Tajh Boyd's November topped NCAA charts, Tigers lead nation in tackles for loss

Sammy Watkins led the nation in receptions of 90 yards or more, with two

Clemson's Tajh Boyd throws a pass to Sammy Watkins during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd throws a pass to Sammy Watkins during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

Tajh Boyd's regular season didn't end on a happy note, but the Tigers' senior quarterback nevertheless put together the nation's top November passing performance.

During the month of November, Boyd led the nation in passing efficiency, completion percentage and yards per passing attempt.

For the season, Boyd led the nation's quarterback in completion percentage in road games, and was second in road-game passing efficiency.

Also logging nation-best performances were Sammy Watkins and Vic Beasley.

Watkins led the nation in pass receptions of 90 yards or more, with two.

Beasley led the nation in sacks during road games, and helped the Tigers to a No. 1 overall national ranking in tackles for loss, with 9.40 per game.

Following is a look at Clemson's top-25 NCAA statistical rankings, headed into bowl season:

Clemson Rankings in Top 25 of NCAA Statistics

Team Offense

• Total Offense, 12th, 502.0

• Scoring Offense, 12th, 40.2

• Passing Offense, 12th, 329.3

• Completion percentage, 9th, .684

• First Downs, 12th, 303

• Passing Efficiency, 9th, 162.07

Player Offense

Tajh Boyd

• Completion Percentage, 15th, .676

• Passing Efficiency in November, 1st, 199.02

• Yards/Pass Attempt in November, 1st, 11.2

• Completion percentage in November, 1st, .764

• Pass Efficiency in all road games, 2nd, 172.3

• Yards/pass attempt on road, 2nd, 10.0

• Completion % in road games, 1st, .714

• Pass Efficiency in League games, 5th, 168.7

• Completions/Game, 19th, 21.0

• Passing Efficiency, 8th, 166.6

• Passing Yards/Game, 13th, 289.4

• Yards/Completion, 18th, 13.78

• Points Responsible for/Game, 9th, 19.0

• Total Offense, 16th, 312.2

Sammy Watkins

• Receiving Yards/Game, 13th, 103.1

• Receptions/Game, 15th, 7.1

• Receiving Touchdowns, 16th, 10

• Total receptions in first quarter, 1st, 38

• Reception yards in first quarter, 3rd, 502

• Total Reception in first half, 3rd, 63

• Total Reception yards on third down, 9th, 330

• TD Receptions of at least 90 yards, 1st, 2

Martavis Bryant

• Yards/Reception, 4th, 20.51

Chandler Catanzaro

• Field Goal Percentage, 10th, .929

Team Defense

• Third Down Conversion Defense, 8th, .318

• First Down Defense, 18th, 207

• Total Defense, 23rd, 350.8

• Passes Intercepted, 17th, 16

• Passing Yards Allowed/Game, 15th, 198.3

• Scoring Defense, 19th, 21.1

• Sacks, 23rd, 2.75 per game

• Tackles for Loss/Game, 1st, 9.40

• Turnovers Forced, 18th, 26

• Pass Efficiency Defense, 16th, 111.14

Player Defense

Vic Beasley

• Tackles for Loss/Game, 7th, 1.6

• Sacks/Game, 4th, 1.0

• Caused Fumbles, 12th, 0.33

• Sacks in Road Games, 1st, 8

• Sack Yardage, 8th, 79

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clemvol writes:

Need to really stop with these "blowing smoke" articles. And these stats were against who???? No matter how it's spun the season ended on the most sour note of the entire season. If the Tigers must go to a bowl after the 5th beat down they have taken it needs to be maybe the car care bowl. The system is broken and all the duct tape that has been used so far will not make it ok.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

GOOD BYE. Procter, Parker, & Boyd, Oh my ! I hope we get a real QB soon.

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to TRUETIGER1:

GOOD BYE. Procter, Parker, & Boyd, Oh my ! I hope we get a real QB soon.

I like Stoudt a lot and think he's going to be a solid "game manager" type QB...I'm also excited about Deshaun Watson and think he could be a Charlie Ward, Vince Young type(the longhorn version--not the NFL one). I don't see Kelly being much though and think he'll likely transfer out. But it's all a mute point if we don't upgrade our O-line..It's shamefull how that area has not developed. Robbie Caldwell is not a big time O-line coach and needs to go.

tigerrob44 writes:

It is baffling as to how some people can criticize Tajh after what he has meant to the Clemson football team for the last 3 years. You all aren't Clemson fans by any stretch of the imagination. You make me sick! He almost got killed in the LSU game last year but he withstood a horrible beating and led us to victory. How dare you criticize him like you do. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

Bigboots writes:

Who cares about a bunch of meaningless stats when we play such a candy-@@@schedule? Not I.

We lose to usc and fsu, I don't need stats beyond that.
We should have bailed on the lousy ACC when others were shuffling a year or two ago.

Save the bubblegum and hairbow stats. Wins and losses are all that really matter. Stats are for people who believe everyone should get their own little trophy. If you want to improve, look at stats that are not so good, like turnovers, stupid calls by Morris, and results against ranked opponents.

CUNo1Fan writes:

Yep beautiful stats right up to the point we crapped the bed against SCar - again.

waran writes:

Tajh Boyd's November also includes: Only Clemson QB to lose 3 years in a row to USC.

He may be the only QB in the world to have lost 3 years in a row to USC. I doubt there are many SEC teams that USC would have beaten 3 years in a row. They have not been that good until recently. Lol. An then, I doubt those losing teams would have had the same QB for all 3 years.

Ummm...I will always remember Tajh for the good and for the bad but he is not one of the greatest as the stats suggest.

33dtb writes:

Statistics are for losers.
Next we'll have a dedicated person in our press corp to clock the hang time of punts, like USC used to have.
and breathlessly announce it.
that was back when they were LOSING.

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