Boyd sets single-game passing record
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chad Morris’ Clemson offense has established itself as one of America’s best. And even though the Tigers had their down moments, Thursday’s 42-13 win over Wake Forest was one of their better nights. Clemson bolted to a 35-0 lead, and while Morris wasn’t pleased with a scoreless third quarter, junior quarterback Tajh Boyd set a Clemson single-game passing record and sophomore wideout Sammy Watkins set the Clemson single-game receiving yards record. Morris discussed the good and bad of the night with reporters afterward.
On Sammy Watkins’ breakout: “It was good to see him get going. We knew that was coming. It was just a matter of time until he got himself in playing shape. Kind of got in the flow of the game. It was good. You can just see that spark and it gives everyone so much energy when you saw that. Really proud to get him going. We’re going to have him going at the right time, that’s what I’ve been saying. This team’s going to need him the most at this point in the season.”
What does it do to have him rolling for the rest of the offense: “We’ll worry about ourselves. Making sure we can establish some consistency. I think in that third quarter we lost a little edge, lost a little focus. Kind of made some inappropriate throws and couldn’t create some throws. It was good to see (Watkins) going again. Just create some consistency. Especially with the way we played last week and couldn’t get nothing going offensively. Just to see those guys get going today and spread the ball around, that’s the key. We’re spreading the ball around, this offense is moving well.”
Were you more aggressive tonight: “Yeah, I was. The way they were playing us, people are going to try and play us man coverage and we’ve got to be more aggressive with that. And we were able to make some plays. It was great to see Sammy get going and back them off and be able to go over the top.”
On Tajh Boyd’s single-game passing record: “We were trying to get nine more yards, because he’s never had a 400-yard game. We thought we had it on the first down, had a drop, on the second down we had a batted ball. He got it on third down (to Martavis Bryant). That was the last play. He was coming out whether he got it or not. And it was great to see. He’s put a lot of effort in, a lot of hard work as they all have. For him to get that record, that was pretty special.”