Clemson strikes early

TAMPA, Fla. -- Just when it looked like Georgia Tech's defense had learned a lesson from last Saturday's performance against Georgia, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller showed why he should get an invite to New York. Spiller took off on a 40-yard run that helped set up the first scoring drive of the game, and the Tigers lead 7-0.

Clemson only needed seven plays to score on that drive, and Spiller capped it off with a three-yard run, but that was a good mix-up of play-calling by Billy Napier. He got it to the tight end, Michael Palmer, he got it to Jacoby Ford, and he got it to Spiller. That will win you some games.

It was the 13th straight game in which Spiller has scored a touchdown. That ties the school record. It was just the second time this year Clemson has scored on the opening drive.