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Georgia Tech upsets Clemson

September 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Thunder and Lightning were nothing special, and Clemson's special teams were downright horrible.

Georgia Tech stifled the dynamic running duo of James "Thunder" Davis and C.J. "Lightning" Spiller and took advantage of a stunningly poor performance by Mark Buchholz and the rest of Clemson's kicking game Saturday, upsetting the 13th-ranked Tigers, 13-3.

The Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak and avoided their first 0-3 start in league play since 1994.

The Tigers (4-1, 2-1) missed four field-goal tries, had a punt blocked to set up the only touchdown and fumbled on a kickoff return, setting up a field goal that gave Georgia Tech a 10-point lead with 11 1/2 minutes left.

For good measure, Clemson had a touchdown called back because of a silly personal-foul penalty, and gave Georgia Tech a do-over at the end zone with a pass interference penalty.

Clemson's Cullen Harper was sacked six times and was 17 for 39.

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