Boston College Review
|Monday, October 19, 2015, 10:59 AM- -|
Boston College Review
If you are a pessimist, I guess you could find some negatives to point out about Saturday night's 34-17 win over Boston College. Yeah,
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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But Saturday was finally a beautiful day and I am an optimist, so will let the Ole Miss fans pout after a disappointing weekend. Clemson winning by 17 points on a sun-splashed homecoming day is not a disappointment.
I talked to a Clemson offensive assistant at lunch yesterday and he said it was a combination of Boston College's scheme and personnel that caused concern. He said they play a very aggressive defensive scheme and we knew we would have some opportunities going downfield. He also said they play hard and tackle really well and was not surprised they were ranked so high defensively.
I also talked to a senior on the offense last night as he said the same thing. He added, "They wanted to play you in a phone booth, but we thought we could spread the field and take some shots." He later added, "Playing BC is always a tough game physically. They play us hard every year, so you feel good to get out of that one with a win."
The Tigers got down 7-0 after an early interception set up the Eagles deep in Clemson territory. But Watson and company stuck to the game plan and the passing game was the major threat. Watson went 27 of 41 for 420 yards with three touchdowns.
Watson hit nine different targets including
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Clemson had some issues on the offensive line and as a result
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Defensively, Clemson held the Eagles to just 11 first downs and 246 yards including only 87 passing. The Tigers also forced ten punts.
Clemson was solid in the kicking game as
Greg HuegelGreg Huegel
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Clemson avoided major injuries Saturday night, plus the Tigers get back center
Ryan NortonRyan Norton
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So a nice win ends a three-game home streak. The Tigers have only played on the road once this season and had some issues at Louisville. This week's trip to Miami and next week's trip to Raleigh might provide some more of the same.
The good news is that Clemson is the better football team, just like it was again this past weekend.
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