Not a whole lot to say about a game that was hardly more than a glorified scrimmage and a tuneup before Sakerlina. Clemson punted on the first drive and took care of business thereafter on Senior Day. We reached 10 wins for the 3rd straight season, which is one of STS' stated goals for every year, only one of our goals remains achievable next week.
Tajh Boyd had another great game on his last day in Death Valley (21/28, 288yds 5TDs), and thankfully they didn't call many run plays for him. I thought it was entertaining how the crowd gasped and groaned after each of his scrambles. I probably would've pulled him on the 2nd drive of the 3rd quarter, but Dabo called the TO (thankfully it wasnt on a punt) and the crowd gave Tajh the ovation he deserved. At this point all I care about is him being mentally prepared for SC. If he doesn't defeat them, it marks his legacy here forever.
Clemson's running game did alright. While we didn't blow them away completely, there were some holes for Hot Rod to get his 100 yards in his last home game. I wanted us to work on this more than we did, especially knowing that it would be a blowout today. JJ McCullough did look good as a bulldozer back in his limited time; recall that he played just about everywhere in HS.
Sammy Watkins broke Nuk Hopkins' receiving record with his first catch today and will leave as Clemson's greatest WR ever. We may never see another with hands that snatch the ball out of the air like his. Martavis Bryant made a few key grabs as well in what could be his last game, though we believe he should stay.
Clemson's defense looked uninspired for much of the first quarter but completely shut the option down again until the last couple drives of the game. At the time it appeared that the DL was taking it on the chin with the load option but Venables jumped down their throats and it was fixed. I'm very happy with the way they played.
Unfortunately we did have some injuries to Christian (ankle, should be alright) and a possibly serious one to Travis Blanks (right knee). Zac Brooks appeared to re-injure his wrist on the fumble (which was not a fumble). No word has been released yet on Blanks.