CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd’s play again gave No. 8 Clemson reason to celebrate. A hard hit to Boyd’s hip left the Tigers wondering how many more of those celebrations they’ll be having.
Boyd passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the Tigers continued their best start in 11 years with a 36-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
But Boyd had to leave the field in the third quarter with his injury, the severity of which remains unknown – along with Boyd’s status for next week at Maryland.
“It’s a complete waste of time to speculate,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
Although Swinney acknowledged things might not be as bad as they looked to the crowd of 78,000 who held their breath as Boyd lay on the ground. X-rays taken on Boyd showed no broken bones. An MRI confirmed that diagnosis.
Swinney said Boyd was walking around the locker room much better than when he initially left the field.
“We’re praying for positive news there,” Swinney said.
As is everyone who roots for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Boyd’s been a revelation as a first-year starter, strong and poised with a knack for making the right decisions. He’s thrown 15 touchdown passes, including a 3-yarder to Jaron Brown on Saturday, to just two interceptions.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be too serious,” Clemson tailback Andre Ellington.
Chandler Catanzaro added five field goals while Ellington rushed for 117 yards and a 36-yard TD in the fourth quarter that sealed things for the Tigers.
If Boyd can’t go, Cole Stoudt – son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt – would get the start against the Terps.
Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris will keep the gas pedal pressed on his fast-paced offense with Stoudt in there. “Cole’s fine. Cole’s going to be a great quarterback here,” Morris said. “We’ve got to make sure that we continue to push him.”
Stoudt had a few poor throws, but ended a respectable 6 of 10 for 37 yards. He led the Tigers to a field goal and Ellington’s TD when Boston College (1-5, 0-3) cut the lead to 26-14.
“I know in practice, the team’s going to help me get better,” Stoudt said. “I’m going to build off them.”
The Eagles played without ACC preseason player of the year Montel Harris, who aggravated a knee injury in last week’s loss to Wake Forest.
Boyd, a sophomore, had thrown for 200 yards or more each game this year and was on his way to a third 300-yard performance when, with Clemson ahead 23-7, he was hit by Boston College defensive end Max Holloway.