Eagles travel to Clemson for ACC battle with third-ranked Tigers
Boston College, which is coming off a 48-27 non-league home win over Army on Oct. 5, will travel to Clemson, S.C., to face the third-ranked Tigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference match-up on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ABC (regionally) and ESPN2 (nationally).
BC, which will be playing its second contest on the road this season and its second contest against an ACC opponent ranked within the nation's top 10, is 9-11-2 against Clemson, including a 3-4-1 record in Clemson, S.C. and a 4-4 record as ACC opponents (since 2005).
Senior running back Andre Williams leads all FBS running backs in the nation in rushing yards per game (153.6) and ranks first among ACC players in rushing attempts (133) and rushing yards (768).
Andre Williams rushed 30 times for a career-high 263 yards and tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns in Boston College's 48-27 home victory over Army, marking his second 200-plus yard rushing performance of the season. Williams finished one yard shy of tying the Boston College single-game record for rushing yards (264, Montel Harris, NC State, 2009) and equaled Harris' school-record five TD performance against the Wolfpack.
A veteran offensive line, which includes left tackle Matt Patchan, a transfer from the University of Florida who has 13 combined starts, guard Bobby Vardaro (25 starts), center Andy Gallik (20 starts), guard Harris Williams (six starts) and right tackle Ian White (28 starts), has combined for 92 career starts and paves the way for senior running back and Doak Walker Award candidate Andre Williams, who has 2,330 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 39 career games.
Senior place-kicker/punter Nate Freese, a Lou Groza Award candidate and one of the nation's most accurate kickers who is 6-for-6 in field-goal attempts this season, is now 24-for-26 (92.3 percent) in the last two seasons and has connected on 56-of-67 career field goal attempts (83.6 percent), a mark good for fifth among all active kickers in the country.
Boston College leads its conference -- and ranks third in the country -- in fewest penalties per game. Through five games this season, the Eagles have been penalized 14 times.
BC's defense, which registered a total of six sacks in 12 games last fall, has already tallied 16 sacks in five games in 2013. Senior co-captain Kasim Edebali has recorded 4.5 sacks to lead the Eagles. Junior linebacker Josh Keyes has registered 2.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards.
Senior wide receiver Alex Amidon, an All-ACC first-team honoree last fall, caught five passes for a game-high 122 receiving yards in BC's 48-27 home victory over Army, marking the senior's second 100+-yard receiving performance this season and the ninth of his collegiate career. With nine 100+-yard receiving performances, Amidon has broken BC's record in the category, surpassing former Eagle and current offfensive graduate assistant Rich Gunnell (2006-09) and Brian Brennan (1980-83) who each recorded eight. Amidon's 68-yard reception on the team's first offensive play of the contest marked a career best.
The Eagles and Tigers - Series History
Saturday's game between the Eagles and the Tigers marks the 23rd meeting all-time between the teams. Clemson owns an 11-9-2 advantage in the all-time series; the Eagles and Tigers are 4-4 against one another since BC joining the ACC and have played the Tigers annually since 2005.Clemson has won four of the last five meetings between the two schools.
The winner of this Saturday's game between Boston College and Clemson will receive the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy, created in 2008 by the Boston College Gridiron Club to honor the relationship between BC and Clemson that goes back more than 70 years. The Boston College Gridiron Club initiated this award in recognition of the efforts of the Clemson fans to welcome Boston College into the ACC. The trophy honors the rich football tradition of both schools as well as the legacy of a great player from each school who played during the leather helmet era.
Clemson and Boston College met for the first time in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. It was the first bowl game for each team. Clemson won the game 6-3 led by James "Banks" McFadden, an All -America quarterback and the first Clemson player to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. That same day Boston College was led by Chuckin' Charlie O'Rourke, BC's All-America quarterback. O'Rourke was the first Boston College player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A genuine leather helmet is awarded annually to the game's MVP. The helmet will be a replica of the one worn by his team in the 1940s.
Next up ...
On Oct. 26, BC travels to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels.