Boyd learns from costly mistake

CLEMSON - Tajh Boyd talks about his fumble and how he's learned not to make the same mistake again.

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Tajh Boyd has been nearly perfect through the first four games of the 2011 season - and the stats support that notion.

For the year, he's completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clemson is also off to a perfect 4-0 start.

But one play Saturday almost proved to be too costly to overcome.

Early in the third quarter, with Clemson leading 21-10, Boyd stumbled, tossed the ball nearly straight into the air while trying to throw it away, and directly into the hands of Florida State defensive end Bjourn Werner.

25 yards later, Werner pranced into the end zone and the Seminoles seized momentum.

It was just his second turnover of the year, but it was one Boyd says he'll learn a lot from.

"Honestly I didn't even know. I'm clumsy as it is. I should have thrown it away," he said. "I didn't really see it when I threw the ball but I heard the crowd's reaction and I thought to myself, 'it can't be good.' But we came back and we responded."

Clemson's redshirt sophomore quarterback rebounded later on, calmly delivering a 62 yard scoring strike to Sammy Watkins, while helping lead the Tigers to a 35-30 win. But the interception was still on his mind afterwards.

"I was definitely trying to throw the ball away. It's kind of one of those things. A blooper. ESPN's not top 10 - something like that. But I'm definitely going to learn from it," he said.


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