Sunday, September 02, 2012

Clemson 26, Auburn 19: Great opener

Sammy who? (wait, AP had the same lede. Oh well -- ed.)

Clemson, missing top receiver Sammy Watkins for disciplinary suspension, defeated Auburn 26-19 on Saturday night in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins (13 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD) and running back Andre Ellington (26 carries, 231 yards) filled in more than adequately, and the defense under new coordinator Brent Venables got the job done.

Other coverage from the game:

TAJH BOYD: Is Clemson's quarterback a  Heisman hopeful?

DABO SWINNEY: The coach speaks about the game.

BOX SCORE: The complete rundown from the game in Atlanta.

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