NCAA Game Summary - Clemson at Boston College|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: (17) Clemson 45, Boston College 31
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns
and added another on the ground, as the No. 17 Clemson Tigers defeated
Boston College, 45-31, to capture their first conference victory of the
Boyd went 28-for-38 for 367 yards and tied the school record for most
touchdown passes in a career, as the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 ACC) bounced back after
a loss at Florida State last weekend.
DeAndre Hopkins set a school record for most receiving yards in a game with
197 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions in the victory. Andre Ellington
added 132 yards and a score on 25 carries.
Chase Rettig threw for 341 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of second-
half interceptions on 25-of-43 passing for the Eagles (1-3, 0-2), who suffered
their second consecutive loss.
Alex Amidon paced all Boston College receivers with eight catches for 193
yards and two touchdowns in the defeat.
Following Nate Freese' 39-yard field goal to make it 45-31, Boston
College took over at midfield after stuffing Roderick McDowell on 4th-and-1.
Rettig moved the Eagles down to the Clemson 14-yard line, but his pass on
3rd-and-16 was intercepted by Garry Peters.
Boston College got another chance after Boyd fumbled on the following
possession with just over four minutes to play in the game. But the Eagles
turned it over on downs when Rettig's pass fell incomplete on 4th-and-5,
sealing the victory for Clemson.
Rettig completed a 31-yard strike to Amidon on 4th-and-1 to give the Eagles a
21-17 lead with just over four minutes to play in the first half, but the
Tigers scored 21 unanswered points.
Boyd responded and led a 13-play, 76-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 4-
yard pass to Brandon Ford in the corner of the end zone with just 23 seconds
to play in the second quarter.
On Clemson's first possession of the third, Boyd scrambled on 3rd-and-10 for
11 yards to put the Tigers inside the Eagles' 25-yard line. Three plays later,
on third-and-short, McDowell scampered 16 yards for a score to give Clemson a
Late in third quarter, Rettig was intercepted by Rashard Hall inside Boston
College territory. On the second play of the drive, Boyd aired out a 30-yard
pass to Jaron Brown before Ellington jumped over the pile for a 1-yard
touchdown to make it a three-score game.
Boston College failed to pick up a first down on its first four possessions of
the second half, but finally got something going on its fifth. Rettig
completed three passes to Amidon on the drive, the last one a 42-yard bomb
just before the end of the third quarter.
But Boyd answered again for Clemson on its following possession. Needing just
over a minute of the game clock, Boyd completed two passes to Hopkins, 17 and
35 yards, respectively, the latter for a touchdown to make it 45-28.
In the first quarter, the Eagles scored after forcing the Tigers three-and-out
on their first possession. Rettig moved the Eagles to midfield after
completing a 31-yard strike to Johnathan Coleman before Andre Williams ran 30
yards to the end zone to cap a nine-play opening drive.
Clemson settled for a Chandler Catanzaro 28-yard field goal on its following
possession, but scored a touchdown on its next touch.
The Tigers started with great field position after Gerald Levano's punt
carried just 26 yards. Boyd then completed passes to Hopkins and Ford to bring
the Tigers down to the Eagles' 6-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal, Boyd crossed the
goal line on an option play to give Clemson a 10-7 advantage.
The Tigers capitalized again off a short punt from Catanzaro on their
following drive. Clemson ran four rushing plays for positive yardage to help
bring them down to the Boston College 15-yard line. On the first play to start
the second quarter, Boyd connected with Sam Cooper for a 15-yard score.
Rod Gardner held the record for recieving yards in game with 182 in 2000
before Hopkins topped his feat on Saturday ... Clemson was 10-of-16 on third
down while Boston College was just 5-of-17 ... The Tigers will host Georgia
Tech next weekend while the Eagles will travel to West Point to take on Army.
09/29 20:17:24 ET