Offense: Mike Williams, #7, WR, RS Jr: Mike got the offense going with a crucial opening drive touchdown. He hauled in 61 yards on 6 catches. He came close to having another first half touchdown in the end zone, but was just barely out of bounds. It was good to see him in the endzone and get us going early. Expect him to be a big factor for the Louisville game.
Defense: Dorian O’Daniel, #6, LB , RS Jr: While Bobby-Dodd Stadium hasn’t always been kind to the Tigers, it has been kind to O’Daniel. Entering the game, O’Daniel’s lone career sack had come during the 2014 loss in Atlanta to Georgia Tech. Thursday night, he got another one in that same stadium. He also finished #2 on the team in tackles with 9 total, including 2 for a combined loss of 8 yards.
Special Teams: Andy Teasdall, #32, P, RS Gr: Teasdall had a solid day punting, especially once Clemson’s offense slowed down after the first half. Teasdall put 4 of his 6 punts inside the 20, which was very helpful in Clemson’s defensive efforts against the Jackets. Teasdall averaged 38.7 yards per punt, with a long of 49.
Moment of the Game: Deshaun Watson’s second quarter "inter-safety" gets the nod for moment of the game because of how bizarre it was. While driving in the red zone, there was a miscommunication between Mike Williams and Deshaun Watson. Watson tossed a fade to the endzone, and when Williams ran a different route, GT defensive back Lance Austin was able to grab an easy interception. As Austin advanced it from the endzone he was ran into a teammate and lost the ball backwards. He was able to recover the ball in the endzone before any Tigers could, which led to a safety and gave the Tigers a 16-0 lead and the ball back. It was a great moment because even during a mistake by Watson, the Tigers were able to turn it to a positive, which pretty much sums up how this game went.