MOST COMPLETE GAME OF THE YEAR: Not surprisingly, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Saturday's performance against Wake Forest was his team's most complete performance of the year.
The Tigers entered the game as 8.5 point favorites and ended up winning by 34 against the defending ACC champions.
"I've gone through every snap on defense and special teams," Bowden said. "It was probably a complete game from top to bottom. This team, a Jim Grobe-coached team, they break one on special teams, score on defense. We didn't have any turnovers. They had one turnover. We made a play on special teams. It was our most complete game a very good time."
Bowden also said his team is playing more consistent than what they did during the four-game winning streak to open the season.
"Seems like we are playing consistently a little longer," he said.
EYE ON NEXT WEEK: The Tigers will face off with Boston College next weekend in Memorial Stadium at 7:45 PM. The winner of the game will advance to the ACC Championship game in Jacksonville on Dec. 1.
The Eagles, which were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country two weeks ago, are coming off consecutive losses to Florida State and Maryland and are now ranked 18th.
"Being we were No. 2 in the nation to losing two straight, it obviously goes from an extreme high to an extreme low," linebacker Mark Herzlich told reporters after his team's 42-35 loss at Byrd Stadium Saturday night. "Next week we need to come out and show we should be on top of the ACC."
Clemson has lost to Boston College both times since the Eagles joined the conference, including a 16-13 overtime loss in 2005 in Death Valley and a 34-33 double overtime last year in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Bowden said Sunday it didn't matter to him whether or not Boston College won or lost this past weekend. He also said he's been very impressed with QB Matt Ryan.
"I've seen him perform too much. He's a senior. He's one of the leaders of that team. They didn't have to beat Maryland to win the ACC and Maryland had to win to get to be bowl eligible. I think you'll see a little more focused team this week than what we saw last week," he said.
Bowden also said he expects Saturday's game against Boston College to have the same kind of environment seen at last year's Georgia Tech game.
"I'd say it will be like Georgia Tech last year where the crowd was really into it. That type of environment," he said.
Clemson Sports Information Director Tim Bourret said Saturday's game would be televised on ESPN-2.
QUICK HITS: There were no new major injuries to report after Saturday's game. Tyler Grisham suffered a sprained ankle but it is not believed to be serious. ... Clemson moved up to No. 16 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the AP poll after Saturday's win. The Tigers are currently the second-highest ranked team in the ACC behind Virginia Tech (10 - USA Today, 10 - AP).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You never know, but being down 31-8 at halftime and not having a large senior group. As it turns out, may have been a pretty big part of this four-game winning streak. As you look back on it, we found a little bit our team in that game." -- Tommy Bowden on the season possibly turning around at halftime of the Virginia Tech game.
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