No. 8 Clemson improves to 6-0 with 36-14 win over Boston College

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Malliciah Goodman makes a sack and forces a fumble.
Malliciah Goodman makes a sack and forces a fumble.

CLEMSON – The good news for No. 8 Clemson on Saturday was that the Tigers improved to 6-0 overall on the season, improved to 3-0 in the ACC and sit firmly in the drivers’ seat for the ACC Atlantic Division title, and became bowl eligible.

The bad news is that Clemson must wait on the results of Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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’s MRI following a third quarter injury, leaving his status for next week in doubt.

Boyd, who came into the game leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense, threw for a touchdown and ran for another before his injury, giving the Tigers enough breathing room in a 36-14 victory over Boston College (1-5, 0-3) in Death Valley to improve Clemson to 6-0, the best start for the program in 11 years.

The Tigers also got five field goals from Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
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, while running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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showed flashes of his former self on the way to 117 yards and touchdown. True freshman Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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had another stellar game, catching seven passes for 152 yards.

Boyd was 16-for-26 for 282 yards and had 37 yards rushing at the time of his injury. With Clemson leading Boston College 23-7, he was hit by Eagle defensive end Max Holloway, and replays showed Boyd’s right leg twist as he fell to the turf. Boyd tried to get back up, but a Homecoming crowd of 78,000 fell silent as he fell back down. He later was taken to the locker room in a golf cart with what was later announced as a hip injury. X-Rays in the locker room were negative, but he will have an MRI late Saturday to determine if there is any structural damage to the hip.

“We x-rayed him here and everything looked good but we took him to get him checked again just to be sure, and hopefully it will just be something muscular,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “Without knowing more I don’t want to comment further.”

The Tigers tried to put Boston College away early, scoring on its first three possessions to go up 17-0 in a frantic first quarter. Boyd threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Jaron BrownJaron Brown
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on Clemson’s first drive for a quick 7-0 lead, and Chandler Catanzaro added the first of his five field goals a series later for a 10-0 lead.

On the ensuing possession, defensive end Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
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sacked Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig, causing a fumble that was recovered by Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
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at the Boston College 16-yard line. Three plays later, Boyd ran it in from 14 yards out for a 17-0 lead.

Boston College finally got on the board on Rolandan Finch's 20-yard touchdown run with 1:55 to go, in the half, but the Tigers answered that with a 65-yard drive that ended on an 18-yard field goal by Catanzaro and Clemson led 23-7 at the break.

“At the half, I encouraged the team to get our running game going, especially Andre, and we were able to,” Swinney said. “Boston College is a physical team and they don’t quit.”

Boyd led the Tigers down the field on the first possession of the second half, but his injury stopped the Clemson drive and Catanzaro kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 26-7.

Boston College tried to capture the momentum as Death Valley sat quiet, and and Rettig hit Bobby Swigert on a 24-yard scoring pass to make it 26-14 Clemson.

However, backup quarterback Cole Stoud engineered two scoring drives to put the game away. Catanzaro hit field goal number five, a 47-yarder that hit the crossbar and bounced over, and Ellington broke loose on a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 to seal the victory with 11:24 remaining.

Stoudt finished 6-for-10 for 37 yards and rushed two times for seven yards, and he was on the field at times with other true freshmen in Watkins, Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
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and Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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“Sammy and Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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both stepped up and as a team we had no turnovers on offense,” Swinney said. “It was not the ideal situation for Stoudt to come into but he did a good job of executing. [Mike] Bellamy gave us a spark late. Watkins is just great. After that catch [62-yarder down the sideline] I just said, ‘Boys, that’s recruiting.’ Stoudt is a very poised young guy, we were impressed with him in the
spring and he had a good camp. We’re real proud of him.”

Next week, the Tigers travel to Maryland for a 7 p.m. game. The Terps were 21-16 losers to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

“It’s not going to be any easier for us this second half of the season, and it hasn’t been easy ever, but this team is resilient and this crowd was great,” Swinney said. “But we’re ready to take this show on the road. We’re proud of this win tonight but we have got to get ready for the night game in Maryland.”

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Boston College......  0  7  7  0  - 14       Record: (1-5,0-3)
Clemson............. 17  6  6  7  - 36       Record: (6-0,3-0)

Scoring Summary:
1st 10:22 CU - Jaron Brown 3 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8-80 2:20, BC 0 - CU 7
    04:59 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 38 yd field goal, 13-63 4:20, BC 0 - CU 10
    04:03 CU - Tajh Boyd 14 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 2-16 0:44, BC 0 - CU 17
2nd 06:58 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 42 yd field goal, 6-29 1:21, BC 0 - CU 20
    01:55 BC - Finch,R 20 yd run (Freese,N kick), 10-80 5:03, BC 7 - CU 20
    00:02 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 18 yd field goal, 10-65 1:50, BC 7 - CU 23
3rd 11:35 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 20 yd field goal, 9-77 3:25, BC 7 - CU 26
    05:09 BC - Swigert,B 24 yd pass from Rettig,C (Freese,N kick), 4-47 2:12, BC 14 - CU 26
    00:39 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 47 yd field goal, 13-50 4:30, BC 14 - CU 29
4th 11:24 CU - Andre Ellington 35 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 6-58 2:11, BC 14 - CU 36

                                     BC       CU
FIRST DOWNS...................       14       25
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   35-126   41-180
PASSING YDS (NET).............      132      320
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  22-14-1  37-22-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   57-258   78-500
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............      1-7      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........    8-160      1-6
Interception Returns-Yards....      0-0      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-39.6   3-48.7
Fumbles-Lost..................      1-1      1-0
Penalties-Yards...............     7-50     2-20
Possession Time...............    32:06    27:54
Third-Down Conversions........  5 of 12  5 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 2   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      1-1      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     2-22     3-15

RUSHING: Boston College-Finch,R 19-81; Kimble,T 11-57; Rettig,C 5-minus
12. Clemson-Andre Ellington 22-117; Tajh Boyd 6-37; Mike Bellamy 4-24; D.J.
Howard 2-13; Roderick McDowell 1-5; Adam Humphries 1-4; TEAM 1-minus 1; Sammy
Watkins 1-minus 2; Cole Stoudt 2-minus 4; Charone Peake 1-minus 13.

PASSING: Boston College-Rettig,C 13-20-1-129; Shinskie,D 1-2-0-3.
Clemson-Tajh Boyd 16-26-0-283; Cole Stoudt 6-10-0-37; Andre Ellington 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING: Boston College-Swigert,B 7-93; Larmond,C 3-32; Kimble,T 2-5;
Elliott,D 1-3; Finch,R 1-minus 1. Clemson-Sammy Watkins 7-152; Dwayne Allen
4-49; DeAndre Hopkins 2-47; Jaron Brown 2-32; Brandon Ford 2-14; Adam Humphries
2-13; Joe Craig 1-8; Andre Ellington 1-6; Roderick McDowell 1-minus 1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Boston College-None. Clemson-Jonathan Meeks 1-0.

FUMBLES: Boston College-Rettig,C 1-1. Clemson-Tajh Boyd 1-0.

Stadium: Memorial Stadium      Attendance: 78000
Kickoff time: 3:10 PM   End of Game: 6:14 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:04
Officials: Referee: Brad Allen; Umpire: Michael Webster; Linesman: Arthur Hardin;
Line judge: Colin Formulak; Back judge: Ron Boyd; Field judge: Kip Johnson;
Side judge: Eddie Bonet;
Temperature: 77 deg    Wind: ENE 10    Weather: Sunny

SACKS (UA-A): Boston College-Noel,J 1-0; Mihalik,B 1-0. Clemson-Kourtnei
Brown 1-0; Malliciah Goodman 1-0; Andre Branch 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Boston College-Kuechly,L 11-5; Pierre-Louis,K 3-5; Noel,J
5-1; Duggan,S 3-2; Rositano,S 3-2; Holloway,M 4-0; Quinn,D 3-1; Sylvia,S 2-2;
Appiah,D 3-0; Divitto,S 3-0; Louis-Jean,A 2-1; Clancy,N 2-0; Williams,Dom 1-1;
Fletcher,D 1-0; O'Neal,C 1-0; Mihalik,B 1-0; Edebali,K 1-0. Clemson-Jonathan
Willard 3-6; Corico Hawkins 4-4; Malliciah Goodman 3-3; Andre Branch 1-5;
Spencer Shuey 1-5; Lateek Townsend 3-2; Jonathan Meeks 2-3; Rashard Hall 2-3;
Coty Sensabaugh 3-1; Brandon Thompson 1-2; Quandon Christian 0-3; Xavier Brewer
2-0; Corey Crawford 1-1; Rennie Moore 1-1; Kourtnei Brown 1-1; Bashaud Breeland
1-0; Darrell Smith 1-0; Tyler Shatley 0-1; DeShawn Williams 0-1; Justin Parker
0-1; Demont Buice 0-1; Robert Smith 0-1; Chandler Catanzaro 0-1; Tony Steward
0-1; Martin Jenkins 0-1.

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