When Clemson football lost its season-opener to Georgia on Sept. 4 by a score of 10-3, the hope for Tigers fans was that it may be nothing more than the downside Dabo Swinney’s group running into a national title contender out of the gate. Two games later, it now appears that the Clemson’s issues run far deeper than some may have first speculated after the No. 6 Tigers needed a goal-line stand to escape Georgia Tech at home.
Clemson moved to 2-1 with the 14-8 win vs. the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, but the victory wasn’t exactly an inspiring one. All game long, Clemson’s offense struggled to muster much momentum against a Georgia Tech team that just two weeks ago suffered a brutal loss to Northern Illinois, and the road isn’t exactly set to get easier in ACC play going forward for Swinney’s squad as it hopes to keep its streak of ACC titles and playoff bids alive for another year.
And if there wasn’t enough drama on Saturday to begin with, not even a weather delay was avoidable as Clemson narrowly prevailed.
“I entered college in 1988, and I have never, ever, ever experienced a game like that,” Swinney told reporters postgame.
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All that being said, Clemson’s latest performance was one that left pundits across the nation wondering what has happened to a program that has been among college football’s most dominant for the better part of the past decade. Below is glimpse at the reaction on social media during and after Saturday’s affair in Death Valley.