Noteworthy: Tajh Boyd first ACC quarterback ever to throw for 30 TDs three times

Sammy Watkins records 15th 100-yard receiving game of his career

Orange Bowl MVP Clemson's Sammy Watkins stands next to Dabo Swinney and Tajh Boyd at the trophy presentation at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Orange Bowl MVP Clemson's Sammy Watkins stands next to Dabo Swinney and Tajh Boyd at the trophy presentation at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Noteworthy

*When Tajh Boyd scored the first touchdown of the game on a 48-yard touchdown run it was the longest run of his career…by 21 yards. His previous long run was 27 yards against Auburn in 2012.

*Boyd became the first quarterback in ACC history to have three seasons of at least 30 touchdown passes when he connected with Sammy Watkins on a 34-yard scoring pass in the first half. It was his 30th touchdown pass of the year. He also connected with Martavis Bryant on a three yard scoring pass in the first half and now has 31 scoring passes this year and 104 for his career, an ACC record. That touchdown pass was his 130th rushing and passing in his career, also an ACC record.

*Boyd needs 73 yards passing in the second half to record his 18th career 300 yard passing game. That would tie the ACC record of 18 also held by Philip Rivers of NC State, who played from 2000-03.

*Sammy Watkins had eight catches for 130 yards receiving in the first half. That is his eighth 100-yard receiving game of the year. He already had the Clemson single season record. He now has 15 for his career.

*Josh Watson blocked an extra point in the first half. It was the first blocked kick of any kind by Clemson this year.

*Rod McDowell had 48 yards rushing in the first half and went over 1000 yards for the season. McDowell needed 46 yards entering this game to reach 1000 yards for the season.

*Clemson is wearing the uniform combination of white tops and orange pants for the first time since the 2010 game at Florida State.

*Tajh Boyd had 73 yards rushing in seven attempts in the first half. That is already his season high for a game. His previous high this year was 17-69 against Wake Forest. Boyd’s career high is 103 yards rushing against NC State in 2012.

*Vic Beasley recorded his 13th sack of the season in the first half. That is the third most sacks in a season in Clemson history. The record is 16 by Keith Adams in 1999 and DaQuan had 15.5 in 2010.

*Clemson trails 22-20 at halftime. Clemson is 2-13 all-time in bowl games when trailing at the half. But one of the wins took place last year. Clemson trailed LSU 14-13 at the half of the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl, then came back to win 25-24. The only other bowl game Clemson has trailed at the half and then won took place at the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Clemson trailed 7-3, then won 23-7.

*Both TCU and LSU had number-seven rankings entering those game, TCU by AP and LSU by USA Today. Ohio State is ranked seventh by AP entering this game.

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