Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 13

(5-3, 3-2 ACC)

Clemson 27

(4-3, 2-2 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, October 23, 2010

Memorial Stadium, CLEMSON, SC

1 2 3 4 T
GT 0 3 10 013
CLEM 10 7 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: K. Parker (CLEM) - 167 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Ellington (CLEM) - 20 CAR, 166 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Allen (GT) - 2 REC, 38 YDS, 1 TD

Andre Ellington's 3 total TDs end Clemson's 4-game slide vs. Georgia Tech

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Andre Ellington rushed for a career high 166 yards and two long touchdowns as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech in a 27-13 win on Saturday.

The Tigers (4-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hadn't beaten the Yellow Jackets (5-3, 3-2) in four years, a run that included a 39-34 loss in last season's ACC title game.

But Ellington struck for scoring runs of 55 and 42 yards in the opening half and added a 10-yard TD catch in the third quarter -- the sophomore's first of his career -- to end Georgia Tech's streak.

Clemson's defense did its share in shutting down the Yellow Jackets' ACC-leading rushing attack to 242 yards, nearly 100 fewer than their average. Georgia Tech's point total was its lowest of the season.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt came in needing 44 yards to set the ACC's mark for rushing yards gained by a quarterback. But he was continually harassed by Clemson's defenders and ended with 2 yards on 15 carries.

Clemson has had its share of troubles with Georgia Tech the past few meetings since its last series win in 2006. That night, the Tigers' "Thunder and Lightning" duo of James Davis and C.J. Spiller combined for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-7 rout.

But the Yellow Jackets have had their way over Clemson ever since -- albeit by the slimmest of margins.

Their four straight wins have been by a combined 15 points, including the five-point victory to take the ACC championship.

Ellington and the Tigers, with a little help from Georgia Tech, made sure this one couldn't come down to the end.

A roughing the punter penalty on the Yellow Jackets kept alive Clemson's first drive that ended with Ellington's 55-yard touchdown run.

Ellington was at it again in the second quarter with a 42-yard scoring run. He even added a little Spiller flair at the end, cutting back on Georgia Tech's Jerrard Tarrant for the score.

Clemson's defense, which didn't force a punt in the title match last December, didn't give Georgia Tech's typically efficient option room to move.

The Yellow Jackets punted three times and gave up the ball on downs their first four possessions.

Georgia Tech had two drives of 66 yards or more at the end of the first half and start of the second, but came away with two field goals.

Ellington all but ended thoughts of a rally with his 10-yard touchdown catch from Kyle Parker for a 24-6 lead.

The closest Georgia Tech came after that was 24-13 on Anthony Allen's 9-yard scoring pass from Nesbitt.

Clemson took a page from Georgia Tech's playbook with a 15-play drive that lasted for nearly 8 minutes and ended with a clinching field goal.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
CLEM
1st Downs2021
Total Yards325403
Passing83167
Rushing242236
Penalties5-557-62
3rd Down Conversions6-169-15
4th Down Conversions3-40-0
Turnovers10
Possession28:5631:04

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nesbitt6/19834.411
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker17/271676.210

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen17925.4024
Smith45413.5025
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington201668.3255
Harper11565.1012

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen23819.0129
Smith23718.5019
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hopkins45012.5023
Brown33913.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTCLEM
TD13:07Andre Ellington 55 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 07
FG03:15Chandler Catanzaro 38 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERGTCLEM
TD13:50Andre Ellington 42 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 017
FG00:23Scott Blair 26 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERGTCLEM
FG09:46Scott Blair 26 Yd 617
TD06:05Andre Ellington 10 Yd Pass From Kyle Parker (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 624
TD00:00Anthony Allen 9 Yd Pass From Joshua Nesbitt (Scott Blair Kick) 1324
FOURTH QUARTERGTCLEM
FG03:28Chandler Catanzaro 21 Yd 1327