But it's hard to ignore his contribution to Clemson's offensive effort.
Coming into Saturday's game, he'd rushed for a team-high 273 yards and four touchdowns.
The redshirt sophomore rushed for 100 yards for a second-straight game (107 on 17 carries), scored three times (71, 14, 3) and caught three passes for 39 yards.
The 71-yarder was the longest of his career. It was also the longest run by Clemson since 2007 in the Chick-fil-a Bowl against Auburn when C.J. Spiller had an 80-yard run.
"We fell short. There were a lot of things that we didn't execute, like we wanted to," Ellington said. "At the end of the game, we didn't win. We've got to get better."
He had a chance to convert on a critical fourth-and-1 at the Miami 20, but was dropped for no gain. Had Clemson scored, the game would have been tied at 27 with a chance to take the lead, pending the extra-point.
Head coach Dabo Swinney said it was the biggest play of the game.
"We put it in his hands and tried to go for the win right there," he said.
Instead, the Tigers lost and dropped to 2-2 overall and (0-1 in ACC).
"It hurts. We've just got to go out there Monday and bounce back, just get ready for North Carolina," Ellington said.
Swinney remained impressed with Ellington's output.
"Andre continues to do a great job for us. He made some big plays," Swinney said. "We're going to need him to continue to do that as we move forward."
Any loss is tough for Ellington to swallow, no matter how well he does individually.
"I don't want to take that credit. As a team player, we didn't win the game. That's the bottom line," he said.
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