Clemson defensive finish Ok.J. Henry wasn’t too apprehensive as Boston College moved downfield within the remaining minute.
“The defense, we’re some fighters,” Henry stated. “We’re excited about attacking every chance we get.”
Henry’s belief was rewarded as he pounced on a mishandled snap by quarterback Dennis Grosel with 47 seconds left to protect the Tigers’ newest escape, 19-13 at house Saturday evening.
B.T. Potter had 4 area targets, hitting a tiebreaking 35-yarder late within the third quarter for the twenty fifth ranked Tigers (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Clemson has received 31 straight at house regardless of the all of a sudden stagnant offense held to a first-quarter landing. They have received 11 in a row over Boston College (4-1, 0-1).
“Not beautiful, but we needed a win,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stated.
The Eagles had been among the many ACC’s shock groups with their first 4-0 begin in 14 years. They just couldn’t make much happen against the Clemson defense.
When BC’s Nate Okpala blocked a punt in Clemson territory early within the third quarter, the responded with a three-and-out.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles drove to the Clemson 43. But Grosel bobbled the snap on third down and misplaced 16 yards.
And then got here that remaining mistake as they drove for the go-ahead landing. Grosel stated he tried to rush up and snap and was trying the play clock when the ball got here at him. “I took my eye off it for a second,” stated Grosel, who handed for 311 yards and two interceptions.
Clemson had hoped to interrupt out of a season-long offensive funk the place its has scored simply 57 factors mixed towards its 4 Power Five opponents this yr.
“Their will to win,” Swinney stated, “is special. It’s special.”
The Tigers positive regarded headed in that course early on with sophomore tailback Kobe Pace broke off a 59-yard TD run — Clemson’s longest play of the season.
The Tigers drove contained in the Boston College 25 twice extra within the opening half, as soon as to the two. But needed to accept Potter’s area targets each instances.
Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is attempting to not complicate the assault with so many new faces within the lineup.
“We’re try to keep things simple until we really kick in,” Elliott stated.
The offense’s struggles weren’t helped by the early departures of two of their three main receivers. Receiver Justyn Ross, the chief with 22 catches coming in, was walked to the locker room within the second half. Swinney stated Ross took a shot to the pinnacle they usually shut him down.
Tight finish Davis Allen, third within the receiving checklist, was ejected for concentrating on on his punt return deal with.
It was the second straight season Boston College was in place for the upset and got here up quick. The Eagles led by 18 factors in second half earlier than falling 34-28 in what was Clemson’s largest comeback in Death Valley historical past.
Pace completed with 125 yards on 19 carries for the Tigers, who rushed for 231 yards. Joe Ngata had 4 catches for 111 yards.
Boston College: The Eagles gave Clemson every thing it had. Grosel, although, had too many overthrows and missed connections within the largest moments. Boston College got here in averaging 220 yards speeding this season. It was held to simply 46 by the Tigers.
Clemson: Again, this wasn’t fairly for Clemson’s offense and first-year starter D.J. Uiagalelei. Still, the Tigers did enough to leave with a victory. Uiagalelei was 13 of 28 for 207 yards. It was the third sport this season the place Clemson did not have a TD go.
Clemson’s run within the Top 25 appears in jeopardy with one other subpar offensive displaying. The Tigers had been 15-point favorites coming in. Clemson had spent 97 weeks within the Top 10 earlier than a 27-21 extra time loss at North Carolina State a sport in the past dropped it down. They’ve been ranked previously 113 polls relationship again to 2015.
Clemson celebrated the fortieth anniversary of its first nationwide championship squad in 1981. The group that includes coach Danny Ford was honored within the opening half because the packed home at Death Valley stood and cheered. The Tigers have additionally received two extra nationwide titles in 2016 and 2018.
Boston College is off subsequent week earlier than taking part in at house towards North Carolina State on Oct. 16.
Clemson has per week off earlier than taking part in at Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 15.
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