CLEMSON, S.C. – A year ago, Georgia Tech wins this game. Somebody makes a block. Somebody makes a catch. Somebody on special teams actually gets his hand on the ball instead of taking out the punter like his own personal bobo doll less than two minutes into the game.
A year ago, something always went right. The Jackets followed a path to the ACC title game and then the Orange Bowl. On Saturday, something always went wrong — and any chances of them repeating either of those trips this season probably imploded with this performance.
It wasn’t just that the Jackets lost to Clemson 27-13, it was the way they stumbled and bumbled through four quarters. They never found a rhythm on offense. They never found a clue on defense. They were pounded up front on both sides of the ball.
Special teams? As coach Paul Johnson neatly summarized: “It was a nightmare.”
The Jackets came