Stops, stops and more stops.
A game that had plenty of twists, turns and bumps in the road for both teams ultimately hinged on Clemson's ability to get stops against a Georgia offense that seemed at its best making something out of nothing.
With just moments elapsed in the second quarter, Georgia led 21-14 and had scored on three consecutive possessions - a 75-yard touchdown sprint by almost-Tiger Todd Gurley, followed by touchdown drives covering 172 yards and encompassing 21 plays.
Then the Tigers began to change the game.
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It wasn't over until junior receiver and T.L. Hanna product Martavis Bryant snared Georgia's onside kickoff with just over a minute to play.
But the stage was set by Clemson's defense.
On four of the next five series spanning possessions in the second and third quarters - all three-and-outs for the Georgia offense - Clemson sacked Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray: two by Vic Beasley, one by Tavaris, and another by Stephone Anthony, who stripped the ball and set up Clemson's tying touchdown just before halftime.
The Tigers and Bulldogs traded blows the rest of the game. Clemson caught a break when, after a third-and-goal stop by Travis Blanks at the two, Georgia muffed the snap on a chip-shot field goal that could have tied the game.
The Clemson defense stood up again late, with a PBU by cornerback Garry Peters and a defensive push up front that forced Murray into a hurried throw on a third-and-14 play inside Clemson territory.