Peters answers the bell

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Snaps at defensive back had been few and far between for Garry Peters.

As a freshman in 2011, Peters played 12. And before Saturday night's 45-31 win over Boston College, he had just 15 snaps under his belt this season.

Peters, who played almost the entire second half at cornerback against the Eagles, finished the night with one tackle, an interception and a pass breakup.

"We knew Garry had it in him," said DeShawn Williams. "In practice, we've been like, when is he going to get his shot?"

Well, Peters got it on Saturday, and he ran with it.

With Boston College driving deep in Clemson territory Peters intercepted Chase Rettig at the Tigers' 12-yardline with 5:45 left to play, preserving the Tigers' two touchdown lead.

"He's been waiting, patiently," Williams said. "It wasn't anything new to us when he caught that pick…we knew he could do it, because he's been showing that since he got here."

Said Dabo Swinney, "Here's a guy who hasn't had as much opportunity and kind of been waiting on his chance. He got his opportunity tonight and really stepped up big time, really stepped up big time."

It wasn't quite a long time coming, but almost. The last couple of years haven't been easy on the redshirt sophomore from Conyers, Ga.

"I've been down and out sometimes, but my moment, my moment came," he said. "I was ready for it.

"I stepped up and balled out."

Indeed.

"It felt real good," Peters said. "But, at the same time, it felt like I was supposed to be out there."

Swinney was just happy to see a pair of cornerbacks doing their jobs at the same time. Peters was substituted in for Darius Robinson, whose rocky season continued against Boston College.

"[Robinson] has just made some really critical mistakes, playing outside leverage when he's supposed to be playing inside leverage, just really some critical mistakes," Swinney said. "Sometimes, you've just got to go stand on that sideline.

"But I will tell you this: [Robinson] is a very good football player. I have not lost any faith in him. I believe in him wholeheartedly. But, at some point, you've got to give someone else a chance to go out there and compete. It was Garry's chance. He stepped up and took advantage of it."

As they were planning for this week, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said the coaching staff discussed the possibility of playing Peters.

"We talked about that situation. If it presented itself, don't be afraid to put him in," Venables said.

The decision to pull the trigger could have been the difference between a win and a loss on Saturday.

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