Honor Roll: Sammy shines, Hot Rod rolls, Tajh leads in the clutch

Vic Beasley contributes another fumble-causing sack; Breeland, Kearse come up big

Clemson's Sammy Watkins runs after a catch near Maryland's Abner Logan during the second quarter at Maryland.

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Clemson's Sammy Watkins runs after a catch near Maryland's Abner Logan during the second quarter at Maryland.

Clemson-Maryland Honor Roll

Sammy Watkins: He told Nuk Hopkins he was going to break his record, and he did, with 14 catches (one more than Hopkins had twice last year) for 163 yards. Maryland couldn't slow the Tigers' star junior, even though it knew what was coming. He finished with 209 all-purpose yards.

Rod McDowell: He provided the second half of an unprecedented 160-160 offensive punch, with career highs of 30 carries for 161 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Tajh Boyd: He's still struggling for consistency on some of his basic throws, and now he's hurt - with a knee-knock added to his gimpy ankle from the FSU game. Chad Morris didn't call his number in the run game for more than two quarters, but when the Tigers needed it most, Boyd delivered - with legs, arm and leadership. He finished 28-of-41 passing for 304 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 13 times for 35 yards and a score.

Bashaud Breeland: He made the most of an abbreviate appearance by leading the Tigers in tackles with seven, including one fumble-causing stop. His play elevated the play of the entire secondary.

Robert Smith: He had an interception and 28-yard return.

Zac Brooks: Another productive game for the improving sophomore - seven carries for 36 yards.

Grady Jarrett: He repeatedly chased down the football from his defensive tackle spot, and finished with five stops, one for loss, and a fumble recovery.

Stephone Anthony: He gave the Tigers solid play in the middle, and matched Breeland's tackle total with seven, including one for loss.

Watkins posts record-breaking day


Vic Beasley: Another fumble-causing strip sack and three tackles for loss among his total of four stops.

Jayron Kearse: A play after whiffing on a tackle, he came back and changed the game with an end zone interception. The freshman has size, speed and instincts, and a nose for the football.

Adam Humphries: He was second to Watkins with five receptions.

Martavis Bryant: He continues to provide a big-play punch, with four catches for 88 yards.

Jordan Leggett: Just one catch, but it was a big one - a five-yard touchdown that snapped the Tigers' first-half red-zone drought.

Spencer Shuey: Five tackles and a fumble recovery.

Chandler Catanzaro: With the Tigers' offense struggling in the red zone, he salvaged points from missed opportunities.

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