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Top 25: No. 15 Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 31

Published October 6, 2012 5:44 pm

Top 25 football • The teams combined for 1,084 yards on offense.
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CLEMSON, S.C. • Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving to help No. 15 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday.

The shootout expected with two struggling defenses materialized. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gained 601 yards, while the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3) gained 483 yards.

Boyd threw for two touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown to Hopkins that put Clemson up 38-31 with 10 minutes, 29 seconds left in the game.

Georgia Tech bobbled the kickoff and started its next possession at the 2-yard line. Tigers linebacker Spencer Shuey sniffed out an option pitch two plays later for a safety that crushed the Yellow Jackets' chances. It was the first time either team led by more than a touchdown. —