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Tajh Boyd blamed for slowing down Clemson Tigers

Throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for two more scores, as Tajh Boyd did for Clemson on Saturday in a win over Georgia (the No. 5 team in the country), apparently didn't leave at least one of Boyd's coaches satisfied.

Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris said Monday he wasn't necessarily pleased with Boyd.

Clemson led all "Big Six" conference schools by running 85.3 plays per game last season. Saturday night, the Tigers ran 76, and Morris said it was Boyd's fault they didn't have more plays.

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"We can play faster," Morris said. "Tajh slowed us down a whole bunch. That was some of our biggest downfalls. 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 he and Boyd have talked, and Morris said he thinks running more plays will be a key for Boyd on Sept. 7 against FCS foe South Carolina State.

Clemson's five touchdowns drives averaged 6.8 plays per possession, including one drive that took only one play. The Tigers also had a field-goal drive that took 11 plays.

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