CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Third-ranked Clemson followed up its big victory over Louisville with a convincing 56-10 win at Boston College in front of over 44,000 fans at Alumni Stadium on Friday. The win moved the Tigers to 6-0 on the season, while dropping the Eagles to 3-3.
Deshaun Watson was brilliant for the Tigers, tossing four touchdown passes and directing a Tiger offense that finished one yard shy of 500 despite a lopsided margin in time of possession. Watson’s favorite target was Deon Cain, who again caught two touchdowns for the Tigers. Wayne Gallman surpassed the century mark on the ground, despite only nine carries, in an efficient offensive effort. Gallman won the Leather Helmet Award following the contest, an award presented annually to the game’s best player.
Clemson led 21-3 after a quarter of play, thanks to three explosive plays of at least 50 yards. Gallman burst through a hole, led by Watson’s key block, en route to a 59-yard touchdown after the Tigers had surrendered a field goal on BC’s second possession. One drive later, the Tigers added another 50-yard play on a reception by Mike Williams. He followed with a touchdown a few plays later on a fade pass. Jordan Leggett capped the quarter with a 56-yard catch and run.
Watson struck quickly after halftime, connecting with Cain on a pair of scores to push the lead to 35-3 midway through the third. The Tigers were on cruise control the rest of the half. Three quarterbacks played in the second half. Kelly Bryant directed a scoring drive when freshman Tavien Feaster burst through the left side for a 45-yard touchdown scamper. Clemson was not done, though, as Mark Fields jumped a BC pass the next possession for an interception and returned it for a touchdown to provide the final scoring margin.
The Tigers return to Memorial Stadium next week to welcome NC State for Homecoming. The Tigers and Wolfpack are set for a noon kickoff.
- Clemson moved to 6-0 on the season with a 56-10 victory over Boston College. It is the 12th time in history a Tiger team has started a season at least 6-0.
- Friday’s win was the Tigers’ eighth in nine tries over the Eagles in the Dabo Swinney era.
- With the win, Clemson has now defeated 42 unranked opponents in a row, second-longest streak in the nation behind only Alabama.
- Clemson has now won its last eight road games, tying the school record set in 1978 and 1979.
- Swinney is now 81-27 over his career, and the .750 winning mark moves him ahead of TCU’s Gary Patterson for for seventh on the list of college football’s winningest active coaches.
- The Tigers moved to 67-7 under Swinney when leading at the half.
- Clemson is now 72-4 under Swinney when leading after three quarters.
- The Tigers have now won 12 straight games over ACC teams (including the 2015 ACC Championship Game) under Swinney the past two seasons.
- Clemson had three plays of 50+ yards in the first quarter after entering the contest with none through five games this season.
- Clemson has won 31 straight games when rushing for at least 200 yards.
- The Tigers are 77-0-1 all time when totaling at least 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards in the same game. It was accomplished for a third time in six games in 2016 on Friday.
- The Tigers played their first Friday game in the regular season since Nov. 16, 1956 at Miami (Fla.).
- Deshaun Watson moved to 24-2 over his career as Clemson’s starting quarterback.
- Watson threw four touchdown passes on Friday, pushing his season total to 18. He has tossed seven touchdown passes in two starts against Boston College.
- Watson had a passing efficiency of 206.4 on Friday, his best mark with a minimum of 20 attempts this season.
- Wayne Gallman’s 59-yard touchdown in the opening quarter was his longest run of the season, and the longest play from scrimmage by the Tiger offense as well.
- Gallman went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the 15th time in his career, tying Raymond Priester’s record for a Tiger.
- Gallman was awarded the Leather Helmet, presented annually to the game’s top player.
- Mike Williams caught a touchdown pass for a third straight game, hauling in a nine-yarder from Deshaun Watson in the opening quarter.
- Williams set up the touchdown with a 50-yard reception, Clemson’s longest pass play of the season.
- Jordan Leggett caught a 56-yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter as well, eclipsing Williams’ play for the longest of the season through the air by the Tigers.
- Leggett’s 56-yard reception was the longest play of his career.
- Deon Cain hauled in two touchdowns for a second straight game, giving him a team-high six on the season.
- Ben Boulware caused his second fumble of the season and the fifth of his career.
- Dorian O’Daniel registered the first sack of his career not against Georgia Tech. He combined on a sack in the third quarter with Jabril Robinson.
- Mark Fields scored a touchdown on his first career interception, a 42-yard return for Clemson’s final score.
- Fields’ pick-six was the first by a Tiger since Cordrea Tankersley recorded an interception return for a touchdown last season at Miami.
- Tavien Feaster produced the longest rush of his career, a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that proved to be the Tigers’ final offensive score.
- Tyshon Dye scored his first touchdown of the season, a three-yard rush in the fourth quarter.
- Korrin Wiggins made his first start of the season, and his first since the 2014 regular season finale against South Carolina.
- Massachusetts native Christian Wilkins, who was one of the captains Friday, had two tackles for loss (including a sack) in his Homecoming game.