No 4 Clemson beats slow start, beats Ga Tech 41-10

ATLANTA (AP) – DJ Uiagalelie threw one touchdown and ran into another, beating a slow start to the season opener as No. 4 seed Clemson pulled out to claim a 41-10 win over Georgia Tech on Monday night.

Uiagalelie completed 19 of 32 passes for 209 yards, including a 6-yard play to Beaux Collins that gave the Tigers a two-pointer lead in the first half.

Georgia Tech, looking to improve on three straight seasons of three wins that put coach Jeff Collins in a hot seat, kept him closer than expected on the road.

But the Yellow Jackets couldn’t overcome two dead-end kicks, both of which were led to short distances by Will Shipley.

Georgia Tech pulled in 14-10 in an impressive run in the third quarter, culminating in Jeff Sims throwing a 13-yard TD pass into a 6-foot-7 EJ Jenkins transfer.

But Uiagalelie, in what was likely the play of the game, looked headed toward a sack when two Georgia Tech defenders cornered him in the third and fourth stages. But the quarterback managed to stay upright long enough to flip sideways to Shipley, whose first 10-yard touchdown kept Clemson’s attack on the field.

The Tigers continued to drive 74 yards for a touchdown that finally buried the Yellow Jackets. Uiagalelie ran 9 yards to push Clemson’s lead to 24-10.