The Clemson Tigers rode to an easy 59-10 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday afternoon and it was all thanks to Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense. Boyd finished the day passing the ball just 29 times, but he completed 24 of those attempts for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Of his 377 passing yards, 169 of them went to wide receiver Sammy Watkins, including a highlight reel 95-yard touchdown bomb in the third quarter.
After Boyd put the Tigers up 42-7 with the deep touchdown to Watkins, many of the Clemson starters were pulled, and it was then the second-stringers who then shone and continued the dominance of the Cavaliers. The best news of this blowout victory for Clemson fans was the play of Boyd as he now has turned in two solid performances after his disappointing game against the Florida State Seminoles.
While it was the Clemson offense that made the big plays throughout the game, the defense was impressive as well holding a usually run heavy Virginia offense to just 2.9 yards per carry as a team. The Cavaliers had trouble moving the ball throughout the game, and a big reason for that was the play off the Tigers’ defensive line. Although Clemson wasn’t continually putting pressure on Virginia QB David Watford, they plugged up many of the running lanes, making it hard for anyone but Kevin Parks to have success moving the ball on the ground.
Clemson put up an impressive 59 points on Saturday, and the effectiveness of the offense in the red zone was the reason they walked away with touchdowns instead of field goals. The Tigers have struggled inside the 20 in recent weeks, but on Saturday they may have turned things around as they scored four total red zone touchdowns.
Clemson still has a month until their next big game, which is against the South Carolina Gamecocks. No matter what they do in the games previous to that matchup, fans will continue to discredit the Tigers because of their collapse against the Seminoles. South Carolina however presents Boyd with a shot at redemption, and it will have serious implications for their bowl aspirations as well.