Clemson completed it’s four game homestand to open the season in perfect fashion Saturday with the 35-30 win over Florida State. The 4-0 start is the Tigers’ best since 2007. Once again the Tiger offense proved too much for a vaunted defense. Chad Morris was able to call out 86 plays to the tune of 455 yards.
Tajh Boyd continued his sizzling start to the season. He was 23-37 for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did have an interception on an ill advised pass while stumbling from a sack attempt that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. Outside of that, Boyd avoided the big mistake.
Freshman sensation Sammy Watkins had another big day with 8 catches for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins caught 5 balls for 78 yards. But perhaps the biggest catch of the day belonged to tight end Dwayne Allen. It came early in the 4th quarter on a third and 10 from the Clemson 20. The 12 yard catch kept alive the drive that ended with a 62 yard touchdown pass to Watkins three plays later.
Clemson’s defense finished on a high note with a sack of quarterback Clint Trickett to end FSU’s last possession. Trickett, playing in place of the injured EJ Manuel, had a big night passing for 336 yards and 3 touchdowns, the most passing yards a Clemson defense has surrendered since 2008.
Florida State has lost two in a row. The Seminoles were beaten by top ranked Oklahoma last week in Tallahassee. They are off next weekend and will next play at Wake Forest October 8th.
Clemson plays next Saturday at Virginia Tech. Kickoff will be at 6:00 PM on ESPN2.