Credit Hopkins for that. Boyd took one step back and floated a pass toward the corner. Even though cornerback Chris Davis grabbed at the junior receiver, drawing a flag, Hopkins went up and got it. He corkscrewed his body around to snag the ball, managing to get a foot down before he tumbled out of bounds.
Frazier had a second-quarter interception that was essentially a punt, lofting a desperation pass down the field on third-and-15 that was picked off by Rashard Hall way down at the Clemson 15.
Turns out, that just gave Ellington more room to run. He burst down the field on his 68-yarder, and the officials tacked on a few more yards when Jonathan Mincy was flagged for a personal foul at the end of the play. On the very next snap, Roderick McDowell scored on a 7-yard run to put Clemson ahead 13-7.
Clemson gave the maligned Atlantic Coast Conference a much-needed win over an SEC opponent on the second of back-to-back openers at the Georgia Dome between the two leagues. Tennessee romped past North Carolina State 35-21 the previous night, a game marred by the death of a 20-year-old fan who fell out of the upper deck.
Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963