Stars of Saturday's Upset Win

Several key players stepped up their game in a major way Saturday afternoon. Matt Bailey, J.J. McKelvey, Travis Zachary, John Leake, Maurice Fountain, and of course Woody Dantzler all played key roles in the 47-44 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Matt Bailey played a key role in Clemson's second half comeback. Trailing by 5 points early in the third quarter, Woody Dantzler hit Bailey on an inside slant pattern behind the last Georgia Tech defensive back. Bailey calmly turned around, and raced 55-yards untouched to give Clemson a crucial 2 point lead. Make no mistake, this was his most productive peformance of his career (2 catches for 65-yards).

Derrick Hamilton made so many important plays Saturday- key 3rd down conversions, tough yards after the catch, and strong blocks down field. Overall Derrick finished the day with 7 receptions for 75 yards. Hamilton is starting to become THE playmaker for a team that has been dominated by injuries at the wide out position. Simply put, Derrick Hamilton did everything he could have done to help lead this team to victory.

Woody Dantzler answered the critics Saturday afternoon in a HUGE way. Throwing a perfect 63-yard scoring pass on 4th and 13 to J.J. McKelvey, dominating the game with his uncanny ability to spot running lanes that were seemingly closed, scoring from 38-yards out as the play clock expired in the 1st half. You name it, he did it. Simply put, the Tigers won this game because of his finest performance of the season. Woody finished 18 of 32 for 254 yards and 2 TDs through the air and 25 rushes for 164 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. (more than 80% of the Tigers' total offense)

Travis Zachary continues to do everything for this team. T-Zach rushed 22 times for 79 yards and 3 touchdowns, and also hauled in 7 passes for 46 yards, including grabbing the first down on several key third down plays. Most importantly, Travis held onto the ball after being continually gang tackled and delivered the key block that allowed Woody to score the game-winning touchdown. When Clemson gets close the goalline, he's got a nose for the endzone like no other.


Other Notes:
True freshman Maurice Fountain had a brilliant game as he laid several key hits on Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey and registered at least one sack.

J.J. McKelvey, who wasn't even sure if he should be playing today due to injury, scored the biggest touchdown of the season as he got behind the Georgia Tech secondary and cruised to the endzone on a 63-yard scoring pass from Woodrow Dantzler on 4th and 13 with under 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

Brian Mance showed a lot of heart by staying in the game after hurting his shoulder on a fierce goal line hit on Georgia Tech RB Sidney Ford late in the 4th quarter. Mance remained in the game for the rest of that particular series, and then left the game the next time the defense took the field.

The Tigers' were able to win despite 11 penalties for over 100 yards. The offense, which only had 8 plays of over 20-yards all season, had 6 on Saturday. (3 rushing, 3 passing)

This is the first time Georgia Tech has lost while scoring over 42 points.

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