October 21, 2006….. one of the high points of the Tommy Bowden era. Georgia Tech and Clemson squared off in an ACC showdown that pitted the conference’s two highest ranked teams against one another in Death Valley. The Tigers were ranked #12 and were sitting at 6-1, while the Yellow Jackets were #13 and 5-1.
A deadly running game and a swarming defensive effort led Clemson to the 31-7 win. James Davis led the Tigers rushing attack with 216 yards, while freshman CJ Spiller added 116 yards as Clemson outgained Tech 426 to 205.
This was the night Spiller electrified the crowd and captivated a national tv audience with two 50 yard TDs that were just things of beauty, one coming through the air on a play in which he made two Tech defenders look plain silly. It was the night that really put Spiller on the map from a national perspective and the beginning of what would be a storied career as a Tiger.
Relive that night here.