Tajh Boyd bolstered his Heisman Trophy credentials with a huge performance against Syracuse on Saturday.
He led the Clemson Tigers to a 49-14 win over the Orange and finished 20-of-27 passing for 455 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. More impressive were his first-half numbers of 363 yards and four touchdowns. They were enough for Boyd to set himself apart from his contemporaries of the past few years, via ESPN Stats and Info.
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd is 1st FBS player with 350 Pass yds & 4 Pass TD in a 1st half since Hawaii's Bryant Moniz in 2011 vs UC Davis.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 5, 2013
One of those touchdowns was this 42-yard bomb to Adam Humphries to put Clemson up 21-0.
Tajh Boyd is 1st FBS player w/ 350 Pass yds & 4 Pass TD in the 1st half of a conference game since Houston's Case Keenum in 2009 vs Memphis.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 5, 2013
Is Tajh Boyd the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy?
What it does is reinforce the idea that the Tigers quarterback is one of the best players in the country and firmly in the thick of the Heisman discussion. This is all he can do until Clemson meets the Florida State Seminoles on October 19.
That will be a great matchup between him and Jameis Winston, and it will be imperative for Boyd to get the better of the freshman sensation. That's the kind of Heisman decider every previous winner has had.
Until then, Boyd must continue to do exactly what he's been doing. Heisman voters will look for every little thing they can in order to knock down a player, especially one who comes from Clemson.
If he continues with these kinds of performances for the rest of the year, it'll be hard to keep the Heisman away from the Tigers star.