Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime worked for Syracuse. The Orange took the second half kick and rolled down the field. The Orange went 82 yards in 7 plays with Prince-Tyson Gulley running in up the middle from 28 yards out for the score. Clemson 35-14.
The Orange tried to keep the momentum going after picking off Boyd for a second time, this time at the Clemson 46. They moved to the Tigers’ 15 but Vic Beasley made two sterling plays, stopping Gulley for a loss of 3 and sacking Hunt for a loss of 7. That was Beasley’s 8th sack of the season. Ryan Norton then missed to the left on a 42 yard field goal attempt.
Syracuse kept the pressure up by faking a punt and converting that into a first down with a 38 yard run by Devante McFarlane to the Clemson 19. But the Tiger defense stiffened and stopped the Orange on a fourth down pass at the 13.
To this point, the Clemson offense had 6 yards in the quarter. After Rod McDowell lost 4 on first down, Boyd threw a perfect deep pass to Sammie Watkins for a 91 yard touchdown, the second longest play in Clemson history. That was Boyd’s 5th touchdown pass of the game tying his school record. Clemson 42-14.
Syracuse had 173 yards in the quarter but could muster just 7 points.