Wayne Gallman continues to run like a man on a mission.
His 115 yards rushing in the Tigers’ win against Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon marked his third consecutive 100-yard game, making him the first Clemson running back since Andre Ellington to accomplish that feat.
Ellington rushed for at least 100 yards in the final two games of the 2011 season as well as the 2012 season opener.
Gallman has surpassed 100 yards rushing in six of the Tigers’ last 11 games dating back to last season, accumulating 1,107 yards during that span.
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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson targeted senior receiver Charone Peake on each of his first four pass attempts. Peake opened with a 1-yard catch on a pass behind the line of scrimmage, then followed with a downfield pancake block to help spring Gallman on a 66-yard touchdown run on the third play from scrimmage.
Peake, a product of Dorman High, gained 21 yards on his second catch while his third target was overthrown. On the fourth attempt, Peake broke free on a goal line play; Watson delivered a smooth pass in the back of the end zone, but the ball bounced off Peake’s hands.
Peake was targeted only once during Clemson’s next six possessions, with his 12-yard catch negated by a holding penalty.
With his size, speed and experience, Peake was expected to help Clemson compensate for the absence of Mike Williams – the team’s best downfield threat. Williams hasn’t played since suffering a neck injury in the season opener.
Peake has nine catches for 132 yards in five games.
Making most of his shot
No one can accuse senior running back Zac Brooks of not making the most of his opportunities. Brooks has just 12 carries this season, but has amassed 106 yards for an average of 8.8 yards per carry. He’s also scored two touchdowns. In Saturday’s win against Georgia Tech, Brooks had three carries for 41 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown jaunt.
Lakip back, as backup
Clemson PK Ammon Lakip, who was suspended for the Tigers’ first three games, made his first field goal this season when he converted from 42 yards with 12:07 left in the game. Lakip remains the backup to starter Greg Huegel, who has made 6 of 8 field goal attempts this season, including a 21-yarder on Saturday.
Freshman wide receiver Deon Cain saw the most action of his career on Saturday and responded with careers highs for receptions (5) and receiving yards (96). Cain was one of eight different receivers to catch a pass on Saturday.
No place like home
Clemson notched its 13th consecutive victory in Memorial Stadium, tying the longest home winning streak in school history. The feat was first recorded from the home opener of the 2011 season through the midpoint of the 2013 season before being snapped by Florida State. Clemson can establish a new record with a win against Boston College next Saturday night.
Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas connected with Clinton Lynch for a 50-yard touchdown pass with 5:27 left in the first half, giving Thomas at least one touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games.