Topic: On This Date: 2011 (21)Clemson- 35 (11)Florida State- 30
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On This Date: 2011 (21)Clemson- 35 (11)Florida State- 30

Sep 24, 2021, 4:08 PM

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Clemson upends FSU behind Tajh Boyd's 3 TD passes

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 35-30 victory over No. 11 Florida State on Saturday.

Boyd threw for 344 yards for the Tigers, who reached 4-0 for the first time since 2007. The freshman Sammy Watkins had two of Boyd’s scoring passes for 24 and 62 yards as Clemson beat the Seminoles (2-2, 0-1) for the fifth straight time at Death Valley.

Watkins finished with eight catches for 141 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game.

Florida State played without starting quarterback E J Manuel, hurt in last week’s 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma. Their backup quarterback, Clint Trickett, kept the Seminoles in the game, though, with 336 yards and 3 touchdown passes.

His 9-yard touchdown throw to Kenny Shaw brought Florida State to 35-30 with 7 minutes 21 seconds to go. The Seminoles had one final chance, but Trickett was sacked by lineman Rennie Moore on fourth down and the Tigers ran out the clock.

When it was over, Tigers fans and players celebrated as if they had won a national title, swarming the field after beating Florida State the way they had a week earlier when they ended the 17-game win streak of Auburn, the defending Bowl Championship Series champion, at Death Valley.

The Seminoles were ranked fifth in the country two weeks ago and considered a national championship contender. Now they are not even tops in the A.C.C. Atlantic after their second straight defeat.

Clemson’s offense under the first-year coordinator Chad Morris posted 624 yards — the program’s third highest ever — in beating Auburn last week. But Auburn had been shaky on defense all season, while Florida State’s group gave No. 1 Oklahoma all it could handle before falling, 23-13.

But Clemson and Boyd went right back to work — with some help from Florida State. A pass-interference call on cornerback Xavier Rhodes kept the Tigers’ opening drive alive on third-and-7, and Watkins finished things off three plays later with a 24-yard touchdown grab.

It was Watkins’s fifth scoring catch and a set a Clemson mark for a freshman.

Florida State’s defense stuffed Andre Ellington on third-and-short to force a punt on Clemson’s second series, but a penalty on safety Lamarcus Joyner for running into punter Dawson Zimmerman gave the Tigers back the ball. Boyd found DeAndre Hopkins for a 50-yard strike to the Seminoles’ 2 as the Death Valley crowd chanted Hopkins’s nickname, Nuke.

Boyd scored from a yard out to put Clemson ahead, 14-3.

The Seminoles were called for pass interference again on Clemson’s final scoring drive of the first half, and Boyd made them pay once more on tight end Dwayne Allen’s 12-yard scoring run for a 21-10 lead.

Boyd’s decision to throw the ball while stumbling to the ground gave Florida State a touchdown when defensive end Bjoern Werner easily picked the pass off and returned it 25 yards to cut the deficit to 21-17.

Andre Ellington regained control for the Tigers when his 1-yard scoring run ended an 11-play drive with 3:03 remaining.

Florida State tightened up its defense in the second half, but it kept hurting itself with penalties. The Seminoles finished with 11 penalties for 124 yards.

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Re: On This Date: 2011 (21)Clemson- 35 (11)Florida State- 30

Sep 24, 2021, 5:30 PM

FSU with 11 penalties? Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

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