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Tajh Boyd Cements Himself as One of Nation's Best QBs with 5 TDs vs. Georgia

CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31:  Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass against the Georgia Bulldogs during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2013

As if we needed any more proof that Tajh Boyd was one of the best quarterbacks in the country, his performance in Clemson's scintillating 38-35 victory over Georgia on Saturday cemented his place in college football.

Boyd was outstanding on Saturday in Clemson, going 18-of-30 for 270 yards and three touchdowns while adding 42 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

Boyd started things out by leading the Tigers 76 yards down the field in nine plays on their second drive of the game. He capped it off with a four-yard touchdown run.

After Georgia's Todd Gurley ran 75 yards for a touchdown to knot up the score at 7-7, Boyd found partner in crime Sammy Watkins for a 77-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead. After 14 unanswered points by Georgia, Boyd took advantage of a turnover by the Bulldogs and plunged into the end zone to even the score before the half, 21-21.

It seemed like every time Georgia appeared to regain momentum on Saturday, Boyd responded. On Clemson's first drive of the third quarter, Boyd found sophomore running back Zac Brooks for a 31-yard touchdown. 

After Gurley scored on a 12-yard run to tie the score again at 28 points apiece, Boyd led the Tigers on a 68-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. 

On Clemson's first drive of the fourth quarter, Boyd threw another touchdown, this time a nine-yard toss to sophomore receiver Stanton Seckinger.

While Watkins did the most damage among Clemson's receivers on Saturday, it's worth noting that Boyd connected with seven different players. Three of them scored touchdowns.

The fact that Boyd has had weapons like Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins the past two years has almost been used against him, with some fans suggesting that he doesn't have to be all that special when he has such dynamic playmakers to throw to.

But with Hopkins having moved on to the NFL, Boyd showed on Saturday that he can spread the ball around and create scoring opportunities, even if some of his targets aren't out of this world.

And it wasn't just Boyd's stat line on Saturday that was impressive. When he led the Tigers to touchdowns was also important.

Boyd drove Clemson down the field for a touchdown in the beginning of three separate quarters, thereby putting and keeping the pressure on Georgia. And when Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray fumbled in Georgia territory off a sack by Stephone Anthony with 6:43 remaining in the first half, Boyd made sure to make Georgia pay.

Boyd's talent, composure and leadership were central to Clemson's victory on Saturday. Something tells me he's not done terrorizing defenses, either.

 

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