Undefeated Tigers try not to stumble against Tar Heels

Eighth-ranked Clemson put its offensive flexibility on display in rallying from an 18-point deficit last week. Now the Tigers look to remain unbeaten and on track for a berth in the ACC title game when they host to North Carolina on Saturday.

Junior running back Andre Ellington rushed for a career-best 212 yards last week in the Tigers’ 56-45 win over Maryland, while freshman receiver Sammy Watkins finished with a school-record 345 all-purpose yards.

North Carolina’s two-game winning streak ended last week in a 30-24 home loss to Miami. The Tar Heels (5-2 overall, 1-2 ACC) trailed 27-3 late in the second quarter before rallying. UNC pulled within six points and recovered an onside kick in the final minute, but could get no closer than the Miami 30.

Clemson (7-0 overall, 4-0 ACC) quarterback Tajh Boyd returned from a hip injury suffered the week before to pass for 270 yards and four touchdowns against Maryland, as the Tigers rallied from a 35-17 third-quarter deficit. Clemson ranks second in the ACC in scoring offense (38.0 points) and total yards (487.1). Defensively, the Tigers took a step back last week, allowing a season-high in points after allowing just 47 points in their previous three games.

UNC quarterback Bryn Renner leads the ACC in passer rating (174.1) and completion percentage (75.3 percent), and passed for a career-high 288 yards against the Hurricanes. Redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard rushed for 110 yards last week, the fifth consecutive game he’s topped 100 yards. Bernard ranks third in the ACC in average rushing yards (109.6). UNC has allowed more than 22 points just twice in seven games.

Clemson leads the series 34-19-1 and has won five of the past seven meetings. UNC won last year’s contest, 21-16.

TV: ESPN. LINE: Clemson -10.

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