Tajh Boyd: Clemson QB Dazzles with 6-Touchdown Performance vs. Duke

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IINovember 3, 2012

Oct 25, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) smiles during the fourth quarter during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T field. Clemson defeated Wake 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had an incredible performance with 6 touchdowns in the No. 13 Tigers’ 56-20 victory over Duke.

Duke has long been the laughing stock of the ACC in football, but is enjoying a surprisingly successful season. The Blue Devils walked away from this loss with a 6-4 overall record. However, they have suffered back-to-back routs against Florida State and Clemson, and had no clue how stop Boyd.

The junior signal-caller torched his opponents with both his arm and his legs, throwing for 5 touchdowns and running for one more. He finished the day going 16-of-23 for 344 yards.

Boyd buried the Blue Devils early, throwing four touchdown passes in the first quarter. He tossed one more and rushed for another before halftime, sending the Tigers into the locker room with a 25-point lead.

While Boyd’s offensive output was remarkable, his 3 interceptions are a smudge on an otherwise electrifying performance. Still, five touchdown passes on just 23 throwing attempts will overshadow the turnovers. 

The picks are unlikely to bother Boyd, as he did exactly what he needed to do in this contest. He came out firing and ran up the score, then kept his foot gas pedal and did not allow Duke to climb back in the game.

His epic performance earned him some well-deserved rest during the fourth quarter. His statistics are even more impressive when considering that he posted them in less than 45 minutes.

This was Boyd’s second consecutive monster game, as he threw five touchdowns last week against Wake Forward and set a school record (as noted by ESPN) with 428 passing yards.

After this latest performance, Boyd is one of the hottest players in the country and college football fans should be excited to see what he does next week against Maryland.