Davis Ready for Big Finish

CLEMSON - While his senior season hasn't gone quite as expected, Clemson running back James Davis is still planning to end his career in Tigertown with a bang.

The numbers through his first seven games this year are far from staggering ... 81 carries for 441 yards and five touchdowns.

And his team's overall record of 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC is fairly disappointing, especially considering the Tigers started the year ranked No. 9 in the country.

But that doesn't stop senior running back James Davis from smiling when talking about his career at Clemson.

"I wouldn't change anything about what I've been able to accomplish at Clemson," Davis said. "We've had our ups and downs here but you get that at any school. I'll always love Clemson. I always have and that's never going to change."

Davis, like the rest of his teammates, is still making the transition and literally putting the pieces back in place after what's been a crazy last couple of weeks.

Of course the past three games, all close losses within the conference have been difficult to swallow, but there was also a change at the top with former head coach Tommy Bowden electing to resign midseason.

Davis was one of the more emotional players the day the announcement came down almost two weeks ago.

"It was tough to see Coach Bowden go," he told CUTigers.com. "Coach Bowden was one of the main reasons I came here and it was tough on a lot of us the day all that came out. But we know what we've got ahead of us and what we need to do from here on out. Coach Swinney has energized this program and we are rallying behind him trying to get this thing turned around."

If the Tigers are in fact going to turn the season around, it will have to start against a team that has been anything but kind to them since joining the ACC in the Boston College Eagles.

In three tries since 2005 the Tigers have come unbelievably close but painfully short against the physical Eagles in each and every game.

In 2005 it was a 16-13 overtime loss in Death Valley that left the Tigers reeling just a week removed from another overtime setback at home against Miami.

A year later, this time in Chestnut Hill, Mass. it was a triple overtime defeat 34-33 after a missed extra point and multiple missed opportunities deep in the red zone cost Clemson a chance to win.

Last year, it was a 43-yard touchdown pass in the last two minutes of the game on busted coverage in the Clemson secondary that completed a B.C. comeback, 20-17.

And making matters worse, the last two losses kept Clemson out of the ACC Championship game and the first one certainly didn't help.

And now the Tigers face Boston College again after their second and final off-week of the 2008 season.

"These guys have done a good job of making plays with the game on the line," Davis said. "We've just got to find a way to make one more play. And that's probably how the game is going to be this year too. It's going to be close.

"We just need to make one more play and we'll be okay."

And not surprisingly, despite the struggles of the 2008 season thus far, Davis, like all of his teammates chooses to remain positive.

"We are going to turn this thing around," he said. "We have to. This team is too good be in the position we are in right now. We just need to close this thing down with some wins and we'll be alright."

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