It may just be week 1 of the college football season, however the ACC has already scored a huge upset over the mighty SEC. A statement win for Clemson came in their very first outing, knocking off number 5 Georgia by a score of 38-35.
Playing in front of a hometown crowd in South Carolina of nearly 84,000, the eighth ranked Tigers did not back down from the challenge of a higher ranked team from the most powerful conference in the collegiate game.
The win legitimized the Clemson Tigers as a national title contender, and they are now positioned to rocket up the rankings.
Quarterback Tahj Boyd led the way, acting almost as Superman in the process. If he can continue to match this level of play he will turn more and more heads, vaulting himself into the thick of the Heisman Trophy race. There is no telling how far he can lead his Tigers this season.
Hows this for a stat line, Boyd was 18-30 passing for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. He didn’t stop there, his running ability adds a second dimension to the Clemson offense that Georgia had no answer for. Rushing 13 times for 32 yards and 2 more touchdowns in the victory.
Boyd’s performance earned him high praise from his Clemson teammates.
Defensive end Corey Crawford said “Tajh is the best football player on this team, in this conference, in the nation.”
Added running back Roderick McDowell “Tajh is our superman.”
The significance of the win was downplayed by the Clemson players in the aftermath of the game, although you can be sure the fans and coaching staff realize just how huge it is to defeat a major SEC team in the opening week.
“It wasn’t really A.C.C., SEC, it was a game we needed to win, it was our opener,” running back Zac Brooks said of the victory.
A nationally televised win over a top five opponent is about as good of a start to a season as anyone can hope for, especially on an opening week that saw seven major upsets by FCS teams.
Clemson has not won a national title since 1981, but looks to have its best chance in recent memory to do so after defeating Georgia in the opening week.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express