CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22: Mike Bellamy #5 of the Clemson Tigers fights off the tackle of Kareem Martin #95 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Clemson Vs. North Carolina: Tigers Offense Explodes Again

Don't look now, but Clemson's about to officially become a top-five team. Everything is strange.

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Clemson Vs. North Carolina 2011: Tajh Boyd Dominates Tar Heels In 59-38 Victory

Defense was at a premium between the Clemson Tigers and the North Carolina Tar Heels. But the Tigers were able to have just a bit more defense than the Tar Heels to come away with the 59-38 victory and continue their unexpected undefeated season. The Tigers are now 8-0 and in first place in the ACC.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd led the second half onslaught by Clemson by throwing three of his five touchdowns in the third quarter. He also rushed for a touchdown in that frame. This game may have played out differently had Boyd gotten off to a quicker start, but Clemson fans have an idea on that:

Our OL did not have a good day at all, after having its best day against Maryland. I expected Coples to have the better day of their Ends, but I think Price did well enough against him today. It was the others that didn’t generate any push or give Boyd much time to get rid of it. We ran the ball very poorly today, no matter what we tried.

North Carolina fans, meanwhile, doesn't feel great about the game. How could they? Quarterback Bryn Renner had three interceptions as well as several fumbles. Carolina March, though, finds the real trouble elsewhere:

But mainly it was the UNC secondary. The line did a great job of stopping the run, and Carolina ran a lot of interesting blitz packages to keep Tajh Boyd off of his game (sacking him three times), but there were just too many receiving threats and secondary wasn't up to the challenge.

However, North Carolina should be able to get back on track against Wake Forest next Saturday. Clemson will have a tougher test with Georgia Tech.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Clemson blog Shakin the Southland and North Carolina blog Carolina March.

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Clemson Vs. North Carolina Final Score: Tajh Boyd And The Tigers Ran Away In Second Half

The Clemson Tigers might be for real if their second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels is any indication. The Tigers actually trailed early, but the Tigers offense was excellent in third quarter and the No. 7 Tigers led 59-38 on the final score board when all was said and done.

The Tigers scored five touchdowns in the third quarter after having just a one-touchdown lead -- 24-17 -- heading into halftime. Quarterback Tajh Boyd decided to take over in the third quarter, though, as he threw for three of his five touchdowns and rushed for another to give the Tigers a 59-24 lead going into the final stanza of the game. The Tar Heels tacked on two fourth quarter scores from running back Ryan Houston, but it wasn't enough to dig themselves out of the third quarter hole.

Boyd was simply outstanding in the game as he threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns while punching a one-yard run in during his third quarter scoring spree for good measure. Most impressive might be the fact that Boyd connected with five different receivers for his five touchdown passes as DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford all hauled in catches as they made their way to the end zone.

The Tar Heels were converted on just two of their 12 third down conversion attempts and turned the ball over six times as they struggled to keep up with the red-hot Tigers.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Clemson blog Shakin the Southland and North Carolina blog Carolina March. Stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more in this week's games.

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VIDEO: T.J. Thorpe's 100-Yard Kickoff Return Gives UNC Glimmer of Hope Vs. Clemson

North Carolina has their hands full against Clemson, but they’re not going down without a fight. After Tajh Boyd threw a touchdown to Brandon Ford to put Clemson up 38-17, North Carolina’s T.J. Thorpe returned the ensuing kickoff the length of the football field (video courtesy of @cjzero):

The touchdown cut Clemson’s lead to 38-24 … but only for a couple of minutes. Boyd quickly marched Clemson down the field, eventually throwing his fourth touchdown of the day. It’s currently 45-24, and Clemson has the ball again. This could get real ugly if you’re a Tarheel fan.

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Clemson Vs. North Carolina Halftime Score: Offensive Back-And-Forth In Death Valley

Clemson trailed early against North Carolina, but not for long. And now it's looking like the two ACC teams will have a track meet in Death Valley. The Tigers and Tar Heels combined to score 41 points in the first half, with Clemson getting the upper hand and a 24-17 halftime lead.

Tajh Boyd has already thrown 32 passes, completing 17 for 202 yards and two touchdowns; DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins have eight and seven catches, respectively, for the Tigers.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels' Jheranie Boyd has two catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns — the only two of Bryn Renner's three scoring passes to his own team; Kourtnei Brown took one of Renner's two interceptions to the house for a touchdown — and North Carolina is averaging almost 10 yards per attempt.

Expect more fireworks in the second half.

For more on the Tigers, head to SB Nation's Shakin the Southland. For more on the Tar Heels, head to SB Nation's Carolina March. For more on all the Week 8 action, visit our comprehensive StoryStream for college football scores, news, and highlights.

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Clemson Vs. North Carolina Score: Undefeated Tigers Trail In First Quarter

Clemson's been one of the 2011 college football season's biggest surprises and one of the nation's most explosive teams. But a suspect defense has given North Carolina the lead early.

After a Bryn Renner interception led to Clemson opening the scoring in Death Valley with a field, the Tar Heels responded with a two-play, 63-yard touchdown drive to claim a 7-3 lead. Renner connected with Jheranie Boyd for the 33-yard scoring strike.

And North Carolina's defense hasn't allowed a big play to Sammy Watkins or the rest of the Clemson offense just yet, holding them to one play of more than 10 yards so far. There's still plenty of time for Watkins to blow up, though.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Clemson blog Shakin the Southland and North Carolina blog Carolina March. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Clemson Vs. UNC Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And Notes

The Tar Heels visit No. 8 Clemson Saturday to try to knock off the undefeated Tigers Saturday, and have their hands full with players like Sammy Watkins, Andre Ellington and Tajh Boyd.

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