EYE ON 16: Da'Quan Bowers is up to 10 sacks and counting. The thing is—he's not counting too closely.
"I haven't looked at the stats, the ACC stats on ESPN or anything since college football started," he said. "I usually get text messages and Facebook messages from people saying, ‘You're second in the nation in sacks. You're first in the nation in sacks' Things like that. [Sports information director] Tim [Bourret] usually tells me if anything big changes. I really don't think about it."
The junior defensive end is within shouting distance of the school record—16, which Keith Adams set in 1999.
"I want to at least try to tie it," Bowers said. "If not, I want to be close to it."
His single-season total is currently tied with Jim Stuckey, Michael Dean Perry and William Perry.
Bowers believes the school's all-time record of 28 is within a reasonable reach. Coming into this season, he had four.
"When I signed, my original goal was to break the sack record at 28," he said. "There's still a chance for that. If I can get about 16 this year, about 16 next year, I'll be all right. We'll just see how this year ends up for me."
TWO-STRAIGHT: No Clemson wide receiver has been charged with a dropped pass in each of the last two games, both of which the Tigers have won.
Jaron Brown has four catches for 59 yards during that stretch.
"We expect no drops, really. You don't want to drop anything," he said. "You want to catch everything. That's the mindset."
Clemson's also won each of those games, both of which were at home.
Of the seven games this season, just two have been on the road, and both are losses.
Might Chestnut Hill be the site of the first road win?
"It's going to be a big game. It's going to be a new atmosphere. I've never been to Boston College before," Brown said.
A SENIOR'S PERSPECTIVE: Saturday marks the fourth-time that Chris Hairston has suited up against Boston College. The senior left tackle has been a part of some serious battles with the Eagles.
In 2007, Boston College handed Clemson a devastating 20-17 loss in Death Valley. The Tigers have returned the favor twice since then, including the 27-21 win in Chestnut Hill—the first win of Dabo Swinney's career as head coach.
Since 2005, the Boston College defense has allowed just eight 100-yard rushers.
"They're guys that you really have to use your technique [against]," Hairston said. "You have to keep your feet under you, because they will throw you down and make the tackle for that 2.6 yards per gain.
"They're well coached and they're gap sound. You really have to come with your a-game, if you're going to come up to Boston and run the ball on them."
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