There’s not a lot to add to the numbers below. In this case they pretty much speak for themselves. Tajh Boyd kept drives alive with his legs on third downs in 2012. 67% of the time Boyd either gained a first down or scored a touchdown, a rate nearly twice that of the 2011 season.
With 7:07 left in the third quarter in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl Clemson took over on it’s own 23 trailing 24-16. Two plays netted 9 yards and the Tigers faced a third and 1 at their own 32.
Boyd gained three yards on that third down and the Tigers went on to score, pulling within 2 points.
We all know what happened after that.
I’ve included each of Boyd’s 3rd down runs for the 2012 season below. Because of the size you’ll have to scroll side to side and up and down to see the entire entry.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Boston College linebacker Steele Divitto, who got a face full of Tajh on this third and 10.