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Georgia Tech defeats Clemson with last-minute field goal

After Clemson erased a 24-point lead, the Yellow Jackets rally back with two field goals to hold off the Tigers and win, 30-27.

September 11, 2009|Associated Press

Georgia Tech looked unstoppable.

Then it was Clemson's turn. In a game of remarkable twists, the Yellow Jackets finally took control when it mattered most.

Scott Blair kicked a 36-yard field goal with 57 seconds left and No. 15 Georgia Tech defeated Clemson, 30-27, after squandering a 24-point lead Thursday night at Atlanta.

Clemson (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 27 straight points, taking its first lead of the night on Richard Jackson's 53-yard field goal with 11:33 to go.

But Georgia Tech, which did nothing offensively through most of the second and third quarters, finally came back to life. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0) put together a 69-yard drive to set up a score-tying 34-yard field goal by Blair with 5:40 left that made it 27-27.

Then, after a holding penalty on Clemson's Thomas Austin wiped out Kyle Parker's 38-yard completion to Jacoby Ford, Georgia Tech got a chance to win.

Josh Nesbitt hooked up with Demaryius Thomas for a 39-yard pass, making up for a miserable passing performance by the Georgia Tech quarterback, who completed only three of 14 passes for 83 yards with two interceptions. After Thomas' catch, the Yellow Jackets moved into position for Blair's winning kick.

Parker helped bring the Tigers back after a dismal start. He threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, hooking up with C.J. Spiller on a 63-yarder and Ford on a 77-yarder.

Emerald Bowl

The Emerald Bowl has renewed its agreement with the Pacific 10 Conference but will no longer have an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the game in San Francisco starting next season.

The bowl announced that it signed a four-year deal with the Pac-10. The Emerald Bowl will have the sixth pick in the conference. The other team in the game will be a Western Athletic Conference team, or Army or Navy.

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