Clemson 49, Syracuse 14

Date - Saturday, October 5, 2013 3:30 PM
Location - Carrier Dome
Attendance - 48961

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Clemson 21 14 7 7 49
Syracuse 0 7 7 0 14

Recap


No. 4 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14: Tajh Boyd completed 20-of-27 passes for a career-high 455 yards and five touchdowns as the visiting Tigers spoiled the first-ever ACC game for the Orange.

Adam Humphries registered two touchdown receptions and Sammy Watkins caught a 91-yard scoring strike for Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC). Boyd, who tied his single-game best for touchdown passes, recorded 300 yards passing for the 13th time to tie Florida State’s Chris Weinke for second in ACC history behind North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers (18).

Jerome Smith rushed for a season-high 125 yards and a touchdown for Syracuse (2-3, 0-1), which saw its six-game home winning streak end. Terrel Hunt completed 8-of-24 passes and was picked off three times while the Orange handed Boyd his first two interceptions of the season.

Humphries caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Boyd on the third play from scrimmage and the duo connected again for 42 and a score with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Smith broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 21-7, but Boyd had 363 yards through the air in the opening half.

Boyd responded by finding Stanton Seckinger for a 17-yard touchdown and added a 40-yard scoring strike to Martavis Bryant for a 35-7 halftime lead. Leading 35-14, Clemson’s defense halted two potential scoring drives by the Orange before Watkins ran under Boyd’s perfectly lofted pass down the left sideline for the 91-yard touchdown.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Boyd moved into second place all time in the ACC for total offense with 10,421 yards -- passing Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech (10,065) and Thaddeus Lewis from Duke (9,987). Rivers leads the way with 13,582 yards. … Riley Dixon’s 75-yard punt in the first quarter was the longest in Syracuse history, breaking the previous record of 73 set by Sean Reali (1995) and Rob Long (2007). … Clemson made its first appearance in the state of New York since 1952 when it played Fordham and extended its streak of double-digit victories over unranked teams to 13 games.
 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 14:22
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 0 - Clemson 7
1st Quarter - 4:07
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 0 - Clemson 14
1st Quarter - 0:15
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 0 - Clemson 21
2nd Quarter - 14:51
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 7 - Clemson 21
2nd Quarter - 9:49
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 7 - Clemson 28
2nd Quarter - 7:37
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 7 - Clemson 35
3rd Quarter - 12:31
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 14 - Clemson 35
3rd Quarter - 0:40
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 14 - Clemson 42
4th Quarter - 3:56
Clemson   TD  Syracuse 14 - Clemson 49
TEAMS

Team Records

  Clemson Syracuse
W/L 5 - 0 - 0 2 - 3 - 0
Conference 3 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Clemson Syracuse
Score 49 14
First Downs 27 13
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-12
33%
4-for-20
20%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
2-for-4
50%
Total Yards 626 397
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 43-158 48-323
Average/Rush 3.7 6.7
Passing
Comp-Att 24-33 12-29
Passing Yards 468 74
Average/Pass Play 12.6 2.2
Penalties-Yards 3-30 8-60
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 4
Time of Possession 28:52 31:08

PLAYER STATS

Clemson (5 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Boyd 20/27 455 5 2
C. Stoudt 3/5 7 0 0
C. Kelly 1/1 6 0 0
Syracuse (2 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Hunt 8/24 52 0 3
D. Allen 3/4 17 0 1
A. Broyld 1/1 5 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Brooks 9 46 5.1 1
R. McDowell 13 41 3.2 0
C. Davidson 8 41 5.1 1
C. Kelly 2 28 14.0 0
G. Hopper 1 5 5.0 0
D. Howard 2 2 1.0 0
T. Boyd 8 -5 -0.6 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Smith 18 125 6.9 1
D. McFarlane 3 95 31.7 0
T. Hunt 13 57 4.4 0
P. Gulley 9 44 4.9 1
G. Morris II 4 7 1.8 0
B. Estime 1 -5 -5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Watkins 4 126 31.5 1
A. Humphries 3 118 39.3 2
M. Bryant 3 79 26.3 1
S. Seckinger 3 48 16.0 1
M. Williams 2 35 17.5 0
Z. Brooks 1 24 24.0 0
S. Cooper 1 13 13.0 0
R. McDowell 2 11 5.5 0
G. Hopper 4 8 2.0 0
D. Rodriguez 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Broyld 5 64 12.8 0
B. Estime 1 6 6.0 0
G. Morris II 1 6 6.0 0
J. Parris 1 5 5.0 0
T. Hunt 1 5 5.0 0
P. Gulley 3 -12 -4.0 0