Ranking Dabo's wins: 8

The defending national champions visited Death Valley almost a year to the day they defeated Clemson on The Plains in Auburn.

8.) Sept. 17, 2011

Clemson 38 Auburn 24

What happened
Unlike the first meeting, the ACC's Tigers came away with the result they were hoping for, a 38-24 win. No. 21 Auburn's snapped its 17-game winning streak as Clemson totaled 624 yards in the third win of the season.

Auburn raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before the Clemson offense got rolling. Led by Tajh Boyd, the ACC's Tigers converted 10 straight third-down attempts at one point.

Boyd completed 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns.

Two of his touchdown throws were for 65 and 19 yards to Sammy Watkins, who finished with 10 catches for 155 yards, both of which set Clemson records for a freshman.

Dwayne Allen and DeAndre Hopkins were on the receiving end of Boyd's other two touchdown strikes.

Boyd led Clemson's 14-point comeback against Auburn.
D.J. Howard, who committed to Auburn before signing with Clemson in 2010, led the Tigers with 86 yards rushing. Andre Ellington had 44 yards and a score.

Auburn's Michael Dyer had a game-high 151 yards rushing, most of which were in the first half.

Auburn trailed 38-24 in the fourth quarter and knocked on the door at the Clemson 8-yard line before Barrett Trotter was intercepted by Coty Sensabaugh.

The Clemson win snapped the school's 14-game losing streak to Auburn. Clemson hadn't beaten Auburn since a 34-0 win in 1951.

The stakes
Clemson needed the win to make a statement as the one of the nation's top teams. What better way to do that than beat the defending national champions on national television?

Coming off of last year's overtime loss, Clemson had revenge in mind, too.

Before and after
The win helped give Clemson momentum for the following week's showdown with ACC Atlantic rival Florida State.

The Tigers went on to claim the ACC Atlantic crown and win the conference title game over Virginia Tech.

One has to believe that this game helped vault Clemson in towards the success they had in 2011.

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