Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/3/12
DURHAM, NC -- Even with the miscues, Tajh Boyd is on the prowl. The Clemson quarterback set a personal record by throwing three interceptions Saturday night at Duke, but he still put on such an amazing performance in Clemson's 56-20 rout of the Blue Devils that he's arm-and-arm with Giovani Bernard in the hunt for the ACC's Player of the Year honor. On Saturday, Boyd did it with his arm, throwing five touchdown passes and for 314 yards before halftime. He finished with those five scores 344 yards. A week earlier, in a road rampage of Wake Forest, Boyd hooked up with Tigers' wide receivers for five scoring passes in the first half as well. Prior to that contest, his career-high for an entire game was four scoring tosses. "I just can't seem to get that sixth one," Boyd joked. "You just have to go out there and have fun. It's been fun to me lately. Guys have been coming out, everybody's touching the ball. I just love to see it. It's just so fun playing with these guys and being able to put points up like that." As Bernard is raising his profile at North Carolina entering the season's stretch run, Boyd is right there with him. Last week may have been the most dramatic of the season pitting the stars and their numbers. Boyd passed for a school-record 428 yards in that Thursday victory at Wake, and two days later Bernard ran for 135 yards, caught eight passes for 95 yards and returned a punt 74 yards for a game-winning touchdown. With UNC off this weekend, however, Boyd used his opportunity to surge ahead, even if ever so slightly. But don't ask him about the honor or one-upping the Tar Heels' sophomore. It's nowhere near Boyd's radar. "I guess it's arguable," Boyd said when asked if he's playing the best football of his career. "I feel like I've still got so much more to improve and so much more to learn, and you just have to take it from there. I'm very proud with the way coach (Dabo Swinney) trusts me with this offense." Against the Blue Devils, Boyd connected with DeAndre Hopkins for three first-quarter scores of 5, 58 and 45 yards. He also found Sammy Watkins for a 30-yard touchdown before the opening period expired. It was the second consecutive contest in which Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) had a 28-point quarter in a conference road game. The junior signal caller from Hampton, VA, hooked up with Martavis Bryant for 41 yards in the second quarter and ran one in from 21 yards out to complete Clemson's 42-point first half. Boyd didn't finish the third quarter because the game was out of reach. ACC honors aren't, though, and the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is making a strong case for everything a quarterback can win, and his team is surging toward a possible BCS bowl even if they don't win the ACC championship. "One of the things we stressed in practice is we knew we could get matchups in that nature," Boyd said regarding the Tigers' preparation for the Blue Devils. "But 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." Saturday marked the fifth time this season Boyd passed the 300-yard mark through the air, including four times in Clemson's last five contests. He's also thrown 16 touchdown passes in that span and run for five more. In fact, it's Boyd's ability to escape pressure and turn up field that has added another dimension to his game. Dropping 15 pounds in the offseason, as he did, will do that. Boyd enters the final quarter of the season with 2,850 yards and 25 touchdown passes. The 10 interceptions, though, are a figure that could haunt him. But as the No. 10 Tigers keep climbing the rankings coupled with UNC's three defeats and probation, maybe it won't matter in the end. As of now, give Boyd the edge.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message


Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

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

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker