Jameis Winston vs. Tajh Boyd by the numbers

Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

In what some are calling the biggest game in ACC football history, the Florida State Seminoles will be on the road to take on the Clemson Tigers on Saturday night. The game will feature two of the best quarterbacks in the nation: James Winston of FSU and Tajh Boyd of Clemson. Here’s a quick comparison of the two quarterbacks (national ranks are in parentheses).

Completion Percentage

Winston: 73.2% (2)

Boyd: 66.5% (23)

Yards Per Attempt

Winston: 11.7 (2)

Boyd: 9.6 (9)

Passing Touchdowns

Winston: 17 (5)

Boyd: 15 (9)

QB Rating

Winston: 213.94 (2)

Boyd: 172.05 (8)

Yards Per Game

Winston: 288.2 (18)

Boyd: 297.2 (16)


Rushing Yards

Winston: 135

Boyd: 187

Rushing Touchdowns

Winston: 2

Boyd: 5


As you can see, the two quarterbacks are pretty even in almost every statistical category. A big factor, though Winston denies it, could be the crowd noise and overall atmosphere at Clemson’s stadium. Winston has only played on the road twice in his young career, and neither of those environments resemble what he’ll experience under the bright lights on Saturday night. Still, it would be a disservice to the freshman’s level of play to count him out due to inexperience, so make sure to tune in on Saturday night to see which of the two quarterbacks comes out on top.

Topics: Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston, Tajh Boyd

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