Clemson - Boston College Game Notes

Clemson holds a 7-6-2 advantage in the series with Boston College, a series that dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl.

Clemson vs. Boston College Series
• Clemson holds a 7-6-2 advantage in the series with Boston College, a series that dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. That was a landmark victory for the Clemson program, the school's first bowl game and the school's first ever win over a top 20 team. Boston College was ranked 11th in the nation entering the game. Clemson won 6-3 behind 115 yards rushing from Charlie Timmons and four pass deflections in the fourth quarter by Clemson legend Banks McFadden.

•This will be the 16th meeting between Clemson and Boston College. Only Miami (FL) has played Boston College more among ACC teams entering this year.

•Two of Clemson's victories in the series took place during undefeated Tiger seasons. Clemson won 26-19 in 1948 on the way to a perfect 11-0 season, and won 35-14 in 1950 on the way to a 9-0-1 season.

•The last meeting between Clemson and Boston College in Boston took place in 1983, a 31-16 Eagles victory. Clemson had a 16-3 lead with 25 minutes left in the game, but the Eagles went on a 28-0 run to end the game behind Doug Flutie. Flutie was 20-36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns against a Clemson defense that featured All-American William Perry. The Eagles gained 504 yards of total offense on the night, 281 rushing and 223 passing. It was Clemson's only loss in 1983 (9- 1-1).

•The two teams tied in a 1982 game in Death Valley. The game was televised by CBS on a regional basis, the first CBS broadcast from Clemson Memorial Stadium. Clemson had a 14-0 lead at intermission, but sophomore quarterback Doug Flutie led Boston College back to take a 17-14 lead. The Tigers tied the game in the fourth quarter, then had a 43-yard attempt with eight seconds left to win, but Donald Igwebuike's field goal drifted left and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Clemson won the total offense battle 370-343. The Tigers had 218 yards rushing led by Cliff Austin, who had 20-94. Flutie was 18- 35 for 242 yards and a touchdown. Clemson's Homer Jordan was 13-25 for 152 yards. Frank Magwood led Clemson receivers with 103 yards on six catches, the only 100-yard receiving game of his Clemson career.

•Clemson had just two losses and two ties over a three-year period from 1981-83. One of the losses and one of the ties came against Boston College in that 1982-83 period.

•Last season's overtime meeting, a 16-13 Boston College victory, was the first between the two schools as an ACC matchup. The game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation.

•Clemson has not beaten Boston College since 1958, a 34-12 victory at Clemson. Boston College has a 3-0-1 lead in the last four games that have been played since that Tiger victory.

•The two teams played three games at famed Fenway Park in Boston, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Clemson won the first meeting there in 1941 by a 26-13 score. The same two teams met at Fenway the following year, and Boston College won 14-7. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie in 1953 at Fenway. So the series stands at 1-1-1 in games played at Fenway Park. The two teams also played at Braves Field in Boston, then the home of the National League's Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves). Clemson had a 3-1 advantage in games played at Braves Field all between 1942-52.

•The series is tied 2-2-1 in games played at Clemson. The series is tied 4-4-1 in the nine games played in the city of Boston.

Last Year: Boston College 16, Clemson 13
September 24, 2005 at Clemson, SC
Making its first trip to Death Valley since 1982 and playing its first road game as a member of the ACC, #25 (USA Today) Boston College outlasted Clemson in overtime, 16-13. After winning its first five overtime games since the NCAA adopted the rule in 1996, the Tigers lost in extra time for the second straight week. Clemson had lost to Miami (FL) in triple overtime, 36-30 the previous week.

After the Tigers were forced to punt to open the game, the Eagles moved the ball 33 yards in seven plays to set up the first points of the day. Ryan Ohliger connected on a 33-yard field goal to give Boston College an early lead.

The Eagle defense again forced Clemson into a three-and-out, and quarterback Matt Ryan completed four straight passes to move the ball to the Tiger seven. However, Ryan's fifth pass of the drive was intercepted in the endzone by Jamaal Fudge.

The Tigers could only move three yards in three plays and punted again, and Boston College started its third drive of the day from its own 36.

This time, Ryan completed six straight passes, and Andre Callender had an 18-yard run down to the one-yard line. Ryan dove over on a quarterback sneak to cap an 11-play, 64-yard scoring drive, giving the Eagles a 10-0 lead. Clemson quickly answered with a scoring drive of its own. James Davis ran for 39 yards on three carries, and Charlie Whitehurst completed two passes to tight end Thomas Hunter. A third-down sack prevented the Tigers from scoring a touchdown, but Jad Dean made a 36-yard field goal for Clemson's first points of the day.

A holding call helped move the Boston College offense backwards on its next drive, and Clemson took over at its own 36 after a punt. Reggie Merriweather then got in on the action by carrying four times for 37 yards on a drive that was capped by a one-yard sneak by Whitehurst. The extra point by Dean tied the score 10-10. Clemson had 75 yards rushing in the second quarter against an Eagle defense that was ranked third in the nation against the run entering the game.

Both teams had plenty of opportunities over the remainder of the game, but there was no scoring. Boston College had the last drive. Boston College got the ball back with 22 seconds left. Ryan hit Miller for a 29-yard completion into Clemson territory, but Tye Hill intercepted Ryan two plays later to send the game into overtime. Just as they were the last time the two met in Death Valley in 1982, Clemson and Boston College were tied after 60 minutes of play. The Tigers went on offense first in overtime, and Whitehurst hit Aaron Kelly for a first down. But Clemson could not get closer than the Eagle six-yard line. Dean booted a 24-yard field goal to the Tigers their first lead of the day by a score of 13-10.

On Boston College's drive, Ryan hit Larry Lester for 10 yards on third down. Callender, who totaled 116 yards on 22 carries, followed with a 10-yard run down to the one-yard line, and two plays later, Brian Toal scored from one-yard out to give the Eagles the win 16-13.

The Eagles ran 90 plays to the Tigers' 57 and out-gained Clemson 385-251. Boston College also won the time-of-possession battle (35:42 to 24:18) and converted 10 of 20 third downs, while the Tigers were 0-11 on third downs. It was the first time in recorded history (since 1978) that Clemson went an entire game without a converted third down.

Anthony Waters led the defense with 14 tackles, while Tramaine Billie added 13 stops. Jackson also had two of the team's four tackles for loss.

Clemson Veterans versus Boston College
Gaines Adams (Ban )- Started and played 61 snaps with 4 tackles in 2005 overtime game.

Tremaine Billie (LB )- Started and played 55 snaps with 13 tackles

Duane Coleman (CB)- had 4 tackles in 19 plays as a reserve in 2005

Cole Chason (P )- Started while punting 3 times for a 38.3 average

James Davis (RB)- starter who rushed 8 times for 44 yards with a 5.5 average

Jad Dean (K)- Had a perfect 2-2 day making field goals from 36 and 24, while contributing 7 points in the overtime loss in 2005

CJ Gaddis (CB)- starter at safety last year playing in 79 plays with 11 tackles

Sergio Gilliam (CB)-logged 79 snaps as a starter with 4 tackles and 1 pass break up Micheal Hamlin (S)- Played 25 snaps as a reserve in 2005 with 4 tackles

Aaron Kelly (WR)- The red-shirt freshmen who caught 5 passes for 38 yards in 2005

Chansi Stuckey (WR)- starter who played 30 snaps while contributing 2 catches for 7 yards in 2005

Anthony Waters (LB )- Logged 65 snaps in 2005 with team best 14 tackles including 1 tackle for loss

Nick Watkins (LB)- Had 7 tackles in 64 plays in 2005

Ford Sets Punt Return Record in Opener
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden was looking for a game breaker as a kicker returner during the recruiting season and it looks like he found one in first-year freshman Jacoby Ford. In his first ever game as a Tiger and on his second career punt return, Ford raced 92 yards for a touchdown, the longest punt return in Clemson history.

Ford broke one of the oldest records in the Clemson media guide. The previous record for the longest punt return was 90 yards. Shad Bryant had a 90-yard punt return against VMI in a game at Charlotte in 1938 and Bobby Gage ran the same distance against NC State in a 6-0 Clemson victory in 1948.

Ford also had two kickoff returns for 44 yards in the game, giving him 138 return yards for the opener. Ford's punt return for a score was the sixth by Clemson in the eight years of the Tommy Bowden era, and it marked the third consecutive season opener that Clemson has returned a punt for a touchdown. Justin Miller did it against Wake Forest in 2004 and Chansi Stuckey did it against Texas A&M in 2005.

Clemson had just four punt returns for a score in the 28 seasons prior to Tommy Bowden's arrival (1971-98), but now has six in the Bowden era (eight years). Clemson went 17 years without a punt return for a score between 1970-87.

Tigers Score Twice on Returns
Clemson had two returns for touchdowns in the victory over Florida Atlantic. Freshman Jacoby Ford raced 92 yards for a touchdown on a punt return in the fourth period and senior Sergio Gilliam raced 31 yards for a touchdown on a fumble return. In fact, the two returns came just 4:31 apart and accounted for Clemson's last two scores of the game.

Clemson's offense was not on the field over the last 6:48 because of the two returns.

This marked the seventh time in Clemson history that the Tigers have had two returns for touchdown in the same game. The last time it took place was 2004 when Justin Miller tied an NCAA record with two kickoff returns for scores at Florida State. Clemson scored a touchdown on special teams, one on defense and five on offense in Saturday's win over Florida Atlantic. That marked the first time since the 1997 South Carolina game that Clemson had scored at least one touchdown in all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams).

The other games Clemson has scored two touchdowns via return in the same game are 1954 vs. Citadel (when Walt Laraway scored on an interception return and a blocked punt return), 1970 at Maryland, 1987 vs. Georgia Tech, and 1990 vs. Long Beach State.

Hamlin Returns Interception 74 Yards
While Clemson scored a touchdown on a punt return and a fumble return, Clemson almost had the return triple with an interception return for a score. Sophomore safety Michael Hamlin had a 74-yard interception return in the first half. He actually scored on the play, but an illegal block in the back was called on a Clemson player on the return at the FAU 20. Had the penalty not been called, the 94-yard return would have tied the all-time Clemson record for the longest interception return.

Hamlin had quite a day as he also had a fumble recovery in the game, giving him two takeaways on the day. He had just two all of last season so he has already reached his entire 2005 season total.

Hamlin's 74-yard interception return contributed to Clemson's 222 return yards on the day, most in the Tommy Bowden era. The Tigers had 74 yards on interceptions returns, 31 on fumble returns and 117 on punt returns. The punt return yards were the most by a Clemson team since the Tigers had 130 against Georgia Tech in 2000, a game Clemson lost 31-28.

Saturday's 222 return yards were the most by a Clemson team since the Tigers had 227 against Georgia Tech in 1987. All 227 were on punt returns in that game. The only other game on record in which Clemson had more return yards was in 1970 when the Tigers had 223 return yards in a game against Maryland. All 223 were recorded by Don Kelley, who had 167 on punt returns and 56 on interception returns in that game.

Clemson had just 375 return yards (punt, interception and fumble) all of last year and had 222 in the opener of 2006.

Proctor Off to Strong Start
Clemson quarterback Will Proctor got off to a strong start to his final season in the win over Florida Atlantic. Proctor completed 13-20 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-point victory.

Proctor's passing efficiency of 173 was the best by a Clemson player in an opener since Woody Dantzler had a 247 rating against The Citadel in the opener o the 2000 season. That was also the last time a Clemson quarterback threw three touchdown passes in a season opener.

In two games as a starter, Proctor is now 26-41 for 367 yards and five touchdowns. He has through just one interception in his two starts.

Tigers Score 54 in Season Opener
Clemson scored 54 points in the season opener against Florida Atlantic. Here are some facts on the scoring outburst:

•Most points scored by the Tigers in any game since the 63-17 win at South Carolina in 2003.

•Most points scored by Tigers in Death Valley since the 59-31 win over Duke in final home game of 2001.

•Most points scored in season opener since 55-9 victory over Western Carolina.

•Most points scored in a season opener against a Division I team since a 59-0 win over Long Beach State in 1990.

•Sixth most points scored by Clemson in the Bowden era. The most is the 63-17 win over South Carolina in 2003. It was the seventh 50-point game of the Bowden era.

Seven Different Tigers Score TDs
Clemson had a very balanced attack in the win over Florida Atlantic. The Tigers gained 199 yards on the ground and 173 through the air. Clemson was known for its balanced attack last year when it was the only school in the ACC to rank in the top four in rushing offense and passing offense.

Clemson's balance was never more obvious than in regards to scoring. Clemson scored seven touchdowns by seven different players in the win over Florida Atlantic. Rendrick Taylor, Chansi Stuckey and Aaron Kelly all scored on touchdown receptions, while James Davis and Reggie Merriweather scored on the ground. Jacoby Ford scored on a punt return and Sergio Gilliam scored on a fumble return.

This marked the first time since 1995 that seven different Tigers scored a touchdown in a single game. That year seven different Tigers scored in a 55-9 win over Western Carolina in the season opener.

Three of the touchdown scorers are roommates this semester.

Chansi Stuckey, Reggie Merriweather and Sergio Gilliam are three seniors who live together and all scored touchdowns against Florida Atlantic. That might be a Clemson first, especially when you consider that Gilliam is a defensive player.

Clemson Opens ACC Schedule
This is the 54 th ACC season and Clemson has a 33-19-1 record in its previous 53 ACC openers. Tommy Bowden is 6-1 in ACC openers as Clemson head coach. He defeated Virginia in 1999 in his league opener, also his first overall win at Clemson and his first win over a top 25 opponent, then downed Wake Forest in 2000. In 2001, Virginia upset a top 25 Clemson team in the ACC opener at Death Valley on the last play of the game, 26-24. Clemson defeated Georgia Tech in its league opener in 2002 and 2003, then defeated Wake Forest in its ACC and season opener in 2004. Last year Clemson won its ACC opener at Maryland, 28-24.

Clemson is 17-10 in ACC openers at home, 15-9-1 on the road and 1-0 at neutral sites.

Clemson Played 20 Freshmen in Opener
Clemson's 2006 freshman class was regarded as among the best at Clemson in many years and among the best in the nation according to many services. Eight first-year freshmen played in the opener against Florida Atlantic and 12 more red-shirt freshmen saw playing time.

In the last 25 years (including 2006), Clemson has played 140 first-year freshmen, an average of 5.6 per season. Fifty-nine of the first year freshmen who have played have been offensive players, while 77 have been defensive players and four have been kickers.

Since Bowden came to Clemson in 1999, the Tigers have played 42 first-year freshmen, 15 on offense, 25 on defense and two special teams. That is an average of 5.25 first-year freshman per year, so Bowden is a bit below the Clemson average for the last 25 years.

The record for first-year freshmen played in one season is 11 in 1985. That year Danny Ford played six first-year freshmen on offense and five on defense. The 1994 Clemson team under Tommy West played 10 first-year freshmen, including a record nine on offense.

The most wins for a Clemson team that has played at least eight first year freshmen is 10, set in 1989, a Clemson team that played eight first-year freshmen in a 10-2 season.

The most first-year freshmen Clemson has played in the Bowden era is nine, in 2001.

That year Bowden played three on offense and six on defense on the way to a 7-5 season. Clemson has played at least one first-year freshman for all 25 years of the rule. The fewest was the one used in 2002 (Justin Miller). Top Stories