Having lost the last five games it has played at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, No. 3 Clemson is focused on getting its first win in Atlanta since 2003, when it visits the Yellow Jackets on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. kick.
“We are aware of that. We are just focused on this year and making sure we know what we are doing to win this year,” Clemson nickel back Korrin Wiggins said on Monday.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who is known for mixing things up with his triple-option offense, has the Tigers attention. However, Wiggins feels confident the Clemson defense will be up to the task like it was in last year’s game when it held the Yellow Jackets to 71 yards on 42 carries.
“Georgia Tech is Georgia Tech. They have been running the same offense for as long as I have ever seen them play,” Wiggins said. “I’m pretty sure before I even started playing. They have been doing it for a while. There triple option is what Coach Johnson wants to do so I’m pretty aware of it.”
However, facing Georgia Tech’s running game is a lot tougher this year because the Tigers have just four days to prep, instead of five.
“In this one, you are going to get to run and you know you are going to get to run and then with their passes they are just going to throw it deep. That’s probably the biggest difference–triple option and just reading the key, ” Wiggins said.
Last year the Tigers were able to hold Georgia Tech to the fewest rushing yards in Johnson’s tenure as a head coach, regardless of the school.
“Playing disciplined against the triple option, defeating those cut blocks and staying on our feet, that’s about it,” said Wiggins about what Clemson has to do in order to be successful. “Everything else is focused on us. We are pretty confident going in there.”