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Clemson snaps Auburn's 17-game winning streak

CLEMSON, S.C. - Tajh Boyd threw for four touchdowns and 386 yards to lead Clemson to a 38-24 victory over No. 21 Auburn at Memorial Stadium on Saturday to end the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games. Mike Dyer led Auburn with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Auburn got off to a fast start as the offense was clicking, and the defense held Clemson to back-to-back three and outs to open the game. Dyer scampered a career-high 52 yards untouched for a touchdown on his first play to give Auburn a 7-0 lead at 4:24 into the game.

On fourth and 4 from the Clemson 36 on Auburn's next possession, Blake Trotter fired a downfield strike to Emory Blake for a touchdown to put Auburn ahead 14-0 with 7:54 left in the opening quarter. It was Blake's sixth-straight game scoring a touchdown to tie Byron Franklin in 1980 for the second longest streak in Tiger history, two games behind Terry Beasley's record of eight straight set in 1971.

"This is kind of a great learning experience for our guys," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "It's a tough away venue. We went up 14-0 and 21-7. We didn't play well. That's the bottom line. They outplayed us and out executed us. They did a great job converting, and we did a poor job stopping them. The third downs haunted us."

Auburn finished the first quarter with 182 yards total offense.

On the first play of the second quarter, Clemson cut the lead in half on a 4-yard Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins touchdown pass. Auburn answered with its longest scoring drive play-wise of the season with a 16-play, 90-yard touchdown drive in 5:57 that was capped on a 1-yard Dyer touchdown run from the Wildcat position as the Tigers increased their lead to 21-7 with 8:54 left in the half.

At that point, Auburn had outgained Clemson 272-90. From then, Clemson outscored Auburn 31-3 and outgained the Tigers 437-89 to take a 38-24 lead with 11:48 remaining in the game.

Clemson scored 14 straight points to close out the half, totaling 21 second quarter points. The Atlantic Coast Conference Tigers drew to within 21-14 on a Boyd's 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dwayne Allen on third down with 5:06 remaining in the half. Clemson had three third down conversions on the drive.

After stopping Auburn, Clemson tied the game at 21 on Andre Ellington's 2-yard rushing touchdown with 1:11 remaining as both teams combined for 520 yards total offense in the first half. Auburn outgained Clemson 285-235.

On a third and six on the opening possession of the second half, Boyd completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins on a four play drive to give Clemson its first lead of the game at 28-21 only 1:15 in.

"They had a great game plan," said Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae. "They went out there and executed, and we didn't execute like we should have. They came out in the second half and put the touchdown on the board, and we weren't able to rebound after that."

With Clemson driving, Demetruce McNeal laid a hit on Clemson's Mike Bellamy to force a fumble that was recovered by Neiko Thorpe at the Auburn 18 with 8:01 left in the third.

On the first play after the turnover, Dyer had a 45-yard rush up the right sideline. Trotter then completed a 12-yard pass to Travante Stallworth on third down for a first down by a nose at the Clemson 26 to set up Cody Parkey's 38-yard field goal to draw Auburn within 28-24 with five minutes to go in the third.

Clemson answered with a 19-yard Boyd to Watkins 24 touchdown pass to make it 35-24 with 16 seconds remaining in the third. Boyd's fourth touchdown pass came on a 3rd down and 9, Clemson's ninth third down conversion in its previous 10 tries.

Clemson upped its lead to 38-24 on a 38-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro with 11:48 remaining. Auburn mounted a good drive, but it ended when Trotter threw an interception at the Clemson 5 yard line.

Clemson outgained Auburn 624-435 in total offense and ran 92 plays to Auburn's 63. Clemson was 14-of-18 in third down conversions to Auburn's 5-of-13, while possessing the ball for 36:15 to 23:45 for Auburn.

Barrett Trotter was 12-of-25 passing for 198 yards and one touchdown. Watkins led Clemson with 10 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

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