Morris: Clemson playing its best football

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins breaks a tackle by Virginia safety Rijo Walker after catching a pass in the first quarter at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins breaks a tackle by Virginia safety Rijo Walker after catching a pass in the first quarter at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

Tajh Boyd on track? Four touchdowns, 377 passing yards, 83 completion percentage - that's a check.

Running game still going? Rod McDowell hitting 5.8 yards per carry, five scores and another 200-yard rushing effort (taking out sacks) - another check.

Red zone touchdowns? Present, four in six chances going for six points plus the PAT.

Chad Morris says they're hitting their stride. His breakdown...

Tigers playing their best football: I didn't think we were improving at a consistent level that we needed to, and to be able to see these guys kind of turn and start playing our football right now - I'm excited about that. I'm excited about our ability to move the football. We had some three-and-outs, some missed throws and some drops, but those are some things we can definitely improve on.

Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins building rapport at right time: I would say without a doubt. They've got a great feel for each other and that's kinda what you're starting to see. The difference between Nuk (Hopkins) and Sammy now is Nuk didn't move all over the field. Sammy's moving all over the field and Tajh has to find the matchup. We've also got some other guys stepping up, which is good to see.

We had good protection for the most part with our offensive line. I was pleased with that. We had a sack and that was on the quarterback. That was definitely good to see, but the chemistry between those two guys over the last couple weeks is really starting to improve and they're really starting to feel comfortable with each other.

Nothing drastic behind red zone efficiency: The main thing was go execute. We didn't call any different plays. We just executed a little better, which is good to see.

Watkins getting open for 96-yard TD: We all know how explosive he is, and he's got a great feel for the ball. Tajh has a great feel for him to go get the ball and make the play. I promise they were probably supposed to stay back. Sammy did a great job setting up, but the guy that goes unnoticed was G-Hop (Germone Hopper). He's the inside slot guy and he's the one that makes that play happen. The way he ran his route was really good to see.

Tigers take momentum into bye: We've got a great feel and chemstry. We're going into an open week and we needed this. I think we saw Tajh Boyd probably as comfortable as all year and still 24-of-29 and I guarantee you he wishes he had a couple of them back. But man, how good is it playing - and all of us - playing our best football? The last two weeks we're starting to see that, and coach (Swinney) talks about it and we talk about it all the time that we want this to be a November to Remember and we're going to take this one week at a time.

Now we have a chance to get these guys' mind right. They've been grinding hard for six weeks and had a tough stretch. Now we have a chance to breath a little bit and get ready for the final couple weeks.

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