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Spiller rushed for 87 yards and caught four passes for 69 more. Ford had five catches for 109 yards.
"I'm proud of the way we played against a top 15 team on the road," Spiller said. "We kept thinking we would come back and get back in the game. You have to believe. You have to have faith."
Nesbitt threw his first pick on the Yellow Jackets' opening snap, but that was about the only thing they did wrong at the beginning. The next time they got the ball at their own 18, Nesbitt pitched to Anthony Allen, who got a block from Thomas and was gone down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown.
"All I had to do was run," Allen said. "Everyone else did the hard stuff."
Clemson sent out Jackson for an apparent field goal, with orders to line drive a punt out of bounds. Instead, he kicked it low and short, which allowed Jerrard Tarrant to catch it on the fly, break a couple of tackles and set off on his second punt return for a touchdown in as many weeks, this one covering 85 yards.
Georgia Tech's chicanery worked a little better. Blair came on as if to try a long field goal and took a direct snap just like Jackson -- only the Yellow Jackets had their kicker throw the ball rather than punt it. Thomas had initially come on the field with the offense, then lingered on the field near the sideline when the field-goal unit was sent out.
No one on Clemson even noticed.
"I really don't know if there are ugly wins," Johnson said. "We made a lot of mistakes, but you know it is early in the year and I hope we are going to get better."
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