Eight down, four to go

CLEMSON - CUTigers has an extensive notebook that chronicles last weekend's loss to Boston College and looks ahead to the final four games.

FINISH STRONG: Through eight games this season, Dwayne Allen has a respectable 27 catches for 326 yards and a touchdown.

More important to him is Clemson's 4-4 record (2-3 ACC). On Saturday, No. 23 N.C. State (6-2 overall, 3-1 ACC) comes to town.

"The biggest thing we need to do is finish the season strong," he said. "You never know what can happen or what may happen. We were in position to go ahead and win out—control our own destiny. But we laid an egg."

Mathematically, Clemson is still in the hunt for the ACC Championship.

Clemson has to win this weekend, the following weekend at Florida State and in the regular season conference finale at Wake Forest.

The Tigers need help, too.

North Carolina could lend a hand with a few wins, starting this weekend. The Tar Heels head to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles on Saturday. Then, two weeks later, North Carolina plays N.C. State.

Maryland would need to lose twice, as well. Left on the Terps' schedule: Miami, Virginia, Florida State and North Carolina State.

Allen said there are a few other things to play for other than another Atlantic Division title.

"There are plenty of things—to set up a strong foundation, for the seniors that are leaving, so they can leave with a winning record," he said.

LOOKING AHEAD?: After all the talk of focus on not looking past an opponent, Da'Quan Bowers let the cat out of the bag earlier this week.

"It was us as players. The coaches did everything in their power to prepare for the game. It was a great game plan," Bowers said. (Roy Philpott)
According to Bowers, the Tigers weren't 100 percent ready for the trip to Chestnut Hill.

"I think it was us as players taking the game lightly," he said. "We thought, just because they were Boston College and they lost the last five games, we were going to go in there and get the win.

"It turned out the other way around. We didn't come as focused as we should have, and we didn't come ready to execute."

With destiny in their own hands, how could Clemson possibly take an opponent for granted?

"It was us as players. The coaches did everything in their power to prepare for the game. It was a great game plan," Bowers said.

THAT'S A WRAP: After the loss to Boston College, Kyle Parker alluded to this being his final football season at Clemson.

The redshirt sophomore has spent the season like a senior. From his presence on the cover of the media guide to his attendance at every senior meeting—Parker's football days are numbered.

When asked about it at the West End Zone on Tuesday, he thought it was pretty apparent that everyone else knew that his focus would turn to professional baseball at the conclusion of football season.

"I thought that was pretty known before the season even started," Parker said. "Regardless of what happens for the rest of the year, I'm not going to be back. I thought that was well-communicated before the season started."

All the more reason for him to make the final third of the season to be a good one.

"It's made every game even more important to me. Obviously, it hasn't turned out the way I wanted it to, but I don't regret coming back," Parker said.

A few goals are in mind with four games left on the regular season schedule.

"Obviously, just to win—as a team, try to get better every week and not pack it in and not give up. I think there are some things we can still do to make it a good season," he said.

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