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                  === Boyd leads Clemson over Georgia Tech ===
 
 Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd threw for a career-high 397 yards and
 two  touchdowns, while adding 63 yards and a rushing score, as the 15th-ranked
 Clemson  Tigers turned up the heat with a 47-31 decision over the Georgia Tech
 Yellow Jackets in an ACC shootout at Memorial Stadium.
 
 DeAndre  Hopkins totaled 173  yards and a pair of TDs on seven catches for the
 Tigers  (5-1, 2-1  ACC), who  have won  two in  a row  and have  two weeks  to
 enjoy the victory before returning to action on Oct. 20 against Virginia Tech.
 
 "When  you're a great  receiver and you fight for the ball, it's funny how the
 ball  just comes  to you," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney 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."
 
 Roderick  McDowell posted two rushing scores, while Andre Ellington ended with
 82  yards on  24 carries  for  Clemson, which  racked  up 601  yards of  total
 offense.
 
 Tevin  Washington passed for 144 yards and one score, adding 104 yards and two
 rushing  touchdowns for  the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3), who have dropped three
 straight and also have a week off before a clash with Boston College.
 
 Orwin  Smith rolled up  117 yards and two end-zone entries on just seven totes
 and Jeff Greene registered a TD reception in the loss.
 
 David  Scully  made a  26-yarder for a  31-30 Georgia Tech  lead less than two
 minutes into the fourth, but the hosts roared back with a 35-yard passing play
 from Boyd to Hopkins. On the two-point conversion, Ellington received the snap
 and pitched to Hopkins for a throw to Boyd.
 
 A  punt  pinned the Yellow Jackets  in the shadow  of their own goal line, and
 Clemson's defense then got to Smith, tackling him in the end zone on an option
 pitch  for a safety to make it 40-31. Spencer Shuey was credited with the main
 tackle.
 
 "We  had  a bust. I'll  have to  look at it,"  Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson
 said.  "There were  a slew  of  people out  there. There  weren't many  people
 blocked,  but I  think the linebacker was  the one that tackled him. It should
 have been an outside release and we inside released."
 
 Tiger  special teams stepped in to block a 37-yard attempt by Scully with just
 over  six minutes to play, and on the next drive, McDowell took it in from the
 one inside of a minute remaining for the final margin.
 
 Clemson  emerged with  a 10-7 lead early  on, thanks to a one-yard run by Boyd
 and  a 23-yard  field goal from Chandler Catanzaro sandwiched around a 16-yard
 connection from Washington to Greene.
 
 Georgia  Tech pulled  ahead late in the opening quarter when Smith went around
 the  right side untouched for a 13-yard TD run, but the hosts surged back into
 the lead with a three-yard score from McDowell and a 20-yarder by Catanzaro.
 
 The  scoring  battle continued, as Washington's  one-yard dash to the end zone
 was  followed  by a 58-yard catch-and-run  touchdown from Boyd to Hopkins, and
 Clemson led 27-21 at the half.
 
 Washington rolled in from the four to put the visitors back on top to complete
 the first series of the third quarter, but Catanzaro's 21-yard make pulled the
 Tigers ahead by 30-28 inside a minute to play in the third.
 
 Prior  to  that,  the Yellow  Jackets  were  going  in  for a  touchdown,  but
 Washington fumbled at the Clemson seven.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Clemson  has  won two  of the last  three meetings, but  Georgia Tech has been
 triumphant  in seven  of 10 meetings since 2004 ... Boyd became Clemson's all-
 time  leader in touchdowns ... The 47 points were the most for the Tigers over
 the  Yellow  Jackets since a  47-44 OT decision on  Sept. 29, 2001 ... Georgia
 Tech posted 483 yards of offense ... Clemson finished 13-of-19 on third downs,
 holding the Yellow Jackets to 5-of-11.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/06 21:10:53 ET