3 Keys to Victory

QB Cullen Harper will face more blitzing than the first four games combined Saturday afternoon.

KEEP YOUR FOCUS: While the competition through the first four games of the season has been somewhat questionable, the performance by the Tigers in two games against ACC foes has not been. Aside from one quarter against Florida State, Clemson has been dominant on both sides of the ball. Clearly, Tommy Bowden and the coaching staff have pushed the right buttons to get this team to play at a high level. The same thing needs to happen Saturday against a Georgia Tech team that is reeling after losses to Boston College and Virginia. Clemson cannot afford to look ahead to next week's game against Virginia Tech. Do so and the Tigers will walk out of Bobby Dodd Stadium with a loss.

QUICK STRIKE CULLEN: Georgia Tech's defense is one that is built around the blitz. In fact, during last week's loss at Virginia, Tech blitzed the Cavs an astonishing 84 percent of the time. With a first year quarterback in Cullen Harper running the show for the Tigers, it's obvious the Yellow Jackets will try to get pressure throughout the game. For Harper, that means he needs to know where he's going with the football sooner than what he has in previous weeks as he won't have the luxury of throwing to his No. 2 and No. 3 receivers. Strong offensive line play will also be critical.

CONTAIN CHOICE: Tech running back Tashard Choice has been banged up the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and the Yellow Jacket offense has suffered as a result. He was quoted earlier this week saying he expecting to play Saturday but will be 100 percent? Regardless, the key in stopping Tech will be to contain Choice. QB Taylor Bennett hasn't produced big plays in the passing game for most of the season and a steady dose of Choice gives the Jackets the best opportunity to pull the upset. A strong runner, Choice can break through arm tackles and embarrass defenders with his power.

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