Noteworthy: Clemson's back-to-back wins over top-10 SEC teams first in history

Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Roderick McDowell celebrate with Clemson's Zac Brooks after catching a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Boyd scored five touchdowns against the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Roderick McDowell celebrate with Clemson's Zac Brooks after catching a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Boyd scored five touchdowns against the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

With its victory over Georgia, Clemson became the first non-conference team ever to win back-to-back games against top-10 SEC opponents.

Clemson's victory snapped Georgia's five game winning streak in the series. The teams last played in 2003.

According to press box statistics, five first-year freshmen played for the Tigers against the Bulldogs: Cordrea Tankersley, Ben Boulware, Mike Williams, Korrin Wigginsand Shaq Lawson. Also making their Clemson debuts were redshirt freshmen Germone Hopper, T.J. Burrell and Martin Aiken, as well as sophomore Kellen Jones. Georgia played 10 first-year freshmen in the game.

Clemson has four victories over top-25 SEC teams over the past three seasons, and seven wins overall against top-25 opposition.

Tajh Boyd has now been responsible for 94 touchdowns in his career.

Corey Crawford's interception was the first of his career.

Stanton Seckinger's touchdown catch was the second of his career.

Zac Brooks' TD catch was his first.

With their 73 points, the Tigers and Bulldogs set a series record for points scored.

It was the first Clemson win against Georgia since 1990 when the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 34-3 at Memorial Stadium. Georgia had won five straight games entering tonight’s matchup.

Fifth-ranked Georgia is the third-highest ranked team that Clemson has defeated in its history.

With a halftime score of 21-21, it was just the second time in the Clemson-Georgia series that both teams scored at least 21 first-half points. The other came in 1986 when the two were also tied at 21 at the half.

Clemson’s 38 points are the second-most scored against Georgia in its history. The most points ever scored against Georgia were 39 in 1900, when the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 39-5.

The Tigers’ 38 points also tied for the most scored in Clemson history against a top-five opponent. Clemson also scored 38 points against No. 3 Virginia Tech in the 2011 ACC Championship game.

The 38 points are the most ever for a Clemson team against a ranked opponent in a season opener. The previous high was 28 at Georgia in 2002 when the Tigers fell to the eight-ranked Bulldogs.

Clemson has now won back-to-back openers against ranked opponents and four of the last five season openers against ranked foes.

Clemson is undefeated when scoring at least 30 points against Georgia (7-0).

Clemson is now 2-0 when ESPN College Game Day is on campus.

Tonight’s attendance was 83,830, which ranks as the 11th best attendance in Memorial Stadium history. It is the largest crowd ever for a Clemson-Georgia game at Memorial Stadium.

Tajh Boyd tallied 270 yards passing and 42 yards rushing for 312 yards of total offense, a Clemson season-opener record. The previous record for a season opener was 303 yards by Charlie Whitehurst against Wake Forest in 2004.

Boyd passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns to give him 94 touchdowns accounted for in his career. It was just third time in his career that he had multiple rushing touchdowns in a game.

With the win, Boyd now has 22 wins as a starting quarterback. That ties him with Homer Jordan for fourth place in Clemson history in wins by a starting quarterback. Jordan was at tonight’s game as one of Clemson’s honorary captains.

Boyd has led the Tigers to seven wins over top-25 teams during his career as the starting quarterback.

Sammy Watkins’ 77-yard touchdown reception from Boyd in the first quarter was the longest reception of Watkins’s career and the longest pass of Boyd’s career.

Vic Beasley recorded a team-high two sacks in tonight’s game. It was third multiple sack of his career.

Charone Peake recorded five receptions for a career-high 58 receiving yards.

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DavidRBurns86 writes:

As for the true freshmen getting in the game, ESPN showed Ben Boulware (#10) in the game and being involved in the Georgia punt that rolled into the endzone.

TigerFan95 writes:

Not only have we won back to back games against top ten SEC teams, we are now 3-0 against top 10 SEC teams since 2003 (UT, LSU & UGA). We have also beat both the defending SEC East Champion (UGA) and the defending SEC West Champion (AUB) in the last three years.

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