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Bravo, Boyd

CLEMSON QUARTERBACK PROVES US WRONG This website has had a field day ragging on Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd.  When Boyd was selected as a coaches’ first-team All-American last month, we questioned whether he deserved such an accolade – arguing he didn’t deserve to be ranked ahead of Heisman Trophy…

CLEMSON QUARTERBACK PROVES US WRONG

This website has had a field day ragging on Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd.  When Boyd was selected as a coaches’ first-team All-American last month, we questioned whether he deserved such an accolade – arguing he didn’t deserve to be ranked ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

“Given the weakness of the ACC, it’s frankly embarrassing that any All-American team would include Boyd over Manziel,” we wrote.

Well, Boyd made us eat our words (and then some) on New Year’s Eve – turning in a heroic performance in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl to lead No. 14 Clemson to a 25-24 victory over No. 8 Louisiana State.  The 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior from Hampton, Virginia completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards and a pair of touchdowns against one of the best passing defenses in America.  He also ran for 22 yards on 29 carries – scoring on an 11-yard scamper in the first quarter.

But as we noted previously Boyd’s performance wasn’t about numbers – it was about heart.

Relentlessly pressured throughout the game by LSU’s dominating defensive front (which includes a pair of NFL first round picks), Boyd stood tall – showcasing his newfound mobility as well as his ability to take multiple hits.  As the saying goes, Boyd took a licking … but he kept the Clemson offense ticking, which was even more remarkable when you consider the Tigers lost 2011 All-American Sammy Watkins on the second play from scrimmage and were already playing without deep threat Martavis Bryant.

Not only that Clemson’s star tailback Andre Ellington was held to just fifty yards from scrimmage.

Boyd’s performance also came as Clemson’s offensive line was dominated all night by LSU – forcing him to make pinpoint throws without the luxury of going through his progression of receivers.

He made those throws, too – including a 26-yard throw to junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-sixteen play with less than a minute-and-a-half remaining on the clock, a play that kept the Tigers’ game-winning drive alive.

Boyd took hit after hit after hit – whether in the pocket or scrambling to gain hard-fought yards and critical first downs.  In addition to his mobility, accuracy and toughness, Boyd also played an incredibly smart game – taking care of the football against a defense that forced Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy-winning signal caller to throw three interceptions.

Boyd had none against LSU.

We’ve given Boyd his due over the last two years, to be sure, but we always ended our stories by highlighting the fact he was putting up his stratospheric numbers against inferior Atlantic Coast Conference competition.

We can’t say that anymore …

Against a national championship caliber team, Boyd turned in the best – and gutsiest performance of his career.  And while there are plenty of question marks surrounding the ability of the ACC to compete against other conferences (particularly the powerful SEC), Clemson emphatically answered its critics by knocking off one of the SEC’s elite programs.

Bravo, Boyd … you earned this one.

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51 comments

shifty henry January 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

…. credit where credit is due, and more – the team deserves all of it – great game, fellas

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

It was one upset of an over-rated LSU team that has trouble away from Baton Rouge….

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

What’s going to F%^K FITS and all the renewed Clemson-@$$-Kissing Groupies in the groin…

If this Fraud Some Beech QB is made to believe Clemson just won the Biggest game in the history of football..He’ll tell Dabo to Kiss his @$$, and head for the NFL $$$$…

Catch 22: If this wortless, over-rated piece of $#!* is sold as the next Donavan McNabb or Cam Newton (woshiped over race)…he’ll leave clemson in a minute…

Unless they pay him like they did CJ…

And what’s funny: The Dumb@@$$ FITS Cliche idiots Bashed SC for thinking JD was going to be good…now these same Bran-Dead Idiots are trying to Beg JD to sit out next season to save himself…

You tired people are So D@Mn Stupid and easy to predict..and you are so easy to see through….

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GreenvilleTiger January 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

>Catch 22: If this wortless, over-rated piece of $#!* is sold as the next Donavan McNabb or Cam Newton (woshiped over race)

>I don’t think I’ve seen FITS this giddy, since Obama got re-elected…

Embarrassingly poor spelling, a shaky grasp of English grammar, blatant racism **and** an angry Obama reference — all in an article about college football?

Thanks. As a Clemson fan far from home, I was feeling nostalgic for SC this morning. Reading your post made me feel like I was back in the upstate.

Happy new year, and GO TIGERS!

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PalmettoPulse January 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

It’s a damn fine day to be a Clemson Tiger!

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RMCII January 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

Well put. Let’s go get a Chick-fil-A platter and watch the Outback Bowl. My treat.

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

I usually love the STORY that reveals itself from the story…

I don’t think I’ve seen FITS this giddy, since Obama got re-elected…

What it reveals about the idiot Clemson worshipers and Gamecock-Haters…is THE story..

Not Clemson beating a road-mediocre, over-rated LSU squad.

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Charlie Cat January 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

Clemson played well. They never gave up. Beating LSU is certainly a feather in their cap. However, consistancy sets a good football team. Dabo said they are at the door of greatness. To stand at that door you have to play good football teams. Their schedule in the past does not reflect playing mostly good football teams. Going into 2013 Clemson will open with Georgia. this will be a test for them. the question will remain as to who else of any significance does Clemson play in the course of their 2013 football schedule. However, for now, beatin LSU is the start of being able to stand in that door of greatness. To be able to walk through that door, Clemson is going to have to be consistant with top caliber programs.

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Skeet Orange January 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Can you hear it? The 4 horsemen are coming. That’s right, the mighty Clemson tigers are coming to Willy Brice for sweet revenge while simultaneously ending the pseudo USCs dreams of ever playing in a BCS. If I was a USuC fan, I would be dreading next November.

Now to give thanks to our Lord Dabo and our savior Tajh before its too late.

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junior justice January 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

You’re really Frank Howard, aren’t you – CONFESS!

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idiot January 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I have heard for 4 years USC should be scared of Clemsux from my tiger friends, then heard excuse after excuse of why they should have won. Next year wont be any different. dabo is so much Spurriers bitch he cant think straight in the game. 5 in a row next year and the whole world knows it, including dabo.

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Charlie Cat January 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Clowney and company will be waiting. The question to you is will you be ready to play a true top ten team. I honestly don’t think so. Strap on your chin straps. However, they do not even hold your helmet on your head. Ask Michigan.

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haha January 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

If I were Boyd, I would go pro now to avoid getting slammed by Clowney yet again. You know that hit he had in the bowl game gave clemson players nightmares last night.

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junior justice January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

What is Nikki saying today about the game? Does she even remember that Clemson has a football team? Does she even care?

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

With the Punch-Drunk/Think-Pack Dolts like FITS jumping on the Idiot Taj Boyd Bandwagon…it’s ain’t gone get no better…

This is the TOP for Taj…and that means he’d be a Dumb@$$ to not go to the NFL Draft for $$$$…

His stock is as High as it’s gone be…

But watch the same media that is trying to talk JD into sitting out next year, BEG Taj to stay and save Dabo and Clemson from the inevitable jokes that they are….

So predictable…

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Skeet Orange January 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

LSU > South Carolina

Clemson > LSU

Therefore Clemson > South Carolina

Truth hurts.

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idiot January 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Clemson lost to South Carolina 4 in a row, the truth is they arent in any way better. that truth hurts doesnt it little skeeter?

You analogy has vandy better than clemsux if you play it out.

Vandy beat NC state,
NC state beat FSU
FSU beat clemsux

so Vandy would beat clemsux? must by your thinking.
Truth hurts huh?

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idiot January 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

oh yeah dont forget SC beat vandy therefor SC better than clemson too, and again SC BEAT clemson. proof they are better. i just F#%@ed you up with the real truth!!! That stings doensnt it?

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Mike Traynor January 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Not a Clemson fan. They played well. They played hard.

Les Miles – poor clock management.

Dabo – really? A National Championship Team? Really?

Dabo needs to shut his trap.

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junior justice January 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You’re really Spurrier, aren’t you – CONFESS!

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scsince60 January 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I agree. Clemson played hard the entire game and deserved the win. Hopefully now Dabo’s job is safe for decades!

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Like EVERYTHING Clemson…they take very things and draw ridiculous conclusions of Gandeur…

And the things that really mean something…they are ignorant to…

And FITS is very much a party to this cliche and lazy type of mindset…that is why he’ll never be the leader in thinking that he so much fancies himself and wants to be….

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junior justice January 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

???

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Indifferent January 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Holy shit, what a fucking loser Big T is. I am a diehard Clemson man, and have no problem saying Clowney is the best player in the country. In fact, can’t wait for him to go pro. But, can Big T give accolades. NOPE. I think a Clemson man is probably fucking his wife, who I am sure is a fat, disgusting wench. Just like his sorry, drooling, piece of shit ass.

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Mrs BigT January 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I resent that remark. Just for that I’m getting BigT into the bedroom to sooth his feelings (which you hurt very badly). He’ll be over it in five minutes.

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Brakeman January 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Go figure. Less than a year ago a Big East opponent scored more touchdowns against Clemson’s defense than LSU earned first downs last night. Hell, mighty Duke had more than twice as many first downs as the bullies from Baton Rouge. How did the Gamecocks ever lose to this crowd?

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MajorC January 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I’m not a Clemson fan, nor am I a Gamecock fan, but I do enjoy watching these two teams play since I now live in SC. I also follow numerous blogs and listen to many sport’s shows when they discuss these two teams. Great rivalry.

Got to give Clemson credit for winning in a weak conference and being physically and mentally prepared when going up against a top tier team. This proves that any 11 and 0 team from any league could go in a beat a top tier team. However, the BCS system kept this from happening.

Appalachian State took a winning season, and their momentum, and knocked off Number 2 Michigan in what is probably the biggest upset in NCAA football history. I think a winning program is a lot like physics — once the momentum gathers it doesn’t matter where it originated. Just my 2 cents worth.

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junior justice January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Here’s a dime for you.

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Biggest win in Clemson history…and SC Upstages the F^&* out of your tiny little leagues program is less than 24 hours…

Suck it FITS…you 2-bit Chump….

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Brakeman January 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Biggest win in CU history… The chic bowl… Gimme a brake! However, the Tigers were underdogs to an elite team from THE elite conference. SC was a five point favorite to a four loss team that won’t finish in the top 25. That said, congrats to the Cocks on 11 wins and a gutsy victory.

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

You beat an SEC team with a winning record…that does not happen…idiot…

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don't taunt the woman beater January 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

dont upset womanbeater will with your taunts or he might go and slap around your sister, mother, or grandma. if they kick his ass in a “fair fight,” he’ll vindictively use his site to slander them, claiming he had sex with them. and his wife will be so proud of his sex-gossip rumor mongering.

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Clemsux January 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

By “womanbeater” arent you referring to Clemson football players? It should be “womenbeaters”

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how funny is this January 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Some guy earlier on this post just said since LSU beat USC and Clemson beat LSU clemson is better than USC. Didnt Clemson just get thier asses kicked for like the 4th time in a row by USC? Only backwards logic would think Clemson was better.

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MajorC January 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Why try to figure it out? Why not boast that SC now has two damn good football teams.

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BigT January 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Because the state only has one “Good” FB Team..and it’s SC…

Clemson is average at best and got lucky vs an LSU quitter, that failed to show up in a pre-NYD bowl game…

Quit trying to Front…Idiot…

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Brakeman January 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

For big T… How did Auburn finish last year DA.

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James the Foot Soldier January 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

Got lucky?

Stating the obvious: only a mouth breathing moron would post that.

LSU offense in the 4th quarter = 1 yard.
LSU’s vaunted “SEC” defense in the 4th quarter: Running on Empty.

Fun game to watch – congrats Tigers!

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Jim Sweet January 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

We shown everybody how great a team were building. the coots barley beat a big 10 team that cant even score but we crushed a team that smacked the coots. shows who the best team is by far.

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Original Good Old Boy January 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

I’m still trying to figure all of this out. Excuse me for being a little slow, as I was not as fortunate enought to take Logic 101 at Clemson.

So the “better” team (not “best” you moron) actually lost, at home, to the lesser team? And for the 4th year in a row?

What a bunch of clowns some of you are.

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sweet jim January 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

dat don shown nobody noting. the best team by far is dem coots that keep beating my taters ass

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clemson logic January 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

only clemson logic can argue that by beating lsu, they are better than carolina (according to dablow the “real carolina” is NC anyway- yet he lives, works and gets paid in SC- wtf is up with that, btw?- a sentiment that clemson fans who are SC residents apparently co-sign), ESPECIALLY after losing HEAD to HEAD to carolina at home and against the 2nd string qb and 3rd and 4th strng rbs. LOL. also hilarious was seeing the sudden un-mothballing of all those clemson sweatshirts yesterday morning. i hadnt seen 10 people wearing them since carolina beat clemson this year, then all of a sudden EVERYWHERE clemson fans jump back on the bandwagon of their own team after being in hiding for over a month and a half. LOL! guess what, clemmers, you won a bowlgame against a team who felt insulted and disrespected to even have to play in that second rate game and then your half-retarded coach (and thats being kind) compared winning th chic-filA bowl to winning some kind of meainingful title or championship. LOL! face it: LSU had NOTHING TO PLAY FOR, dominated the entire game,then after their defense was on the field for 100 plays, lost the same way les miles always loses: BONEHEAD CLOCK MANAGEMENT.

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Danny Ford January 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Credit where credit is due! Taj is easily one of the best QB’s in college football.

Dabo is learning! Little too emotional for me at this point. Cant argue the coaching and preperation for this game was flawless. Tone down the NC talk Dabo.

Big T, you are a fucking idiot! Seriously son, you need some meds or just a good ass whooping! Keep in mind I put in Clemsons trophy case what you Carolina people will never have. Accept it and move on. A SEC championship is out of reach for USC, much less a NC.

Back to the tractor, got work to do!

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clemsux January 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

If Dabo thinks that win made Clemson a NC team, wouldn’t that make USC the frontrunners seeing as how they keep beating the crap out of Dabo?

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Danny Ford January 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

No. y’all always choke……….something to do with some chicken curse or something like that!

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Clemsux January 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

The chicken curse has been dead. You guys have the curse of the billboard to worry about. Remember Clemson hasnt won since that idiot put it up.

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BigT January 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

One game: and all I hear is how GREAT Cleson now thinks they are…

The LSU win is nothing more thn USC’s win over a No. 6 Ky team or the win over a No. 4 Ole miss team…

Better celebrate it: but I VERY SERIOUSLY it’s the Program Changer you despertetly need…

You’ll go right back to being an ACC team (mediocre at best) real quick like…

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When Boy!?! January 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

How many natty titles those teams won or played for lately??? None. Nope, those two teams and those rankings more closely resemble USuC teams when they are highly ranked…nice wins…no championships.

Oh well, did they give out 11 win rings too?

Big T, stick to bigotry, racism and idiotic political views and stay out of sports talk.

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Jim Sweet January 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Im laughing at you coots! can you here it kiddos from behind the wheel of my 2013 Ford super duty platnum? You coots are un real. all the media can talk about is my tigers and dabo and you cant even make the news! hahaha

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When Boy!?! January 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

LOL at coot fans discussing logic.

Enjoy your little four year run during the history of this rivalry. Its nice: I know the feeling well. Actually, probably not as I am pretty used to owning coots and most of you are used to being owned by Clemson. For you guys, I guess its like beating your daddy in H.O.R.S.E. or something I suppose.

BTW, is Spurrier going give out more 11 win non-championship rings this year??? …losers. Maybe give Clowney a “big hit” ring or something too.

Quit talking about your conference and win it. Oh wait a minute, UGA got an easier schedule…wheh wheh wheh!!!

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haha January 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

even if he did they would be worth more than your pop warner title you won again this year, oh wait you didnt win shit either. 1 title in 30 years in a joke confernce USC would have won at least 5 in that span if we were still in your shit conference. laughing at you loser taters that htink you are still good to try put down the fact you cant win ANYMORE. keep remembering those good old days when you were good an tried to act like now doesnt matter. your coach ranted about history and all you idiot taters listen and try to so that you can ignore the FACT that YOU AINT SHIT ANYOMORE!!!! all of us “coots” are laughing at you LOSER TATERS. win again before you come back here you litte piss ants. I guess it will be in 2020 sometime huh? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! rock in your rocking chair and remember the glory days becuase your nightmare is just beginning. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love laughing at you loser Taters!!

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