Boyd was having himself quite a night against Georgia Tech. He had rolled up over 300 yards passing, accounted for five touchowns and had Clemson well on it way to an easy win over the Yellow Jackets. Then, late in the third quarter he was tackled hard and he heard a crunching sound on his left shoulder. You could hear a pin drop in Death Valley.
“It’s one of those thing where it sounded a lot worse than it actually is,” Boyd said. Going down to the ground it was cracking and all, but I feel fine. I had some X-rays and everything is all good.”
Boyd went to the locker room and team officials said his night was done with a collarbone injury. A couple of minutes later Boyd emerged and started tossing a few passes on the sideline. When the Tigers got the ball back he rushed over to Dabo Swinney to let him know he was available. Swinney, wisely opted to keep his star on the bench with the game in hand.
“Yeah, I just wanted to show coach that I was healthy. If it was a dire situation I could have come back out, but it wasn’t necessary tonight.”
Next week the Tigers face a Citdael team they should handle with ease, but don’t expect Tajh Boyd to rest his sore shoulder for an extra week before facing USC.
“No! This is going to be my last time playing in the Valley. I’m going to take in every moment so it is something that I’ll never forget. I’m going to make my last game in Death Valley memorable.”