It was a matchup between the ACC and SEC in the national spotlight on Saturday. This is a match up that has not been extremely favorable to the ACC of late, but the Clemson Tigers had something different to say defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 38-35.
The game pitted the 5th ranked Bulldogs against the 8th ranked Tigers. Both teams featured quarterbacks who will likely be in the heisman trophy discussion throughout the season. The game did not fail to live up to expectations.
Tajh Boyd threw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
The game went back and forth for four quarters with neither team able to establish more than a touchdown advantage until the 7:40 mark of the 4th quarter when a Stanton Seckinger touchdown reception for 9 yards out, gave Clemson a 10 point advantage.
Georgia scored a late touchdown to close the gap but could never regain the lead.
Aside from throwing 3 touchdown passes, Boyd ran for two and ended the night with 42 yards rushing. Sammy Watkins was a big beneficiary grabbing 6 passes for 127 yards receiving and 1 touchdown reception. Roderick McDowell rushed for 132 yards for the Tigers.
Aaron Murray threw for 323 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception for the Bulldogs, in a losing effort.
The Atlantic Coast Conference was not as fortunate in their other match ups against the SEC as South Carolina took care of North Carolina 27-10 and Alabama toppled Virginia Tech 35-10.
The Virginia Cavaliers pulled out a tight battle against BYU from Charlottesville, 19-16. Kevin Parks rushed for a 13 yard touchdown with 2:37 left to play to give the Cavs the decisive score.
Other winners from the conference included Florida State, N.C. State, Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami and Georgia Tech, all in lopsided fashion.
Syracuse's first game as a member of the conference fell flat in a loss to Penn State. The Nittany Lions defeated the Orange, 23-17.