CLEMSON, S.C. — Offensive coordinator Chad Morris didn’t like No. 8 Clemson’s tempo in their season-opening win against fifth-ranked Georgia. He put the blame squarely on Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd and not the Bulldogs injuries on defense that interrupted Clemson’s pace.
Morris said Monday Boyd didn’t get his eyes to the sidelines quickly enough after plays in Clemson’s 38-35 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Morris thought his high-speed attack should’ve squeezed off another 10-to-12 plays instead of the 76 snaps they managed in the top 10 showdown.
“We can play faster. Tajh slowed us down a whole bunch. That was some of our biggest downfalls,” Morris said. “He played well, he played like a veteran, like he’s supposed to play. But as far as the tempo, especially in the third and fourth quarter, he was the one slowing us down because he wasn’t getting his eyes to the sidelines quick enough.”
Morris said Boyd was simply caught up in the moment of a highly anticipated game. Still, the two have spoken and Morris thinks Boyd will be more attentive and crisper when the Tigers (1-0) face FCS opponent South Carolina State (0-1) on Saturday at Death Valley.
The offensive coordinator was less concerned about watching defensive players sprawled on the field with injuries in the midst of Clemson’s high-speed drives. It happened at least three times on Saturday night, each time Tiger fans booing as the Georgia player received treatment.
The one that drew the most fan reaction was Georgia freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd, who got up and fell back to the turf with the ball on Georgia’s 40 in the first quarter. Clemson had run off five quick plays, two which went for first downs.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said he tells players injured to stay down and not get up until trainers or medical staff arrive. He said Floyd “got hit in his privates real hard” which caused him to drop to the ground after attempting to leave the field.