Tigers enter game against Eagles having played two very different games

Ryan Pye

Georgia Southern is looking good this season, with a 2-0 record to show for it, but week three in the 2018 season brings up a new and bigger challenge: the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson, who has appeared in the College Football Playoff for three consecutive years, is ranked second in both the AP and Coaches Poll this week, by far the highest-ranked opponent the Eagles will face this year.

In the two games they have played this year, the Tigers are 2-0, averaging 38 points per game and allowing 16 points per game to opposing offenses.

Furman 7 Clemson 48

In their opening game of the season, the Tigers did what they needed to do to crush their opponent.

Clemson’s highly talented and praiseworthy defensive front looked strong, as expected, holding Furman to only 163 yards of total offense in the game and forcing two turnovers.

Meanwhile, the Tigers’ offensive attack drove the ball down field with ease, racking up 282 passing yards and 249 yards on the ground.

Sophomore quarterback Kelly Bryant got the start for the Tigers, going 11-17 through the air for 132 yards and one score.

But freshman Trevor Lawrence saw plenty of playing time as well, and he made the most of it. Lawrence went 9-14 for 137 yards, racking up three touchdowns on the day.

Clemson dominated their opponent in week one, and they also showed the country that not only are their starters very talented, but they have guys on the bench who can play as well.

Clemson 28 Texas A&M 26

The trip to College Station marked the first real test of the Tigers in 2018, and they were barely able to escape with a victory.

The Clemson front five once again flexed their muscle to hold the Aggies to only 71 rushing yards, but Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond torched the Tigers’ secondary, throwing for 430 yards and three touchdowns.

Both Clemson quarterbacks saw playing time yet again, but it was Bryant who received the majority of snaps, racking up 205 passing yards, 54 yards on the ground and two total touchdowns on the day. Bryant was also the team’s leading rusher in the game.  

The unranked Aggies scored a touchdown to pull within two points with 46 seconds left, but failed to convert on the two-point conversion, sealing the win for the Tigers.

Though they left Texas with a win, their contest against the Aggies undoubtedly showed some weaknesses for the No. 2 Tigers.

Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu