Clemson did what it was supposed to do against The Citadel Saturday: The Tigers crushed the FCS level Bulldogs 52-6 in their final game of the season at Death Valley and in their final tune up before next weekend’s annual showdown with archrival South Carolina.
They were celebrating Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day Saturday and both tributes were fitting considering how the game played out. Tajh Boyd, who undoubtedly will be in the Ring of Honor at Clemson in the not so distant future, made the most of his final game with 21-28 passing day for 288 yards and five touchdowns. All five of those touchdown passes came in the first half. It is the sixth time Boyd has tossed five touchdowns and the third time he hit the mark in the first half. He heads into his final regular season game as one of only 18 players in NCAA history with 100 or more career touchdown passes.
On the Military Appreciation front, one of the coolest moments of the game, if not the season, came in the fourth quarter when Daniel Rodriguez scored his first career touchdown. Rodriguez isn’t just a veteran, he has a Purple Heart for his courage under fire in Afghanistan. Hollywood couldn’t have planned his first score much better.
Dabo Swinney said it might have been the most complete game Clemson has played this season. T”his game was exactly like you would want to script it,” Swinney said. We had an almost flawless first half, and I am happy to see our seniors on the field.”
The worst news of the day for Clemson came on the injury front. Safety Travis Blanks injured his knee will miss the rest of the season. Reserve running back Zac Brooks injured his shoulder and is also expected to be done for the year.
Of course Swinney also spent a lot of time previewing next week’s game with USC. “Nobody wants (to beat USC) more than me, I can promise you that,” was one of the many strong statements Swinney made about the matchup. You can hear all of Swinney’s comments below.
Here are the video recaps of each quarter: