Boston College-Clemson notebook

CLEMSON – One of the occupational hazards of playing games that come down to the final minutes is that sooner or later you're going to be on the losing side, which is exactly what has happened to Clemson the last two weeks.

Saturday's 16-13 overtime loss to Boston College marked the second straight week the Tigers have lost at home in overtime. A week ago, Miami came into Memorial Stadium and escaped with a 36-30 triple-overtime win.

With both overtime losses, it marks the second time in Division I history that a team has lost two overtime games at home in consecutive weeks. The other is Arizona State in 2000.

The Tigers have now had eight of their last nine games decided by seven points or less and 10 of their last 15. Also, in Clemson's last 15 games, four have gone to overtime, where it is 2-2.

This season, three of the four games have been decided on the very last play, with the Tigers losing two of them. Even though the Maryland game wasn't determined on the final play, the outcome wasn't decided until a few the final two minutes.

However, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden likes to say his team is two plays away from being 4-0. But in reality, the Tigers are also two plays away from being 0-4.

"I don't look at the other one," Bowden said. "I look at it the other way. I've got to. … The toughest opening schedule in Clemson history and we're sitting here 2-2. … I don't think I dare look at it (0-4)."

No mistakes
If nothing else, the Tigers have done and excellent job of not beating themselves. Following Saturday game, Clemson now has 13 penalties on the season for 118 yards, easily one of the best ratios in the country.

By contrast, Clemson's opponents have committed 42 infractions for a crazy 371 yards.

Also helping the Tigers stay close to the end is that they have committed just one turnover this entire season, while having taken away seven.

Clemson had won 12 straight games in which it committed fewer turnovers than its opponent. The Tigers are now 28-8 when winning the turnover battle. Clemson is also 10-2 under Bowden when committing no turnovers.

Quick hits
Representatives from the Champs Sports Bowl, Peach Bowl and Gator Bowl were in attendance. … Tight end Thomas Hunter entered the game with one career reception. He added three to that total. … Freshman cornerback Haydrian Lewis got his first action with the defense. He was tested immediately as Boston College threw a deep fade route at him in one-on-one coverage. The pass sailed out of bounds. …

With 3:53 left in third quarter, Bowden chewed out the referee and a line judge over a couple of calls that were very questionable, which brought the crowd to a standing ovation. … La'Donte Harris made his first catch of the season. … Charlie Whitehurst set a Clemson record by starting his 33rd consecutive game at quarterback. … Linebacker Anthony Waters led the Tigers with 14 tackles. It's the third straight week he's done so. …

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