An interception by Decory Bryant — after the ball first was touched by Kentrell Curry — stopped a long Clemson drive at the goal line. Two personal foul penalties against the Tigers helped keep a Georgia touchdown drive alive. Musa Smith was the workhorse in the quarter for Georgia with seven carries.
Georgia 7, Clemson 0
Georgia touchdown: Damien Gary 5 pass from David Greene (Billy Bennett kick), :51. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:04 drive. Key plays: Clemson twice kept the drive alive with personal foul penalties on third-down plays. On first and goal from the 5, Greene stepped up to avoid a pass rush and hit Gary crossing across the middle of the end zone.
Special teams hurt Clemson. The Tigers gave up a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Fred Gibson, and then a shanked punt set up another Georgia touchdown.
Georgia 7, Clemson 7
Clemson touchdown: Bernard Rambert 1 run (Aarton Hunt kick), 11:23. 4 plays, 30 yards, :26 drive. Key plays: Linebacker Kelvin Morris intercepted a pass from Greene intended for tight end Ben Watson but overthrown. Morris returned the ball to the Georgia 30. Quarterback Willie Simmons ran 15 yards to the 10.
Georgia 14, Clemson 7
Georgia touchdown: Fred Gibson 91 kickoff return (Bennett kick), 10:54. Key play: Running behind a Terrence Edwards block, Edwards cut through an opening in the middle of the Clemson coverage and was alone for the final 40 yards of his return. The play was set up by an offsides penalty on the first kickoff attempt by Clemson, which had been returned by Gibson only to the 25.
Georgia 21, Clemson 7
Georgia touchdown: D.J. Shockley 9 run (Bennett kick), 8:10. 3 plays, 15 yards, 1:24 drive. Key play: The Bulldogs took possession at the Clemson 15, thanks to a shanked punt by Wynn Kopp. On third and 4, Shockley took the snap in the shotgun and then took off, beating free safety Eric Meekins with a fake inside the 5-yard line.
Georgia 21, Clemson 14
Clemson touchdown: Kevin Youngblood 21 pass from Simmons (Hunt kick), :08. 9 plays, 64 yards, 1:16. Key play: Ken Veal provided good pressure up the middle, but Simmons had enough time to find the 6-foot-5 Youngblood in the end zone. Georgia's Bruce Thornton, covering Youngblood, jumped up but couldn't deflect the ball.
This time it was Clemson's turn to pounce on Georgia mistakes — two fumbles. The first turnover came on a missed pitch from Greene to Smith, and that fumble was returned for a score. Clemson managed no points after Gibson dropped the ball while looking for space on a kickoff return, giving the Tigers possession at the Georgia 21. But Clemson marched for a touchdown on
its next possession as it dominated the quarter.
Clemson 21, Georgia 21
Clemson touchdown: Bryant McNeal 55 fumble return (Hunt kick), 9:54. Key play: On a third-and-five play from the Clemson 29, Smith could not handle a pitch from Greene on a toss sweep right. Smith lost the scramble for the loose ball, and instead McNeal came up with the fumble and was escorted by several teammates as he rambled down the field for the touchdown.
Clemson 28, Georgia 21
Clemson touchdown: Yusef Kelly 1 run (Hunt kick), 2:25. 10 plays, 76 yards, 4:43. Key plays: Simmons found J.J. McKelvey for a gain of 22 yards to the Georgia 46. Kelly ran through tackles for a gain of 19 yards to the 20.
Shockley tied the game with a touchdown pass but Georgia pulled ahead with strong defense and special teams play — punt returns by Damien Gary, a punt by Jonathan Kilgo downed at the Clemson 8 and a field goal by Bennett.
Georgia 28, Clemson 28
Georgia touchdown: Terrence Edwards 24 pass from Shockley (Bennett kick). 3 plays, 31 yards. Key plays: Shockley slipped and lost four yards on first down but then he passed to Gibson for 10 yards on a sideline route before hitting Edwards, who beat cornerback Brian Mance on the touchdown pass.
Georgia 31, Clemson 28
Georgia field goal: Bennett 43 kick, 5:19. 6 plays, 19 yards, 2:04 drive. Key play: Greene passed to Gibson for 9 yards to open the drive.
Charles Odum is the beat writer for Dawg Post in Athens. He has over 20 years of experience covering Georgia football. He can be reached here: CEOdum@aol.com
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