Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a touchdown over the defense of Boston College Eagles defensive back Gabriel McClary (14) during the first quarter at Alumni Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

Boston College overpowered by No. 3 Clemson

Mike Petraglia
October 07, 2016 - 6:55 pm
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The third-ranked team in the country had far too much fire-power for Boston College Friday night. Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and was 14-of-24 for 267 yards to lead No. 3 Clemson to a 56-10 win over the Eagles Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The 56 points were the most ever allowed by Steve Addazio in his coaching career and came just three weeks after suffering a 49-0 shutout loss to Virginia Tech. The loss ended BC's two-game winning streak after a 42-10 win over Wagner and a 35-3 victory over Buffalo. Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) came out inspired for their annual Welles Crowther "Red Bandanna" game, a tribute to the 1999 graduate who was a hero during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. The Eagles took a brief 3-0 lead when Clemson fumbled a punt at their 9. John Johnson recovered. The Eagles could not punch it in and had to settle for a Mike Knoll 21-yard field goal just under four minutes into the game. But Clemson took over the first half and the rest of the game from there. The Tigers used a pair of big plays to score three touchdowns before the half. Wayne Gallman ran it in from 59 yards to give Clemson the lead for good. Later in the first quarter, Watson connected with Mike Williams for a 50-yard play. That set up a Watson-to-Williams touchdown pass of nine yards. The Tigers wrapped up their 21-point first quarter when Jordan Leggett hauled in a 56-yard score. Clemson added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter when Deon Cain caught touchdown passes of 29 and 16 yards from Watson. Boston College collected their only touchdown when fullback Bobby Wolford caught a one-yard pass from Patrick Towles with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. Clemson's Tyshon Dye continued the scoring when he ran it in from three yards early in the fourth quarter.  Running back Tavien Feaster added to the scoring with three minutes left on a 45-yard touchdown run. Towles completed just 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards. Towles was pulled in the midway through the fourth for Darius Wade. The BC backup threw a pick-6 to Mark Fields, who returned it 42 yards for a score with two minutes left for the final score.  Watson was pulled by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney midway through the fourth quarter. The Eagles lost their 11th straight ACC game, dating back to a 28-7 win over Syracuse on Nov. 29, 2014. After a bye next weekend, the Eagles will have another chance to end the ACC skid at home on Oct. 22 when they play Syracuse again. Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) remains in the hunt for a spot in the 4-team college football playoff at the end of the season and showed no letdown after last week's big win over then-No. 3 Louisville.