Boyd tops Rivers to become ACC’s all-time TD king

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd became the ACC’s all-time leader in touchdown passes on Thursday night, eclipsing Philip Rivers’ 10-year-old record of 95 TDs.

Boyd, who passed for three first-half scores against Georgia Tech, officially broke Rivers’ record midway through the second quarter (No. 96), connecting with junior Martavis Bryant on a 76-yard touchdown catch/run.

“I always tell (Tajh) that if he just throws (the ball) up, I’ll get it,” said Bryant in the post-game media scrum. “He’s not going to overthrow me — and not many people can.”

Prior to that, Boyd hooked up with Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams for touchdowns, with the former pulling off one of the most acrobatic scoring catches of the season.

For No. 8 Clemson’s 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech — Boyd’s final ACC game — the Tigers QB accounted for 340 yards passing and five touchdowns (one rushing).

Those numbers include a brief exit from the game, when Boyd incurred a bruised sternum before returning to action.

“It’s one of those things where it sounded a lot worse than it actually is,” Boyd recalled. “Going down to the ground, it was cracking and all. But I feel fine. I had some X-rays and everything is all good.”