Saturday afternoon’s football game between Clemson and Georgia, which was rather uneventful for the majority of the first half, garnered a bit of excitement when the game was delayed by lightning with 32 seconds remaining in the first half.
Clemson led 7-0 at the time of the delay, with Georgia Tech facing a third-and-2 on the Tigers’ 16-yard line.
The game resumed at 6:55 p.m. following a one-hour, 52-minute delay.
Lightning was detected multiple times within eight miles of Memorial Stadium, delaying the game for a minimum of 30 minutes in each instance. Both teams left the field and coaches Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Geoff Collins of Georgia Tech agreed to stay in their respective locker rooms for halftime and play the remaining 32 seconds of the opening half when it was deemed safe to return to the field.
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Clemson (1-1) scored the lone touchdown prior to the delay when freshman running back Will Shipley darted in from the 3-yard line with 4:37 left in the first quarter to cap an eight-play, 41-yard drive.
The game marked the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both Clemson and Georgia Tech (1-1).