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The Tiger Ten returns with a look back at the Boston College game and a look ahead to Georgia Tech. We start with DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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and his assault on the Clemson record books.

10.) DeAndre Hopkins had another career day. Hopkins had 11 receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown. The 197 receiving yards is a Clemson record for most receiving yards in a single game. The previous record was held by Rod Gardner – 182 yards against UNC in 2000. Hopkins currently has 2,219 career receiving yards. Hopkins moves up to 8th on the Clemson All-Time receiving yardage list, ahead of Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL

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9.) Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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rushed for 42 yards against Boston College. This brings his season rushing total up to 161 yards. The coaching staff had the goal of Boyd rushing for 700 yards this season. When Boyd’s net rushing (yards gained minus yards lost) is positive, the Tigers are 17-3. When Boyd’s net rushing is negative, the Tigers are 1-4. The Tiger’s only win when Boyd had negative rushing yards was against Troy last season (-3 yards).

8.) Clemson’s Rushing Defense held Boston College to 51 yards rushing. That is the fewest rushing yards allowed by a Clemson Defense since the Maryland game in 2010 (44 yards allowed). This is a positive for the Clemson Defense; however, BC has the 116th rushing offense in the country.

7.) Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Jr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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has made his last 16 field goals, going all the way back to the Wake Forest game last year. This is a Clemson record for Consecutive Field Goals Made. The previous record was 14 consecutive field goals by Obed Ariri in 1980.

6.) Clemson’s Defense was able to get some pressure on Boston College behind the line of scrimmage. Clemson had 8 tackles for a loss (TFL) and 2 sacks. Boston College is allowing 4.75 TFL/game and 1.25 sacks/game. So, Clemson was able to put more pressure on the BC offense than what they normally have seen this season. Clemson is averaging 5.6 TFL/game and 1.2 sacks/game, so Clemson was able to outperform what they have been averaging this season as well. The Clemson D still gave up a lot of yards, but at least they were able to get some pressure in the backfield.

5.) Clemson is 1-3 against Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech. Clemson’s only win came in 2010 when they defeated GT 27-13. In Clemson’s three losses, Georgia Tech has won the time of possession battle. In Clemson’s only win, Clemson won the time of possession battle. Also, in all 3 of Clemson’s losses, Clemson has converted less than 38% of their 3rd downs. These are two fairly obvious stats that Clemson needs to win to be successful against Georgia Tech. If the Clemson defense cannot keep the GT offense off of the field, then the Clemson offense is not going to be given a chance to perform.

4.) Clemson will now go from facing the ACC’s top passing team (Boston College), to facing the ACC’s top rushing team (Georgia Tech). Georgia Tech leads the ACC in rushing and is 3rd nationally with 329.4 yards/game. In Georgia Tech’s wins this season, they have rushed for an average of 465 yards. In Georgia Tech’s losses this season, they have rushed for an average of 239 yards.

3.) Georgia Tech’s rushing defense is 6th in the ACC (65th nationally) allowing 155.2 yards per game. Look for Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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to go over the 3,000 yard mark for his career this Saturday. Ellington is currently 6th on the All-Time Clemson rushing list with 2,870 rushing yards.

2.) Clemson currently leads the ACC in turnover margin with +1.0. Clemson is forcing 1 more turnover than they are giving up per game. This will be an important stat for Clemson against Georgia Tech, because any time Clemson can keep the GT offense off of the field, the better. The Clemson defense is recovering 0.6 fumbles/game this season and Georgia Tech is giving up 1.4 fumbles/game. The Clemson defense is T-25th nationally with 1.4 interceptions/game and Georgia Tech is giving up 0.4 interceptions/game.

1.) Clemson has two players leading the ACC at their respective positions. Andre Ellington is leading the ACC with 103 rushing yards/gm and DeAndre Hopkins is leading the ACC with 8.4 receptions/gm. Georgia Tech only has one player leading the ACC; Tevin Washington (QB) leads the ACC in scoring with 13.6 points/gm.

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