When it comes to the fourth-ranked Clemson Tigers, the main reason they’ve won their first two games of the season can be summed up in two words: quarterback play.
Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, who is one of the early front runners for this year’s Heisman Trophy, threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 42 yards and two more TDs in a 38-35 win over the Georgia Bulldogs last week.
This week’s Bulldogs — the South Carolina State Bulldogs — weren’t nearly as tough, which is why Boyd’s backup Cole Stoudt received the majority of the snaps behind center, completing 19 of 20 passes to put together the highest single-game completion percentage in program history. The junior passed for 143 yards and three scores to lead the Tigers to a 52-13 victory on Saturday at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.
Boyd was solid as well, completing 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards and a TD, but everyone got a glimpse into the depth that Clemson has at the quarterback position on this day. In the end, the Tigers proved that should anything happen to their star signal caller — heaven forbid for us true college football fans — they’re still capable of winning ballgames.
“Today was all about seeing how much depth we have,” Boyd told the Associated Press. “We’ve got a lot of guys who we feel comfortable playing with out on the field.” That was obvious on Saturday, as the Tigers tamed their second set of Bulldogs in as many weeks, this time in more surprising fashion.
After all, who really had Cole Stoudt as their choice to receive the game ball in a Week 2 Clemson win?
Probably not even Cole himself.