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Boyd sets TD mark to lead Clemson

Tajh Boyd passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns to break Philip Rivers’ Atlantic Coast Conference career record in No. 8 Clemson’s 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.


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CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns to break Philip Rivers’ Atlantic Coast Conference career record in No. 8 Clemson’s 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Boyd has 97 touchdown passes, two more than Rivers — now with the San Diego Chargers — had at North Carolina State from 2000 to 2003. Boyd left the game and headed to the locker room in the third quarter after hurting his collarbone. But a few minutes later, Boyd bounced around the sideline, tossing a football and said he was OK to re-enter the game.

He didn’t need to, not with Clemson (9-1, 7-1 ACC) ahead 41-24.

Georgia Tech (6-4, 5-3) had slim hopes of winning the ACC Coastal Division, but fell behind 20-0 early in the second quarter and could not catch up.

Sammy Watkins had touchdowns catches of 41 and 44 yards for the Tigers.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Forty-three years after he and two other men held up a gas station following a night of drinking, 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was granted a pardon from the state of Nebraska.

“I feel like the weight for that particular incident is off my shoulders,” Rodgers said after he walked out of his Board of Pardons hearing.

The board voted 3-0 to pardon Rodgers, 62, who has spent his post-football life as an entrepreneur and pitchman in Omaha.

Rodgers said he has long regretted what he called an alcohol-fueled prank in the spring of 1970. The holdup occurred the night after he completed his last day of classes his freshman year and netted $90.

The crime was first investigated as an armed robbery. Rodgers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation. Rodgers has repeatedly denied he had a gun during the holdup.

A pardon does not expunge Rodgers’ record, but it does restore civil rights he lost after his conviction, such as the right to be a juror, hold public office and hold certain licenses. The board also gave approval for Rodgers to own a firearm, if he chooses to.

“I’m seeking a pardon because this incident happened when I was 17 years old,” Rodgers told the board. “I had 10 minutes of insanity, which has hurt me my whole life.”

Note

• An assistant state attorney said prosecutors in Tallahassee did not receive information about an 11-month-old sexual-assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday. Police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment.



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