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FINAL: No. 1 Clemson 34, Boston College 28

October 31, 2020
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The news broke on Thursday night that quarterback Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play in this afternoon’s contest against the Boston College Eagles. This means freshman QB D.J. Uiagalelei will get the start against new Boston College coach Jeff Hafley’s squad. Hafley coached against Clemson in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State before coming to Chestnut Hill.

A Clemson win today over the Eagles would give the Tigers four wins in a single month for only the second time in school history, joining the time period of September 2011, when the Tigers opened the year with four straight home wins as they won their first ACC Championship in 20 years at the time.

Travis Etienne enters today’s contest 43 yards away from becoming the ACC’s all-time leading rusher and breaking the record held by NC State’s Ted Brown (4,602 from 1975-78).


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FINAL: No. 1 Clemson 34, Boston College 28

2,895 Views | 62 Replies | Last: 6 mo ago by Lawton Swann
1bstockdale
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Good afternoon everyone! We are almost set for kickoff between Clemson and Boston College as the Tigers will be without Trevor Lawrence today.
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Boston College goes right down the field on the first drive. Zay Flowers beats Derion Kendrick on the back corner on 4 straight completions. It's 7-0 BC not even 2 minutes in.
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Drive was 4 plays, 74 yards, 1:52
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One play after the pass interference penalty, BC brings the house off the edge and D.J. hits Travis Etienne out of the backfield on the wheel route with a 35-yard TD pass. We are tied at 7 with 10:54.
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Quick and easy throws mixed with Etienne was the name of the game as you would expect with a freshman quarterback making his first career start.
Lawton Swann
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Solid opening drive for D.J. Uiagalelei and the offense. Great play calls by Elliott allowing him to get comfortable.
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Defensive backs are getting roasted early on.
1bstockdale
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Clemson's day on defense is off to a rough start:
  • Derion Kendrick is beat on the play action pass play
  • QB Phil Jurkovec makes Jake Venables miss on a third down to get a first down
  • Pass interference on Sheridian Jones leads to a short touchdown run from David Bailey

BC is up 14-7 with 8:41 to go in the first quarter and making it look easy against the Tigers defense right now.
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The secondary play has to improve...my goodness.
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Jackson Carman lost the one-on-one battle there and Clemson is forced to punt.

And.... The Tigers dodge a bullet on the punt return as BC returns it for a touchdown it's called back due to two block in the back penalties. BC is firing on all cylinders right now on offense. Clemson's secondary has got to step it up here.
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Tigers Rise
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Huge drive here....what's going on with the DBs?
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They seem to be out of position a bit but that last drive was better.
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That looks like a forward pass to me. Greg McElroy on the TV broadcast is saying DJ threw it from the 18 and it landed on the 20.
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End of an exciting 1st quarter from Death Valley: Boston College leads No. 1 Clemson, 14-7.

D.J. and the Clemson offense is on the move when the second quarter begins.
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After that big completion on 3rd down, it feels like things are settling a bit for the TIgers.
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Wow. D.J. and Travis Etienne not on the same page with the exchange and BC takes it back 97 yards the other way. It's 21-7 BC with 12:14 left in the second quarter.
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Not sure why you just don't run D.J. on a QB power there. That play reminds me of the 2011 Orange Bowl against West Virginia and they took it back to the house on a fumble. I don't have to remind you all how that game turned out for Clemson.

Big time response needed from Clemson now.
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1bstockdale said:

Not sure why you just don't run D.J. on a QB power there. That play reminds me of the 2011 Orange Bowl against West Virginia and they took it back to the house on a fumble. I don't have to remind you all how that game turned out for Clemson.

Big time response needed from Clemson now.
Agreed. D.J. power run...no doubt.
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Clemson is able to put a drive together with a good mix of Travis Etienne catching and running on that drive. He's been a real weapon in the pass game so far this year. It's 21-10 BC with 8:44 to play before the half.
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Etienne is second on the team right now in catches with 4 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.
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Justin Mascoll's roughing the passer penalty will negate Nolan Turner's interception and now their drive will continue with 8:44 left in the second quarter and they are driving up 21-10 on No. 1 Clemson.
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And based on the consensus from the crowd and on social media, that was not the right call.
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Boston College gets Clemson to jump offsides on a 4th down penalty and then Sillah made an incredible bobbling catch for a touchdown that is confirmed by review.

Jeff Hafley's squad is up 28-10 on the No. 1 team in the country after a 15-play, 72-yard drive that took up 7:42 off the clock. BC taking advantage of Clemson's mistakes.
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Cannot put this one on DJ so far. It's been just about everything else.
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Nope. Clemson's defense has been disappointing today.
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B.T. Potter knocks through the 50-yard field goal and gets critical points for the Tigers. It's 28-13 BC at the half and Clemson will get the ball to start the second half.

We will see how Clemson responds to this adversity.
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Defense has to step up in the second half. Cant let them have the long clock burning drives. Skalski being out scares me more the TL.
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This is the biggest halftime deficit Clemson has faced since the 2013 Florida State game, which Clemson lost 51-14.
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Clemson punches it into the end zone on the QB keeper from D.J. on a 30-yard TD run. We've got a ball game in Death Valley after a solid opening drive for the Tigers as BC's lead is cut to 28-20.
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And Clemson nation yells a collective "About D*mn Time!" as they finally let DJ run the ball.
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Great opening drive in the second half fellas! Loved seeing DJ keeping that ball. They were not respecting him on the zone-read plays.

Go Tigers!
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Tigers Rise said:

Great opening drive in the second half fellas! Loved seeing DJ keeping that ball. They were not respecting him on the zone-read plays.

Go Tigers!
Yes, it was. Good looking drive.
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