GRADES: Tigers Fall to BC

CLEMSON – Following each game, every phase of the Clemson team will be given a letter grade. Here are this week's grades following the Tigers' 20-17 loss to Boston College Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

OFFENSE: D Other than the opening drive and the score late in the fourth quarter, the offense was pretty bad. There was no consistency whatsoever as the Boston College defense controlled the line of scrimmage. James Davis had 12 carries for 10 yards. Time and time again, Clemson couldn't convert short yardage downs into first down. Nothing showed that more than having it first-and-goal from the 2 and having to settle for a field goal. The Tigers were 4-for-4 on third down conversions on their opening drive and then went 3-for-12 the rest of the way.

DEFENSE: B- For the most part, the defense kept Matt Ryan and the Boston College offense in check. Through three quarters, the Eagles had only three points and gave the offense plenty of time to gain separation. However, Boston College scored 17 fourth quarter points to erase most of the good work the Tigers had done defensively. The Eagles only gained 60 yards rushing on 34 attempts.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C Placekicker Mark Buchholz missed a field goal of 46 yards and then one from an impossible distance of 55 yards to end the game. Clemson's special teams weren't bad at all, but they didn't do anything to help the team, either.

COACHING: C There were several questionable calls on offense that led everyone in the press box to scratch their heads. After the first score by Clemson, it almost seemed as if the Tigers thought it was going to be that easy all game. The offense was listless and didn't have the fire it had showed the last four weeks.

OVERALL: D+ This is a game Clemson should have won. Tommy Bowden said last week that if the Eagles were to win that it would be because they were the better team. That's not the case. The Tigers should have won this game, but as has been the case so many times in recent memory, Clemson failed to produce back-to-back big wins. This was the biggest game for the Tigers in roughly two decades and it ended with a loss. Top Stories