Boyd looks ahead to Auburn

CLEMSON - Tajh Boyd wanted to carry his second half performance against Troy into Saturday's game against Wofford.

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By all accounts after the 35-27 win over the Terriers, he did just that.

"I just wanted to manage the offense a little bit more, take it from there," Boyd said. "That's one of the biggest things, especially for a younger quarterback."

The redshirt sophomore completed 18 of 29 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 31 yards and a score.

The most important number, according to Boyd and offensive coordinator Chad Morris?

The goose egg.

No turnovers.

Zero.

"That's a positive right there," Morris said. "Tajh did a good job, I thought, in that regard."

Boyd thought that was the most crucial part of his afternoon.

"I felt as long as we didn't turn the ball over, we'd be good. A turnover today could have been costly. In every game, it's critical," he said.

To Andre Ellington, Boyd showed signs of maturity.

"I saw Tajh grow up. He actually realized that his legs are a part of his game," Ellington said. "He actually used his legs on a couple of plays, got us a first-down a couple of times and a touchdown. He's going to have to grow up in that area some more and understand it's not going to be there all the time in the air."

Head coach Dabo Swinney also got what he expected from Boyd.

"We expect him to go be the leader and execute what we call. He did a great job," Swinney said. "Procedurally, with his reads, his decision making, making plays when there wasn't really anything there. That's what he's done all spring, all fall camp.

"Last week was just a tough start for him. I think it was more of the moment. I think he's kind of settled down."

Up next for Boyd and the Tigers is a date with the defending national champions -- Clemson's first home game against the previous year's national title holder since 1991.

"I'm definitely excited about that. You can feel the energy," he said. "It wasn't to the point where we were looking past Wofford at all. I know people can speculate and say that...Auburn's going to come in with a chip on their shoulder. We've just got come in ready to play. It's definitely a great opportunity for us, this program, this team."

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