You could just feel something special in the words of Clemson Tigers‘ Head Coach Dabo Swinney leading up to the first-ever ACC Football contest for the Syracuse Orange. Swinney was focused in his attention on what the Orange had done in the past at home and knew his players were ready to accept the challenge of playing in the “crazy” Carrier Dome.
And boy, was Clemson ever ready blasting the Orange, 49-14.
Senior Quarterback Tajh Boyd came out like a Heisman Trophy winner should as he marched the tigers up and down the field at will picking up almost 400-yards passing in the first half. For the game Boyd finished 20-27 for 455 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of picks. Sammy Watkins was his favorite target picking up 126 yards including a 91 yard catch for a touchdown. Adam Humphries caught three passes for two scores and 118 yards.
To sum it up, it was a perfect first half for Clemson. Boyd owned the field just as a special player should.
The second half was a completely different story for the Tigers, though. With nothing to lose, Syracuse dusted off the old trick play manual and used just about every one to attempt to get back in the game. But the 91-yard touchdown pass from Boyd to Watkins sealed the deal for Clemson.
There is no doubt the Tigers need to learn to close the deal in the third and not let a team gain any momentum, especially with the Boston College Eagles and the hot as a firecracker Florida State Seminoles coming into Death Valley over the next two weeks.
All in all, a great win for Clemson and a big-time Heisman performance from Boyd.