Clemson overcomes sluggish start, beats Ga Tech 41-10

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ATLANTA — After getting much of the blame for a disappointing season by Clemson standards,

DJ Uiagalelei needed good things to happen in the season opener.

Uiagalelei threw for one touchdown and ran for another, overcoming a sluggish start in the season opener as No.

But he twisted around and managed to stay upright just long enough to flip a lateral to Shipley,

who rumbled 10 yards to keep the Clemson offense on the field.

For coach Dabo Swinney, that’s the kind of play the Tigers need to make to reclaim their place atop the Atlantic Coast Conference,

as well as get back to the College Football Playoff.

“That was a play we didn’t make last year,” Swinney said. “That’s just his strength, his grit, where he’s at physically.

Just find a way, man.He’s got some creativity to him.

But the Yellow Jackets couldn’t overcome two blocked punts, both of which led to short touchdown runs by Will Shipley.

It was the first time since 2007 that Clemson has blocked two punts in a game.

We’ve got to get that fixed.Those things cannot happen,” Collins said. “Very disappointing.”

Sims finished with 164 yards passing and led the team in rushing with 41 yards.