Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got away with the drop-offs against South Carolina State and North Carolina State in its past two games.
Boyd hopes to crank things back up Saturday when Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1) comes to Memorial Stadium.
Boyd, a senior, spent the off-season as one of the most hyped players in college football based on his record-setting seasons and his decision to pass on the possibility of significant NFL money for a final year with the Tigers. And while Boyd accounted for five touchdowns in a 38-35 season-opening victory over then fifth-ranked Georgia, he’s looked off-target and out of synch at times in Clemson’s past two outings.
Boyd rallied Clemson past the Wolfpack in the second half, connecting on 9 of 11 passes for 100 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 15 yards to Martavis Bryant, but he knows he can play at a higher level, and that the offense can – and should – do better.
“In this offense and the position I’m in, rhythm is everything. I think we got that in the second half. I think that it will continue with this stretch that we have,” he said.
Boyd has not had much trouble with Wake Forest’s defense the past two seasons, throwing for 771 yards and seven touchdowns in Clemson’s two victories. He needed only about a half to put away the Demon Deacons a year ago, connecting for a school record 428 yards passing and tying another with five TD throws in a 42-13 win.
Wake Forest appeared to be in full free fall after losing games to Boston College and Louisiana-Monroe earlier this month. But the team rebounded and got a much needed victory at Army just last week. Still, Demon Deacons head coach Jim Grobe says facing Boyd is an entirely different challenge for his growing defense because of the senior’s dual-threat ability.
“You can talk about it all you want to, but it’s really unusual to find a guy that throws it like he does and runs it effectively like he does,” Grobe said.