Morris prods Boyd to big finish

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COLLEGE PARK, MD – Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris knew the Tigers were in a world of hurt.

The Tigers were down 28-10 at Maryland, his quarterback wasn’t playing well, and he knew the offense needed a spark, so he went to the leader of his offense and threw down an ultimatum.

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was just 5-for-11 at that point, including a crucial interception that was returned for a touchdown, when Morris approached the redshirt sophomore on the sideline.

“Do I need to get [backup quarterback] Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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ready?” Morris asked Boyd. “Because if I do, then I need to tell him to start warming up. So tell me, do I need to get him ready?”

Boyd said no.

“No coach,” he said. “I got this.”

Boyd responded by hitting 21 of his last 27 passes with four touchdowns, and hit 11 of the final 12 on the way to finishing 26-for-38 for 270 yards and four touchdowns, the spark the Clemson offense needed.

“I don’t pull any punches,” Morris said of the encounter. “Of course, I was being somewhat sarcastic. But I told him that if we were going to win this game, then he had to make a play. I don’t know what was wrong with him early in the game. That was a Tajh we haven’t seen before. But he responded, which is what you want to see out of your quarterback.”

Boyd said it was simply a case of finding out what you’re made of.

“I came out a little sluggish,” he said. “I can't really explain it at all. It’s kind of one of those things where you have to dig down internally and find out what you’re really made of. I’m glad the guys stuck beside me. This is a big win. This is definitely what we needed as a program and as a team. We have to just keep working from here. I definitely feel like we put ourselves in a hole early with the turnovers, but the guys came back and persevered and that’s what we really needed.”

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