CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Many expected a high powered offensive showdown in the Duke’s Mayo Classic. Instead, it turned into a vintage Georgia Bulldogs defensive performance.

A total of 74,187 fans came into Bank of America Stadium to witness the primetime match-up between the fifth-ranked Bulldogs and the third-ranked Clemson Tigers. Georgia walked away with a 10-3 victory, the fewest points scored in a top five match-up in the last fifty years.

While mayo is good for many things to eat with, it was not good for Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei who was sacked seven times tonight.

“We frustrated and confused them,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.

The first quarter resulted in a stalemate. The Bulldogs managed to get down to the Tigers 13 while the Tigers offense generated -5 yards thanks to the Bulldogs defense (i.e. Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean)

Field position also played a key role for both teams in the first half. The Dawgs started within their own 31 on average while the Tigers started within their own

Christopher Smith came up big for the Bulldogs as he picked off D.J. Uiagalelei, returning the interception 74 yards for a touchdown.

Georgia fans were hyped and pumped. They were going crazy and rocking the stadium.

As halftime approached, the Bulldogs defense held the Tigers to one rushing yard. Yes, just one.

“I knew we were would be pretty good and pretty deep on defense,” Smart said. “But we’re more athletic than when we were in the past.”

They also broke Clemson’s streak of scoring in the first half at 143 games.

The Bulldogs defense picked up where they left off as the third quarter began. Dean ended the Tigers opening second half possession with a sack forcing the Tigers to punt.

Daniels put the defense in a tough position on the ensuing drive as he was picked off by Baylon Spector putting the Tigers deep in Bulldogs territory.

The defense once again came up big, getting two sacks to push the Tigers out of field goal range and go three and out. This was a much needed stop by the Bulldogs and set the offense up with momentum.

Daniels led the Bulldogs downfield to the Tigers five in hopes of getting the Bulldogs first offensive touchdown of the night. Instead, the Tigers defense held strong and they settled for three.

The Bulldogs carried their 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

Clemson was not going to go down without a fight. In their case, points. Uiagalelei led the Clemson offense down to the Bulldogs five but had to settle for three points with 9:08 to go in the fourth quarter.

Georgia’s offensive line took over the game with four minutes left which helped running back Zamir White finish bruising runs against the Clemson defense and convert on first downs.

The Bulldogs defense finished the game allowing only two rushing yards and held the Tigers to 5-16 on third down.

Clemson scored three points, the fewest in the Dabo Swinney era.

“I’m not going to write the season off because we lost 10-3 to a top-five team,” Clemson head coach Swinney said.

Georgia defensive back Christopher Smith celebrates with Kelee Ringo, left, after intercepting a Clemson pass and returning it for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)