Tajh Boyd knocked out of game

Updated: October 8, 2011, 8:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd left the game in the third quarter after getting hit in the left leg against Boston College.

Boyd tried to get up off the field, but rolled back to the ground as trainers and coaches came out to help. Boyd finally was helped off, holding his left leg in the air as he was led to the sidelines for the eighth-ranked Tigers.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged things might not be as bad as they looked to the crowd of 78,000 who held their breath as Boyd lay on the ground. X-rays taken on Boyd showed no broken bones. An MRI at Oconee Medical Center confirmed that diagnosis.

Swinney said Boyd was walking around the locker room much better than when he initially left the field.

"We're praying for positive news there," Swinney said.

As is everyone who roots for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Boyd passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the Tigers continued their best start in 11 years with a 36-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Boyd's been a revelation as a first-year starter, strong and poised with a knack for making the right decisions. He's thrown 15 touchdown passes, including a 3-yarder to Jaron Brown on Saturday, to just two interceptions.

"It doesn't look like it's going to be too serious," Clemson tailback Andre Ellington said.

Backup Cole Stoudt took over for Boyd.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.