No. 11 Clemson beats Furman 41-7 in Watkins return


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in his season debut and No. 11 Clemson won its 30th straight over Furman, 41-7, on Saturday.

Andre Ellington added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tigers (3-0).

"We responded and our defense made some great stops and forced some turnovers.{} More players got some time on the field. We have been making improvements and can apply what we learned, but we are 3-0 and that's right where we want to be," said Dabo Swinney.

Watkins scored in the first quarter after taking an inside handoff from Boyd and rushing past the right side of Furman's defense. The All-American sophomore receiver spent the past two games on the sideline, suspended for a May drug arrest. He finished with four catches for 52 yards.

"That was a great play, my teammates had some great blocks downfield," said Watkins of the score.{} "I was patient on the run and it just opened up and it was great timing."

"It was like he just shot out of a cannon.{} It was a thing of beauty.{} He is a special player and it doesn't take long to find him on the field.{} He is electric," said Swinney on Watkins.

Boyd's three scoring throws gave him 43 for his career, second all time at Clemson and just six behind the record held by Charlie Whitehurst.

Furman of the Football Championship Subdivision opened 0-3 for the first time since 1979.

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