The teams played drive back for most of the quarter combining for 5 punts before Clemson finally put together a scoring drive thanks to an interception by freshman safety Jayron Kearse. He picked of Watford at his own 30 and returned it to the Virginia 33. The Tigers moved into the red zone where they struggled last week at Maryland, but no such trouble this time. Boyd hit Rod McDowell with a swing pass to the left and McDowell did the rest running in for a 10 yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead with 4:18 left in the half.
Kearse helped to set up the Tiger offense a few moments later. He stripped the ball from Virginia running back Khalek Shepherd and DeShawn Williams recovered for the Tigers at midfield. The Tigers moved quickly down the field and McDowell broke free on third down for a 25 yard scoring run to put the Tigers up 28-7 with 1:29 left in the half.
The Tigers weren’t finished. After forcing another punt Boyd picked apart the Virginia secondary completing six straight passes to 5 different receivers. His 25 yard pass to Adam Humphries put the Tigers at the 1 and Boyd dove in from there for a 35-7 halftime lead.
Boyd hit his final 7 passes of the quarter and was 13-16 for 143 yards in the quarter.
Halftime…Clemson 35-Virginia 7