For Tigers, victory over Dawgs is something to savor

Clemson's Travis Blanks tackles Georgia's Keith Marshall during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Travis Blanks tackles Georgia's Keith Marshall during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Just how long will the Clemson football team be able to enjoy this victory?

How many minutes, hours or days can the No. 8 (and rising) Tigers revel in their 38-35 conquest of the No. 5 (and falling) Georgia Bulldogs?

Actually, this celebration might last a while — you can measure it by a calendar, not a clock.

The players will spend at least a week partying like its 1999.

Even Dabo Swinney, a home spun, rah-rah kinda guy, might allow himself to party like it’s 1959.

As Swinney famously screamed in 2011 (and I’ll paraphrase in lowercase here), there was no better place for Auburn’s winning streak to end than Death Valley, South Carolina.

In 2013 there was no better place for the Tigers to extend their winning streak against the SEC to two games and eight months in the exact same spot on the map.

Next Saturday, the buzz from this signature “W” will still be in effect when the Tigers host South Carolina State.

It’s the perfect game to come down off a big win, one where a Football Championship Subdivision team gets a check while the Football Bowl Subdivision hosts score an uneventful (and probably uninspired) checkmate.

Plus, the next real challenge won’t come until Sept. 19 when Clemson goes on the road to play North Carolina State.

Only then will the Tigers float back down to earth as they begin ACC action.

The Dawgs, on the other hand, were allowed to hang their heads for a few hours but no more.

South Carolina, ranked No. 6 and owning a three-game streak against Georgia, comes to Sanford Stadium next weekend.

And UGA has some major issues to deal with.

Flanker Malcolm Mitchell suffered what could be a serious injury and an experienced offensive line got shoved around far too often on Saturday. Plus the young defense looked young — and porous.

The loss to Clemson will hurt UGA in the rankings; a loss to the Gamecocks would be a breath-stealing punch to the gut that could conceivably derail the season.

True, going 0-1 in the SEC wouldn’t necessarily mean the Bulldogs won’t be back in Atlanta in December.

Losing to USC didn’t keep them out of the Georgia Dome in 2011 or 2012.

But an 0-2 start destroys the Bulldogs’ national title hopes.

And an SEC club that loses its national title hopes just seven days into a new season is a team in danger of being lost.

Such a team is likely to get to Atlanta only via the Chick-fil-A Bowl route.

But on one hot night in Death Valley, Clemson was the story, and it’s a story the Tigers can tell over and over, day after day.

They faced down another big-time SEC foe and beat them straight up.

For Solid Orange Nation, that’s something to savor for a good long while.

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TigerMarine writes:

Great game and 1-0 is great but you know what the fact that our boys effectively silenced the trolls is pretty darn nice too. Where are ya ???? There is no "the refs stole the game or you only won because of fast paced offence or the sun was in our eyes" crap talk just SILENCE ........

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

Great game and 1-0 is great but you know what the fact that our boys effectively silenced the trolls is pretty darn nice too. Where are ya ???? There is no "the refs stole the game or you only won because of fast paced offence or the sun was in our eyes" crap talk just SILENCE ........

They all have terrible, terrible injuries - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gKCBK...

TigerMarine writes:

HAAAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAAA I LOVE IT ..... Just like LSU I suspected this but holy cow that's REALLY BAD acting !!!! Freakin LOSERS .... I'm sorry to the ones of us that are less sharp with their opinions but this is crap !!!!! CHEATING if you will but yes there will be ones to say "there aren't rules against it so its not cheating" but that's what makes our society a diverse place ...... CRAP PEOPLE & those of us that have to deal with them

rsb8931#286014 writes:

I have had a saying that I try to apply to things in everyday life. It is "just because you can doesn't mean you should". Faking an injury is not against any rule. But is it ethical? If it is not ethical then is it cheating? Cheating has such a negative connotation to it, so let's use the word cheater. Georgia cheated but cheating didn't help them win. That should be good enough for all the Clemson fans.

Clemorange writes:

I think the $ec should take notice on how players handle injuries at Clemson. I saw I think two of our players go down and they immediately were escorted off the field. Including Robert smith with what looked like an extremely painful injury. I didn't see any acc team do that to us last year. Just top 10 $ec teams. Go figure. Go tigers!!

Clemorange writes:

Maybe they should take acting classes.

TrevorT writes:

Cheaters or incredibly soft? I'll let them choose.

TigerMarine writes:

Anybody heard the web trash coot talking about us deliberately giving the Georgia player's food poisoning and "the NCAA was holding an emergency meeting to decide if Clemson should vacate the Georgia win" BAAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAA OMG OK OK I'll get it together WOW web talk is getting ridiculous.

TigerMarine writes:

Ok as a matter of integrity I must admit that I (and many others) were duped by video editing. Sorry I don't know how to attach thevideo but if you'll search Clemson-Georgia stoppage for injury and watch the 15 second video the GA player is obviously favoring his uuuhhh manhood and signaling for a substitution long before he looks to the sidelines and flops. Ok that being said he was kicked (inadvertently) by hot rod the play before the video in the Clemson backfield on the Georgia side of the field so this guy wasn't too injured to cross the field, cover a receiver, and then recross the field before flopping down like flipper. Still making it somewhat a faking and being encouraged to fake issue but nowhere near as cut and dry as it appeared in the first video.

AFTiger87 writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

Ok as a matter of integrity I must admit that I (and many others) were duped by video editing. Sorry I don't know how to attach thevideo but if you'll search Clemson-Georgia stoppage for injury and watch the 15 second video the GA player is obviously favoring his uuuhhh manhood and signaling for a substitution long before he looks to the sidelines and flops. Ok that being said he was kicked (inadvertently) by hot rod the play before the video in the Clemson backfield on the Georgia side of the field so this guy wasn't too injured to cross the field, cover a receiver, and then recross the field before flopping down like flipper. Still making it somewhat a faking and being encouraged to fake issue but nowhere near as cut and dry as it appeared in the first video.

I think this video may help you out. I am not sure what you were looking at but the LBer was never close to Hot Rod.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CGkWr...

TRUTH4U2 writes:

Until there is a penalty created for flopping in college football you will see more of this. It is an easy way to slow down the fast paced offenses most are running now. Not that I agree with this, but as of right nothing you can do about it.
Good win tiglets, looking forward to November in Columbia.

ghostchaser writes:

What was the single biggest factor that really won the Ga game for Clemson? Sure, the offense was steady and mostly mistake free; the defense was lights out especially at critical moments; the player running the touched ball out of the end zone at the spur of the moment (sorry Tigers for using that word) when not a single person in the stadium knew the rule. All those were terribly important. But I say that the 6 or 7 touchbacks in the end zone by our kicker, Pinion (is that his name?), was the game changer. Last year we would have given up possibly 200 yards, or more, on those kickoffs and that would have given Georgia too many short field opportunities with their great offense, and maybe a couple of more scores. So my hero is the kicker and the player of the game.

cuGIZ82 writes:

in response to ghostchaser:

What was the single biggest factor that really won the Ga game for Clemson? Sure, the offense was steady and mostly mistake free; the defense was lights out especially at critical moments; the player running the touched ball out of the end zone at the spur of the moment (sorry Tigers for using that word) when not a single person in the stadium knew the rule. All those were terribly important. But I say that the 6 or 7 touchbacks in the end zone by our kicker, Pinion (is that his name?), was the game changer. Last year we would have given up possibly 200 yards, or more, on those kickoffs and that would have given Georgia too many short field opportunities with their great offense, and maybe a couple of more scores. So my hero is the kicker and the player of the game.

You are correct...the kicking game was a key to our victory. Making UGA have to start from their own 25yd line enhanced our chances to win.

TrevorT writes:

in response to TRUTH4U2:

Until there is a penalty created for flopping in college football you will see more of this. It is an easy way to slow down the fast paced offenses most are running now. Not that I agree with this, but as of right nothing you can do about it.
Good win tiglets, looking forward to November in Columbia.

Thanks chicken nugget! You may want to look forward to Athens this weekend though. Good luck!

TrevorT writes:

Completely agree with ghostchaser about Pinion and his kickoffs. That young man may be a huge weapon for us this season.

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