Hungry for a championship

CLEMSON - On Saturday, two weeks will have passed since Tajh Boyd lost the first-game of his career as Clemson's starting quarterback.

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The high-powered Clemson offense was kept in check at Georgia Tech -- the last time the Tigers stepped onto the playing field.

According to Boyd, it wasn't necessarily the Yellow Jacket defense that was responsible for the lowest scoring output under first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

"Honestly, I really do feel like, last game, we stalled ourselves," Boyd said. "Every drive we had an opportunity to do things. A lot of times we turned it over or made little, minor mistakes. The only thing that really stops us is us.

"It's kind of cliché, but we really just have to execute what we do as a team, and I think things will be fine."

The 2011 season has been a productive one for Boyd, who's nine games into his career as the starting quarterback for Clemson.

With three more touchdown passes, Boyd will break the school's single-season record of 27, which Cullen Harper set in 2007.

Three more touchdowns for Boyd, rushing or passing, would break the school mark for touchdown responsibility for a season, a record Woody Dantzler set in 2001.

More lines in the record books would be nice for Boyd, but he's more concerned about beating ACC Atlantic foe Wake Forest.

"They're very fundamentally sound, very physical, quick," he said. "They're going to bring all they have. This is the division game. The winner of this goes to the ACC Championship game. This is a big game for them as well.

"Nobody expected them to do what they've done this season -- the same as people thought about us. It's definitely going to be a battle."

Nationally, Wake Forest is 51st in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 124.24. The Demon Deacons have also held opponents to 27.89 points per game, which is 71st in the country.

Boyd wouldn't down play just how critical he is to the success of the Clemson offense.

"You can prepare, but when you go out there on that field, you have to execute and perform. This level is based upon performance," he said. "I really feel like we've got the guys to do it. I'm going to have to come out there ready to execute, play my best game. I'm looking forward to it."

He's not the only one.

The 80,000-plus fans that will fill Death Valley on Saturday have marinated on the first loss of the season long enough. They're ready to see Clemson clinch a second ACC Atlantic title in three seasons.

And they're ready to see Boyd lead their Tigers back to the ACC Championship. Top Stories