Tajh Boyd has put together one of the best careers in school history for the Clemson Tigers. He has re-written the record books of both Clemson and the ACC during his four years and wrapped up his illustrious career in the Discover Orange Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. There, he filled in the final piece to his incredible college career with a phenomenal performance to cap a historical run as quarterback of the Tigers.
The last time that Clemson and Boyd were in the Orange Bowl, they suffered a pretty terrible defeat at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers. This time around, Clemson was much better prepared and went toe-to-toe with Ohio State for all four quarters and come out on top in a 40-35 shootout. Boyd played a major part in that, shredding the OSU defense to lead Clemson up and down the field all night long.
Boyd racked up 497 yards of total offense on the night, throwing for 370 yards, connecting on 30-of-38 passes, and rushing for a game-high 127 with six total touchdowns on the night. He was sharp, outside of a pair of interceptions, but came up big when the Tigers needed him most. Midway through the fourth quarter, trailing by one, Boyd led a drive capped off with a touchdown pass with just over six minutes to play that put the Tigers on top for good.
With the win, Boyd puts the final touch on an impressive resume with a BCS bowl victory against an elite opponent. During his time at Clemson, Boyd has done great work to change the perception of the Tigers as a real and legitimate contender on the college football landscape. Winning on this stage with a strong performance was the final piece to the turnaround and Boyd can now ride off into the sunset with his legacy intact as one of the best to ever play for Clemson.