Watkins’ big plays paves the way for Tigers’ rout of Cavs

Not that it was any secret, but it’s become very clear lately that when Sammy Watkins touches the football, good things are bound to follow for Clemson.

Watkins had 129 receiving yards against Virginia on Saturday. And that was just his two touchdowns.

The junior playmaker hauled in scoring passes of 33 and 96 yards on Clemson’s first possessions of both the first and second halves, respectively, as the Tigers rolled to a 59-10 win in their last trip to Scott Stadium until at least 2025.

For the day, Watkins finished with eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

“We always want to get the ball to No. 2,” head coach Dabo Swinney said of Watkins. “There’s no question it’s a major emphasis every week for him to touch the football.”

Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, returning to his home state of Virginia, completed 24 of 29 passes for 377 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the victory.

“It was a tremendous performance by that young man,” Swinney said. “He played disciplined within the system tonight, and hopefully that’s something he can continue to do down the stretch as we finish this thing up.”

The Tigers led 14-7 late in the second quarter, when freshman safety Jayron Kearse created two turnovers – an interception and a forced fumble – on back-to-back Cavaliers possessions to help Clemson score three touchdowns in the final 4:18 of the first half and pull away.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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