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CLEMSON- The eighth ranked Clemson Tigers defeated SEC rival and No. 5 Georgia 38-35 in a shootout for the ages Saturday night in Death Valley.

The Tigers used a stellar performance from senior running back Roderick McDowell to get their first win of the 2013 season.

It was over when
The Georgia Bulldogs went on a five-play, 64-yard drive that took just one minute and six seconds off the clock to trim Clemson’s lead the just three points at 38-35 with 1:19 left in the game, leading to an onside kick attempt by punter Adam Erickson. Clemson wide receiver Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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fielded the kick attempt cleanly, sealing the victory for the Tigers.

Game ball goes to
McDowell has patiently waited his turn to start in the Tigers’ backfield, and when the time came Saturday night, McDowell made the most of his opportunity. He carried the ball 22 times for 136 yards, averaging six yards per carry.

Stat of the game
Clemson was four-of-four in the red zone and Georgia was four-of-five in red zone attempts. The lone miss for the Bulldogs was the botched field goal late in the third quarter that ended up being the difference in the game.

What it means for Clemson
The Tigers are the only non-SEC team to defeat two top-10 SEC teams in consecutive games. Now that the Tigers have achieved their first goal of winning the opener, they have seven weeks before another potential top-10 showdown with ACC rival Florida State in Death Valley.

What it means for Georgia
Georgia suffered the only loss of the three ACC-SEC matchups on Saturday and now a huge SEC battle with South Carolina looms next Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs will have to correct issues along the offensive line and in the secondary if they want to get ahead in the SEC East race.

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