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Saturday, September 17, 2011
ACC's Tigers take down SEC's Tigers

By Chris Low

CLEMSON, S.C. -- It was billed as an offensive shootout, and that's what we got Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

But whereas it was No. 21-ranked Auburn that started out on fire, it was Clemson that proved to be the better team.

After falling behind 14-0 early, Clemson outscored the defending national champions 38-10 the rest of the way to cruise to a 38-24 victory and end Auburn's 17-game winning streak.

Clemson (3-0) gets its second straight key home showdown next week when Florida State comes to town. The Tigers finished Saturday with 624 yards of total offense, only the eighth time in school history that they have amassed 600 yards of total offense. It's also the most yards Clemson has ever gained against an SEC team.

For Auburn (2-1), it was another brutal defensive performance, only this time there was no surviving in the fourth quarter.

Auburn escaped against Utah State in the opener, thanks to a late onside kick, and stopped Mississippi State on the one-inch line last week. In three games, Auburn has given up 110 points.

The Clemson duo of quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins torched Auburn's defense. Boyd passed for 386 yards and four touchdowns, while Watkins set a Clemson freshman receiving record with 10 catches for 155 yards.