Boxscore
Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 17
Saturday, October 29, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Bobby Dodd Stadium
Attendance - 55646

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Clemson 3 0 7 7 17
Georgia Tech 7 17 7 0 31

Recap


Georgia Tech rediscovered its explosive offense and built a big lead, and held off another of visiting Clemson's second-half rallies to hand the No. 6 Tigers their first loss, 31-17 on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 ACC) were held to less than 300 total yards in consecutive losses to Virginia and Miami, but their powerful running game exploited Clemson's defense. Orwin Smith ran for two first-half touchdowns to help give Georgia Tech a 24-3 halftime lead, and quarterback Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and a score.

The Tigers (8-1, 5-1) rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half against Maryland two weeks ago, but they were unable to preserve their perfect record and No. 5 BCS ranking this time.

Clemson had a chance to pull within seven when Rashard Hall returned an interception to the Georgia Tech 9-yard line with 10:39 left, but Jemea Thomas picked off a Boyd pass in the end zone on the next play.

Georgia Tech all but sealed it by holding the ball for a 16-play, 58-yard drive that chewed 9:04 off the clock before a turnover on downs, then put it away on Thomas' second interception.

The Tigers were without leading rusher Andre Ellington, who tested his injured ankle in limited pregame warmups before deciding he wasn't healthy enough to play.

With nine catches for 153 yards and a touchdown, Clemson's Sammy Watkins set the ACC freshman record for catches (63), receiving yards (972) and touchdown receptions (10).

The previous record holders were North Carolina State's Koren Robinson (853 yards, 1999), Virginia's Wali Lundy (58 catches, 2002), and Florida State's Greg Carr (nine TDs, in 2005) and Virginia's Heath Miller (nine touchdowns in 2002).
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:45
Clemson   FG  Georgia Tech 0 - Clemson 3
1st Quarter - 2:59
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 7 - Clemson 3
2nd Quarter - 12:01
Georgia Tech   FG  Georgia Tech 10 - Clemson 3
2nd Quarter - 5:44
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 17 - Clemson 3
2nd Quarter - 0:37
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 24 - Clemson 3
3rd Quarter - 13:34
Clemson   TD  Georgia Tech 24 - Clemson 10
3rd Quarter - 11:30
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 31 - Clemson 10
4th Quarter - 14:47
Clemson   TD  Georgia Tech 31 - Clemson 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Clemson Georgia Tech
W/L 8 - 1 - 0 7 - 2 - 0
Conference 5 - 1 - 0 4 - 2 - 0

Team Stats

  Clemson Georgia Tech
Score 17 31
First Downs 18 22
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-13
38%
7-for-14
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 399 443
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 24-95 67-383
Average/Rush 4.0 5.7
Passing
Comp-Att 24-41 4-9
Passing Yards 304 60
Average/Pass Play 7.1 6.0
Penalties-Yards 5-30 4-23
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Time of Possession 21:00 39:00

PLAYER STATS

Clemson (8 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Boyd 23/40 295 1 2
S. Watkins 1/1 9 0 0
Georgia Tech (7 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Washington 4/9 60 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Bellamy 8 67 8.4 0
D. Howard 7 22 3.1 0
S. Watkins 1 7 7.0 0
B. Thomas 0 0 0.0 1
T. Boyd 8 -1 -0.1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Washington 27 176 6.5 1
D. Sims 15 68 4.5 1
R. Jones 4 52 13.0 0
P. Lyons 9 42 4.7 0
O. Smith 7 37 5.3 2
E. Peeples 2 16 8.0 0
S. Hill 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Watkins 9 153 17.0 1
D. Hopkins 7 83 11.9 0
D. Allen 5 38 7.6 0
J. Brown 2 26 13.0 0
D. Howard 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Hill 2 47 23.5 0
T. Melton 2 13 6.5 0
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