NCAAF Game Recap - Clemson at Boston College
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:00 PM EST

MisSt
0
Ala
24
F
Clem
27
BC
7
F
FlaSt
13
ND
42
F
Mich
42
Rut
7
F
Aub
10
UGA
27
F
OkSt
47
Okla
48
F
TCU
10
WVU
47
F
OHSt
26
MSU
6
F
LSU
24
Ark
17
F
WaSt
31
Colo
7
F
Navy
24
UCF
35
F
KY
7
Tenn
24
F
Lou
23
Syr
54
F
SJSU
24
UtSt
62
F
Tex
41
TxTch
34
F
Fres
17
Boise
24
F
SCar
31
Fla
35
F
Wisc
10
PSU
22
F
Wake
27
NCSt
23
F
Bayl
14
IASt
28
F
SoFL
23
Cin
35
F
Kent
14
Buff
48
F
Ohio
28
MiaOH
30
F
Toled
15
NIU
38
F
Miss
24
TxAM
38
F
Ill
35
Neb
54
F
Vand
28
Mizzu
33
F
Tuls
21
Mem
47
F
Kans
17
K St
21
F
BYU
35
UMass
16
F
MD
32
Ind
34
F
Akr
7
E Mi
27
F
SMU
62
UConn
50
F
Lafay
13
Army
31
F
UNC
35
Duke
42
F
Troy
35
GaSo
21
F
UCLA
28
AzSt
31
F
Char
13
Marsh
30
F
MidTN
48
UTEP
32
F
Lib
24
UVA
45
F
BGSU
24
C Mi
13
F
NM
24
AF
42
F
Purd
10
Minn
41
F
NW
14
Iowa
10
F
VaTec
22
Pitt
52
F
NorTx
31
OD
34
F
App
38
TxSt
7
F
ECU
18
Tul
24
F
ULMon
38
SoAl
10
F
GASt
22
ULLaf
36
F
ArkSt
44
CoCar
16
F
W Ky
15
FlAtl
34
F
Oreg
25
Utah
32
F
FLInt
45
UTSA
7
F
Rice
13
LaTec
28
F
Temp
59
Hou
49
F
MiaFL
21
GATec
27
F
SMiss
23
UAB
26
F OT
OreSt
17
Stan
48
F
UNLV
27
SDSU
24
F
ColSt
10
Nev
49
F
Cal
15
USC
14
F

Nov 10, 2018, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(2) Clemson (10-0)

10

3

7

7

27

(17) Boston College (7-3)

7

0

0

0

7

No. 2 Clemson knocks out No. 17 BC 27-7 to win division
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:16 AM

BOSTON (AP) At the site of Dabo Swinney's first victory as the head coach of Clemson 10 years ago, the Tigers earned a milestone victory that shows what a superpower they have become.

Trevor Lawrence threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and No. 2 Clemson knocked Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown out of the game early on the way to routing the 17th-ranked Eagles 27-7 on Saturday night.

The battle for first-place in the ACC Atlantic Division was not much of a fight. The Tigers (10-0, 7-0, No. 2 CFP) wrapped up a record fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game as division champions and kept rolling toward another College Football Playoff appearance.

"This group has kind of made history all year," said Swinney, who was a little known receivers coach when he was promoted to head coach by Clemson in 2008, and won his first game Nov. 1 in Chestnut Hill.

Now Clemson is among college football's elite. The current senior class has won 50 games, gone 23-1 in division play and 19-1 on the road.

Boston College (7-3, 4-2, No. 17 CFP) lost Brown on its first possession when the sophomore got off a third-and-9 pass, but was thrown to the turf by star senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. Athletic trainers attended to Brown on the field and he walked to the sideline on his own. He wasn't there long before heading to the locker room. In the second quarter, it was announced he would not return.

After the game BC coach Steve Addazio said Brown was hospitalized with an internal injury, but would not give specifics.

Without Brown, BC never threated Clemson's defense. But the Tigers let the Eagles hang around. BC's Michael Walker returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and Clemson stalled a couple times in the red zone. With 260 yards of offense, Clemson led only 13-7 at half.

It took six plays from scrimmage into the second half for the Tigers to build some cushion. Lawrence walked in for a 6-yard TD.

BC backup quarterback EJ Perry was overmatched against one of the best defenses in the country. The sophomore is a better runner than passer, and Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Tanner Muse feasted against a limited attack. Clemson held BC star tailback AJ Dillon to 39 yards on 16 carries.

The Eagles managed 113 total yards and nine first downs.

"This is a tough game to break into," Addazio said. "End of the fourth quarter, it's 20-7 without our starting quarterback. You certainly don't want to play the likes of Clemson and lose your quarterback at the start of the game."

Lawrence was 29 for 40 for 295 yards, including a 2-yard TD pass in the first quarter to Milan Richard out of the Fridge Formation. With 350-pound defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence at fullback and the 315-pound Wilkins at tailback, Trevor Lawrence faked to Wilkins and flipped to Richard on fourth down to put Clemson up 10-7.

"I'm a threat," said Wilkins, who is from nearby Framingham, Massachusetts. "I'm in the scouting report."

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The one nit to pick was the Tigers never got their running game really cranked up, but a 58-yard punt return touchdown by Amari Rodgers early in the fourth quarter eliminated any possibility for drama.

Boston College: The Eagles' biggest home game in years featured a sellout crowd of 44,500, sprinkled with Clemson orange, and ESPN's "College GameDay" on campus for the first time since 2009. The crowd started building on campus for the pregame show by 5 a.m ., lining the "Million Dollar Stairs" that connect the upper campus to the area around Alumni Stadium. The Eagles still have a chance to reach eight victories for the first time since 2009 and nine wins since 2008. But they might have to do it with the No. 2 quarterback.

"We have all the faith in (Perry)," BC defensive end Zach Allen said. "I'm excited for EJ."

BAD ANNIVERSARY

One day short of a year ago, Brown blew out his knee against North Carolina State.

LEATHER HELMET

The winner of the Clemson-BC games takes home the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy, named after two stars from the 1940 Cotton Bowl pitting the Eagles and Tigers. Trevor Lawrence earned the black leather helmet that goes to the MVP.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers return home to finish the season against Duke and then South Carolina.

"We're getting to kind of that championship time. Just getting ready to make that push," said Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow, who set a school record with a catch in 38 consecutive games.

Boston College: The Eagles go to Florida State next week.

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Passing

Clem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Lawrence 40 29 72.5 1 295 41 1 91.1
BC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
E. Perry 21 12 57.1 0 98 25 0 69.1
A. Brown 3 2 66.7 0 6 6 0 70.1

Rushing

Clem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Etienne 11 78 7.1 25 0
A. Choice 4 19 4.8 12 0
BC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Dillon 16 39 2.4 9 0
E. Perry 12 7 0.6 8 0

Receiving

Clem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Renfrow 8 80 10.0 33 0
A. Rodgers 5 73 14.6 41 0
BC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. White 4 65 16.3 25 0
K. Idrizi 2 12 6.0 12 0

Fumbles

Clem F FL
A. Rodgers 1 1
BC F FL
A. Dillon 1 0

Returning

Clem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Rodgers 0 - 0 0 5 12.4 1 58
D. Kendrick 2 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
BC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Walker 4 18.5 0 26 2 35.0 1 74

Punting

Clem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Spiers 6 224 37.3 44
BC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
G. Carlson 12 520 43.3 51

Takeaways

BC Int Yds InTD
H. Cheevers 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Clem BC
Points For 27 7
Total Yards 424 113
Rushing Yards 129 9
Passing Yards 295 104
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/41 14/24
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 2/0
First Downs 19 8
Penalties - Yards 2/15 6/42
Time Of Possession 23:23 37:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/15 3/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/37 12/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Clem BC
Clem 2:48 FG Greg Huegel 30 yd FG 3 0
BC 8:38 TD Michael Walker 74 yd punt return (Colton Lichtenberg kick) 3 7
Clem 13:32 TD Milan Richard 2 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (Greg Huegel kick) 10 7
2nd Quarter Clem BC
Clem 3:15 FG Greg Huegel 23 yd FG 13 7
3rd Quarter Clem BC
Clem 3:04 TD Trevor Lawrence 6 yd run (Greg Huegel kick) 20 7
4th Quarter Clem BC
Clem 3:21 TD Amari Rodgers 58 yd punt return (Greg Huegel kick) 27 7

Game Information

Stadium: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 0
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