Oct 15, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) catches the ball in front of Syracuse Orange linebacker Marlowe Wax (2) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson hangs on as Syracuse misses late FG

Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt missed a 48-yard field goal with 43 seconds left as Clemson held on for a 17-14 victory over host Syracuse on Friday night.

It was fifth game this season decided by a touchdown or less for Clemson (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), the six-time defending league champion.

The Tigers have won eight of their past nine meetings with Syracuse (3-4, 0-3), which lost its third consecutive game, all by three points.

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei completed a season-high 21 passes on 34 attempts for 181 yards and a touchdown. However, the Tigers once again had to rely on their defense, which entered the night ranked second in the nation in opponents’ scoring at 12.5 points per game.

Syracuse running back Sean Tucker, who has rushed for 100 yards or more in six of seven games this season, had 132 yards by halftime Friday. He was held to only 25 in the second half.

The game was close throughout. Clemson broke a scoreless tie by driving 87 yards in 13 plays early in the second quarter for a 19-yard touchdown reception by Joseph Ngata in the far right edge of the end zone.

Syracuse responded on its ensuring possession, driving 91 yards for a tying touchdown. Tucker set the Orange up with a 39-yard run to the Clemson 2-yard line, and quarterback Garrett Shrader dashed untouched around the left side on the next play, knotting the game with 5:33 left in the first half.

Clemson came back to grab a 14-7 lead with nine seconds remaining in the half, driving 58 yards in 13 plays in just 1:58. The Tigers converted a fourth-and-5 on the drive when punter Will Spiers — who played quarterback in high school — lofted a 17-yard pass to tight end Davis Allen for the first down.

Justyn Ross then snagged a 15-yard pass to set the Tigers up at the 2, and running back Kobe Pace bulled in on the next play. Pace led Clemson with 76 yards on 14 carries.

After a scoreless third quarter, Clemson extended its lead to 17-7 with a 40-yard field goal by B.T. Potter with 9:22 left in the game. Syracuse struck back quickly, getting a 62-yard touchdown pass from Shrader to Trevor Pena on its next possession to pull within 17-14 with 7:18 left.

Syracuse then drove from its own 7-yard line to the Clemson 30 where Szmyt, who earlier in the game became the school’s all-time leading scorer, came up short with 38 seconds remaining.

Shrader completed 17 of 37 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

–Field Level Media

Georgia fans root on their team during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Arkansas and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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Top 25: Alabama, Georgia still 1-2; Clemson falls out

Four teams from the Big Ten and two standout Group of Five programs sit among the Top 10 teams in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Clemson (3-2), the No. 25 team last week, fell out of the poll for the first time since 2014 after an uninspired win over Boston College.

Alabama and Georgia remained 1-2 in the poll for the fifth straight week, with the Crimson Tide capturing 53 of 62 first-place votes. Both teams are 5-0.

Iowa, which was No. 5 last week, catapulted into the No. 3 spot, leapfrogging No. 4 Penn State after pounding Maryland 51-14 on Saturday. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions, both 5-0, will meet next Saturday in Iowa City.

Moving into the Top 5 was Cincinnati (4-0). The Bearcats, ranked No. 7 last week, rose two places after a 24-13 win over then- No. 9 Notre Dame

The bottom half of the top 10 was jumbled by the re-entry of Ohio State, which had fallen to No. 11, and the entry of Michigan and BYU for the first time this season.

No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0) stayed put and was followed by the No. 7 Buckeyes (4-1), Oregon, the Wolverines (5-0) and BYU (5-0).

Oregon (4-1) fell from No. 3 to 8 following its overtime loss to Stanford, while Michigan moved up five places and BYU three.

Falling out of the Top 10 were Arkansas (4-1), which tumbled five spots to No. 13 following a 37-0 loss to Georgia; Notre Dame (4-1), which slipped to No. 14; and No. 20 Florida (3-2), which plunged 10 spots after a 20-13 loss to Kentucky (5-0).

The big win for Kentucky (5-0) moved the Wildcats into the Top 25, occupying the No. 16 spot.

Ole Miss (3-1), which entered play Saturday ranked No. 12, dropped to No. 17 after a 42-21 loss to Alabama.

Entering the Top 25 were No. 21 Texas (4-1), No. 22 Arizona State (4-1), No. 24 SMU (5-0) and No. 25 San Diego State (4-0). The Aztecs are 4-0 for just the second time in 40 years (2017).

Also falling out of the Top 25 were Texas A&M, Baylor, Fresno State and UCLA.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Boston College Eagles running back Travis Levy (23) is pushed out of bounds by Clemson Tigers cornerback Sheridan Jones (6) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

No. 25 Clemson outlasts visiting Boston College

Kobe Pace rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as No. 25 Clemson survived an upset bid from Boston College for a 19-13 victory Saturday night at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

Clemson (3-2, 2-1 in ACC) needed a fumble recovery by defensive end K.J. Henry at its own 23-yard line with 49 seconds left to preserve the victory against the Eagles (4-1, 0-1).

It was Clemson’s school-record 31st consecutive home victory, extending the longest active home winning streak in the nation. It also was the Tigers’ 11th consecutive victory against Boston College.

Pace, who got Clemson on the scoreboard first with a 59-yard burst with 8:02 left in the first quarter, became the Tigers’ first 100-yard rusher this season, posting 125 rushing yards on 19 carries. Pace also had two receptions for 41 yards.

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiaglalei continued to struggle, completing 13 of 28 passes for 207 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Joseph Ngata had four receptions for 111 yards to pace the Tigers.

Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel completed 23 of 40 attempts for 311 yards, but was intercepted twice.

Clemson’s defense held the Eagles to 46 yards rushing — 174 below their average – and collected nine tackles for loss, including four sacks.

After Pace’s early touchdown, Boston College responded with a 70-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by Connor Lytton.

The Tigers’ B.T. Potter added a pair of field goals from 18 and 40 yards in the second quarter to push Clemson’s lead to 13-3 before Lytton converted from 34 yards out to cut the Tigers’ lead to 13-6 with 19 seconds left in the half.

But Clemson, which improved to 46-0 since 2017 when holding a seven-point lead or more at halftime, had to hold on from there.

The Eagles wasted little time in evening the score, marching 75 yards in 55 seconds to open the second half. Tight ends Trae Barry and Joey Luchetti had back-to-back receptions for 33- and 39-yard gains, respectively, on the drive to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Pat Garwo that tied the game at 13-13.

Clemson’s Potter kicked field goals of 35 yards and 42 yards in the third and fourth quarters to push the Tigers’ lead to 19-13.

–Field Level Media

Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) is consoled by quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) after the Tigers lost 27-21 in two overtimes on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

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Boston College, No. 25 Clemson experiencing role reversal

In what would appear to be a complete role reversal, a struggling Clemson football team faces an undefeated Boston College team Saturday at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers (2-2, 1-1 ACC), who have slipped to No. 25, are coming off a 27-21 double-overtime loss at N.C. State on Saturday that marked the first time Clemson has suffered two regular-season defeats since 2014.

The Tigers’ six-year streak of Atlantic Coast Conference titles could be in jeopardy, as well as their bid to qualify for a seventh consecutive College Football Playoff.

“Our seniors haven’t been in a situation like this,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “It’s unusual. It has been a long time. We’ve lost a game, but that’s no adversity. Come on, 2-2 at Clemson, that’s a different experience, and there’s nobody on this team that’s experienced that.”

Boston College (4-0, 0-0), which is unbeaten after four games for the first time since 2007, is coming off a 41-34 overtime victory against Missouri.

The Eagles pushed Clemson to the limit in 2020, when quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed the game with COVID-19, forcing then-freshman D.J. Uiagalelei into a starting role. Uiagalelei came up big, passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a third as the Tigers scored 24 unanswered points to rally for a 34-28 victory.

Boston College coach Jeff Hafley remembers it well.

“If you watch the tape, he’s enormous,” Hafley said. “I would expect him to run the ball against us. He has about as strong of an arm as I’ve ever seen. He looks like he’s throwing 98 mile-an-hour fastballs — even when he throws on the run he can do it.”

Uiagalelei has struggled this season, completing only 56.2 percent of his passes for 586 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Clemson ranks last in the ACC in total offense, yards per play and passing efficiency, and will be without leading rusher Will Shipley, who is out for three to four weeks after suffering a lower leg injury at N.C. State.

“They’re getting a lot of undeserved criticism,” Hafley said. “They’re one of the most talented teams in America, with good coaches.”

Clemson also has lost two All-America candidates off its defensive front in Bryan Bresee, who tore an ACL against N.C. State, and Tyler Davis, who could miss two months with a torn bicep. That may make it more of a challenge to slow the Eagles’ potent rushing attack, which is anchored by a veteran offensive line and running back Pat Garwo, who has rushed for 412 yards and is averaging 6.3 yards per attempt.

“He had a really good camp, was making great run reads,” Hafley said. “He was hard to thud up and he’s bigger than people think he is. He just keeps his mouth shut and works, so I’m really happy for him.”

Senior Dennis Grosel will be making his third start this season in relief of Phil Jurkovec, who suffered a wrist injury in the Eagles’ second game that may sideline him for the season.

“This kid has played a lot of football — he’s one of the more experienced backups in the country,” Swinney said. “He’s a better runner than you’d like for him to be, he throws the ball well and is competitive.”

Clemson has won 30 consecutive games at Memorial Stadium — the longest active home winning streak in the nation — and the Tigers have won 10 games in a row against Boston College dating back to 2011.

–Field Level Media

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee (11) is looked at by trainers after being injured during the third quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.  The Tigers lost 27-21 in two overtimes game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.

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Clemson DT Bryan Bresee sustains season-ending ACL injury

Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said in a conference call with reporters on Sunday.

Bresee injured his left knee during the third quarter of Saturday’s 27-21 double-overtime loss to Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina State.

Also, top running back Will Shipley will miss approximately three to four weeks after suffering a leg injury.

Bresee was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and was blossoming as a star for the Tigers.

“It’s unfortunate, but injuries are a part of the game,” Swinney said of Bresee. “This will be part of his journey. I just appreciate him and his effort. What an unbelievable player he is. Just an incredible leader. I don’t have any doubt that when we get him out there and see him again, he’ll be better than ever.”

Bresee had 14 tackles and one sack this season. He had 33 tackles and four sacks in 12 games (10 starts) in 2020.

Shipley sustained an injury to his shin/tibia in the fourth quarter against NC State. He rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Shipley leads the Tigers with 213 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

The injuries are a blow for Clemson (2-2, 0-1 ACC), which is off to a poor start by its standards. The Tigers last lost more than two games in a season in 2014 when they went 10-3.

“This program is built on rock,” Swinney said. “It’s built the right way, and we’ll respond. We’re not immune to having bad moments. We’re not entitled to win the league. We’re not entitled to go to the playoff. We’ve got a talented team. We’re not where we thought we would be and there’s not anything we can do about that, other than just keep working.”

Saturday’s loss marked just the second time Clemson has lost to NC State in the past 17 meetings.

–Field Level Media

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables react during the fourth quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.

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Clemson plummets to No. 25 in AP poll; Alabama still No. 1

Clemson fell out of the top 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in 97 weeks, plummeting to No. 25 in the latest poll, released Sunday.

The drop came after the Tigers (2-2) were stunned by North Carolina State 27-21 in double overtime Saturday.

Clemson, previously ranked No. 9, wasn’t the only college blueblood to fall out of the top 10. Ohio State, which romped 59-7 over Akron, fell one spot to No. 11.

It was status quo at the top of the poll, with Alabama capturing 58 of 62 first-place votes to remain No. 1. Georgia, which got the other four votes, held firm at No. 2.

The top five was rounded out by No. 3 Oregon, Penn State and Iowa. All five teams are 4-0.

Oklahoma (4-0) fell two places to No. 6 after an unimpressive win over West Virginia and is followed by No. 7 Cincinnati (3-0), Arkansas (4-0), Notre Dame (4-0) and Florida (3-1).

For the Razorbacks, who climbed from No. 16 last week, it’s their highest ranking since 2012.

Texas A&M fell eight places to No. 15 after its 20-10 loss to Arkansas

Sandwiched between Ohio State and Texas A&M are a trio of undefeated teams: Ole Miss (3-0), BYU (4-0) and Michigan (4-0).

New to the poll this week are No. 19 Oklahoma Sate (4-0), No. 21 Baylor (4-0), No. 23 NC State (3-1) and Wake Forest (4-0).

Falling out were Wisconsin, Kansas State, North Carolina and Iowa State, which was No. 7 in the preseason Top 25 poll.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) waits for the snap against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Slipping in polls, No. 9 Clemson visits hungry NC State

After a close call last week in a 14-8 victory against upstart Georgia Tech, No. 9 Clemson hopes to continue its recent mastery over North Carolina State Saturday in an early Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division showdown in Raleigh, N.C.

Clemson has won 15 of its last 16 games against the Wolfpack, including eight in a row. The teams had played every year since 1971 until the series was suspended last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clemson outscored the Wolfpack 96-17 in their previous two games in 2018 and 2019, but the Tigers are only a 10-point favorite this week.

“We want to compete with everybody, particularly a team that’s won the league as many times as they have,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. “They’ve got bragging rights. They’ve earned that.”

Clemson (2-1, 1-0 ACC) is built around a defense that returned nine starters, and that experience has been evident through the first three games. The Tigers have the only FBS defense in the nation that has not allowed an offensive touchdown this season.

It marks the first time that Clemson has not allowed an offensive touchdown in the first three games of the season since 1950, but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is guarded about his team’s first true road game of the season.

“We’ve got a huge challenge this week going on the road against a very good N.C. State team,” Swinney said. “They’re complete. This has got to be one of the most experienced teams in college football. They play hard, they play tough.”

N.C. State (2-1, 0-0), which is coming off a 45-7 victory against FCS opponent Furman, has been led by quarterback Devin Leary, who has passed for 794 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions.

Running back Zonovan “Bam” Knight is fourth in the ACC in rushing at 99.3 yards per game.

“Offensively their quarterback is a baller,” Swinney said. “He’s an excellent thrower, he’s athletic, he moves around, he can run well. They’re very physical in the run game with two great running backs.

“Their defense — they look like us on tape. They’re stingy; they’ve not allowed a rushing touchdown all year.”

Clemson, meanwhile, has struggled offensively following the departure of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne to the NFL. The Tigers are averaging only 22 points per game — about half of what they averaged last season en route to a sixth straight ACC title and College Football Playoff appearance.

Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has struggled, completing only 59.3 percent of his passes with two interceptions and one touchdown. Freshman running back Will Shipley has had an instant impact with 168 yards and four touchdowns over the last two games, but senior backup Lyn-J Dixon on Monday announced that he’d be transferring from the program.

After last week’s uninspiring performance against Georgia Tech, the Tigers dropped to No. 9 in the polls, but Doeren isn’t buying major slippage from Swinney’s program.

“It’s more about us,” Doeren said. “They’re going to have what they have, have the coaches they have, the salaries they have, the fans that they have, all of it. Clemson is a very proud place and they should be.

“We’re going to celebrate who we are here, celebrate our fans and the city of Raleigh, what we have to talk about. I think sometimes you get too caught up in comparisons. The bottom line is we want to be the best we can be here, and to be the best N.C. State possible we have to go out, not beat us and play as hard as we can for each other, see where that puts us.”

–Field Level Media

Clemson wide receiver Ajou Ajou (11) leaps into the air before their game against Georgia Tech at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

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No. 6 Clemson weathers storm, late G-Tech rally for win

No. 6 Clemson weathers storm, late G-Tech rally for win
Will Shipley rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Clemson survived Georgia Tech as well as an extended lightning delay en route to a 14-8 victory Saturday at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

Clemson (2-1, 1-0 in ACC) notched its 30th consecutive home victory, extending the school record as well as the nation’s longest active home winning streak.

The Tigers have won seven consecutive games against the Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1 ACC), but got more than they bargained for after trouncing Georgia Tech 73-7 last season.

Georgia Tech outplayed Clemson for much of the game and outgained the Tigers 309-285, but Clemson’s defense came up big in crucial situations. Linebacker James Skalski thwarted a shovel pass from Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates to Dylan Deveney on fourth-and-goal from the Clemson 2-yard line with 15 seconds remaining as the Tigers survived in the ACC opener for both teams.

The Tigers’ defense has not allowed a touchdown through three games this season, marking the first time they’ve done that to open a season since 1950.

Shipley, a freshman running back, scored on a pair of three-yard runs — one in the first quarter, the second in the fourth — as the Tigers stuck to a conservative running game. Shipley, the ACC’s Rookie of the Week last week, has rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson’s last two games.

Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei was largely ineffective in the passing game, completing 18-of-25 passes for 126 yards.

Georgia Tech’s Yates completed 20-of-33 passes for 203 yards, including four for 82 yards to Kyric McGowan.

The game was delayed for one hour and 52 minutes by a nearby lightning strike with 32 seconds remaining in the first half and Clemson leading 7-0. When the teams finally resumed play, Tech’s Brent Cimaglia kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 7-3 at the half.

Clemson drove 66 yards in 11 plays to pull ahead 14-3 on Shipley’s second touchdown with 8:12 remaining, but the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t go away, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 14-6 on another 22-yard field goal by Cimaglia with 1:19 left, then recovering an onside kick and marching to the Clemson 2-yard line in the waning seconds before coming up short.

— Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; A detailed view of a Georgia Bulldogs helmet during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Top 2023 QB Arch Manning lines up college visits; Georgia next

The dance card is filling up for five-star quarterback prospect Arch Manning.

The latest in the line of Manning quarterbacks, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2023 will be at Georgia on Saturday to watch the Bulldogs take on South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference showdown, 247Sports reported Thursday.

After that, per the report, Manning will be in Tuscaloosa when Alabama hosts Ole Miss on Oct. 2. He visited Alabama in the summer.

Manning also was in Texas during the summer, and he’ll return to Austin to watch the Longhorns play Oklahoma State on Oct. 16 in a Big 12 contest. Clemson, another summer stop, is on the agenda for the Oct. 30 game vs. Florida State, per 247Sports.

He has plans for Oct. 23, too. He’ll be at Ole Miss, the alma mater of grandfather Archie, dad Cooper and his Uncle Eli.

Ole Miss will retire Eli Manning’s number that day when the Rebels play LSU. The younger Manning seems to have some interest in the family lineage school.

“Oxford is amazing,” Manning told 247Sports. “Coach (Jeff) Lebby and Coach (Lane) Kiffin are some of the smartest offensive minds I’ve ever met. I met with Coach Kiffin it seems like four hours and he blew me away with his knowledge and they’re going to put up some points this year and I’m excited to watch them.”

The 6-foot-4 Manning said he doesn’t expect to make a decision until spring or summer, well after his third season as the starter at Isidore Newman in New Orleans is over. Other schools, including LSU, Stanford and Tulane, also could get looks.

He led Isidore Newman to an 18-3 record over his first two seasons.

“It’s so hard to know or tell, I’m just taking it one day at a time,” he said of his choice. “I want to like the culture because coaches and assistant coaches move and go everywhere. I want good guys around me and good coaches and a good town and a good education.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Will Shipley (1) dives for a touchdown against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech hoping to put up a fight at No. 6 Clemson

It didn’t take long for Georgia Tech’s coaches to assess No. 6 Clemson ahead of Saturday’s clash in Clemson, S.C., the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

“They’ve got really good players completely across the board,” Yellow Jackets coach Geoff Collins said. “They don’t have holes in their roster; they have big-time players at every position.”

Collins is hopeful that Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC) has improved to the point where it can at least mount some semblance of a challenge to Clemson (1-1, 0-0), something it hasn’t done in quite some time.

After losing five of their first eight games against Georgia Tech under coach Dabo Swinney, the Tigers have outscored the Yellow Jackets 267-83 in sweeping their last six meetings, including a 73-7 victory last season that set an ACC record for margin of victory in a conference game.

Clemson is seeking a second consecutive victory after opening the season with a 10-3 loss against Georgia. Georgia Tech also is looking for back-to-back wins after a season-opening 22-21 loss to Northern Illinois.

“We’re excited about ACC play kicking off,” Swinney said. “We’ve got seven straight conference games. Our next goal is simple — win the division. But we know we’ve got a lot of improving to do to be the type of team we want to be.”

The Tigers found some offensive consistency last week in a 49-7 victory against FCS South Carolina State, averaging 6.7 yards per rush. The star was freshman running back Will Shipley, who had 80 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries to spark a Clemson rushing attack that amassed 242 yards.

But the Tigers’ calling card may be their veteran defense, which hasn’t allowed a touchdown through two games and held South Carolina State to nine first downs.

Clemson also has won 29 consecutive games at home — a school record and the longest active such streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

“We’ve got to get ready for the next one and the next one just happens to be one of the best teams in the country — great coaches, great players, great environment,” Collins said. “It’ll be a packed house I’m sure, so we know we have our work cut out for us.”

Swinney, meanwhile, is convinced that the Yellow Jackets are much improved.

“They’ve bounced back and that’s a sign of their maturity as well,” Swinney said. “You can see that belief growing in what they do.”

After the stunning loss to Northern Illinois, which converted a two-point conversion with 38 seconds remaining, Georgia Tech throttled Kennesaw State 45-17 behind freshman quarterback Jordan Yates. Yates, who replaced sophomore Jeff Sims, who was sidelined with an arm injury, completed 17 of 23 passes for 254 yards against the Owls and became the first Georgia Tech player to throw four touchdown passes in the first start of his college career.

“Offensively they have seven guys who have started at least five games for them,” Swinney said. “At quarterback they obviously have two guys. I expect both of them to play. Yates is a very savvy guy and both of them are good runners. It will be a good challenge for our defense.”

–Field Level Media