Ellington leads Tigers past Georgia Tech
Andre Ellington rushed for a career-high 166 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Clemson beat Georgia Tech for the first time since 2006.
The shifty running back ran for touchdowns of 55 and 42 yards and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in Clemson's 27-13 win.
Ellington's 20 carries were his most since the Tigers' 27-24 loss to Auburn five weeks ago, showing the coaching staff's commitment to getting the ball in the hands of its best player.
The Tigers had perhaps their most balanced offensive game of the year, and the ability to pass the ball successfully kept the Georgia Tech defense honest and allowed Ellington to run wild.
Kyle Parker looked more confident against the Yellow Jackets, completing 17 of his 27 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Parker has not thrown an interception since he threw three in a home loss to Miami.
DeAndre Hopkins returned after missing the Maryland game and led the Tigers in receiving with four catches for 50 yards (including a spectacular one-handed catch on a third down play).
Jaron Brown caught three passes for 39 yards, and Jamie Harper had two catches for 38 yards.
The Clemson defense was outstanding, holding Paul Johnson's wingbone attack to 242 rushing yards, well under the Yellow Jackets' season average.
The defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage and held Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt to just two yards on 15 carries. Nesbitt was averaging 93 rushing yards per game coming into Saturday.
Nesbitt was not able to compensate for his rushing struggles in the passing game. He was just 6-of-19 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Sophomore defensive end Malliciah Goodman led the Tigers with nine tackles, and Jonathan Meeks, Da'Quan Bowers, and Jarvis Jenkins each had seven tackles. Bowers had 2.5 tackles for loss, pushing his NCAA-leading season total to 18.
Georgia Tech's 13 points were its lowest total of the year. The Yellow Jackets had scored at least 24 points in every other game.
Clemson plays at Boston College this week.