Monday, November 5, 2012
Player of the Week: ACC
By Andrea Adelson
There is no doubt who the best player in the ACC was in Week 10.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
For essentially one half of work against Duke.
Boyd tied the Clemson single-game record for touchdowns scored in the first half with six -- five touchdown passes and one touchdown run. His 388 yards of total offense set a Clemson record for first-half yards, breaking the old mark set by Woodrow Dantzler in 2001 in the second half against NC State by a whopping 100 yards.
He also broke the Clemson career record for touchdowns scored with 73 total.
Boyd finished the game with 416 yards of total offense -- 344 passing yards and a carer-high 72 rushing yards in the 56-20 rout. Boyd ended up playing about three quarters, but all the damage was done in the first half. Yes, he did throw three interceptions, but those were mere blips on what was another outstanding day.
Add up what he has done in the last two weeks against Wake Forest and Duke, and the numbers are pretty impressive. -- Boyd has thrown for 772 yards, 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and run for 99 yards and another score. Let's not forget a pretty important stat to go along with that: completion percentage. In the last two games, Boyd has hit on 70.5 percent of his passes.
"We felt if they were going to play man coverage in the secondary, we could be successful like we were against Wake Forest," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. "Tajh was terrific in the first half."
So was DeAndre Hopkins, the biggest beneficiary, with three touchdown receptions in the first half to tie a Clemson record.
Remember, it was around the same point last year that Boyd started to struggle in the Tigers offense and Clemson ended up dropping two of its final three games. But at this point, Boyd and the Tigers do not seem like they are anywhere close to slowing down.