Freshman Tyshon Dye rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as Clemson bounced back from its loss to Georgia Tech last week with a 28-0 win over Georgia State on Saturday.
The Tigers (8-3) fell apart offensively a week ago with its lowest point total in seven years to lose to the 17th-ranked Yellow Jackets 28-6. But behind Dye's powerful runs, Clemson again got cranked up to run past the Panthers (1-10), who have lost 10 straight.
Dye's rushing yards were the highest single-game total for Clemson this season. He had touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards in the opening quarter that put the Tigers up for good.
Quarterback Cole Stoudt also rebounded after throwing three interceptions — two returned for TDs — last game. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 132 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams that closed Clemson's scoring.
It was Clemson's second shutout this season, the first time that's happened since the Tigers blanked Furman and Maryland in 1998.
The Tigers need a shot of confidence after the Georgia Tech loss — and with rival South Carolina ahead next week.
The Panthers provided the perfect remedy, as Clemson surpassed last week's total of 190 yards offense with 219 in the opening half, performing much more crisply than the meltdown against the Yellow Jackets.
Dye, a highly regarded recruit from 2013 kept out by injuries, had just five rushes in his career. His strong rushing, though, kept him in much of the way.
Wayne Gallman, another freshman who's the Tigers top rusher this fall, finished off their third TD drive with a 9-yard run.
It was Stoudt's turn to rebound on their next scoring drive, as the senior quarterback connected on a 17-yard pass with Williams, then ran for 13 yards before finding Williams for an 8-yard touchdown pass and a 28-0 lead.
For Williams, the 6-foot-4 receiver who's third in Atlantic Coast Conference yards per game, it was his first TD catch in six games.
Clemson's defense also stepped up with interceptions from Korrin Wiggins, Jayron Kearse and Garry Peters.
Defensive end Vic Beasley notched his ACC-leading ninth sack, but his first in five games.
Georgia State, averaging 22 points a game during its losing streak, was a long shot to make a dent on Clemson's defense, which was ranked second nationally in overall defense and 13th in scoring defense.
Quarterback Nick Arbuckle, who set the school's single-season passing mark with 2,941 yards this year, didn't help the cause with his three first-half interceptions. He finished with 13 of 29 with 115 yards before sitting out the final quarter.
The Panthers managed 155 total yards, their second fewest this season.
Dye leads Clemson to win over Georgia State
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