Honor Roll: Boyd & Watkins roll up records, Bryant goes deep, defense smothers flexbone

Cole Stoudt finishes up after Boyd suffers collarbone injury

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant catches a 76-yard touchdown pass in front of Georgia Tech cornerback Louis Young in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

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Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant catches a 76-yard touchdown pass in front of Georgia Tech cornerback Louis Young in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

Chandler Catanzaro: His opening-possession 40-yard field goal was the 23rd of his career of 40 yards or more, tying Chris Gardocki's school record. He broke the record later in the first quarter with a 51-yarder - the longest of his career.

Sammy Watkins: His second-quarter, 41-yard touchdown grab over a well-positioned Georgia Tech defender broke the ice for the Tigers and pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He became the second Clemson receiver to record two 1,000-yard seasons in his career, joining Rod Gardner. In the third quarter, he recorded his 207th career reception, which moved him past DeAndre Hopkins and into second place on Clemson's all-time list behind Aaron Kelly. In the fourth quarter, he went over the 100-yard mark for the seventh time this season, breaking Hopkins' one-year-old school record.

Tajh Boyd: He became the ACC's all-time leader in touchdown passes with his three first-half scores, which boosted his career total to 96 - one more than N.C. State's Philip Rivers. He also became Clemson's all-time leader in completions, surpassing Charlie Whitehurst. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 234 yards in the first half. Before he left in the game with a collar bone injury at the end of third quarter, he had recorded his 17th career 300-yard passing game - one shy of Rivers' record - and had become the first player in ACC history to have 10,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in his career. Boyd finished the game 20-of-26 passing for 344 yards, with three touchdowns, and rushed for 43 yards on 15 carries.

Adam Humphries: He continues to give the Tigers a consistent and dynamic threat in the punt return game. He averaged better than 10 yards on three first-half returns.

Grady Jarrett: He pounded the middle, tackled the dive whether or not the fullback had the ball, and still managed to chase down plays for tackles, near or behind the line of scrimmage.

Martavis Bryant: Three catches for 131 yards in the first half, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown connection with Boyd. By the end of the third quarter he had a career-high 176 yards - his first 100-yard receiving game.

Spencer Shuey, Quandon Christian & Stephone Anthony: The Tigers' linebacker trio played sound and solid assignment defense, and pursued and chased down Tech's backs. Christian and Shuey shared the team lead in tackles with eight each, while Anthony had four. Christian had three tackles for loss.

Rod McDowell: Against one of the nation's most stingy run defenses, he found holes and consistently picked up yardage.

Bashaud Breeland: His late-game interception and 20-yard return helped put the icing on the cake.

Cole Stoudt: He came in mid-drive when Boyd was injured, threw for a first down, ran for another, then sprinted 13 yards for a touchdown. He followed by directing a touchdown drive of his own, including a 29-yard pass to Mike Williams that set up a two-yard touchdown run by McDowell.

T.J. Green: Two big hits, among many, on kickoff coverage.

Mike Williams: Three catches for 45 yards.

Robert Smith: He provided solid run support from his safety position.

Bashaud Breeland: He intercepted a pass, broke up two, and had five tackles, including one for loss.

Corey Crawford: He contributed five tackles and forced a fumble.

Vic Beasley: He added two tackles for loss to his season total.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

I have been going to Clemson games since the ’57 Orange Bowl. And believe me I have been to a whole bunch of games and watch even more of them on television. I would say the game last night was as well played game I have ever seen a Clemson team play. It’s not the best game, but it is one of the best. Those guys had a purpose and it showed in their great defensive play. Danny Ford said good players make good coaches and oh, how true is that. The coaches had them prepared and the talent took over. It’s clear to see when you have a bunch of 4 star recruits out there with good coaching the result you are looking for is not too hard to find. And the offense was pure magical. Tajh and the receivers were absolutely fantastic. What a game plan by the coaches and the player’s went out there and did what they were supposed to and they did it real good. Good job by all involved last night.

DahlonegaJoe writes:

Fully agree with rsb.
And while the statistics don't show it. The defense really played outstanding 90% of the time. I think our defensive turn around in the last 12 games or so has been super.
Lets focus on Citadel (and for sure all of us, team, coaches included are now spending some energy preparing for SC). But lets prep for Citadel and keep improving. GO TIGERS

dirtybirdlover writes:

I am so proud of the way our guys have bounced back from the FSU game!

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