DEFENSIVE BOUNCE BACK: Clemson held Georgia Tech to 353 yards of offense, more than 100 fewer than the Yellow Jackets have averaged a game this year. Still, the Tiger defenders were not pleased with their efforts and hope to get back on track against the Panthers.
PLAYING TOUGH: Georgia State gave Washington all it could handle into the second half in its trip West earlier this season. The Panthers held a 14-0 lead at the half and were still up 14-7 in the third quarter before the Huskies got going in a 45-14 victory.
DEATH VALLEY EXPERIENCE: While Georgia State coach Trent Miles only experience at Clemson was visiting his school's basketball team taking on the Tigers in last year's NIT, offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski knows what it's like to quiet large crowds at Death Valley. Jagodzinski was Boston College coach in 2007 when the Eagles used a 43-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Rich Gunnell for a 20-17 win that eliminated Clemson from the ACC Atlantic Division race.
WAITING ON WATSON: Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson likely won't play against the Panthers with the hope he's ready to face rival South Carolina the next week. Swinney feared the worst when Watson grabbed his left knee. Instead, tests showed he had a sprained ligament and bone bruise, leaving the possibility he could return.
AIR ARBUCLKE: Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle leads the Sun Belt Conference with 279 yards passing. He's also set school marks this season with 214 completions, 2,812 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes.
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