No. 4 Clemson, Boyd power past SC State 52-13
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 23:45:09 GMT —
CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and No. 4 Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a 52-13 victory over FCS opponent South Carolina State on Saturday.
Boyd accounted for five TDs a week ago and became a prime Heisman Trophy contender as the Tigers (2-0) defeated No. 11 Georgia 38-35.
In this one, Boyd scored Clemson's first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the Death Valley sidelines next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris. That was more than enough, though, for Clemson to move to 27-0 all-time against FCS teams.
"I thought the team was in control from the start. They had the mindset to make a statement, especially coming off an emotional win vs. UGA," said head coach Dabo Swinney. "Today was a great day to develop the entire team. I thought we had good focus where everyone played well and did their job. I thought the second group was ready. I told them no matter what, theyâ??d be going in the third series and they responded. They were able to flex their muscles and show the depth we have."
Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime.
Backup Cole Stoudt had three touchdown passes, two to reserve Germone Hopper, in the blowout win.
"I believe Cole can be a starter at any place in the ACC. I think he proved that today," said Boyd. "He had a stellar performance, the all-time Clemson record with 95 percent completions and three touchdowns. I cannot speak more highly of the guy. He had an outstanding performance."
Boyd finished 14-of-23 passing for 169 yards.