After injury scare, Tajh Boyd planning memorable Death Valley finale

'If it was a dire situation I could have come back out, but it wasn’t necessary tonight'

Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu tackles Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium on Thursday. Boyd went to the locker room after injuring his shoulder on the play and did not return to the game.

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Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu tackles Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium on Thursday. Boyd went to the locker room after injuring his shoulder on the play and did not return to the game.

Tajh Boyd admits that his initial thought was not good.

His shoulder hurt, and he heard a pop.

As he lay on the ground, Death Valley went silent.

Eventually, Boyd got to his feet and then jogged to the sideline, and then on to the locker room for x-rays that confirmed the good news: no broken collarbone, just a bruised collarbone and sternum.

Boyd fine after scary injury

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Cole Stoudt came into the game, finished off the touchdown drive that Boyd was working on when he went down, and then directed the Tigers on another of his own.

Boyd returned to the sideline, and engaged in a little throw-and-catch, just to show Dabo Swinney, and the worried crowd, that he was OK.

He promises he'll be ready to go next weekend for his senior day date with The Citadel.

“It’s one of those things where it sounded a lot worse than it actually was," Boyd said after the Tigers 55-34 dismantling of Georgia Tech. "Going down to the ground it was cracking and all, but I feel fine now. I had some x-rays and everything is all good.”

Boyd said he could have come back in the game had he been needed.

"If it was a dire situation I could have come back out, but it wasn’t necessary tonight," he said.

As for next week, Boyd says he has every intention of making "my last game in Death Valley memorable"

"This is going to be my last time playing in the Valley," Boyd said. "I’m going to take in every moment so it is something that I’ll never forget."

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