Boston Eagles (3-4) head coach Steve Addazio went with Jeff Smith as the Eagles starting quarterback in a nationally televised matchup against fifth-ranked Clemson (6-0).
After punting on their first drive, Tigers quarterback DeShaun Watson was picked off by Justin Simmons who returned it to the Clemson 20 yard line. Four plays later, Smith dumped off a five yard pass to fullback Bobby Wolford for the first touchdown of the game.
But after taking an early lead, the Eagles defense would surrender 17 straight points. The former top-ranked defense allowed five times as many points as they usually did in the loss as Watson scorced the Eagles for 420 yards and three touchdowns. The Heisman-hopeful was picked off twice but tallied a rushing touchdown as well in the rout.
All of Boston College's losses have come in the ACC, as they lost their fourth game of the season Saturday, The last time they lost four consecutive in-conference to start the year came in 2012 when the Eagles finished 1-7 in the ACC.
Smith, who was the first true freshman to start for BC since Chase Rettig in 2010, scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air, throwing for 87 yards on 7-22 passing.
Both teams will take on ACC foes again next weekend as the Eagles travel to 2-4 Louisville and Clemson heads to Miami to take on the 4-2 Hurricanes.