After four consecutive weeks of too much confidence, interceptions, happy feet and not enough confidence, Boyd looked like his old self.
Or at least the guy who led Clemson to an 8-0 start.
"He was great. He was confident, just believed in the line, believed in us," said Sammy Watkins, who caught one of Boyd's three touchdown passes in the 38-10 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday night.
"He sat in the pocket and looked like a champion tonight. He just played great."
On the Tigers' second drive at Bank of America Stadium, Boyd hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 24-yard touchdown pass. The first-year starting quarterback went on to complete 20 of 29 passes for 240 yards. He also rushed for 28 yards with a score.
That strike to Allen was the spark Dabo Swinney had been talking about for the last couple of weeks.
"We needed some early momentum, we needed a spark," Swinney said. "Tajh hit Dwayne Allen early, and that's the spark we needed."
Boyd surpassed Charlie Whitehurst's single-season passing yard record of 3,561 and Woody Dantzler's total yard mark of 3,661.
This season, Boyd has thrown for 3,578 yards and gained a total of 3,764.
He also led Clemson to the school's first conference title since 1991.
"It's just a pleasure working with the guys," Boyd said. "This off season, this summer, we were running gassers at 5:45 in the morning, and every gasser we're counting down, first game, second game, championships, it went in order like that."
For him, the bounce back from a rough patch could be that much sweeter.
"Somewhere you've just got to find out and dig deep into yourself. Obviously you do get a sense of complacency, and if you let it, if you let the outside world influence how you carry yourself and how you act. I mean, that's just one of the life lessons learned," Boyd said. "I feel like that's one of the things that happened, and it happened for a reason, to let you know that all you can really do is believe in yourself and your family, which is my teammates.
"I mean, I'm just proud to be here."
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