Abusing the record books

Chad Morris

DURHAM, N.C. - Chad Morris' hurry-up, no-huddle offense continues its assault on the Clemson record books.

In Clemson's 56-20 win over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins set several notable school records.

Boyd, who's responsible for 73 touchdowns during his Clemson career, broke the school's career record for touchdown responsibility on the 58-yard first quarter touchdown pass to Hopkins.

That scoring grab was one of three by Hopkins, who is now the proud owner of the school's career record [22] and single season record for touchdown catches.

The entire offense faired rather well. The Tigers finished with 720 yards of total offense, 37 yards short of the single-game record.

"I'm just excited about the way we executed, the way that Tajh played and the way the receivers played," Morris said. "We knew they were going to press us up and take some chances, and we were going to have to protect him, to be able to hit on some of our shots. We were able to do that."

Hopkins finished the night with four catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns (5, 58, 45). All three touchdowns were in the first quarter.

"Tajh and I have great chemistry. We've been together since my freshman year and we kind of know where each other is going to be, when the ball's going to be there," Hopkins said. "It's just timing. It comes with practice. Practice makes perfect, because we practice those things a lot in those situations.

"We just came out here and made it look easy just because we've been practicing all the time, and the chemistry we have."

Boyd completed 16 of 23 passes for 344 yards with five touchdowns and 72 yards rushing with a score.

"We want to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country…we're trying to [get] to the point where we're consistent performers, consistent -- get to this 80-plus plays a game, a certain amount of yardage game," Boyd said. "We have the players to do it. We know how to do it. It's just all about executing the game plan. I really don't feel like there's been any point this season where we've been just completely shut down.

"If it's anybody, we're our worst enemy sometimes."

That showed on Saturday night.

Boyd threw three interceptions and Hopkins lost one fumble. Fortunately, for the Tigers, those turnovers didn't come back to haunt them.

"But I'm going to tell you what," Dabo Swinney said, "The credit goes to that offensive line. They were outstanding. They came to play. They protected our quarterback and just really gave us an opportunity to be successful and have balance, and the balance was critical."

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