Ellington, Hopkins power Tigers in week one

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Atlanta, GA -- When it comes to standout performances, how about the stat lines for two of Clemson's top players Saturday night.

Running back Andre Ellington is expected to have a good year, but 234 rush yards isn't exactly expected.

Ellington dominated the ground game from start to finish for the Tigers.

More surprising to some...the school record 13 receptions for receiver DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins.

The talk was about how Clemson would overcome All-American Sammy Watkins' suspension. Hopkins answered that question, and that, plus Ellington's ground game, brought home the win.

"We've got so much potential, so much tempo," said Quarterback Tajh Boyd. "We ran 94 plays, and I felt like we could've ran 100-plus plays. That's something we need to keep working on and just keep learning. One of the things Coach (Swinney) told us before the game was just give our best. Those guys played their hearts out today, and I'm excited about the potential of this team."

Clemson will need both players again next week with Watkins finishing his two game suspension.

It should be an easier match up though. The Tigers host Ball State.

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