Tigers trying to avoid Tech hangover

CLEMSON - Any and all solutions to remedy a post-Georgia Tech hangover will be utilized before this weekend's trip Boston College. In fact, Jarvis Jenkins planned to address that very matter.

"That's what we're going to talk to them guys about today," he told reporters at the West End Zone on Monday afternoon. "Just staying focused and let that game in the past get behind us."

Clemson's 27-13 win over Georgia Tech—the first since 2006—was the first-time any current Tiger participated in a defeat of the Yellow Jackets.

"It's a game we wanted to win and expected to win," Jenkins said.

He and the rest of the Clemson defensive line looked impressive in the win. Joshua Nesbitt was held to two yards rushing on 15 carries. Georgia Tech was held to 242 yards rushing—almost 100 yards lower than the season average.

"I think stopping Nesbitt was the main thing," Jenkins said. "He's the heart and soul of that team."

He said it was one of the more impressive defensive line performances that he's been a part of at Clemson.

"Going back and watching the film, a lot of guys used their hands better, playing good technique," Jenkins said. "It was kind of a struggle going into the season. We didn't have good technique. Guys were trying to make plays that weren't for them."

It's a quick turnaround to another stiff test for the Clemson run defense.

Boston College junior Montel Harris leads the ACC with 694 yards rushing. His 99.1 yards a game is also tops in the conference.

"He's a real good back, probably one of the best ones we're going to face, as far as technique-wise running the ball hard," Jenkins said. "We've got to play our technique, stay low and wrap up, and we can get it done."

On a rain soaked Saturday last September, Clemson limited to Harris to 13 yards on 12 carries. Boston College was held to just 54 yards of total offense.

Jenkins admitted there have been times this season when the Tiger defense would press in an effort to repeat that impressive performance.

"I think that's kind of what hurt us. We tried to play that game from last year," he said. "We've got to realize this is a new year.

"We've got to get it done this year—take it one game at a time, like everybody preaches."

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