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In its opening delay-ridden ACC matchup, Boston College fell hard and violently to the Clemson Tigers 25-7. Clemson RB C.J. Spiller owned the day with his special teams play, including a 77 yard touchdown punt return.
The other shoe dropped on the Justin Tuggle-David Shinskie quarterback muddle. In the first three quarters, the QBs combined for three yards on thirteen passes to go along with two interceptions. It looked like Justin Tuggle was set to take over the starting job, but his lack of production forced Shinskie to go in during the second quarter. Shinskie subsequently fumbled on his second snap and didn’t prove to be any better. Both teams suffered from two second half lightning delays as severe weather rolled through the area.
The Clemson defensive line, led by DuQuan Bowers, dominated the Boston College offensive line throughout the game. The Eagle attack of Harris and Haden finished with less than two yards per carry on a wet Clemson field. The passing game never got going, but Tuggle hit Justin Jarvis on a 13 yard throw under pressure for BC’s only score. The Eagles had forced a fumble by Jacoby Ford on the play just prior and the score brought BC back into the game for a couple minutes.
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker didn’t look particularly good on this day with less than one hundred yards and two interceptions. The Boston College defense also held the explosive Spiller to less than one hundred yards rushing. The defense was given poor field position throughout the game due to the offense’s inability to move the ball, turnovers, and a shanked Ryan Quigley punt. However, in a bright spot on the day, they buckled down and held the Tigers to six field goals. Clemson began four drives in BC territory and earned only 23 yards combined in those drives. BC also held their opponents to only 15 yards or less on nine of the 17 drives.
Boston College looks to get back in the win column against Wake Forest in its homecoming game next week. Clemson continues its season against #15 ranked Texas Christian in one of the marquee games of the week.