Clemson pulls away late to beat Georgia Tech
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 00:16:44 GMT —
The 15th ranked Clemson Tigers won an ACC shootout over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 47-31, before an estimated crowd of 81,000 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Tajh Boyd had a career-high 397 yards through the air with two touchdown passes. Boyd now has 51 career TD passes, setting a school record. He also carried the ball 15 times for 63 yards and another score.
DeAndre Hopkins had a monster day at wide receiver for Clemson. Hopkins caught seven passes for 173 yards and two TD's.
Both defenses struggled. A total of 1,084 yards were split between the two squads. Clemson amassed 601 total yards. Andre Ellington led the Clemson ground game with 82 yards on 24 carries.
The game went back and forth until the fourth quarter. Georgia Tech had a 31-30 lead until Boyd hit Hopkins on a 35 yard TD pass to put the Tigers ahead to stay. Clemson scored the final 17 points of the contest.
Former WPDE All-Zone selection Jonathan Willard out of Loris High, led the Clemson defense with eight tackles, including one for a loss. Ex-Lake View star Quandon Christian made five stops for the Tigers. Jaron Brown out of Cheraw High made two tackles, and had one catch for 13 yards. Malliciah Goodman, a product of West Florence High, made one tackle.
Clemson improves to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the ACC. Georgia Tech falls to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the ACC.
The Tigers have a bye week coming up. They return to action on October 20 when they host the Virginia Tech Hokies. Kickoff TBA.