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October 6, 2012

Tigers take care of business

Sky is the limit

Andre Ellington was one of the catalysts for Clemson's offense on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Ellington led Clemson's ground attack with 82 yards on 24 carries and also caught two passes for 47 yards. But Ellington knows the offense left a lot out on the field.

"We left a lot of rushing yards out there today. We threw two interceptions. So we left a lot out there and have to keep improving."

The offense did not get off to a hot start, but the Tigers still gained 601 yards on 93 plays. But opportunities were left on the field, and Ellington knows the offense is capable of more.

"The sky is the limit. We left a lot of opportunities out there for more yards and more points. We didn't have great tempo early in the game, so we went a little slower. Hopefully, we can pick it up."

Key defensive stops

Clemson's much-maligned defense put the clamps down on third and fourth down against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were held to 5-13 on third and fourth downs combined.

Jonathan Willard led the Tiger defense with eight total tackles.

"We came in with a four-down mentality. We had to play disciplined on every single play. For us to make stops, it gave a really, really big momentum boost for the offense."

Willard also kept challenging his teammates throughout the game to stop the Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack.

"We have to challenge ourselves on the sidelines. We stopped them one time, but then I challenged everyone to stop them the next time. That's what we have to do on the sideline to motivate each other."

Redemption road

Tajh Boyd had a career game on Saturday against Georgia Tech, throwing for a career-best 397 yards and two touchdowns and adding another score on the ground.

His output through the air was the largest for a Clemson quarterback since Charlie Whitehurst threw for over 400 yards versus Duke in 2002.

"This was one of those games where we owed them. Playing at home, it was great. The crowd was absolutely electric, especially when we got that safety. We did what we were supposed to do at home."

Boyd also knows that the Tigers still have a lot of work to do heading into the bye week before Virginia Tech visits on October 20th.

"This is an opportunity for us to refine what we do as an offense, as a defense, and special teams as well. We just need to continue to make improvements. I don't think we are anywhere near our peak as an offense, so we need to take advantage of this bye week."

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