No. 5 Clemson defeats Georgia Tech, 26-7

Deshaun Watson and No. 5 Clemson finally turned in the performance everyone was expecting, totally dominating Georgia Tech in the first half on the way to a 26-7 victory Thursday night. 

After sluggish wins over Auburn and Troy, and a practice-like rout of Football Championship Subdivision school South Carolina State that meant nothing, the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won at Georgia Tech for the first time since 2003 to set up a huge showdown with No. 3 Louisville. 

Watson was 32 for 48 for 304 yards, including a four-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and a nine-yarder to Jordan Leggett with just four seconds left before halftime to complete a stunningly lopsided showing that wasn’t entirely reflected in the 23-0 lead. Wayne Gallman added a one-yard touchdown run. 

Clemson finished with a 442-124 lead in total yards. 

Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-1) didn’t get into positive yards until early in the second quarter, and the halftime stats were almost comical: Clemson held a 347-22 lead in yards, was up, 19-3, in first downs, and ran 56 plays to only 21 for the home team. 

Wisconsin names quarterback

The secret is out at No. 11 Wisconsin: Alex Hornibrook  will start at quarterback on Saturday against No. 8 Michigan State. 

Coach Paul Chryst  said that Hornibrook would take over behind center after Bart Houston started the first three games. 

Chryst said he made the decision this week, though Thursday was the first time that he had talked about it publicly. 

Indiana running back dismissed

Freshman Indiana running back Kiante Enis was kicked off the team Thursday, less than 24 hours after being charged with two counts of felony child molestation for allegedly having an improper relationship with a child younger than 13. 

The athletic department said the dismissal would take effect immediately. 

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