The heavyweight SEC-ACC battle between No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs and the No.3 Clemson Tigers Saturday night is off to a slow start. The game even finished without a score at the end of the first quarter. However, scoreboard operators finally got their chance to do their job in the second quarter, when Georgia senior safety Christopher Smith perfectly read and timed the throw of Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalele on a third-and-four play.
.@HCCA_Athletics great Christopher Smith https://t.co/2OqWZfRhcX
— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) September 5, 2021
Uiagalele should not be deterred by that huge error, though. Georgia’s lead is still manageable, and there is an entire half ahead for the Tigers to come back. Even if they end up losing this game to Georgia, at least the Tigers did against a ranked opponent.
As for Georgia, Smith’s house call could end up being the exclamation mark of this game. The Bulldogs are doing a fantastic job defensively so far in the game, as evidenced by the big fat egg Clemson laid in the first two quarters.
That was Georgia's first pick 6 since Eric Stokes last year against Florida….That was also Christopher Smith's first career INT.
— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) September 5, 2021
Last season, the Bulldogs were 18th in the nation with 20.0 points allowed per game and 11th with 321.0 total yards surrendered per contest. If what happened in the first half of Georga-Clemson game was any indication, it appears that the Bulldogs’ stop unit will continue being a terror this year.