Clemson and Thursday night wasn’t a good mix. Heading into Thursday night’s game against Wake Forest the Tigers were 1-9 when the ESPN cameras are focused on Clemson on a Thursday night.In fact the last time Clemson played Wake Forest at BB&T field on a Thursday night the Deacs won 12-7 and Tommy Bowden was gone, Dabo Swinney began his head coaching career soon after.
With a 1-9 record on Thursday night it’s not surprising that it’s been three years since Clemson wanted some national exposure on a Thursday night.“Everybody has been reminding me all week that Clemson is 1-9 on Thursday night games.” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “So maybe we can start a new tradition now of winning those games."
Well the Tigers exorcised those Thursday night demons bombing Wake Forest 42-13 much to the pleasure of coach SwinneyHere are the highlights from Winston-Salem, NC (Thanks IPTAY Media)
There are many explosive offenses out there in college football and it seems most reside in the Big 12 Conference. Those teams would be hard pressed to match the weapons and the consistency of Clemson’s offense.Thursday night Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd set a school record for passing yards in a single game with 428 yards. Boyd threw for five touchdowns IN THE FIRST HALF! Also a Clemson record.
"Tajh was just lights out.” Swinney said.We couldn’t have said it better coach.
Sammy Watkins had his breakout game this season with a school record 202 yards receiving. Watkins broke DeAndre Hopkins’ record he set back on September 29th.Oh and theirs running back Andre Ellington too. Ellington is only the ACC’s second leading rusher and contributed with 61 yards.
Yes Clemson has an embarrassment of riches on offense. The mad scientist in charge of all this offensive coordinator Chad Morris who has a vast array of formations on his big cheat sheet and can’t stand still with all the Red Bull he consumes.Here’s Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and OL Dalton Freeman comments after the Wake Forest game. (Thanks WSPA-TV Greenville, SC)
Clemson has work to do to return to Charlotte and the ACC Championship Game. Florida State owns the tie break advantage over the Tigers. There is still NC State on the schedule and the Wolfpack control their destiny right now in the ACC Atlantic Division.This time a year ago Clemson was in a slump, it doesn’t appear history is going to repeat themselves in Tigertown.