Notebook: Davis Surprised by Call

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Clemson was only 25 yards from being in Jad Dean's field goal range in the final minute, but the Tigers opted to play it safe and head into overtime.

Not only were all of the media in the press box surprised by that decision, but so was Tigers star tailback James Davis.

"I was really wondering why we didn't call a timeout," he said. "I thought if we called a timeout and get a really good play called, but once again, I was kind of lost."

There was also an odd circumstance in the first overtime when Clemson had the ball at the 3. Instead of having Davis, who had already scored a touchdown, on the field, freshman C.J. Spiller was in there.

He did a wide sweep to the right and lost four yards.

"I wanted to be in there, but the coaches make the decision," Davis said. "I didn't know it was a run play."

Offense rolls up big numbers
The Tigers compiled 438 yards of total offense in regulation, 343 of which came via the pass, and they were still unable to pull away from Boston College, which only had 322 yards of total offense at the end of regulation.

By the time the game was over, Clemson had 490 yards of offense, which is certainly more than enough to get a win.

"We scored 33 points and had 500 total yards and we lost the game," Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said. "Obviously that magnifies the importance of special teams, which we did a poor job of."

Tigers lose another defender
Clemson lost its third defensive starter when safety Michael Hamlin hurt his foot late in the fourth quarter.

It was so severe that he took his pads off and was placed on crutches.

According to cornerback Duane Coleman, Hamlin said he expects to miss at least two weeks.

Spiller goes the distance
In only his second game, Spiller showed everyone why he was so highly recruited out of high school when he took a simple screen pass and dashed 82 yards for a touchdown.

It was the longest touchdown catch by a freshman in Clemson history and the fourth-longest overall.

"I had looked at some old high school tapes to see what got me to Clemson," he said. "I was very hard on myself after the first game. I wasn't using my speed. I wasn't hitting the holes quick enough."

Quick Hits
Receiver Tyler Grisham scored his first-career touchdown in the first quarter on a 22-yard pass. … Spiller lined up in the slot a few times as a receiver. … Punter Cole Chason was asked to kickoff late in the fourth quarter instead of regular kicker Jad Dean. Chason was supposed to kick it high and short and make the Eagles call a fair catch, but it didn't happen and they returned it close to the 50. …

After not converting a single third down last year against Boston College, the Tigers had four in the first quarter and finished the game 9-of-18. … At the end of the first quarter, Clemson had 143 yards of total offense, while the Eagles had minus three.

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