Football Loses 45-31 to No. 17 Clemson
Sept. 29, 2012
BOSTON (AP) - Boston College showed off its offensive firepower. It certainly wasn't enough to match No. 17 Clemson.
Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another himself as the Tigers beat the Eagles 45-31 on Saturday.
Chase Rettig, who entered the day as the leading passer in the ACC, completed 25 of 43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Amdion caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Boston College (1-3, 0-2).
It was a good day offensively for the Eagles, but the Tigers amassed 576 total yards.
"We're one and three," said Rettig of the team's record. "At the end of the day, those are the numbers."
The Eagles looked sharp early, opening a 21-17 lead before giving up three unanswered touchdowns.
"The offense did a job and is scoring points," said BC safety Sean Sylvia, who had an interception. "We've got to live up to our job a little better and start stopping people."
It seemed like whenever BC looked like it might have a chance to make a charge at Clemson, Boyd made a big play.
Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes and ran 11 times for 42 yards for Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). DeAndre Hopkins caught 11 passes for 197 yards for the Tigers, who bounced back after blowing a two-touchdown lead and losing 49-37 to No. 4 Florida State last week.
Andre Ellington ran 25 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Clemson.
"Those Clemson players are very good players and they've done it to a lot of people," Eagles coach Frank Spaziani said.
Amidon's yardage was the third most on school history - behind two games quarterbacked by Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.
"It was a pretty high offensive game. They score and we were able to score," Amidon said. "It's pretty new for us to be able to move the ball like that. It's fun being able to move the ball on offense like that."
Clemson was unbeaten and ranked 10th in the nation when it travelled to Tallahassee last week to play ACC Atlantic rival Florida State. The Tigers opened a 28-14 lead in the third quarter before the Seminoles scored 35 of the next 38 points.
This time it was Clemson rallying with an offensive outburst.
BC had come back from a 17-7 deficit to lead 21-17 on Rettig's 31-yard pass to Amidon with 4:12 left in the first half. But Boyd hit Brandon Ford for a 4-yard TD just before the end of the half, then capped Clemson's first drive of the second half with Roderick McDowell's 16-yard touchdown run.
After Rashard Hall's interception set the Tigers up at the BC 33, Boyd hit Jaron Brown for 30 yards and Ellington ran it in from the 1 to make it 38-21.
It was 45-28 when BC inched closer with Nate Freese's field goal, and then stopped Clemson on a fourth-and-1 near midfield. Rettig hit Amidon for 17 yards, with another 15 yards tacked on because Garry Peters threw Amidon to the ground after he was already out of bounds.
But on third down, Peters picked off Rettig at the 5. BC got the ball back at Clemson's 33 when Boyd fumbled, but the Eagles weren't able to get a first down.
Clemson had added its last TD when Boyd hit Hopkins from 35 yards out to make it 45-28 with 1 minute gone in the fourth quarter. The Tigers ended the game by taking a knee on the BC 1.