Tajh Boyd vs. LSU

ESPN's Stats & Info group took a look recently at how effective Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' passing game has been, and how it matches up against the LSU defense in the Chick-fil-A Bowl:

NEXT LEVEL: Tajh Boyd increased his completion percentage on passes thrown 25 yards or longer by 19.3 percentage points this season. Boyd’s improvement has been aided by DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the nation with 10 touchdown receptions on passes thrown this distance. Boyd and Hopkins will face an LSU defense that has allowed multiple receptions on such passes in just two games over the past two seasons. Yet, those two games were their last two outings against Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Throws of 25+ Yards 2012

LSU Def T. Boyd

Comp-Att 21.2 54.3

Yds per att 6.7 22.7

TD-Int 2-4 14-4

Boyd: 13-23, 10 TD targeting DeAndre Hopkins

ESPN's Stats & Info group also looked at Clemson's dynamic duo, receivers Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins:

NEXT LEVEL: Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins have combined for over 125 receptions and close to 2,000 receiving yards this season despite Watkins missing three games. Hopkins has been effective stretching the field. He has 10 touchdown receptions on passes thrown 20 yards or longer, most in FBS. Watkins has been better with the ball, gaining 422 of his 708 receiving yards after the catch.

Tajh Boyd Passing By Target 2012

Hopkins Watkins

Targets 109 79

Rec 69 57

Yards 1,214 708

YAC 340 422

TD 16 3 Led the ACC

LSU's defense will be challenged by Clemson's ability to execute big plays. ESPN's Stats & Info department took a deeper look at Clemson's big-play offense:

NEXT LEVEL: Clemson leads FBS with 22 touchdowns of 25 yards or longer. The Tigers have scored at least one touchdown of this distance in 11 straight games, including 10 such touchdowns in their last four games. Clemson will face an LSU defense that has given up 19 plays that have gained 25 yards or more this season, fifth fewest in FBS.

Clemson Offense 2012

FBS Rank

PPG 42.3 6th

25+ yd plays 62 2nd

25+ yd TD 22 1st

TD in 2 min or less 34 T-4th