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
•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-
•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
•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
•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
•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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
•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
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
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
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).
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