Georgia Tech upsets No. 6 Clemson 31-17

By PAUL NEWBERRY | October 29, 2011 | 11:40 PM EDT

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, center, celebrates with running back Roddy Jones (20) and offensive lineman Shaquille Mason (70) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and broke the two longest runs of his career, leading Georgia Tech to a 31-17 upset of No. 6 Clemson and likely snuffing out the Tigers' national title hopes Saturday night.

The Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) raced to a 24-3 halftime lead and held off Clemson (8-1, 5-1) which was off to its best start since 2000, The Tigers had climbed to fifth in the BCS standings, but they figure to take a tumble and are unlikely to have enough game left to re-enter the national race.

The Yellow Jackets snapped a two-game losing streak behind their junior quarterback, who had runs of 46 and 56 yards and touchdown among his 27 carreies.

He took a final knee and celebrated with Georgia Tech students, who stormed the field.