Andre Ellington still leads ACC in rushing; Tiger offense perfect in red zone

DeAndre Hopkins 7th nationally in receptions; Ellington, Chandler Catanzaro also in NCAA top 10

Clemson Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

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Clemson Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

Despite Ball State's stack-the-box defense and the fact that he, like many of Clemson's regulars, took the second half off, Andre Ellington still leads the ACC in rushing by a wide margin and ranks 10th nationally with his 134.5 average.

After rushing for a career-best and nation-leading 228 yards in the Tigers' opener against Auburn, Ellington rushed for 41 yards on 13 carries against Ball State, and scored on two short touchdown runs.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington ranks second in the ACC in rushing with an 80.0 per-game average, while Miami running back Duke Johnson is third at 79.5.

Also with top-10 national rankings are receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Hopkins ranks seventh in receptions per game with 9.5, and is also 11th in receiving yards per game (112.0) and 12th in scoring. Catanzaro is tied for 10th in field goals made.

Hopkins and FSU's James Wilder share the ACC scoring lead, and Hopkins ranks second in receptions to Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (11.0).

Tajh Boyd ranks second in the ACC in passing efficiency behind Florida State's E.J. Manuel.

As a team, Clemson leads the ACC in total offense, and ranks second in rushing, third in scoring and fourth in passing.

Clemson leads the ACC in offensive plays with 171 - an 85.5 average. Boston College is second, averaging 79.5 per game.

The Tigers have converted 57.1 percent of their third-down plays and rank second in the ACC to Florida State (60.0). Clemson is third in third-down conversion defense with a 25.9 mark, trailing FSU (14.3) and Georgia Tech (21.9).

Clemson is one of four ACC teams that has been perfect in the red zone during the first two games of the season. The Tigers are 10-of-10, with seven touchdowns. FSU is 17-of-17 with 15 touchdowns; Wake Forest is 5-of-5 with five touchdowns; and N.C. State is 4-of-4 with three TDs.

Clemson has allowed its opponents to score on all six of their red zone chances, but has allowed just one touchdown, which is tied for second in the ACC behind FSU, which has yet to allow a touchdown in two games.

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