Tajh Boyd leaves record-setting night with left collarbone injury

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – It’s not really gameday until Tajh Boyd has broken some individual record. This one in particular was special enough to get him some face time on the JumboTron.

With his third of four touchdown passes in Thursday night’s game against Georgia Tech, Boyd became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time leader with 96 touchdown passes. On it, he hit Martavis Bryant for a 76-yard strike to surpass N.C. State’s Philip Rivers.

Boyd also had touchdown throws to Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams. His final line was 20-for-26 for 340 yards and four scores, plus a 1-yard rushing score himself (his team-high eighth on the year.)

He also became Clemson’s all-time completions leader (he now has 830, edging Charlie Whitehurst) and went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career.

The latter milestone was accompanied by pain, though. Boyd scrambled for a first down on the final play of the third quarter, and was down on the field for about 90 seconds as head coach Dabo Swinney and team trainers attended to him. The announced crowd of 75,234 fans held its collective breath until the moment Boyd got up and jogged to the sideline.

Boyd went to the locker room with discomfort in his left shoulder. Backup Cole Stoudt relieved him to start the fourth and immediately kept the drive alive, rushing for his second career score from 13 yards out to give Clemson a 48-24 lead.

Around six or seven minutes after going to the locker room, Boyd returned to the sideline and began throwing a ball with receiver Matt Porter. He will not return to the game, though, for precautionary reasons (and with a 24-point fourth-quarter lead.)

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