Clemson's passing game racking up yardage, TDs

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 04, 2012
(Eds: Adds quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer Tajh Boyd is flirting with school records, DeAndre Hopkins keeps hauling in touchdowns and Sammy Watkins is emerging from a slow start. Clemson's passing attack looks as though it's still improving entering the final month of the regular season. The 10thth-ranked Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had 718 yards - 379 through the air - during their 56-20 win at Duke on Saturday night. Boyd passed for five touchdowns to match the program record for the second straight game, while Hopkins had three TD catches to set a school record for most career touchdown catches. That performance against Duke - Clemson had 28 points in the first quarter and 42 by halftime - was one reason Boyd sounded so pleased after the Tigers' fifth straight win. ''I feel like we're starting to peak,'' Boyd said. ''We still haven't hit it yet but it's coming along and I'm very encouraged about this game.'' Boyd completed 16 of 23 passes for 344 yards, though he did most of that damage by halftime. After throwing for a Clemson-record 428 yards last week, Boyd has thrown for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns in the past two games. He now has an ACC-best 25 TD passes. Hopkins reached 1,000 yards receiving on the season and had all three of his touchdown catches in the opening quarter, pushing him to 13 for the season. He had scoring catches of 5, 58 and 45 yards. ''Me and Tajh have great chemistry,'' Hopkins said. ''We kind of know where each other's going to be and when the ball's going to be there. It comes with practice. Practice makes perfect and it's true because we practice those things a lot and those situations. We just came out here and made it look easy because we've been practicing over time and the chemistry we have.'' Watkins, a freshman all-American last season, had missed three games because of suspension and illness. He had his first touchdown catch last week at Wake Forest to go with a program-record 202 yards receiving, then had a 30-yard TD catch from Boyd in the final minute of the first quarter against the Blue Devils. Hopkins had four catches for 128 yards, while Watkins had six catches for 97 yards. ''We had a lot of 1-on-1 matchups,'' Boyd said. ''It's one of the things that was stressed this week in practice. We knew we'd get matchups of that nature. ... We had to win those matchups. It was a challenge for the receivers, it was a challenge for the linemen it was a challenge for me to put the ball on them. I feel like we did that pretty fluently early on. I'm just proud of the way the guys responded.''
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon


McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker