Honor Roll: Boyd shows his 'warrior' side, Sammy's back, Shuey makes a stand, McDowell is 'hot'

Clemson's Roderick McDowell runs near Georgia's Brendan Langley during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Roderick McDowell runs near Georgia's Brendan Langley during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Tajh Boyd: Another 'warrior' like performance for the Tigers' senior leader, accounted for all five Clemson touchdowns. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 277 yards and three scores, and rushed 13 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He went 5-of-6 on two different scoring drives, and at one point bounced back from a 1-of-8 stretch by completing 10 in a row.

Rod McDowell: 'Hot Rod' answered his doubters and proved that Clemson's running game is in good hands. He gained a career-high 132 yards on 22 carries, including his share of tough, inside yards.

'Hot Rod' rolls over UGa


Sammy Watkins: He showed early that he's back on his game, when he outran Georgia's pursuit despite being at an angle-disadvantage. He finished with six catches for 127 yards, and went over the 100-yard mark for the eighth time in his career.

Charone Peake:He wasn't perfect, but came back after a drop and made a string of big catches. He finished with five receptions for 58 yards.

Stanton Seckinger: He made big plays early and late, including a third-and-goal lunge for the goal line that provided what proved to be the Tigers' winning points.

Martavis Bryant: He didn't have his best day catching the football until the very end, when he snared Georgia's onside kickoff and clinched the game for the Tigers - the most important catch of his career so far.

Spencer Shuey: He went head-to-head against two (or perhaps three) of the best running backs in the nation and made a dozen stops. He also came up with the football after a fumble-causing sack by Stephone Anthony that set up a Clemson touchdown.

Vic Beasley: When he gets an angle and a sliver of daylight, he can't be stopped: two big sacks against Aaron Murray during critical stretch of the game.

C.J. Jones: His heady play in fielding and return a Georgia punt from the end zone may have been a game-saver after the ball bounced off a Clemson player.

Bradley Pinion: The strong-legged sophomore personally solved the Tigers' kickoff coverage woes with a string of out-of-the-end zone touchbacks: he was perfect, 7-for-7.

Zac Brooks: He had a coming-out party - first with a touchdown snare over a Georgia defender, and later with change-of-pace contributions in the rushing game.

Stephone Anthony: His fumble-causing sack set up Clemson's tying touchdown in the second quarter, and he ended up with seven tackles, tied for second on the team with Robert Smith and Travis Blanks behind Spencer Shuey's dozen.

Grady Jarrett: He moved the middle, ate up blocks and finished with six tackles.

Corey Crawford: He showed his range by dropping into covering and picking off a pass.

Garry Peters: He had two PBUs, both at important points in the game.

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