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Boston College at Clemson

Clemson's Boyd leaves rout of BC with hip injury

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd's play again gave No. 8 Clemson reason to celebrate. A hard hit to Boyd's hip left the Tigers wondering how many more of those celebrations they'll be having.

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.

But Boyd had to leave the field in the third quarter with his injury, the severity of which remains unknown -- along with Boyd's status for next week at Maryland.

"It's a complete waste of time to speculate," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Swinney acknowledged things might not be as bad as they looked to the crowd of 78,000 fans who held their breath as Boyd lay on the ground. X-rays taken on Boyd showed now 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.

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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 has been a revelation as a first-year starter, strong and poised with a knack for making the right decisions. He has 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.

Chandler Catanzaro added five field goals while Ellington rushed for 117 yards and a 36-yard TD in the fourth quarter that sealed things for the Tigers.

If Boyd can't go, Cole Stoudt -- son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt -- would get the start against the Terps.

Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris will keep the gas pedal pressed on his fast-paced offense with Stoudt in there. "Cole's fine. Cole's going to be a great quarterback here," Morris said. "We've got to make sure that we continue to push him."

Stoudt had a few off-target throws, but ended a respectable 6 of 10 for 37 yards. He led the Tigers to a field goal and Ellington's TD when Boston College (1-5, 0-3) cut the lead to 26-14.

"I know in practice, the team's going to help me get better," Stoudt said. "I'm going to build off them."

Swinney was hopeful that Boyd had nothing more severe than a deep muscle bruise and could start next week. Plenty of Clemson supporters hope that, too.

The Eagles played without ACC Preseason Player of the Year Montel Harris, who aggravated a knee injury in last week's loss to Wake Forest.

Boyd, a sophomore, had thrown for 200 yards or more each game this year and was on his way to a third 300-yard performance when, with Clemson ahead 23-7, he was hit by Boston College defensive end Max Holloway. Boyd tried to get up but rolled back to the ground as coaches, teammates and trainers surrounded him. The homecoming crowd at Death Valley was silent as Boyd remained on the ground.

He was finally carried off the field, his left leg held above the turf. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and Clemson announced he had a hip injury.

"He was scrambling out and went and grabbed a hold of his leg and I guess he fell awkwardly," Holloway said. "He kind of yelled when he hit the ground, so I figured he was hurt."

Boston College tried to catch Clemson groggy after Boyd's departure, Chase Rettig's 24-yard pass to Bobby Swigert cutting the lead to 26-14. The Tigers, though, found their footing with Stoudt. Catanzaro added a 47-yard field goal and Ellington broke out for a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 to seal the victory.

The Tigers finished with 500 yards, the fifth time in six games they've gained 440 yards. But can they keep it up if Boyd is out?

After Maryland, the Tigers return home to play North Carolina. An ACC showdown at Georgia Tech comes after that.

Boyd was 16 of 26 for 283 yards. He also had 37 yards rushing.

The Tigers to put this one away early, scoring on its first three possessions to go up 17-0.

Morris emphasized all week that his guys hadn't put up a TD against Boston College since 2008. They quickly brushed off that monkey on Boyd's 3-yard scoring pass to Jaron Brown to finish an eight-play, 80-yard drive that lasted less than three minutes.

Clemson was back at it a series later, Catanzaro hitting the first of three field goals in the opening half.

The defense got into the act moments later, Malliciah Goodman sacking Rettig and causing a fumble that Tyler Shatley recovered on the BC 16. Boyd ran it in for a 14-yard touchdown three plays later.

"They got rocket-shipped out of there at 17-0 really fast," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said.

The Eagles have had their successes at Death Valley -- they've won two of the three times they've played here since joining the ACC in 2005 -- but appeared lost without injured star Harris and his backup, Andre Williams.

Harris had rushed for over 100 yards a week ago against Wake Forest, but aggravated a knee injury that kept him out of all but two games this season. Williams didn't play because of an ankle injury.

Then again, Boston College didn't help itself much, either. Besides Rettig's fumble, the Eagles' had a 43-yard touchdown catch by Bobby Swigert wiped out by a personal foul. They gained less than half of Clemson's first-half yardage, 142 to 295, and could not slow the Tigers.

When Boston College finally scored on Rolandan Finch's 20-yard touchdown run with 1:55 to go, Clemson followed with a 65-yard drive that concluded with Catanzaro's 18-yard field goal for a 23-7 halftime lead.

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Clemson QB Tajh Boyd rushes for a touchdown and throws for another before leaving the game with a hip injury.  (AP)
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd rushes for a touchdown and throws for another before leaving the game with a hip injury. (AP)

 

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Scoring Summary
CLEMJaron Brown 3 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
CLEMChandler Catanzaro 38 yd FG
CLEMTajh Boyd 14 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
CLEMChandler Catanzaro 42 yd FG
BCRolandan Finch 20 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
CLEMChandler Catanzaro 18 yd FG
CLEMChandler Catanzaro 20 yd FG
BCBobby Swigert 24 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
CLEMChandler Catanzaro 47 yd FG
CLEMAndre Ellington 35 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
 
Team Stats
 BCCLEM
First Downs1425
Third Down Efficiency5-125-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-22-2
Plays-Net Yards57-25878-500
Rushes-Yds35-12641-180
Passing Yds132320
Kick Return Yds1606
Punt Return Yds70
Passes14-22-122-37-0
Punts5-1983-146
Fumbles-Lost1-11-0
Penalties-Yds7-502-20
Time of Poss.32:627:54
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
BC: Rolandan Finch 19-81, Tahj Kimble 11-57, Chase Rettig 5--12
CLEM: Andre Ellington 22-117, Tajh Boyd 6-37, Mike Bellamy 4-24, D.J. Howard 2-13, Roderick McDowell 1-5, Adam Humphries 1-4, Team 1--1, Sammy Watkins 1--2, Cole Stoudt 2--4, Charone Peake 1--13
PASSING
BC: Chase Rettig 13-20-129-1, Dave Shinskie 1-2-3-0
CLEM: Tajh Boyd 16-26-283-0, Cole Stoudt 6-10-37-0, Andre Ellington 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
BC: Bobby Swigert 7-93, Colin Larmond 3-32, Tahj Kimble 2-5, Donte Elliott 1-3, Rolandan Finch 1--1
CLEM: Sammy Watkins 7-152, Dwayne Allen 4-49, DeAndre Hopkins 2-47, Jaron Brown 2-32, Brandon Ford 2-14, Adam Humphries 2-13, Joe Craig 1-8, Andre Ellington 1-6, Roderick McDowell 1--1
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Boston College1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-01-0
Clemson1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-00-1