Clemson completes its 60 yard drive with a four yard scoring pass from Tajh Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins beat Chris Davis with a move to the inside and wrestled the ball away from him for the Tigers’ first score of the day. It was an 8 play, 60 yard drive. With 14:56 left in the quarter, Auburn 14-Clemson 7.
Auburn then matched the Tigers’ long drive with one of its own. In fact, it was Auburn’s longest drive of the season to date…16 plays, 90 yards, and it took over five minutes off the clock before Michael Dyer, from the Wildcat, ran in up the middle from a yard out. With 8:54 left in the half, Auburn 21-7.
Clemson came back with its longest drive of the season, 81 yards, capped by a 6 yard pass from Boyd to Dwayne Allen who got behind the secondary and made a leaping catch just inside the back line. It was a 12 play drive during which Clemson converted two third downs and scored on another. With 5:06 left in the half, Auburn 21-14.
The Tiger defense then got a three and out and the offense stayed hot driving 75 yards in 8 plays for the scoring touchdown, a two yard run by Andre Ellington. Boyd’s 23 yard pass to Allen to the Auburn 2 set up the touchdown.
Boyd finished the half 16-24 for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns. The teams combined for 520 yards of total offense.
Halftime Clemson 21-Auburn 21