CLEMSON – Chad Morris had a feeling that his offense had found its rhythm in the second half against N.C. State last week (by play No. 59 to be exact), but they had to maintain that momentum.
In the Morris era, the Tigers have now totaled 500 offensive yards for the 12 times (573 on Saturday) – and between Boyd and Cole Stoudt – they topped 400 passing yards for a third time (407). Pre-Morris, the school had one 400-yard passing game period (420 against Duke in 2002).
Boyd finds his rhythm
Now in a stretch six games in six Saturdays, Morris has plenty of reasons to feel good about his unit going forward.
Tiger offense needed a ‘spark’ – and they got it: It took 59 snaps for Tajh Boyd to get into a rhythm last week. My challenge to those guys was to pick up where we left off and I think we saw that tonight. All we needed was a spark and we got that tonight.
That’s all we needed. It was the rhythm, the click – whatever you call it to get us in sync. That was our gameplan coming in to take some shots. Whether we hit them or not, I didn’t care. We were going to take some shots and get back to playing loose and having some fun with it.
Watkins fights off pass interference for TD, young o-line performs: It shows the competitor in Sammy. We all know what Sammy is capable of doing. To watch Tajh and play some guys upfront that hadn’t been starters for us. Shaq Anthony came in and from what I gathered did a pretty decent job. We’re building some depth up front. We stuck with five guys and played them. Ryan Norton was sick and had to go and get an IV and Jay Guillermo had to go in and Jay was sick too. We were fixing to pull people out of the stands at one point. I was glad to see those guys turn it loose and have some fun today.
Running backs step up when Rod McDowell went down: Zac Brooks is playing well. We have to figure out what D.J. was doing before the game because he was like another guy too. We hadn’t seen that in over two some years – the last time we played Auburn out here. Who knows, a lot of times with older guys like that the light comes on and it keeps on.
Advice to Boyd: Just take what they give you. Just relax and have fun. That was the biggest thing I could tell him. Just stop pressing and have fun. He didn’t look like he was having a lot of fun – and he wasn’t. He missed some deep ball shots that if he had hit it would’ve been a different ballgame…We weren’t going to change how this game was called. We were going to have fun and let it loose.
We just needed (one big play) and we were going to kick the door in. Once we hit it, (Tajh Boyd) said, ‘We got it now. I got it. I feel it.’ As a playcaller, you get into a rhythm and everything just kind of flows. It’s kind of hard to explain, but that’s the way it is as a playcaller.