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October 5, 2012

Losses trump TDs for Ga. Tech's Tevin Washington

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech's defensive breakdowns and two-game losing streak have overshadowed quarterback Tevin Washington's scoring spree.

Washington ranks second in the nation with 11 rushing touchdowns for Georgia Tech, which plays at No. 15 Clemson on Saturday. He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring.

There has been little discussion of Washington's high-scoring pace because Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC) is coming off an embarrassing 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee State. Washington's four TD runs tied a school record, but individual accomplishments provided no consolation following the crushing loss.

"I think guys really have put it behind them this week," Washington said.

"We want to come out and get back on the right track this week and make a good impression at Clemson on Saturday."

Clemson (4-1, 1-1 ACC) also has a leaky defense. Each team is allowing more than 26 points per game.

Washington predicts a high-scoring game.

"I think it's going to be a game of whoever has the ball last," he said. "They've got a high-scoring offense. They're going to throw the ball a lot. We have to take care of the ball when we have it. We know we're going to have to score when we have the ball."

Georgia Tech has won five of the last six in the series. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Washington was the key to Georgia Tech's 31-17 over then-No. 6 Clemson last year in Atlanta.

"It all starts with the quarterback," Swinney said. "Washington is a player. He killed us last year. He absolutely destroyed us with big plays. ... He is a very dangerous player. That's where it starts in trying to defend these guys."

Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson leads the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns, one more than Washington.

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