Boyd breaks ACC record; Tigers rout Georgia Tech

clemfoot-1runSenior quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night to power No. 8 Clemson to a 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 9-1 overall, 7-1 in the ACC, but it was Boyd’s health that was the primary concern in the game’s aftermath. Boyd, who became the ACC’s all-time leader in touchdown passes during the first half, left the game with a collarbone injury on the final play of the third quarter and did not return.

Clemson, playing in its first home Thursday night game since 2002, posted its highest point total in a game against Georgia Tech since a 73-0 win under coach John Heisman in 1903.

Then victory enhanced Clemson’s hopes for a BCS bowl berth and kept alive its chance to post back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time in school history.

The Tigers close out the regular season with games against two in-state opponents — The Citadel on Nov. 23 and South Carolina on Nov. 30.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 5-3) trailed 27-10 at the half, but they tightened things up — at least temporarily — when running back Robert Godhigh (12 carries, 126 yards) dashed 65 yards for a touchdown on Tech’s second possession of the second half.

Clemson responded with back-to-back touchdown passes from Boyd, the first a 33-yard strike to wide receiver Martavis Bryant, then a 44-yard toss to wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Those scores extended Clemson’s lead to 41-17 with 7:53 left in the third quarter and all but put the game out of reach.

Boyd completed 20 of 26 passes, and he was intercepted once. Bryant gained 176 yards on five catches, while Watkins made five catches for 104 yards.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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