Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Death Valley claimed another victim Saturday, as Tajh Boyd totaled five touchdowns to carry No. 8 Clemson past No.5 Georgia, 38-35, on a humid night at Memorial Stadium.
The anticipated season opener between these top-ranked interconference foes began as a shootout and ended with the Tigers recovering a late onside kick to secure their first win over Georgia since 1990.
Clemson (1-0) finished last season with a win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and with Saturday's nail biter became the first non-SEC team to upend top-10 SEC teams in consecutive games.
Boyd, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more while completing 18-of-30 passes for 270 yards.
His third touchdown pass went to Stanton Seckinger midway through the fourth quarter. Seckinger made an acrobatic play along the sideline and dove in for a the eventual game-deciding score.
Todd Gurley, despite leaving the game briefly to nurse a thigh injury, totaled 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries for Georgia (0-1), which was seconds away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game last season.
But just like their loss against Alabama in the SEC title game, the Bulldogs couldn't come up with the big play in crunch time.
Aaron Murray, who returned for his senior season for a shot at redemption, threw for 323 yards with an interception and ran for a 1-yard TD with 1:19 remaining.