Last Tuesday I wrote about 4 keys to victory in the Clemson/UGA game. How did the Tigers do in meeting those goals and did they really make a difference in the game?
1. 40 or more rushing attempts. Check, the Tigers ran the ball 46 times for 197 yards and Rod McDowell was outstanding while Tajh Boyd was his usual clutch self on 3rd down.
2. Run 75 plays. Check, the Tigers ended up with 76 plays. Yes, the last 2 were of the victory formation fashion, but those are part of the game.
3. Hold Georgia under 40 rushing attempts. Half a check. Georgia ended up with 41 rushing attempts officially, but 4 of those were sacks of Murray. I have to believe this number would have been higher except for the extended absence of Todd Gurley during the first quarter, but after giving up a 75 yard TD to Gurley early on the Tiger defense was solid (for the most part) against the run.
4. 28 minutes or more time of possession. The Tigers missed this by 18 seconds, ending up with 27:42.
The Tigers did just enough to win against a tough opponent in an electric environment in Death Valley in a game that served as an incredibly positive advertisement for Clemson University and the tradition of Clemson football.