Mondays with Morris

CLEMSON - Saturday will be Chad Morris' first visit to Clemson's house of horrors, aka Alumni Stadium, home of Boston College.



There isn't much of a home field advantage in the 44,500 seat stadium that rarely reaches maximum capacity. But, for whatever reason, Clemson has struggled while visiting Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Tigers are 1-2 in Alumni Stadium since 2006.

"Everybody tells me that Clemson doesn't play well up there," Morris said. "I haven't been up there so I don't know that. I really don't care. That's then. This is now. That was another team. This is a new team.

"It's about what we do. I think that's the mentality that our players have got to have going in there. It doesn't matter where we go or who we play against. It's going to play. They'll be ready."

Since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005, five of the seven meetings with Clemson have been decided by a touchdown or less. Before Morris' arrival to Clemson, the Tigers averaged 310 yards of total offense and 21 points against the Eagles before last season.

Clemson rolled up 500 yards and 36 in last season's 36-14 win.

Even though Boston College is 67th in the country in total defense and 81st in scoring defense, Morris expects a challenge on Saturday.

"They're going to be where they're supposed to be. They're very well coached. They're physical. They're big. They're coming in off an open week, so they've had two weeks to prepare for us," Morris said. "I'm sure that we're going to see some things that they've been working on that we haven't seen yet, to this point, or that they didn't show last year."

A BLUEPRINT?: Though it might be difficult to say Florida State found the blueprint for success against Clemson's offense, especially after allowing over 400 yards and 30-plus points, but the Seminoles could be on to something.

Florida State's secondary brought a physical brand of play to Saturday night's national. The hard-nosed effort against All-American Sammy Watkins paid off. He was limited to just 24 yards on six catches.

"I thought they out-physicaled our wide receivers. I thought they beat us up. They disrupted us," Morris said.

Despite the tough play from Florida State's secondary, Tajh Boyd managed to complete 20 of 36 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Ford had four catches for 69 yards and a pair of scores.

And, considering that there aren't many defenses that have the horses like the ones Florida State trotted out last weekend, the potential blueprint could be a non-factor.

"You've got to have the guys to be able to do it, to get in their face," Morris said. "We love that, all day long, but you better have the guys that can match them on the back end, and you better be able to stop the run."

THE WATKINS FACTOR: Along with his 24 yards receiving, Watkins rushed five times for 37 yards and completed 1 of 2 throws for 52 yards with a touchdown.

Morris estimated that he called about 12 pass plays with Watkins as the primary receiver.

"Usually, six catches is a pretty good night for a receiver. We would have liked to get him more. We had several others called to him, but he was disrupted, and we had to go to our second and third read," Morris said.

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