Oct. 8, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for another before leaving No. 8 Clemson's 36-14 victory Saturday over Boston College with a hip injury that raised concerns about how long the Tigers could stay undefeated without him.
The severity of Boyd's injury wasn't immediately known. He came in leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense and has been the catalyst for the Tigers' first 6-0 start in 11 years.
Clemson (3-0 ACC) got five field goals from Chandler Catanzaro and 117 yards and a touchdown from tailback Andre Ellington to put away Boston College (1-5, 0-3).
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. Boyd tried to get up but rolled back to the ground as coaches, teammates and trainers surrounded him. Death Valley, 78,000 strong for homecoming, was silent as Boyd remained on the ground.
He was finally carried off the field, his left leg held above the turf. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and Clemson announced he had a hip injury.
Boston College tried to catch Clemson groggy after Boyd's departure, Chase Rettig's 24-yard pass to Bobby Swigert cutting the lead to 26-14. The Tigers, though, found their footing and fast-paced attack under freshman backup Cole Stoudt, the son of longtime NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt. Catanzaro added a 47-yard field goal and Ellington broke out for a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 to seal the victory.
The Eagles have had their successes at Death Valley -- they've won two of the three times they've played here since joining the ACC in 2005 -- but were without injured star Harris and his backup, Andre Williams
Harris had rushed for over 100 yards a week ago against Wake Forest, but re-aggravated a knee injury that kept him out of all but two games this season. Williams didn't play because of an ankle injury.
When Boston College finally scored on Rolandan Finch's 20-yard touchdown run with 1:55 to go, Clemson followed with a 65-yard drive that concluded with Catanzaro's 18-yard field goal for a 23-7 halftime lead.