Who Stepped Up For the Tigers...
Tajh Boyd: From a woeful start to sustained brilliance, all in a night’s work. He took over the game in the fourth quarter, completed 11 of his final 12 passes, and finished with 270 yards and four touchdowns. No Clemson quarterback has ever started his career by winning seven straight games.
Sammy Watkins: He shattered CJ Spiller’s school record with 345 all-purpose yards, made two jaw-dropping touchdown catches, and then answered Maryland’s final score with an 89-yard kickoff return for the go-ahead touchdown. The NFL doesn’t draft freshmen, does it?
Andre Ellington: With a career-high 212 yards capped by the clinching touchdown, he showed that the burst is back.
Dwayne Allen: He keeps coming up big, this time with five catches for 41 yards.
Jaron Brown: Ditto for Brown, who has made play after play in tight places. His TD reception kicked off a winning fourth quarter for the Tigers.
Darius Robinson: He kept his head during a tough night for the defense and made plays when it mattered. He finished with a career-high eight tackles, doubling his previous best.
Martin Jenkins: He spent the first half of the season playing mostly on special teams, but is making himself a fixture in an increasingly deep Tiger secondary.
Bashaud Breeland: His interception helped turn the tide in Clemson’s favor.
Chandler Catanzaro: Another perfect night, and now 12-of-14 for the season.
DeAndre Hopkins: Four catches for tough and important yardage.
Sam Cooper, Martavis Bryant, Charone Peake: The Tigers’ young pass-catchers made plays when it counted.
Brandon Thompson: He plugged the middle and was the center of attention for Maryland’s blocking schemes and reads.
Corico Hawkins: He pursued and made tackles – 9 to lead the team.
Tig Willard: Once again he was prominent, both against the run and in coverage.
Andre Branch: He had another big late-game sack – this one for a 20-yard loss.
Offensive Line: Start to finish, the players in the trenches provided room to run.