Before the bye week, Clemson seemed out of sync on offense, as their offensive line struggled and showed inconsistency, and quarterback Tajh Boyd seemed a little out of sync when it came to running the offense.
But against Georgia Tech, a more confident Boyd led the Clemson offense to 551 total yards of offense, as the Tigers moved to 9-1 in their 55-31 Thursday night showdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
With that, let’s take a look at how the offense graded out against the Jackets:
It’s been shown that Boyd is most effective and comfortable once you get him moving a little bit more and get the three year signal caller involved in the running game. Boyd looked comfortable in the shotgun and under center, as he went 20-of-26 for 340 yards and four touchdowns and an interception, while also adding a rushing touchdown. Boyd did have an injury scare, which later showed to be a bruised shoulder and sternum. Backup Cole Stoudt got to have another audition and led two scoring drives on the night, scoring a rushing touchdown and showing he can be a threat in the offense.
Running Back: B
The running backs weren’t as heavily involved in this game, with Roderick McDowell only getting 11 carries for 60 yards, though he did score his fifth rushing touchdown of the year.
The receivers thrived with Boyd’s accuracy on the night. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant shredded the Jackets’ secondary, as Watkins caught five ball for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryant also flourished with five receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown. Freshman receiver Mike Williams continues to show a bright future, catching three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers are not short of threats in the passing game.
Offensive Line: B-
The offensive line, while it played better than it has in recent weeks, still showed a little inconsistency, though Chad Morris‘s gameplan allowed him to not isolate the offensive line too much, and Boyd getting the ball out of hands quicker did help matters. Isaiah Battle did see time at right tackle, and the line played better with him in the game. With Brandon Thomas staying at left tackle, Battle could see the rest of his time on the right side, especially with Gifford Timothy‘s slide in production and Shaq Anthony‘s continuing development.