The beginning of his second-career road start didn't reflect that of a budding Heisman hopeful.
Through the first quarter of the 56-45 win over Maryland, Boyd went 2 for 6 with 18 yards and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown. Two of the other five incompletions should have been intercepted.
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris hadn't seen Boyd that down on his luck.
"It was the first time, really this year, that I saw him kind of out of his element and a little bit frustrated, especially after the pick-6," Morris said.
Boyd rebounded with style, finishing 26 of 38 for 270 yards with four touchdowns.
"A situation like that, that's how you find out what kind of player you. You determine who you really are as a person, and character-wise," Boyd said. "I got a lot of support from the players, a lot of support from the coaches.
"Times like that, you've just got to dig down and find out what you're truly capable of."
Not only did he put together another attractive stat line, Boyd also led Clemson back from an 18-point deficit, to remain undefeated in 2011.
"Hopefully that gives us confidence as a team to know, no matter what type of situation we're in, the offense is never going to let us hang out there to dry," Boyd said. "A lot of that was on us. The pick by me, the punt fumble... just little stuff, kind of like gifts almost. Fortunately, we were able to turn that around."
Boyd's played a big part in reversing the fortunes in 2011.
At 7-0 [4-0 ACC] Clemson has already surpassed last season's win total. On Sunday, the Tigers debuted as the No. 7 team in the unveiling of the BCS rankings.
The redshirt sophomore from Hampton, Va. has completed 145 of 232 passes for 2,012 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions through seven games.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is 129 of 181 passing for 1,719 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Wisconsin's Russell Wilson has completed 95 of 128 passes for 1,557 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception.
Robert Griffin III, of Baylor, has completed 142 of 182 throws for 1,950 yards with 22 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has connected on 151 of 199 passes for 1,729 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Unlike Boyd, all four have played in six games.
For him, the bigger picture is more important.
"The rankings don't really mean anything until the end of the season, later on when it's time for bowls to come out," he said. "Right now, we're seven weeks into the season and still have a lot of football left to be played."
And there's plenty of time left for Boyd to fill out his Heisman resume.
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