Boston College catches up with Clemson
While Clemson (2-2, including 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) tries to bring his season back on the path of discord against Boston College (4-0, 0-0), there are several players (and numbers swimsuit) whose piece tonight could be crucial:
►Phil Mafah (26), a highly regarded running back, takes off the red shirt he wore before Will Shipley’s injury and Lyn-J Dixon’s decision to transfer and takes second place behind Kobe Pace. At 230 pounds, he’s the Tigers’ biggest back (OK, aside from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei), and that size could make a difference to the ACC’s worst ground attack against its No.3 ground defense. .
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►Ruke Orhorhoro (33) and Tre ‘Williams (8) take over as starting defensive tackles after injuries sidelined starters Bryan Bresee and Tyler Davis. How they fare against Boston’s rushed offense, averaging 220 yards per game (albeit against a week out of conference), will go a long way in determining the outcome of tonight’s game. The Tigers struggled to slow NC State in the second half last week following Bresee’s injury, although fatigue was a factor.
Big order:How will Clemson face the Boston College offensive line without Bresee, Davis?
►James Skalski (47) left the NC State game shortly before halftime with a shoulder injury, set to start tonight. If he can handle a steady number of snaps, that will be a big boost behind tackles. It’s also worth watching how many save Jake Venables (15) can participate. He’s been limited to six snaps this season.
►The team will only reach its attacking pace if Uiagalelei (5) does. He showed glimpses against NC State on two 80-yard touchdowns, but those were sandwiched around six straight possessions in which the Tigers failed to get a first down.
21:50 | Clemson has a 100 yard rusher
Kobe Pace shot a third and a dip to the middle in an 11-yard gain about 6 minutes into the third quarter. That turned him into a 100-yard rusher on Saturday night.
He has 105 yards on 12 carries.
He followed the race with a 33-yard pass reception.
9:32 pm | Boston College Tight Ends Come Off
Boston College immediately responded in the third quarter, with two assists from Dennis Grosel on tight ends. After his first pass – a flat pitch – was nearly intercepted by Clemson’s Sheridan Jones, Grosel found Trae Barry in a seam for a 33-yard gain and a 39-yard pass and ran to Joey Luchetti.
On the next play, the Eagles’ Patrick Garwo scored on a 3-yard run that tied the score. This is the first touchdown allowed by Clemson this season
No.19 Clemson 13, Boston College 13
9:09 p.m. | Halftime: Clemson football 13, Boston College 6
Boston College scored from a 34-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the first half, and although Clemson fans occasionally booed about the Tigers’ play, this was the best mid- team time against an FBS schedule this season.
Clemson totaled 261 yards on offense, including 162 rushing yards. Kobe Pace and Phil Mafah, who rose to the top two spots in running back, gained 82 and 50 yards, respectively, and the two are averaging over 11 yards per carry.
DJ Uiagalelei, who struggled in his first season as a starting quarterback, is 9 of 15 for 99 passing yards and rushed for 30 yards.
Boston College had a few good shots against the Tigers’ defense, but the Eagles only have two baskets and 140 yards on offense overall.
8:46 pm | Clemson football enjoys turnover
Nolan Turner intercepted an inclined pass in midfield, which allowed Clemson to score another.
The Tigers used a 12-yard pass from DJ Uiagalelei to Joseph Ngata and a 12-yard run from Phil Mafah and passed to 23 for the Eagles before BJ Potter hit a 40-yard basket.
No.19 Clemson 13, Boston College 3
8:37 pm | Clemson’s football finds more room to run
Phil Mafah played a key role in an important second quarter training. The freshman, who would wear a red shirt before, the running hall population shrank, posted gains of 10 and 28 yards as the Tigers went from their 4 at Boston College before settling for from an 18-yard field goal by BJ Potter.
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DJ Uiagalelei had a 14-yard run and a 25-yard pass to Joseph Ngata during the drive.
The Tigers entered the game averaging 126.2 rushing yards per game. With more than seven minutes to go at the half, the Tigers have gained 156 rushing yards.
Clemson 10, Boston College 3
8:32 pm | Clemson’s football has tight end issues
Clemson didn’t have his two best ends tight to enter the second quarter.
Braden Galloway walked into the locker room early in the first quarter with an apparent injury, according to the ACC Network.
Then late in the quarter, Davis Allen tackled a Boston College punt return and was penalized for aiming. This penalty results in an expulsion with it.
The next time Clemson had the ball on offense, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei threw an 8-yard pass to Sage Ennis, a previously little-used tight end.
8:07 pm | Boston College is content with a basket
Boston College reacted quickly after Clemson’s big game. Quarterback Dennis Grosel completed three passes for 31 yards, and Patrick Garwo rushed six times for 39 yards as the Eagles went from their 25 to the Tigers 5.
But linebacker Trenton Simpson interrupted a third pass and Boston College settled for a 22-yard field goal from Connor Lytton.
No.19 Clemson 7, Boston College 3
19:56 | Injury bug bites Clemson football again
Clemson found himself two thinner players less than six minutes into the game.
Freshman Will Taylor, the Tigers’ versatile fullback, limped on the sidelines after his first scrimmage touch, a winless reception.
Shortly after, Taylor was surprised by television cameras sitting on the bench without his helmet but with an ice pack on his right knee.
The ACC network also reported that tight end Braden Galloway is back in the locker room.
19:52 | Clemson’s football offense finally hits a big game
Clemson’s much-maligned offense hasn’t produced many big plays this season, but Kobe Pace changed that at 8:02.
Pace took over from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, cut to the right and was left intact for 59 yards for a touchdown.
No.19 Clemson 7, Boston College 0
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