Boston College Review


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Boston College Review
Clemson went on the road Saturday and accomplished several things in the win over Boston College.

It was not a masterpiece but several positives came out of the road win against a conference opponent.

Last week we talked a lot about one loss not turning into two. Clemson's players and staff took note of the talk around town and made sure that did not happen. The Tigers appeared to be focused and came away with a convincing victory.

The Tigers won at a place where they have not played well in the past. Clemson is now just 2-2 at Boston College since the Eagles joined the league.

Clemson won a game at a dreaded "bad atmosphere" stadium. How many times have you seen the Tigers play down to the level of competition and it get blamed on the 25,000 in the stands? Not this week. The Tigers came out and executed and took care of business.

The offense continues to be productive and this week it was once again without Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Fort Myers, FL

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. Clemson had 567 yards of total offense including a balanced attack of 367 through the air and 209 passing. It was Clemson’s third game of at least 500 yards this year.  The single season record is four. 

It was the second game this year Clemson had at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game.  Clemson is 59-0-1 when it has at least 200 of both categories in the same game.

The 576 yards of total offense ranks in a tie for 10th best in a game in Clemson history.  Three of the top 11 total offense games in Clemson history have now been accomplished under current offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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.

The Tigers also accounted for 27 first downs. The pace was once again good as they got off 84 offensive plays. The offense was also 10 of 16 on third down conversions and scored five touchdowns in seven trips into the red zone.

With Sammy Watkins out, Nuk Hopkins had 11 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown.  His 197 receiving yards set a school record for a single game.  It broke the record of 182 by Rod Gardner against North Carolina in 2000.

Hopkins had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and his fifth of at least 88 yards.  He now has nine games with at least 100 receiving yards in his career. 

In just five games this year, Hopkins has established the Clemson single game receiving record (13 vs. Auburn in the opener) tied the record for touchdown catches in a single game (3 vs. Furman) and set the record for receiving yards in a game with 197.  He now has 42 receptions in five games.

Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
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Moncks Corner, SC

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also picked up the slack left from Watkins' absence. He had 25 attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown.   This was his 11th career 100-yard rushing game. He needs just 130 to become the fifth player in Clemson history with 3000 yards rushing. Ellington had 264 all-purpose running yards were his career high.

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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completed 28 of 38 passes for 367 yards and three scores.    He also had 42 yards rushing and a score, so he finished with 409 yards of total offense,  just the sixth 400-yard total offense game in Clemson history.  Boyd threw three touchdown passes and has now tied Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
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Duluth, GA

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’s Clemson record for touchdown passes in a career with 49.

Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Gr. Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC

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and Sam CooperSam Cooper
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#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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caught touchdown passes Saturday from their tight end position. Charone PeakeCharone Peake
So. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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and Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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#16 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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also played well in Watkins' absence.

I thought the offensive line played well also. Maybe they were not as physically dominating as they were against Auburn but at first glance they appeared to play well.

Defensively, it was not a great game but the defense made strides. I thought the key to the game was the three straight three and outs the defense enjoyed in the third quarter. Clemson forced Boston College to punt on three straight possessions and that made a huge difference. In fact,the Tigers gave up no yards in the nine plays Boston College ran on those three drives.

The defensive tackles played better. DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
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#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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got the defensive player of the game from the staff, while Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
So. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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had a tackle for loss and Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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had a sack.

The linebackers were more active. Tig Willard had nine tackles, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
So. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC

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had two tackles for loss and Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Jr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC

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had a sack. In all, Clemson totaled eight tackles for losses Saturday.

And in the secondary, Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS So. Defensive Back
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA

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had his first career interception.

The special teams also had some highlights. Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Jr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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made a 28-yard field goal in the first half, his 16th consecutive made field goal.  He already has the Clemson record for that category. Also, Andre Ellington had a good day as a kick returner.

The win was not perfect. The offense had two turnovers. The defense gave up way too many chunk plays and the coverage and tackling in the secondary was once again suspect.

However, it was a nice win without the team's best player on the road. It also was a win after a loss and a good way to get the season back on track.

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