Saturday, September 1, 2012
Instant analysis: Clemson 26, Auburn 19
By Heather Dinich
It was over when: Clemson end Vic Beasley sacked Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier for a loss of 10 yards with about 10 seconds left to go. Auburn was in desperation mode on third-and-8, and the play preserved Clemson’s 26-19 victory and ended any hope of a comeback.
Game ball goes to: Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Sammy who? With super soph Sammy Watkins suspended for the first two games of the season, Hopkins stepped up big-time and tied the school record for single-game receptions with 12 -- and that was with about eight minutes still left in the game. His highlight-reel touchdown catch in the fourth quarter gave Clemson the 23-19 lead. He finished with 13 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Stat of the game: 71 percent. That's how much of Clemson's running game Andre Ellington accounted for. Clemson ran for 320 yards, and running back Ellington finished with 228 of them. Ellington finished with 9.1 yards per carry on 25 carries.