Last Saturday, the then-No. 17 Clemson Tigers (4-1, 1-1) went on the road and scored 45 points to defeat the Boston College Eagles (1-3, 0-2).
“It feels really good to get a W and get back on track,” said Dabo Swinney, Clemson head coach. “To be a good team, we have to win on the road, and this was a difficult challenge for us. Obviously, this has been a tough place for Clemson to win, this is only our second win here.”
The Eagles struck first on their first possession of the game when running back Andre Williams scored on a 30-yard run touchdown. Clemson answered back with a field goal by Chandler Catanzaro, which was his 16th consecutive made attempt. The Tigers pulled ahead on their next drive, courtesy of a six-yard run off an option play by quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Clemson extended their lead on their first drive of the second quarter when Boyd hit a wide-open Sam Cooper out of a trick formation for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Boston College would not fade, however, and after a Boyd interception off of a trick play, the Eagles marched down the field and scored touchdowns on their next two possessions. Passes by quarterback Chase Rettig made the score 21-17 in their favor.
The Tigers put together another drive right before the half, and it was capped off on a touchdown pass from Boyd to tight end Brandon Ford to give the Tigers a 24-21 lead going into halftime.
The Tigers came out strong in the third quarter, scoring on runs of 16 yards and one yard by Roderick McDowell and Andre Ellington, respectively. However, the Eagles would respond late in the quarter to a 41-yard pass from Rettig to Alex Amidon to cut the score to 38-28 heading into the final quarter.
Boyd hit wide receiver Nuk Hopkins on a 35-yard touchdown pass to extend the Tigers lead back to 45-28. The Eagles responded quickly by taking the ensuing kickoff, driving down the field and getting a field goal from Nate Freese. Clemson was stopped on 4th-and-1 on their next possession, and Boston College was driving until Garry Peters intercepted a Rettig pass to seal the 45-31 victory for the Tigers.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Swinney said. “I am proud of them for bouncing back after coming off an emotional loss last week. They were ready to play.”
Boyd finished with 367 yards passing and 4 total touchdowns. Ellington finished with 132 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and Hopkins had 197 yards receiving with a touchdown. Clemson returns home to take on Georgia Tech on October 6 at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
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