Fresh off his team's sixth loss in a row -- a 59-10 loss to Clemson -- David Watford didn't have to look far for encouragement.
Just the opposing sideline.
Watford and the Cavaliers watched as Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd torched the Hoos defense for nearly 400 yards through the air and four total touchdowns.
The reigning ACC Player of the Year caught up with Watford after the game. The two are good friends dating back to their time in high school in the Hampton Roads area.
"What I told David is just keep leading," Boyd said of their encounter. "I know this is a tough time. Tough time for (Watford), tough time for the team but at the same time anything you experience in life -- good, bad or indifferent -- is a learning lesson."
Saturday was certainly that for Watford.
One week after a career day against Georgia Tech, the sophomore completed less than half of his passes for just 130 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Tigers.
Watford says Boyd's talk was taken to heart.
"Tajh is a very, very good friend of mine. I've known him I don't know how many years. I really respect him and the way he plays and just the way he handles himself. He's a guy I look up to -- I've been looking up to him since high school."
Boyd's Tigers have ACC Championship aspirations this season, a spot he believes the Cavaliers could eventually find themselves in down the road.
"I think they're going to have a tremendous team. They just have a lot of young players right now. But they have to build around (Watford). It's going to be up to him how this team goes in the offseason and from that point forward."