Grading Clemson's Loss at BC

CHEStNUT HILL, Mass. - Following each game, each phase of the Clemson team will be given a letter grade. Here are this week's grades following the Tigers' 34-33 defeat to Boston College:

The Tigers rolled up tons of yardage, but were unable to score with consistency. They fumbled at the 6, which took away another possible score. Quarterback Will Proctor made some good throws, but also had some poor ones where he missed wide open receivers. Tailback James Davis looked good when given the ball, but it wasn't enough.

Yes, Clemson is without two starters and lost safety Michael Hamlin late in the game, but that's no excuse for the way the defensive line got blown off the ball and how the secondary was constantly out of position. Even coach Tommy Bowden said he didn't have any confidence that his defense was going to stop the Eagles in overtime. Cornerback Duane Coleman said it best: expect personnel changes.

If there were such a thing as an F-, the Tigers would have been given that. Deplorable is a word that immediately comes to mind. A missed field goal, blocked extra point and horrendous kickoff coverage all led to Clemson's loss. It was the most kickoff return yardage ever against a Clemson team. As Coleman said, "Special teams are going to get better because it can't get any worse."

The coaching staff didn't make the necessary adjustments at halftime to solidify the kickoff team. They also made some very questionable decisions like not having Davis in the game in overtime on a goal line situation and opting to settle for overtime instead of taking a chance or two downfield. They also had no sense of urgency on the final drive of the first half, which resulted in no points.

If Clemson has taken it to the next level, as most believed it had, these are the games the Tigers are supposed to win. In only the second week of the season, the Tigers are in a hold and have to pull off an upset next week at Florida State in order to stay alive for a division title. Top Stories