Tigers’ high-flying offense too much for Georgia Tech

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw two touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins to help No. 15 Clemson to a 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up plenty of big plays against the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3), but the Tigers’ defense came up big down the stretch, allowing just three points over the final 25 minutes of the game and scoring a safety.

Hopkins caught seven passes for 173 yards and the Tigers got another big game from Boyd, who passed for a career-high 397 yards. He completed 26 of 41 attempts, including a pair of touchdowns, while also rushing for 63 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.

The game was a back-and-forth affair for much of the day, with neither team leading by more than a touchdown until the game’s final 10 minutes. That’s when Hopkins snagged a 35-yard touchdown pass from Hopkins to give Clemson a 38-31 lead, then the Clemson defense took over.

Georgia Tech fumbled the ensuing kickoff and took over on its own 3. Two plays later, Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey sacked Tech quarterback Tevin Washington in the end zone for a safety and a 40-31 lead.

Clemson’s Josh Watson blocked a David Scully field goal attempt on Tech’s next possession to all but seal the win. The Tigers drove 80 yards in 13 plays on their final possession and put the finishing touches on just their third win over Tech in their last 10 meetings.

The teams combined for 1,086 yards – the second-highest total in Clemson history. The Tigers amassed 601 yards, eclipsing 600 yards for the first time since last year’s win against Auburn.

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