Georgia Tech (2-3, 2-2) provided its fans an early thrill when freshman quarterback Jeff Sims threw a 59-yard scoring pass to Jalen Camp in the first quarter for a 7-7 tie. The Yellow Jackets’ upset hopes faded quickly.
Lawrence answered with an 83-yard scoring pass to Rodgers on the Tigers’ next play, and the Yellow Jackets never recovered. The long pass sparked a string of 66 consecutive points scored by the Tigers.
Rodgers had six catches for 161 yards. He also had a 16-yard TD reception.
Sims lost a fumbled shotgun snap to open Georgia Tech’s next possession, his first of two lost fumbles. Sims also threw an interception.
The Tigers took advantage of a Georgia Tech defense which was focused on stopping Travis Etienne and the Clemson running game. Etienne had a 2-yard scoring run in the second quarter to become Clemson’s all-time scoring leader, but most of the scoring was provided by Lawrence’s passes.
Lawrence had a 34-yard scoring pass to tight end Davis Allen and also threw TD passes to Cornell Powell and Frank Ladson.
Nyles Pickney, a 300-pound defensive tackle, had a 1-yard scoring run in a power package. Cez Mellusi added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter after Taisun Phommachanh replaced Lawrence.
Georgia Tech’s defense had no better luck against Clemson’s backups. Freshman Hunter Helms threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ajou Ajou and had another scoring drive capped by Kobe Pace’s 7-yard scoring run.