Friday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - Andre Branch felt good about the game plan and week of preparation Clemson had before the showdown in Atlanta with Georgia Tech.

The result wasn't nearly as appealing.

"Georgia Tech had a great team," Branch said. "They out executed us. That's plan and simple."

The Tigers forced the Yellow Jackets to go three-and-out on the first two drives of the game. The next five ended five-straight drives with points, four of which were touchdowns.

"I feel like we played hard and never quit. We made a couple of mistakes. I think that's what made the game," Branch said.

LOSE YOURSELF: The start to Landon Walker's week was much different than the routine he'd gotten used to during the first two months of the season.

Still fresh in his mind was the 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech, Clemson's first of the year.

"Monday, when I came in, I didn't even want to come in," Walker said. "It was just one of those things, just like anybody going to work. Something bad happens at work, they don't want to come in the next day. That's the same kind of feeling. I didn't want to be here Monday, but I got here, started talking to the guys again, and kind of got involved in what we've been doing.

"[We] got out to the practice fields and it lost its way in my mind. I put it behind me and refocused myself on Wake Forest."

REVENGE FACTOR: It's possible that Clemson and Georgia Tech could meet again this season.

Clemson can clinch the ACC Atlantic division next Saturday with a win over Wake Forest.

With a 4-2 record in conference play, Georgia Tech trails only first-place Virginia Tech [4-1]. The two teams square off in Atlanta next Thursday night. The winner would be in the driver's seat to represent the Coastal in the ACC Championship in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 3, assuming Virginia loses one more game.

"Personally, no matter who we'd play against, whether it's Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, we've got to take it and run with it," said Tajh Boyd. "Wake Forest, this is the division coming up. They're in a position, if they beat us, then they go play in the ACC Championship game. We have to prepare ourselves and continuously work."

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