No. 2 Clemson 34, Boston College 7: Eagles impress for three quarters as upset bid falls short

Brooks Sutherland
September 23, 2017 - 6:53 pm

For three quarters, it looked like Boston College might actually have a chance to do the improbable.

On the road against the defending national champion, No. 2 Clemson, the Eagles went into the fourth quarter knotted at seven after a gritty effort defensively, one week removed from allowing 515 yards on the ground.

Clemson outscored BC 27-0 in the fourth however to remain unbeaten and keep its journey to the College Football Playoff afloat.

The loss spirals the Eagles to 1-3 (0-2 ACC). There are no morale wins in college football, but going toe-to-toe into the fourth in Death Valley with the second-ranked team in the country isn’t a bad effort for a team that headed into Saturday as a 35-point underdog.  

BC forced Clemson QB Kelly Bryant into two interceptions in the game and outside of the fourth quarter, they won the battle of possession nearly all afternoon long.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown, who took snaps from true freshman center Ben Petrula in one of the more hostile environments in the nation, finished with 133 yards on 14-for-30 passing. Brown threw one interception in the game before backup QB Darius Wade, who entered the game late in the fourth threw another.

Freshman running back AJ Dillon scored the lone touchdown for the Eagles. Jeff Smith led all BC receivers with 58 yards on four catches. Dillon had 57 yards rushing.

Clemson’s Bryant and Travis Etienne each out-rushed BC as Kelly had 106 rush yards and Etienne had 113. They each rushed for two TDs on the ground. Boston College had a total of 97 yards on the ground.

Defensively, Lukas Denis picked off his third pass of the year, while Issac Yiadom also changed momentum with an interception. Denis also had 13 tackles in the game to lead the Eagles defensively.