eager to show it’s back in showdown vs. Clemson. After getting “screened to death” in defeating Mercer two weeks ago, Vanderbilt inexplicably stayed away from the high-percentage pass for most of Georgia Tech’s win over the Commodores last week.
NCAA College Football 2016
Georgia Tech vs Clemson Live Stream
Date : Thursday, September 22
Time : 7:30p ET
That will change when Tech (3-0, 1-0 ACC) hosts Clemson (3-0) on Thursday at Bobby Dodd Stadium because the screen pass is an important part of the Tigers’ playbook…even if it’s not being used as much this season.
ATLANTA — For Georgia Tech, it’s a chance to put to rest all reminders of that dismal 2015 season.
Clemson is coming to town.
The Yellow Jackets may be unbeaten, but the level of competition — Boston College, Mercer and Vanderbilt — isn’t enough to lift the cloud that still lingers over this program after last year’s 3-9 debacle.
An upset over the No. 5 Tigers would certainly change that perception.
“I think we’re a little better than we were a year ago,” coach Paul Johnson said. “But this is the most talented team we’ve played — by a lot.”
Georgia Tech (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is hoping the prime-time setting Thursday will rekindle the sort of atmosphere that helped produce the only highlight a season ago.
That will be answered this week. If Georgia Tech can move the ball effectively against the Tigers, it could have something special.
“We’ve gotten better each game,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “We’ll have to get way better because this is the best team we’ve played by a mile.”
Georgia Tech is averaging 397.7 yards per game, 257.3 of that on the ground. But the Clemson defense ranks eighth in the nation in total defense (250 yards per game) and gives up just 92 yards rushing.
Johnson said his team’s offense is better than it showed in 2015 but hasn’t yet approached the high standards set in 2014. He added, “I think we have the potential to get where we were in ’14.”
That is possible if quarterback Justin Thomas continues to play as he did in the win over the Commodores. Thomas threw for 136 yards and one touchdown and rushed 11 times for 84 yards.
“We still have some issues, but from Game One to this point, we’re night-and-day a lot better,” Thomas said. “People are communicating more, coming off the ball better and as a whole we’re starting to click. Got to keep getting better each week and not have any setbacks.”
Thomas has been around long enough to know that Clemson will provide a reality check. This will be his third start against the Tigers — he led Tech to the victory in 2014, but got pummeled 43-24 last year at Death Valley, rushing 14 times for 3 yards. He also threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted once and sacked twice. That was Georgia Tech’s low point for the season.