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No. 15 Clemson downs Georgia Tech 47-31


  by - Senior Writer - Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:43 PM
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CLEMSON – The Clemson offense made plays all day long en route to another dominant performance, and the much-maligned Tiger defense came up with plays when they had to be made.

Linebacker Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
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stopped Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith in the end zone for a safety with just over ten minutes remaining, and the Tigers blocked a Georgia Tech field goal attempt on the next Jacket drive, backing up an offense that ran 93 plays and piled up 601 yards of offense as No. 15 Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 47-31 in Death Valley Saturday afternoon.

Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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threw for a career-high 397 yards, while Nuk Hopkins had 173 receiving yards for the Tigers (5-1 overall, 2-1 ACC), who have an open week next week.

“This was a huge win. It was a momentum win,” Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said. “It was a complete game and we won every quarter, especially the fourth quarter. The second half was a thing of beauty. I’m proud of the team, and they keep improving every week. We just need to recommit and refocus, because our season starts with Virginia Tech.”

The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3) gained 483 yards of offense and led Clemson 31-30 with 10:29 remaining in the game when Boyd hit Hopkins in the end zone on a 35-yard scoring strike that gave Clemson a 36-30 lead. The Tigers opted to go for the two-point conversion, and the ball was snapped to running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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, who flipped the ball to Hopkins, who then tossed the conversion pass to a wide-open Boyd in the end zone.

Georgia Tech bobbled the kickoff and started its next possession at the two yard line. Defensive end Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
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almost intercepted the first pass of the series, but Shuey read the pitch to Smith and tackled him for the safety, drawing the biggest cheer of the day from announced crowd of 81,000.

“I can’t say enough about the fans,” Swinney said. “They made a huge difference in the game. The Valley was rocking. It completely changed the feeling of the game.”

The Tigers were unable to put the Jackets away, however, and linebacker Daniel Drummond picked off a tipped pass with 8:32 to go to give the Jackets new life. The Jackets drove to the Tigers 20-yard line, but David Scully's 37-yard field goal was blocked by Josh WatsonJosh Watson
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.

“We did really well the whole game up front,” Swinney said of his defense. “But, we struggled with the perimeter. We made the changes that were necessary and forced Georgia Tech to put drives together. In the first half, they made a lot of big plays and we took that away from them in the second half.”

The Tigers took over with 6:16 remaining, and took off on a 13-play drive that took up all but the last 50 seconds of the game clock. Rod McDowell ended the drive with a one-yard plunge, his second touchdown of the day.

With Georgia Tech out of timeouts, the Tigers could have simply taken a knee and run out the clock. In a similar situation last week at Boston College, the Tigers did just that.

However, center Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
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said the Tigers didn’t want to come away empty-handed the second week in a row.

“We were telling the coaches we wanted to get the score there,” Freeman said. “The touchdown was reviewed, and if they would have overturned it, we would have taken a knee right there. But we didn’t want to take a knee on the goal line two weeks in a row. That was a long – 13 plays – and we wanted to score.”

Clemson scored 27 points in the first half – a one-yard run by Boyd, two Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
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field goals, a two-yard run by McDowell and a 58-yard pass from Boyd to Hopkins as Clemson led 27-21 at the intermission.

Georgia Tech took the lead on the first drive of the third quarter, making it 28-27 when Tevin Washington bowled in from four yards out. Clemson could only muster another Catanzaro field goal – this one from 21 yards out – and Clemson led 30-28 at the end of three quarters.

Tech’s David Scully hit a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter for Tech’s last lead at 31-30, and the Tigers scored the last 17 points of the game.

Hopkins caught seven passes, two of them for touchdowns. Ellington gained 82 yards on 24 carries, while Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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caught six passes for 42 yards and ran twice for four yards.

Swinney complimented Hopkins’ effort.

“When you’re a great receiver and you fight for the ball, it’s funny how the ball just comes to you,” he said. "DeAndre made huge play after huge play. He turned plays that didn’t look like they were going anywhere and turned them into big gains for the team.”

Tevin Washington ran for 104 yards on 16 carries, but also completed nine of 14 passes for 144 yards for Georgia Tech. The 2-4 start for Georgia Tech is the program’s worst since starting 1-10 in 1994.

Date: Oct 06, 2012  Site: Clemson, SC           Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 81000

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Georgia Tech........ 14  7  7  3  - 31
Clemson............. 10 17  3 17  - 47

Scoring Summary:
1st 08:17 CU - Tajh Boyd 1 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                    8 plays, 37 yards, TOP 3:18, GT 0 - CU 7
    06:52 GT - Jeff Greene 16 yd pass from Tevin Washington (David Scully kick)
                                                    4 plays, 83 yards, TOP 1:21, GT 7 - CU 7
    03:24 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 23 yd field goal
                                                  12 plays, 70 yards, TOP 3:25, GT 7 - CU 10
    00:50 GT - Orwin Smith 13 yd run (David Scully kick)
                                                  6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:34, GT 14 - CU 10
2nd 12:21 CU - Roderick McDowell 2 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                 13 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:29, GT 14 - CU 17
    08:49 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 20 yd field goal
                                                  9 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:55, GT 14 - CU 20
    05:04 GT - Tevin Washington 1 yd run (David Scully kick)
                                                  8 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:45, GT 21 - CU 20
    03:40 CU - DeAndre Hopkins 58 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                  4 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:18, GT 21 - CU 27
3rd 10:58 GT - Tevin Washington 4 yd run (David Scully kick)
                                                  9 plays, 75 yards, TOP 4:02, GT 28 - CU 27
    00:53 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 21 yd field goal
                                                 14 plays, 90 yards, TOP 5:27, GT 28 - CU 30
4th 13:03 GT - David Scully 26 yd field goal
                                                  7 plays, 66 yards, TOP 2:50, GT 31 - CU 30
    10:29 CU - DeAndre Hopkins 35 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Tajh Boyd pass from HOPKINS)
                                                  8 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:26, GT 31 - CU 38
    10:19 CU - Spencer Shuey safety
                                                                               GT 31 - CU 40
    00:50 CU - Roderick McDowell 1 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                 13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:26, GT 31 - CU 47

Kickoff time: 3:36 PM   End of Game: 6:57 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:21
Officials: Referee: Gary Patterson; Umpire: Rich McMahan; Linesman: Tracy Lynch;
Line judge: Tommy Giles; Back judge: Tommy Pace; Field judge: Chris Junjulas;
Side judge: Eddie Bonet;
Temperature: 82 deg    Wind: Calm      Weather: Mostly Sunny

Team Statistics

                                     GT       CU

FIRST DOWNS...................       17       31
  Rushing.....................       12       14
  Passing.....................        5       15
  Penalty.....................        0        2
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      339      204
  Rushing Attempts............       46       51
  Average Per Rush............      7.4      4.0
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        3        3
  Yards Gained Rushing........      357      230
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       18       26
NET YARDS PASSING.............      144      397
  Completions-Attempts-Int....   9-14-0  26-42-2
  Average Per Attempt.........     10.3      9.5
  Average Per Completion......     16.0     15.3
  Passing Touchdowns..........        1        2
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      483      601
  Total offense plays.........       60       93
  Average Gain Per Play.......      8.1      6.5
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      3-1      0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     2-23     2-15
PUNTS-YARDS...................     1-40     1-49
  Average Yards Per Punt......     40.0     49.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     41.0     42.0
  Inside 20...................        0        0
  50+ Yards...................        0        0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    7-426    9-576
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     60.9     64.0
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     40.1     44.0
  Touchbacks..................        2        6
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    1-7-0   1--1-0
  Average Per Return..........      7.0     -1.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD   3-30-0   5-95-0
  Average Per Return..........     10.0     19.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..   2-21-0    0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    27:59    32:01
  1st Quarter.................     5:56     9:04
  2nd Quarter.................     8:38     6:22
  3rd Quarter.................     8:12     6:48
  4th Quarter.................     5:13     9:47
Third-Down Conversions........  5 of 11 13 of 19
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 2   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      5-7      6-6
  Touchdowns..................      4-7      3-6
  Field goals.................      1-7      3-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     3-16      0-0
PAT Kicks.....................      4-4      4-4
Field Goals...................      1-3      3-3

Individual Statistics

Georgia Tech

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
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Orwin Smith           7  122    5  117  1 38 16.7
Tevin Washington     16  107    3  104  2 43  6.5
Robert Godhigh        4   62    1   61  0 25 15.2
David Sims           10   36    0   36  0  8  3.6
Zach Laskey           6   22    0   22  0  7  3.7
Tony Zenon            2    8    0    8  0  6  4.0
TEAM                  1    0    9   -9  0  0 -9.0
Totals...            46  357   18  339  3 43  7.4

Passing              Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Tevin Washington       9-14-0    144  1   53    0
Totals...              9-14-0    144  1   53    0

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Jeff Greene             2   22    1   16
Darren Waller           2   19    0   12
Tony Zenon              2   13    0    7
Anthony Autry           1   53    0   53
Orwin Smith             1   32    0   32
Robert Godhigh          1    5    0    5
Totals...               9  144    1   53

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Ryan Rodwell            1   40  40.0   40    0    0
Totals...               1   40  40.0   40    0    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Orwin Smith           0   0  0  1  12 12  0   0  0
Jamal Golden          1   7  7  0   0  0  0   0  0
Chris Milton          0   0  0  2  18 20  0   0  0
Daniel Drummond       0   0  0  0   0  0  1   4  4
Shawn Green           0   0  0  0   0  0  1  17 17
Totals...             1   7  7  3  30 20  2  21 17

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
David Scully         2nd 00:24  45 yds - Missed
David Scully         4th 13:03  26 yds - Good
David Scully         4th 06:16  37 yds - Blocked

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Rodwell, R.        1   49   0   0  49.0
Scully, D.         6  377   2   0  62.8

Clemson

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Andre Ellington      24   91    9   82  0 15  3.4
Tajh Boyd            15   79   16   63  1 13  4.2
Roderick McDowell     9   56    0   56  2 26  6.2
Sammy Watkins         2    4    0    4  0  2  2.0
Team                  1    0    1   -1  0  0 -1.0
Totals...            51  230   26  204  3 26  4.0

Passing              Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Tajh Boyd              26-41-2   397  2   58    3
DeAndre Hopkins         0-1-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...              26-42-2   397  2   58    3

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
DeAndre Hopkins         7  173    2   58
Sammy Watkins           6   42    0    9
Adam Humphries          3   22    0   10
Andre Ellington         2   47    0   40
Charone Peake           2   43    0   27
Brandon Ford            2   21    0   13
Sam Cooper              2   13    0    9
Roderick McDowell       1   23    0   23
Jaron Brown             1   13    0   13
Totals...              26  397    2   58

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Spencer Benton          1   49  49.0   49    0    0
Totals...               1   49  49.0   49    0    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Sammy Watkins         0   0  0  4  71 25  0   0  0
Adam Humphries        1  -1  0  0   0  0  0   0  0
Andre Ellington       0   0  0  1  24 24  0   0  0
Totals...             1  -1  0  5  95 25  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Chandler Catanzaro   1st 03:24  23 yds - Good
Chandler Catanzaro   2nd 08:49  20 yds - Good
Chandler Catanzaro   3rd 00:53  21 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
BENTON             9  576   6   0  64.0

FUMBLES: Georgia Tech-Chris Milton 1-0; TEAM 1-0; Tevin Washington 1-1. Clemson-None.

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