Season Review: Tiger offense continued to soar, shatter records in 2013

Clemson, Baylor only schools with 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver, rusher for three straight seasons

Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter

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Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter

Clemson Offensive Review, 2013

Clemson averaged 40.2 points and 508 yards per game in total offense in 2013, becoming just the second team in school history to achieve those levels in the same year. Clemson is one of just five schools nationally to average 40 points and 500 yards a game each of the last two years.

Clemson had had a 3000-yard passer ( Tajh Boyd) a 1000-yard rusher (Rod McDowell) and a 1000-yard receiver ( Sammy Watkins) this year, one of just 10 teams in the nation to do it. Clemson and Baylor are the only schools to do it three years in a row.

This Clemson team averaged 333 passing yards per game, 9th in the nation and a Clemson record for a season.

This team set the Clemson record for 50-point games in a season with five, including a record three in a row. The Tigers finished 8th in the nation in scoring offense.

Clemson finished 10th in the nation in total offense with an average of 508 yards per game, the second highest average in Clemson history.

Clemson's passing attack also featured a 164.3 passer rating, 8th best in the nation and a 69.1 completion percentage, 6th best in the nation.

Clemson's fast paced offense ran 1037 plays, 13th best in the nation. It was the second straight year Clemson ran at least 1000 plays.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd became ACC record holder for career touchdown passes (107), career touchdown responsibility (133) and career passing efficiency (155.3). He is the only quarterback in ACC history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes three consecutive years.

Boyd finishes his career with a 32-8 record, tied for the most wins by a starting quarterback in Clemson history. Eight of those wins were against top 25 teams, including five against top 10 teams. He established Clemson records for ranked wins in both areas.

Boyd was named a finalist for the Unitas Award and the Manning Award. He was a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award.

Boyd became first quarterback in ACC history with at least 10,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards. He is second in ACC history in career total offense and second in career passing yards.

Boyd became just the 18th quarterback in college football history to record 100 touchdown passes. He finished his career with 107, including five in the Discover Orange Bowl against Ohio State. He threw at least 33 touchdown passes and had at least 38 total touchdowns (including rushing) in each of his three years as a starter.

This season, Boyd was sixth in the nation in passing efficiency at 168.9, a Clemson record. He was also seventh in total touchdown passes and seventh in touchdown responsibility with 44. He had the same amount of total touchdowns as Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State.

Boyd finished his career in grand style by gaining 505 yards of total offense against Ohio State, 378 passing and a career high 127 rushing. It was the second most total offense by a quarterback in a BCS bowl game. The rushing total tied for the most by a quarterback in a BCS Bowl Game.

Boyd was named National Player of the Week by the Maxwell Award for his performance in Clemson's win over fifth-ranked Georgia.

Receiver Sammy Watkins was named a first-team All-American for the third straight year, but first Clemson football player to be a first-team All-American by at least one service for three straight years. He was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

Watkins finished with a Clemson record 101 receptions for 1464 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. He has moved into second place in ACC history in career receptions and third in career receiving yards. He set 23 Clemson records overall.

Watkins finished the season fifth in the nation in total receiving yards, 10th in touchdown receptions and 11th in receptions per game. The big play performer was the only receiver in the nation with a pair of 90-yard touchdown catches.

Watkins set a Clemson record with eight 100-yard receiving games this year, including 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Discover Orange Bowl against Ohio State. His 16 receptions and 227 yards were Clemson single game records and Orange Bowl records. The yardage was the second highest total in a BCS bowl game.

Offensive tackle Brandon Thomas became a first-team All-ACC tackle for the second straight year. He is just the second Clemson offensive tackle to be a two-time first-team selection in the last 16 years.

Running back Roderick McDowell gained over 1000 yards, giving Clemson a 1000-yard rusher for the third straight year. McDowell averaged 6.5 yards per rush vs. top 10 teams in 2013 and had 132 yards against number-five Georgia in the season opener.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Impressive numbers by our offense and the individuals that created these really great offensive numbers. Job well done by all. It was really fun watching you guys making those big plays and especially the two 90 yard plus TD passes to Sammy. All Clemson fans from all parts of the country will miss you guys quite a lot. Good luck Tajh and Sammy and the others that won't be here next year. You will all be missed for more reasons than your good play.

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