GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia 10, Clemson 3

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Christopher Smith returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and No. 5 Georgia turned in a defensive effort for the ages, toppling third-ranked Clemson 10-3.

The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 2 yards rushing and sacked D.J. Uiagalelei seven times to position themselves for a run at the College Football Playoffs.

Uiagalelei, who entered the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate, finished 19 of 37 for 178 yards with one interception. He bobbled snaps, was out of sync with his receivers and spent most of the day under heavy duress against a relentless Bulldogs pass rush.

Even when Georgia turned the ball over, the Tigers couldn't take advantage.

With Clemson down 7-0 in the third quarter, Baylon Specter appeared to give the Tigers they momentum they needed when he intercepted J.T. Daniels' pass at the Georgia 33. But after a short gain on first down Uiagalelei was sacked on consecutive plays and Clemson was forced to punt.

Clemson didn't score until 9:08 left in the game when a 44-yard reception by Joseph Ngata an a defensive pass interference penalty set up a 22-yard field goal by B.T. Potter, helping the Tigers avoid their first shutout since 2003.

Despite being dominated all game, the Tigers had a chance to tie with 7:35 left when they took over at their own 25. The Tigers would reach midfield and Dabo Swinney went for on fourth-and-5, only to see Uiagalelei's hurried pass fall incomplete.

From there, the Bulldogs ran out the clock.

Georgia's defense, which dominated the line of scrimmage, set the tone early with Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean registering third-down sacks on Clemson's first two possessions.

In a first half dominated by defense -- and some pretty impressive punting - it was only fitting the only score came when Smith jumped in front of a Uiagalelei pass intended for Justyn Ross and raced 74 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead at halftime.

Georgia athletics press release


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter UGaClem
UGa TD 2:58 Christopher Smith 74 yard interception return for TD (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 7 0
Third Quarter UGaClem
UGa FG 2:38 Jack Podlesny 22 yard field goal 10 0
Fourth Quarter UGaClem
Clem FG 9:08 B.T. Potter 22 yard field goal 10 3
Team Stats
  Georgia Clemson
First downs 18 15
  Rushing 9 1
  Passing 8 9
  Penalty 1 5
3rd Down Efficiency 9-16, 56% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 31-121 23-2
Passing Yards 135 178
Return Yards 112 18
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-30-1 19-37-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-8 7-46
Punts 5 8
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 10-94 6-50
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 22 30 135 0 1
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 19 37 178 0 1
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. White 13 74 5.7 0
K. Milton 6 27 4.5 0
J. Cook 5 19 3.8 0
J. Johnson 1 6 6.0 0
K. McIntosh 3 5 1.7 0
J. Daniels 2 -8 -4.0 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Dixon 1 10 10.0 0
W. Shipley 4 7 1.8 0
K. Pace 4 7 1.8 0
D. Uiagalelei 14 -22 -1.6 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Bowers 6 43 7.2 0
J. Johnson 1 21 21.0 0
Z. White 1 13 13.0 0
L. McConkey 2 12 6.0 0
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 2 12 6.0 0
J. Burton 2 11 5.5 0
K. McIntosh 1 9 9.0 0
J. Cook 4 7 1.8 0
A. Smith 1 6 6.0 0
K. Milton 1 1 1.0 0
J. FitzPatrick 1 0 0.0
0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ngata 6 110 18.3 0
J. Ross 4 26 6.5 0
B. Galloway 3 13 4.3 0
W. Shipley 1 11 11.0 0
D. Allen 2 8 4.0 0
K. Pace 1 6 6.0 0
F. Ladson Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
E. Williams 1 0 0.0
0
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Smith 1 74
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Spector 1 0
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Camarda 5 217 43.4
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
W. Spiers 8 331 41.4
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 1 6 6.0
J. Dumas-Johnson 1 6 6.0
K. Milton 1 1 1.0
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McIntosh 1 25 25.0
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Shipley 1 18 18.0
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
J. Podlesny 35
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length




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