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    === Boyd's 5-TD effort lifts No. 8 Clemson over fifth-ranked Georgia ===
 
 Clemson,  SC (Sports  Network) - Death Valley claimed another victim Saturday,
 as Tajh Boyd totaled five touchdowns to carry No. 8 Clemson past No.5 Georgia,
 38-35, on a humid night at Memorial Stadium.
 
 The  anticipated  season opener  between these top-ranked interconference foes
 began as a shootout and ended with the Tigers recovering a late onside kick to
 secure their first win over Georgia since 1990.
 
 Clemson  (1-0)  finished last  season with  a win over  LSU in the Chick-fil-A
 Bowl,  and  with Saturday's nail biter  became the first non-SEC team to upend
 top-10 SEC teams in consecutive games.
 
 Boyd,  the reigning  ACC Player of the  Year, ran for two touchdowns and threw
 for three more while completing 18-of-30 passes for 270 yards.
 
 His  third touchdown  pass went to Stanton Seckinger midway through the fourth
 quarter. Seckinger made an acrobatic play along the sideline and dove in for a
 the eventual game-deciding score.
 
 "This  was a great win. This was a gutsy win. The character and toughness that
 our  guys showed  tonight  was  something special,"  Clemson  head coach  Dabo
 Swinney said.
 
 Todd Gurley, despite leaving the game briefly to nurse a thigh injury, totaled
 154  yards and two  touchdowns on just 12 carries for Georgia (0-1), which was
 seconds away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game last season.
 
 But  just like their  loss against Alabama in the SEC title game, the Bulldogs
 couldn't come up with the big play in crunch time.
 
 Aaron  Murray,  who returned for  his senior season  for a shot at redemption,
 threw for 323 yards with an interception in the setback.
 
 After Chandler Catanzaro's 24-yard kick put Clemson on top, 31-28, late in the
 third  quarter, Georgia's next  drive stalled in the red zone, and a high snap
 on a field goal attempt resulted in a turnover on downs.
 
 An  exchange  of punts pinned  the Tigers back at  their own 13-yard line with
 12:03  remaining, and 11 plays later they faced a 3rd-and-goal from the 9-yard
 line.
 
 It  appeared as though Clemson was about to settle for another field goal when
 Seckinger was ruled out-of-bounds just before the goal line, but replay showed
 the receiver pivoted his right foot just before hitting the sideline. The play
 was overturned and Clemson was on top, 38-28, with 7:40 on the clock.
 
 The  Bulldogs  punted their  next time  with the ball,  and Clemson killed off
 nearly 3 1/2 minutes to all but seal the win.
 
 Murray's  1-yard touchdown run with 1:19 to go gave Georgia hope, but Martavis
 Bryant  snatched the onsides kick, and the orange-clad student body rushed the
 field to celebrate a monumental win.
 
 "Clemson is a very good football team. They did what they had to do to win the
 football game," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.
 
 The  teams combined for 1,012 yards and essentially mirrored each other in the
 back-and-forth first half.
 
 Boyd  called his own number on a delayed draw for a 4-yard touchdown run 5 1/2
 minutes  in, and  on the  next play  from scrimmage,  Gurley gashed  Clemson's
 defense and sprung up the right sideline for a blistering 75-yard jaunt.
 
 Sammy  Watkins answered  seconds later,  as he  took a  short pass  from Boyd,
 bulled over a defender and outran everyone else en route to a 77-yard score.
 
 Georgia's  Keith  Marshall capped an 11-play,  75-yard drive with a 4-yard run
 off  an inside  handoff that saw him  carry two defenders across the goal line
 with 4:12 left in a breathless opening quarter.
 
 Quayvon  Hicks  gave Georgia its  first lead with  a 1-yard plunge two minutes
 into  the second  quarter,  but the  Bulldogs went  the  next six  possessions
 without  scoring,  which included  Murray  throwing  an interception  deep  in
 Clemson territory late in the half.
 
 Another  Boyd TD,  this one a tough  2-yard run, sent the teams into the break
 tied at 21 apiece.
 
 While  the  pace slowed  down a  bit in  the third  quarter, points were still
 readily  available. Boyd  connected with Zac Brooks on a 31-yard strike with a
 defender  draped  over his  back four minutes  in, and Gurley  went in from 12
 yards out on the ensuing possession.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Georgia,  which hosts No.  6 South Carolina next week, is 1-3 when starting on
 the road under Richt, with all three losses coming to top-10 ranked  opponents
 ...  Clemson  had lost five straight  meetings with Georgia ... Watkins caught
 six  passes  for 127  yards and muffed  a  punt ...  Roderick McDowell led the
 Tigers  with 132  yards on 22 carries  ... Clemson recorded four sacks ... The
 Tigers host South Carolina State next weekend.
 
 
 
 09/01 01:56:50 ET