Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd set a new ACC record in the first half of a Thursday night game aginst Georgia Tech. Boyd’s 96th career touchdown pass, caught by Martavis Bryant, put Clemson up 27-7 on the visiting Yellow Jackets. Clemson leads Georgia Tech 27-10 at the half.
Boyd passed former North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers for the ACC career passing touchdown record, which he had tied just minutes earlier with a short pass to Mike Williams.
Clemson jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Georgia Tech managed to get on the scoreboard. Clemson’s defense held Georgia Tech to three punts and a fumble on their first four possessions, and the Tigers offense eventually took advantage with big pass plays. Up 6-0, Boyd’s first touchdown pass went 41 yards down field to Sammy Watkins, his only catch of the first half. the record-breaking touchdown to Bryant went 76 yards.
Georgia Tech needs to win this game to have a realistic chance to play in the ACC Championship Game, but the way this game is unfolding that does not look too promising.
Clemson is already locked out of playing in the ACC Championship Game because Florida State clinched the Atlantic Division for a second straight season. Clemson is in contention for a potential BCS at-large spot though. A win will keep them in the running.
Clemson will host Florida State in what is clearly the game of the week not only in the ACC, but the entire country this weekend. With so much anticipation for this particular game, Clemson is hoping to capitalize on the opportunity with a record-breaking day.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd is closing in on the ACC’s all-time touchdown record held by former North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers, needing just three more to tie the current San Diego Charger and his 112 touchdowns. But Clemson has their sights, or their ears, set on a different kind of record.
According to Orange and White, Clemson is hoping their fans will help the school set a Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium. Yes, this is an official world record, and it was actually just set by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs last weekend in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs dethroned the Washington Huskies, who set the record back on September 15.
“We have seen numbers approaching the world record previously, but with the magnitude of this game, the size of the crowd and the passion of Clemson fans, there’s little doubt we will be able to set a new record,” director of athletic marketing Mike Money said according to Orange and White.
If you are attending the game, Clemson is hoping to set the record on the first defensive series of the game, which should serve as a good early test to see how Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston can handle the situation.
Greg Schiano could very well be on his way back to the college sidelines if things do not turn around with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the end of the year. This week Schiano generated some buzz with his decision to bench starting quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, from North Carolina State.
We’ll leave the analysis of this decision as it pertains to that football played on sundays for the folks over at Pro Football Talk, but one Reddit user brought this interesting nugget to my attention. This weekend in the NFL there will be three starting quarterbacks who played at North Carolina State, one more than Michigan and Florida State. In addition to Glennon, former Wolfpack quarterbacks Phillip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) will also be in action.
Michigan’s two quarterbacks are Tom Brady at New England and Chad Henne in Jacksonville. Florida State’s two starting quarterbacks are EJ Manuel (Buffalo) and Christian Ponder (Minnesota).