Clemson's ACC championship hopes remain alive and well after the Tigers blew out Wake Forest, 42-13, on Thursday night at Groves Stadium.
And they set two school records in the process.
Junior QB Tajh Boyd set a school record for passing yards in a game, completing 27-of-38 passes for 428 yards and five touchdowns against the Demon Deacons, breaking the record formerly held by Charlie Whitehurst.
Tajh Boyd threw for 428 yards tonight, breaking Charlie Whitehurst's single game record (420) for passing yards.#CLEMvsWAKE— The ACC (@theACC) October 26, 2012
Boyd connected early and often with sophomore WR Sammy Watkins, who has missed three games this season due to illness and suspension.
Watkins caught eight passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, setting a new single-game school record for receiving yards.
Sammy Watkins has 202 receiving yards on eight catches tonight to establish a Clemson single game record. #CLEMvsWAKE— The ACC (@theACC) October 26, 2012
Wake Forest, 97th in the nation against the pass heading into the contest, simply had no answers for Boyd. The Tigers signal-caller connected with WR Charone Peake for his fifth touchdown pass—which all came in the first half—to give Clemson a 35-0 lead with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter.
Wake Forest QB Tanner Price led his team down the field late in the first half, and connected with Tommy Bohanon on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining to put his team on the board.
He'd connect with Bohanon again with 7:45 left in the third quarter, cutting the Tigers lead to 35-14, but that was the last time that the Demon Deacons would see the end zone. Price finished the game 27-of-44 for 232 yards and the pair of touchdown passes.
Next up for Clemson (7-1) is an upstart Duke (6-2) squad in what could, surprisingly, be a preview of the ACC Championship Game. Wake Forest (4-4) will try and get back on track against Boston College (1-6).