By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Following Tennessee’s victory over NC State on Friday night, the Auburn Tigers were attempting to make it two-for-two for the Southeastern Conference against the Atlantic Coast Conference in Atlanta this weekend. That effort fell short on Saturday, however, thanks to a 228-yard outing by Andre Ellington that lifted Clemson over Auburn, 26-19.
The Auburn (0-1) defense, under the direction of new coordinator Brian VanGorder for the first time, did not have an answer for Ellington, who averaged 9.1 yards per carry on the night. Auburn’s Tre Mason went for 106 yards on 14 carries but he couldn’t find the end zone for the Tigers.
Trailing by a touchdown in the closing minutes of the game, Kiehl Frazier was unable to convert a fourth down to keep Auburn’s hopes alive. Frazier’s pass fell incomplete to the Georgia Dome turf and Clemson (1-0) escaped with its first victory of the young season.
Frazier ended the night with 194 yards through the air, completing 11of his 27 passes.
Passing – Kiehl Frazier, 11-of-27, 194 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing – Tre Mason, 14 car, 106 yards
Receiving – Emory Blake, 4 rec, 109 yards, 1 TD
Passing – Tajh Boyd, 24-of-35, 208 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing – Andre Ellington, 25 car, 228 yards
Receiving – DeAndre Hopkins, 13 rec, 119 yards, 1 TD