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Clemson QB has 'fun' in rout of Wake Forest

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris had two words of advice for Tajh Boyd: "Have fun."

He got the message.

Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one in a 56-7 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Boyd accounted for five touchdowns in the season-opening victory against Georgia. He accounted for one while playing less than a half against I-AA South Carolina State then struggled in Clemson's previous game, a 26-14 win at N.C. State.

Morris thought Boyd was putting too much pressure on himself.

"The biggest thing for me is just to go out and enjoy (playing football)," said the senior, who had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Sammy Watkins, 75 yards to D.J. Howard and 14 yards to Mike Williams as Clemson built a 35-7 halftime lead. "I've pretty much accomplished everything you can accomplish in a college career minus a couple of things. But now I've got to enjoy this last go-round with my guys."

Boyd's four touchdowns Saturday gave him 102, joining former N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers as the only ACC players to account for 100.

"It was a fun game," he said. "I got a lot of chances to smile out there."

Pitt 14, Virginia 3: The host Panthers allowed only 188 yards of offense a week after 532 in a 58-55 win over Duke. "The defense was tired of everyone saying the defense ain't that, the offense is the only reason why Pitt is Pitt," said Tyler Boyd, who caught seven passes for 111 yards "They … did something about it." Midway through the first quarter, Virginia's Dominique Terrell touched a rolling punt, and Pitt recovered at the Virginia 19. Four plays later, James Conner ran for a 6-yard score. The Cavaliers fumbled a snap on the ensuing series. Two plays later, Tom Savage hit Devin Street for a 15-yard score. Savage was sacked seven times and left in the third with concussion-like symptoms soon after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit while scrambling. He has two weeks to recover as Pitt is off next week.

E. Carolina 55, N. Carolina 31: Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and ran for three 1-yard touchdowns for the visiting Pirates. In East Carolina's previous game, a 15-10 loss at Virginia Tech, Carden threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times. Saturday, he hit Justin Hardy for a 6-yard touchdown on the game's first series, Lance Ray for a 7-yard touchdown on East Carolina's third series and ran for a touchdown to make it 21-3 4:55 into the second quarter. By halftime, it was 35-10. Said Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora: "It was hard for me to find something positive."

N.C. State 48, Central Mich. 14: Shadrach Thornton ran for a 29-yard score during the host Wolfpack's 28-point second quarter. Thornton was suspended for the opener for an offseason arrest, wasn't on the two-deep depth chart issued last week by coach Dave Doeren and entered Saturday with only one carry. "When you get your spot back, it means a lot more to you and you take nothing for granted," said Thornton, the team's leading rusher last season. "You run every down as if it's your last because you never know."

Duke 38, Troy 31: Brandon Connette threw for three touchdowns and ran for two for the host Blue Devils. Down 35-31, Chandler Worthy's 56-yard touchdown catch for the Trojans midway through the fourth was negated by a holding penalty. Duke forced a punt then ran out all but the final 31 seconds on a drive capped by Ross Martin's 34-yard field goal. "There's a lot of great things going on with this … program," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "This team is 3-2 the hard way."

Clemson QB has 'fun' in rout of Wake Forest 09/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:17pm]
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