Ranking Dabo's wins: 13

Dabo Swinney could help exorcise the demons from 2009 with a win over Georgia Tech in Death Valley in late October of 2010.

13.) Oct. 23, 2010


Clemson 27 Georgia Tech 13

What happened
Andre Ellington rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Kyle Parker as Clemson took down rival Georgia Tech, 27-13.

Parker completed 17 of 27 passes for 167 yards. DeAndre Hopkins led all Tiger receivers with four catches for 50 yards.

Clemson's only other points came on a pair of field goals [38, 21] by Chandler Catanzaro.

The Georgia Tech wingbone option scheme was held to 242 yards -- 86 yards below the Yellow Jackets' average.


Hawkins and the Clemson defense made life miserable for Nesbitt.
Quarterback Josh Nesbitt entered the game as the leading rusher in the ACC but was limited to just two yards on 15 carries.

A 15-play, 64-yard drive took 7:36 off the clock in the fourth quarter ended with Catanzaro's 21-yard field goal. The Tigers pushed their lead to 27-13, giving the ball back to the Yellow Jackets with just 3:28 to play.

The stakes
Not only did Clemson need a win to keep momentum moving in a positive direction, but the Tigers were also striving to do something that hadn't been done since 2006 -- beat Georgia Tech.

Before and After
Clemson entered the game with an overall record of 3-3 [1-2 ACC]. After opening the season with back-to-back wins over North Texas and PC, Clemson dropped three in a row.

Though they moved back to even with the win over Georgia Tech, Clemson was once again under .500 a week later after losing 16-10 to Boston College.

The Tigers went on to finish the regular season with a 6-6 record, but a bowl loss ended the 2010 campaign with a sub-500 record.


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