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Sammy Watkins finally breaks out against Wake Forest

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We noted earlier this evening that Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was off to a slow start this season, and understandably so. He’d missed three games already due to suspension and illness. But, here the Tigers were seven games into the 2012 season and Watkins, an All-American, was without a receiving touchdown. Yes, Watkins had a pair of scores running and throwing the football, but still no touchdowns in his primary area of expertise.

That changed Thursday night in No. 14 Clemson’s 42-13 win over Wake Forest. Watkins actually matched his season total to date of 202 yards receiving against the Demon Deacons and reeled in his first touchdown of the season — a 61-yard pass from Tajh Boyd. Most of Watkins’ numbers came in the first half, but with a 35-7 halftime lead, the game was secure by that point.

But as great as Watkins was in his 2012 coming out party, you have to talk about how efficiently Boyd played. The junior went 27-of-38 for 428 yards (a school record) and five touchdowns, all of which went to different receivers. The weapons the Tigers have on offense is borderline unfair. Clemson will have a chance to rack up big numbers with those weapons in the next few weeks against Duke, Maryland and North Carolina State (the Wolfpack actually control their own destiny in the ACC Atlantic).

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7 Responses to “Sammy Watkins finally breaks out against Wake Forest”
  1. bstras2809 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    The boys finally put together a complete game. The offense was great (as always) and the defense was fierce (finally). It’s lookin’ good for the Tigers!

  2. jets12 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:53 AM

    Just curious, what is Clemson’s best win this year? And by that I mean a signature win. The only team they have played this year that even resembles a good team is Florida State and they lost. The ACC is so bad this year and really has been in decline for several years now.

  3. igottz5onit says: Oct 26, 2012 11:36 AM

    Well Clemson began their season by playing an Auburn team that was supposed to be a top 25 program this year. Unfortunately that didn’t pan out. After that they have pretty much taken care of business with the exception of a tough road loss to a pretty damn good FSU team in Tallahassee. Jets12 is right Clemson should have changed opponents midway through the season to strengthen their schedule … I for one am sick of the hubris of the SEC but the ACC is really just not very good besides FSU and Clemson.

  4. jets12 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:15 PM

    Not suggesting that they should have changed their schedule midway through the season as I think we both know that is not possible. Or maybe you don’t know. Anyway my point is they have played one decent team and lost that game. The hype they get every year is over the top. Example being last years bowl game.

  5. igottz5onit says: Oct 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    I do know that. Unless your Temple that is. And I believe you are referring to the Orange Bowl, which had nothing to do with hype since they won their conference.

  6. sssjim7 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:35 PM

    I watched the game. Clemson should not have had their starters in the game after halftime. Sweeny needs to learn to rotate his players more (especially on defense) – and stop rushing 3 people. They had no pass rush in the 3rd quarter… and gave the WF quarterback waaay to much time to throw.

    I never liked prevent defenses. And I really didn’t see the improvements on defense, either. Too bad the backup quarterback didn’t get to play and get some experience. Handing the ball of a couple times and taking a knee doesn’t teach you anything. He should have played the entire second half – along with the rest of the backups.

    Good teams have depth because they play their second and third string players enough to make them better.

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  7. jets12 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:39 PM

    igottz5onit that is my point. They won a weak, no very weak conference and then had their ass handed to them in the bowl game.

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