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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Inside the numbers: Boyd and Thomas

By Heather Dinich

ESPN's Stats & Info department took a closer look at the recent trends of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd heading into Saturday's Dr Pepper ACC championship game:

Boyd lost his magic

Boyd has lost his comeback magic. In three of Clemson’s final four games, Boyd was unable to lead comebacks, throwing five interceptions while the Tigers were trailing in the three losses. This after Boyd and Clemson were able to win its first six games of the season in which they trailed. Clemson never trailed to Virginia Tech when the teams met earlier this season.

Thomas improves deep ball since Clemson game

Since losing to Clemson in Week 5, Logan Thomas has been more efficient when throwing downfield. After failing to complete a pass thrown 15 yards or more downfield against Clemson, Thomas has completed two such passes in every game since.



Clemson’s three other ranked opponents this season had much more success when throwing the ball downfield against the Tigers. Auburn, Florida State and South Carolina combined to complete 52.2 percent of its throws of 15-plus yards against Clemson with five touchdowns and no interceptions.