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Clemson 27, Josh Nesbitt 3

Posted on: September 11, 2009 1:33 am
Edited on: September 11, 2009 7:45 am
You have to admit, it's entertaining.

The ACC might not be able to handle the Colonial Athletic Association but it can sure stage some conference doozies. Monday: Miami and Florida State return to the national stage. Thursday: Clemson and Georgia Tech try to play giveaway.

Tech jumps out to a 24-0 lead, only to fall behind 27-24 in the fourth quarter. Then, bam, Josh "The Arm" Nesbitt strikes again. Actually, Nesbitt didn't strike much of anything including the sides of barns. Nesbitt is the Tech quarterback who will not soon be confused with Dan Fouts. In fact, he represents the biggest weakness in Paul Johnson's option offense. In general, its quarterbacks aren't great throwers.

To be fair, Johnson inherited Nesbitt and is only two classes into his recruiting career at Tech. So what Johnson is left with is a 42 percent career passer. Nesbitt was awful for most of the game. He had one more completion (three, out of 14 attempts) than interceptions (two).

In the end, only one pass mattered. Nesbitt hit Demaryius Thomas with a 39-yard strike in the fourth quarter that set up Scott Blair's game-winning field goal. In other news, blind squirrels sometimes find nuts.

In the second week of the season it was a game that both teams had to win. Virginia Tech remains the ACC favorite. Florida State was impressive on Monday. Georgia Tech goes to suddenly formidable Miami next Thursday. Clemson hosts Boston College, followed by TCU.

Nesbitt did run for 91 yards, which is his strength. You feel sorry for Clemson's Kyle Parker, the more conventional quarterback (261 yards, three touchdowns) who led the comeback. But this isn't about convention.

All is forgiven, ACC, if you keep pumping out conference games like this.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2009 10:31 am

Clemson 27, Josh Nesbitt 3

VT Alum here....and I'll have to say, it's nice to see some offense out of this conference.  Remember though, it's early in the season.  Last year, the ACC stunk it up in the first week, but went on to do great during the season in out-of-conference games.  The bowl games?  Maybe not so good...but we did get a BCS win out of the Hokies.  I hope the Hokies get another crack at Alabama.  Tyrod had a bad game because he was uncharacteristically tentative with running and throwing.  Evans was missed, however I blame the coaches for not rushing Williams much earlier and often.  Essentially, defense and special teams were a wash, and Bama's simple and smart offense was on the field so long that they were either going to figure out what worked, or wear down the Hokie defense.  They did. 

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