Tajh Boyd threw two touchdown passes and ran for one more as Clemson jumped on Virginia, 35-7, after one half of play in Charlottesville.
The Tigers looked very much like the team that was ranked No. 3 in the polls just a couple weeks ago, outgaining the Cavaliers 325 yards to 131. Boyd was 22 of 27 for 278 yards while running back Roderick McDowell ran for 57 yards and a score on 11 carries. Receiver Sammy Watkins also got off to a good start, catching six passes for 70 yards and a TD.
Virginia quarterback David Watford struggled, completing just eight of 19 passes for 69 yards. He was also intercepted once. He did rush for a six-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7 early in the first quarter, but that was the lone bright spot of the day so far for the Cavs.
With the 7-1 Tigers sitting at No. 8 in the BCS rankings, there is still an outside chance they could get to a big time bowl. They’ll need some style points to push their way back up the polls and today’s developing blowout against UVA should fit that bill nicely.