*Clemson and Auburn both wore home uniforms this evening. It is the first time both
teams wore home uniforms in a Clemson game since the 2009 game against Coastal
Carolina. Clemson was dressed in all orange and Coastal Carolina in all black for
that Halloween day game in 2009.
*Clemson is now 14-0 under Dabo Swinney in Orange jerseys and white pants.
*Clemson had lost six straight games in the city of Atlanta prior to tonight. The
last win was a 27-14 win over Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the end of the
*Clemson is now 3-5 all-time in the Georgia Dome.
*Clemson has now beaten Auburn twice in a row after suffering 14 straight losses to
the Auburn Tigers between 1952-2010.
*Clemson now has six wins over top 25 teams over its last 21 games.
*Clemson's game captains for tonight were Dalton Freeman, Malliciah Goodman, Andre Ellington and Xavier Brewer.
*Clemson dressed 80 players for this game. Twenty-five are freshmen, including 11
in their first year, 28 are sophomores, 15 are juniors and 12 are seniors. Six of
the 12 seniors already have their Clemson degrees.
*Clemson's first string offensive line played all but one play this evening. Giff
Timothy missed the last offensive play of the game.
*Clemson had 320 yards rushing and 208 yards passing tonight. Clemson is now
58-0-1 all-time when it has at least 200 rushing and 200 passing in the same game.
*Clemson ran 87 plays in tonight's game. The most plays Clemson had in a game last
year was 92 against Auburn. One other note of interest on plays. Clemson's 48
plays is half way to 96, the total number of plays Ball State ran in its opening
game last Thursday night against Eastern Michigan. Clemson and Ball State play next
Saturday at Clemson.
*Tonight's victory was the first season opening game won away from home since 1985
when the Tigers opened the season with a victory at Virginia Tech on a field goal by
David Treadwell on the last play of the game.
*Auburn was ranked 25th by USA Today in the preseason poll. This is just the fourth
time Clemson has opened the season with a win over a top25 team. But, it is the
third time it has happened since the 2005 season.
*Clemson freshman Daniel Rodriguez played on the kickoff coverage teams for the
Tigers in the first half. Rodriguez had received national attention as a US Army
vet who desired to play college football after he returned from serving his country.
He earned a Purple Heart in the war in Afghanistan. This was the first career
action for the 24-year old since the 2005 football high school season.
*Andre Ellington rushed for a career high 231 yards this evening. His previous high
was 212 at Maryland last year. He now has three consecutive games with at least
100 yards on the ground. He had 20-125 against Virginia Tech in the ACC
Championship game last year, then had 10-116 against West Virginia in the Orange
Bowl. Ellington now has 10 career 100-yard rushing games, more than any other
active ACC player.
*Ellington's 231 yards rushing rank as the fifth most in a single game in Clemson
history and is the most since C.J. Spiller had 233 in the ACC Championship game of
2009 against Georgia Tech. Ellington's 231 rushing yards are the most by a Clemson
player in a season opener. The previous mark was 204 by Buck George against
Presbyterian in 1952. Ellington's performance tonight was the most by a Clemson
running back against an SEC team.
*Tajh Boyd had a career high 58 yards rushing on 19 attempts this evening. He
actually went 88 yards forward and lost 30 yards on four sacks, all in the first
half. His previous high was just 37 yards against Boston College and Maryland last
*DeAndre Hopkins had a school record 13 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown
tonight. The previous record for receptions was 12 by Airese Currie against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 13, 2003. His position coach for that game was Dabo
*Chandler Catanzaro was a perfect 4-4 on field goals this evening. He made each of
his last eight field goals last year, so he is now a perfect 12-12 over a span of
six games. The Clemson record for consecutive made field goals is 14 in a row by
Obed Ariri in 1980.
NOTES: Tigers run over Auburn
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