Clemson gets 231 yards out of Andre Ellington to drop Auburn
DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions, filling the void left by star receiver Sammy Watkins, and Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards to lead No. 14 Clemson to a 26-19 victory over Auburn in the season opener Saturday night. Playing before a 50-50 crowd at the Georgia Dome — basically halfway between the two campuses — Clemson shook off any hangover from last season’s embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl and showed plenty of offense against Auburn even without Watkins, who was suspended for the first two games after an offseason drug arrest. The second half was a battle of field goals before Tajh Boyd lofted a 4-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins, who made a brilliant, twisting catch in the corner of the end zone with 9:17 remaining.