It took Clemson ten tries to convert a third down but when they did it they did it big. Facing a third and five Tigers quarterback found tight end Dwayne Allen for a 54 yard touchdown catch that gave the Tigers the lead back. It was Allen’s first catch of the game and snapped a seven possession cold streak for the Clemson offense. The drive covered 80 yards in five plays and took 1:51. The extra point put Clemson up 20-16 with 7:01 left in the quarter.
That long pass appeared to settle Boyd down. On the Tigers next possession he converted two other third down plays and led the Tigers right back down the field for another touchdown. The drive was capped with a seven yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown on second and goal. Boyd was nine for nine on the drive. Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point though. Clemson led 26-16 with thirty seconds left in the quarter.
The final play of the quarter was a 56 yard run by Troy’s D.J. Taylor down to the Clemson 34 yard line. Taylor would have scored had not Jonathan Meeks chased him down and tackled him from behind.
END OF THIRD QUARTER SCORE: CLEMSON 26, TROY 16