Davis, Spiller run roughshod over Georgia TechOct 22, 2006 - 3:04 AM CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Georgia Tech became the latest team unable to slow down James Davis and C.J. Spiller.
Davis rushed for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns and Spiller carried 16 times for 116 yards and a score as No. 12 Clemson routed the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets, 31-7, in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference division leaders.
It was the first time in Clemson history that it had a 200-yard rusher and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.
"(Davis and Spiller) are very good, and you have to give them credit," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "But you also have to give credit to their offensive line. Their guys up front are really good. The running backs are a good 1-2 punch, and they both have a lot of speed, and they are both able to break tackles."
The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic) entered the contest fourth in the nation in rushing at 250.57 yards per game, and they easily surpassed that mark, gaining 321 yards on 38 carries. They also limited the Yellow Jackets to 88 yards on 37 attempts.
"Our motive is to be successful running the ball," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said. "You have to give the credit to the defense and the offensive line, and our running backs really did the job tonight. Our defense puts us in position to be able to pound the ball when they play like they did tonight."
Clemson also shut down Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, holding the Heisman Trophy contender without a catch.
"They were able to play him very tough," Gailey said. "They were able to double-team him no matter if he was lined up inside or outside. Give credit to their defense."
A sophomore from Atlanta, Davis opened the scoring with a two-yard run with 11:49 to play in the first half, while true freshman Spiller made it 17-0 with a 50-yard burst with 58 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Georgia Tech (5-2, 3-1 Coastal) got on the scoreboard on a 35-yard pass from Reggie Ball to James Johnson early in the fourth quarter, but Spiller made it 24-7 just three plays later when he caught a short pass from Will Proctor and scampered 50 yards down the right sideline with 11:37 remaining.
Davis capped the scoring with a five-yard run with 7:29 left.
The Tigers unveiled a new look Saturday, wearing all-purple uniforms.
"The seniors had been begging coach Bowden all year to wear all purple," defensive end Gaines Adams said. "This was a big game that we had to win. It looks like we picked a good game to break them out."
Ball completed 12-of-25 passes for 117 yards and an interception for the Yellow Jackets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Proctor went 7-of-16 for 105 yards with a pick.
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