Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd didn’t have his best game, but he made the plays he had to. Making his first career road start, in his home state no less, Boyd was 13 of 32 for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. That interception broke a streak of 141 passes by Boyd without a pick.
Boyd is now 2-0 at Lane Stadium. He won a state championship game there in his senior season of high school football.
Boyd’s favorite target was tight end Dwyane Allen. Allen caught four passes for 72 yards, including a 32 yard touchdown reception early in the second half that gave the Tigers some breathing room in a tight game.
Jaron Brown also had a good day with 3 catches for 56 yards. Sammy Watkins was held in check with just 3 catches for 38 yards, his least productive day as a Tiger.
Freshman Mike Bellamy led the ground game with 47 yards on 6 carries. The bulk of that came on a 31 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.
The Tigers ran a season low 67 plays and averaged 4.8 yards per snap. Virginia Tech won the time of possession battle by nine minutes. Clemson only had the ball for 3:08 in the third quarter and had just 9 plays in the quarter. The Tigers once again were good on third down conversions going 7 of 17 compared to 4 of 16 for Virginia Tech.