- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd made himself right at home in his home state of Virginia on Saturday night with a record-breaking performance in a 59-10 win at Virginia.
Boyd, a native of Hampton, Va., became the league’s career leader in touchdown responsibility when he threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins on Clemson’s first possession and fifth play of the game. He now has 116 for his career, 93 passing and 23 rushing.
“It was great to come down here and get a victory, that makes it 4-0 against my home state, which is sweet, but at the same time, we wanted to play the type of football that we are capable of playing, and that was the biggest thing,” Boyd said after the game. “We have four games left, and we want to play our best football in November.”
So far, so good.
Boyd completed his first nine passes of the game for 135 yards and a touchdown. He finished 24-of-29 for 377 yards and three touchdowns. It was his 16th career 300-yard passing game, good for second in ACC history. That’s another milestone he could break this fall. Only Philip Rivers of NC State has had more (18). Boyd now has 93 career touchdown passes, just two short of another ACC record held by Rivers (95).
He also tied the school record for wins against ACC teams with 20.
In the past two weeks, Boyd has bounced back from a disappointing performance in the Oct. 19 loss to Florida State with back-to-back wins over Maryland and Virginia.
“I loved his demeanor,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. “He was excited about being back here in Virginia tonight. Those senior guys know the end is coming, and I think they all have a great appreciation for what they have been able to accomplish here at Clemson University. They want to finish strong so it was good to see him have that success tonight. I have no doubt he will continue to do whatever he can to finish strong.”
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