ATHENS, Ga. - So this is fun.
Pretty entertaining first half of football. Even my mom recognized, sending "OMG! Exciting football!!!" my way after C.J. Davidson's touchdown put the Tigers up 21-14 midway through the second quarter. (And moments before Todd Gurley tied it at 21.)
Either way, this is gonna be a fun, if not scatterbrained, gamer to write. Let's spit some thoughts out as the players go grab some orange slices:
- Clemson offense: 3 touchdowns. Georgia defense: 3 3-and-outs. Georgia offense/STs: 3 touchdowns. Clemson defense: 3 3-and-outs. Like I said: this is fun.
- Clemson's opening drive: 12 plays, 70 yards and a touch. Next three drives: 9 plays, 7 yards, no first downs, three punts. The two after that: touchdown drives of 78 and 68 yards.
- Oh, so Deshaun Watson can throw a football. Pinpoint dart from 30 yards out to Charone Peake, in between two defenders, to make us wonder if Cole Stoudt's got some serious competition going forward.
- But from what we've seen, it would be a competition. Three drops in the first quarter (two Mike Williams, one Peake) were wonderfully-thrown by Stoudt. Not his fault.
- The Georgia secondary has been uneven. Some great plays early on the knock balls away from Artavis Scott and Germone Hopper, but then they got picked on deep by Peake and Scott deep.
- Perfect challenge by Dabo Swinney on what appeared to be a correct call, Michael Bennett down by contact. Refs reviewed, determined his elbow wasn't down before the ball popped loose, and it was ruled a fumble recovery by Robert Smith.
- Todd Gurley is better at football than you are at anything. He galloped around left end, smoking Stephone Anthony on a 23-yard TD run. Then he went straight up the middle on a kick return, outscampering Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson's fastest man, to the end zone.
- Gurley has four carries today. Doesn't seem like it. That's kinda scary.
- Jay Guillermo logged some time at center, pushing Ryan Norton to left guard since apparently the Reid Webster-Eric Mac Lain duo wasn't getting it done. Wasn't a fan of some of Guillermo's shotgun snaps.
- First major test of Ammon Lakip's football career was no good. Pushed it wide left from 34 yards out. He was 0-for-1 from the 30s last year, while Chandler Catanzaro was 5-for-5.
- Anybody heard from Vic Beasley in the first 29 minutes of the half? (He had a sack, forcing an intentional grounding, with 30 seconds to go.) Georgia LT John Theus has done yeoman's work on the All-American.