Tigers Sting Yellow Jackets, 39-3

Before a near capacity crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Clemson Tigers pounded the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday evening to the tune of 39-3. Charlie Whitehurst led the way with another brilliant performance, completing 23-of-39 passes for 3 touchdowns.

The Clemson-Georgia Tech rivalry has been one of close games and offensive fireworks over the course of the past seven years.

It wasn't Saturday evening in Atlanta.

Charlie Whitehurst threw for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Clemson Tigers to an amazing 39-3 win over the Yellow Jackets before 53,189 fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

As expected, the Tigers did most of their damage through the air.

First it was Derrick Hamilton hauling in a 44-yard pass in the first quarter. Then it was Kevin Youngblood bringing in a 47-yard pass of his own.

Both receptions would lead to touchdowns, and a commanding a 17-0 lead.

After Tech closed the gap to 14 points with just under a minute remaining in the first half, Whitehurst and company went to work once again.

This time, it was Airese Currie inflicting the damage on the Yellow Jackets' secondary. Currie broke across the middle of the field wide open on a beautiful 33-yard touchdown reception, and a 23-3 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same.

After the Tigers sacked freshman quarterback Reggie Ball in the endzone, Whitehurst would direct two more scoring drives, the last one ending on a quarterback sneak to provide the final margin of victory.

Ball, who had been quoted as saying that his team wouldn't lose another game this year earlier this week, completed just 19-of-42 for 248 yards, with most of his damage coming well after the game was out of hand.

"When I made that statement, I obviously didn't think we'd play like this," a dejected Ball said afterwards.

The vaunted Georgia Tech run defense, which was ranked #1 in the conference before Saturday night's contest, appeared vulernable all evening long as the Tigers racked up 138 yards on the ground.

"This was as a complete performance as we've had," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden afterwards. "Offensively, we got some points on the board, the defense played extremely well, and our special teams played real well."

Defensively, John Leake and company harassed Tech RB P.J. Daniels and Reggie Ball all evening long. Leake led the team with 14 total tackles and an interception. LeRoy Hill also had an outstanding performance with 11 tackles of his own and his fourth sack of the season.

The Tigers will have next week off before traveling up to College Park, Maryland to battle the Terps on October 4th.

The 36-point victory was the best in an ACC road game since a 55-0 win over Virginia in Charlottesville in 1984.

Injury Report
Toure Francis left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known.

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