Clem­son QB Boyd ready to face a stern test from LSU

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AT­LANTA — Mon­day night’s Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU is a prime-time na­tional stage for Tajh Boyd and Clem­son’s high­scor­ing of­fense.

Boyd’s coaches and team­mates see him as the player des­tined to grab the bowl spot­light. The du­althreat quar­ter­back led No. 14 Clem­son (10-2) with 34 touch­down passes to tie Philip Rivers’ At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence sin­gle­sea­son record. He was hon­ored as ACC player of the year.

A win over No. 9 LSU (10-2), one of the pow­er­ful South­east­ern Con­fer­ence’s big­gest names known for its strong de­fense, would be a big step for Boyd. It also could be the per­fect setup for Clem­son’s 2013 sea­son.

LSU ranks eighth in the na­tion in to­tal de­fense and 11th in points al­lowed.

Boyd, a ju­nior, could be play­ing his fi­nal col­lege game. But he sounded as though he was mak­ing plans to re­turn when he said this week the pro­gram “is on the verge of some­thing great” and “we want a na­tional cham­pi­onship; it’s in sight.”

Clem­son needs to score 25 points against LSU to be­come the most prolific of­fense in ACC his­tory. Boyd has led Clem­son to 37 points or more in 10 of 12 games.

“We want to be the most ex­plo­sive of­fense in the coun­try,” Boyd said. “There’s no bet­ter stage been look­ing for, and you can’t ask for any­thing bet­ter than this,” Mor­ris said.

There will be no other bowl com­pet­ing for the na­tion’s at­ten­tion when the Tigers from the SEC and the Tigers from the ACC play in the Ge­or­gia Dome.

LSU coach Les Miles said his de­fense must mix its strate­gies against Boyd.

“There has to be a point in time where you keep him in the pocket and you play cov­er­age and there’s an op­por­tu­nity to rush the passer with four guys,” Miles said. “I think any­time a quar­ter­back can pull it down and go get yards, there’s an added re­spon­si­bil­ity to those guys that are rush­ing the passer.”

JOHN AMIS / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Clem­son coach Dabo Swin­ney (left) has an of­fense on the cusp of mak­ing ACC scor­ing his­tory Mon­day night against Les Miles’ LSU de­fense.

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