Three takeaways from No. 2 Clemson’s win over No. 17 Boston College

On Nov. 1, 2008, Dabo Swinney got his first win as interim head coach in Clemson orange. It was versus Boston College at Alumni Stadium.

Over a decade later, Swinney led the Tigers to another victory in Chestnut Hill against the Eagles.

The No. 2 Clemson squad kept its perfect record (10-0) after a 27-7 win over No. 17 Boston College, with this great return sealing the deal.

Don’t let Amari Rodgers in the open field ⚡️

The Tigers entered as 20-point favorites over the host team, and behind the efforts of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and a trio of receivers, Hunter Renfrow, Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins, plus running back Travis Etienne, Clemson tired out what was a surging ACC Atlantic foe.

Three takeaways from No. 2 Clemson’s win over No. 17 Boston College

Clemson defends its ACC divisional championship

Was there really any question the Tigers wouldn’t return to the ACC championship game? The undefeated Clemson squad secured its postseason fate with Saturday’s win.

It’s the Tigers’ fourth consecutive ACC Atlantic title, and their sixth total which bests divisional rival Florida State.

The two schools have combined for 11 of the 14 titles through 2018. If you’re wondering when the last time BC took the divisional title, it was all the way back in 2008.

The Tigers didn’t score 77 points, but this was still a dominant performance

It’s hard to top Clemson’s performance against Louisville. The Tigers dished out a whopping 77 points, but even when you subtract 50 from that total, you still get another quality outing.

The offense racked up 424 total yards with Lawrence accounting for 295 of those yards on 29-of-40 passing — he also finished with one touchdown and one interception, plus a rushing score. 

But, it wasn’t just the Tigers’ offensive unit that had a big game. The defense completely shut down the Eagles. They held BC to just 113 total yards and eight first downs. The Eagles managed to convert only three of 16 third-down attempts and their only scores came from a field goal and a punt return. 

It was an all-out effort on both sides of the ball as Clemson prepares to close out its season against Duke and South Carolina. 

Not even AJ Dillon could revive Boston College’s offense 

It was a merger day for the Eagles’ offense. 

BC had options in quarterback Anthony Brown and running back AJ Dillon, and were riding a three-game win streak entering the contest. No, they certainly weren’t the favorites. But, there was a chance at an upset — until there wasn’t. In the opening drive Brown left the game with an undisclosed injury and never returned.

Ouch. #BC #Clemson

At that point, BC was still very much in the game even with their starting QB out of it.

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After returning a punt for a touchdown, the Eagles took an early 7-3 lead. However, just as quickly as BC scored, Clemson answered and from there it was all downhill. 

Dillon couldn’t get anything going and backup QB EJ Perry wasn’t a good matchup for the Tigers’ defense. Boston College falls to 7-3 with the loss.

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