Clemson 38, Georgia 35

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Clemson Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 83830

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Georgia 14 7 7 7 35
Clemson 14 7 10 7 38

Recap



No. 8 Clemson 38, No. 5 Georgia 35: Tajh Boyd accounted for five touchdowns and Sammy Watkins racked up 127 receiving yards and a score as the Tigers defeated the visiting Bulldogs in a season-opening showdown between teams with BCS aspirations. 

In a matchup of Heisman Trophy hopefuls, Boyd got the best of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the biggest game of college football’s opening weekend. Boyd finished 18-of-30 for 270 yards and three touchdowns – and ran for two scores – while Murray was 20-of-29 for 323 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

While the quarterbacks served as the pregame headliners, the running backs proved to be no slouch. Sophomore sensation Todd Gurley fueled Georgia’s offense with 154 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries and Roderick McDowell sparked Clemson with 132 yards on 22 attempts.  

The teams went back and forth in a thrilling first quarter, with Boyd throwing a pair of  touchdown passes and Georgia answering each time with a rushing score. The premier sequence came when Gurley ran for a 75-yard touchdown and Watkins answered with a 77-yard catch-and-run TD on the next play from scrimmage.

The game was tied 21-21 at halftime before Boyd threw two touchdowns in the second half, including a 9-yard strike to Stanton Seckinger with 7:40 remaining to put the Tigers ahead by 10. Murray’s 1-yard TD plunge made it 38-35 with 1:19 to play, but Clemson recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgia had a chance to tie the game at 31 in the final seconds of the third quarter, but the snap was high and the Bulldogs were unable to attempt the short field goal. … Georgia outgained Clemson 545-467 and held the ball for more than 32 minutes. … This was only the second time in his last 23 games that Murray did not throw at least one touchdown pass.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:29
Clemson   TD  Clemson 7 - Georgia 0
1st Quarter - 9:17
Georgia   TD  Clemson 7 - Georgia 7
1st Quarter - 8:58
Clemson   TD  Clemson 14 - Georgia 7
1st Quarter - 4:12
Georgia   TD  Clemson 14 - Georgia 14
2nd Quarter - 13:00
Georgia   TD  Clemson 14 - Georgia 21
2nd Quarter - 3:51
Clemson   TD  Clemson 21 - Georgia 21
3rd Quarter - 10:58
Clemson   TD  Clemson 28 - Georgia 21
3rd Quarter - 7:41
Georgia   TD  Clemson 28 - Georgia 28
3rd Quarter - 4:46
Clemson   FG  Clemson 31 - Georgia 28
4th Quarter - 7:40
Clemson   TD  Clemson 38 - Georgia 28
4th Quarter - 1:19
Georgia   TD  Clemson 38 - Georgia 35
TEAMS

Team Records

  Georgia Clemson
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Georgia Clemson
Score 35 38
First Downs 22 21
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-14
29%
7-for-16
44%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 545 467
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 41-222 46-197
Average/Rush 5.4 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 20-29 18-30
Passing Yards 323 270
Average/Pass Play 9.8 8.7
Penalties-Yards 9-84 5-38
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 32:18 27:42

PLAYER STATS

Georgia (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Murray 20/29 323 0 1
Clemson (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Boyd 18/30 270 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Gurley 12 154 12.8 2
K. Marshall 16 43 2.7 1
Q. Hicks 3 38 12.7 1
C. Barber 1 5 5.0 0
J. Green 1 3 3.0 0
A. Murray 7 -15 -2.1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. McDowell 22 132 6.0 0
T. Boyd 13 42 3.2 2
Z. Brooks 3 20 6.7 0
D. Howard 4 3 0.8 0
S. Watkins 2 2 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Conley 3 67 22.3 0
M. Bennett 5 60 12.0 0
J. Scott-Wesley 4 55 13.8 0
R. Wooten 2 46 23.0 0
Q. Hicks 1 38 38.0 0
K. Marshall 2 28 14.0 0
A. Lynch 1 18 18.0 0
J. Rome 1 10 10.0 0
T. Gurley 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Watkins 6 127 21.2 1
C. Peake 5 58 11.6 0
Z. Brooks 1 31 31.0 1
S. Seckinger 2 26 13.0 1
R. McDowell 1 10 10.0 0
D. Smith 2 10 5.0 0
A. Humphries 1 8 8.0 0