QUOTEBOARD: Tigers roar to 8-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The drive was a thing of beauty, even though it didn't have a thing to do with the outcome of Clemson's win at Virginia on Saturday.

Already up 28-7 with 55 seconds left, the Tigers' final possession of the first half started on their own 14-yardline. Tajh Boyd was perfect on the 8-play, 86-yard drive that lasted a mere 42 seconds.

Boyd threw six passes. He completed all of them to five different receivers.

The drive was capped with a 1-yard scoring run by the senior quarterback, who was playing in his home state for just the second time during his Clemson career.

There was no special message or words of encouragement from Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris to Boyd before the drive. It was just business as usual.

"It was just, let's go get it done. Operate the system, drive the car, etc., etc. Any lingo you want to put in there," Boyd said. "But, again, it's just me managing our offense and going out there and operating.

"I've got the guys to do it. The line gave me some time. We just went out there and did our jobs."

Swinney said he's the reason the drive won't go down as a perfect one.

"About the only thing bad on that drive, I should have clocked the ball right there at the end. I got talked out of that," Swinney said. "I would have had two timeouts with about 14 or 15 seconds left. You would have had two good runs.

"That was about the only thing in that drive. That was really, really good execution. We work on that every week."

To Morris, it was a thing of beauty, all of it.

"It just shows you what we're capable of doing when we're operating at that level," he said. "We're clicking -- boom, boom, boom -- clicking as a play-caller, clicking throwing the ball, catching the ball, stepping out of bounds. The guys were protecting.

"It doesn't get much better than that. We're going to look back on that drive and go, ‘Wow.'"

The all-time TD leader in the ACC

"Just a tremendous performance by that young man, I [Boyd] played very disciplined, within the system tonight. So, hopefully, that's something that he can continue to do down the stretch as we wrap this thing up." - Swinney

"To come back out, to come to his home state and play at the level he played at today, I'm proud. Everybody is proud. What he's done for this university is far more than one game. Tajh Boyd, with what he's done, he's set a standard here for quarterback, both on the field and off." - Morris

"It's sweet. I'm a pretty modest guy. I don't look into it too much. Anytime you're at the top of the chart that anybody is chasing at, it's pretty sweet. I was excited about that." - Boyd

More good play from the D

"We really played a ton of guys tonight. Just pleased with the cleanliness and overall play from everybody. We put good pressure. They were bound and determined, offensively, not to get sacks. They played a bottled up passing game, a lot of three-step and seven-man protection. For the most part, we had good coverage and 11 to the ball. I just liked seeing a bunch of young guys out there playing and playing well." - Brent Venables

"It was big, because we had a run of three 3-and-outs, offensively, where we kind of played field position back and forth there, but our defense just kept getting stops." - Swinney

"When you start substituting, there are other issues. You're really coaching to the very end, believe it or not. So, it was very pleasing to play a complete, 60-minute game." - Venables

"If you're going to get in the game, you've got to play to a standard. That's not always going to be the case, but the expectation is." - Venables

"Our defense responded tremendously all night long, creating the turnovers and the 3-and-outs, we had a bunch of 3-and-outs in this game. Guys just continued to play all the way until the end of the game with great energy." - Swinney

Hot Rod keeps on rolling

"The guy just keeps working. It's good for him to get involved in the passing game, and me being more comfortable with him, especially towards late in the season. We're just getting to establish our running game to a great level." - Boyd

"Right now, it's been really good. Trying to hit this last stretch, he's just been doing a good job, protection, running the ball, catching the ball, and confidence growth. He's been one of these guys who we've been expecting some things from. He finally has his time and he's taking advantage of it. It's good for him." - Boyd

A little something from Chad Kelly

"I thought Chad Kelly did a great job tonight. We were moving the football. We were scoring, got the touchdown run." - Morris

More from Morris

"I'm happy with the win. It's great to see us play better and improve over two weeks. This is the first-time we've seen this now. It's been here and there. The consistency, that's the one thing I've stressed over that three-week span there. I just didn't think we were consistent. Over the last two weeks, you've started to see that."

"Just take what they give you and go execute, and execute it how we know we're able to execute. And how about having that killer instinct? That mentality -- look, it doesn't matter -- who, what, where, when and why, let's go execute and let's do what we do."

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