Boston College holds a 8-7-2 advantage in the series with Clemson, a series that dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. That was a landmark victory for the Clemson program, the school's first bowl game and the school's first ever win over a top 20 team. Boston College was ranked 11th in the nation entering the game. Clemson won 6-3 behind 115 yards rushing from Charlie Timmons and four pass deflections in the fourth quarter by Clemson legend Banks McFadden.
•This will be the 18th meeting between
Clemson and Boston College. Only Miami (FL)
had played Boston College more among ACC
teams entering this season.
•Two of Clemson's victories in the series
took place during undefeated Tiger seasons.
Clemson won 26-19 in 1948 on the way to a
perfect 11-0 season, and won 35-14 in 1950 on
the way to a 9-0-1 season.
• In 1983, in Boston, the Eagles
gained a 31-16 win behind Doug Flutie. Clemson
had a 16-3 lead with 25 minutes left in the
game, but the Eagles went on a 28-0 run to end
the contest behind Flutie. Flutie was 20-36 for
223 yards and two touchdowns against a Clemson
defense that featured All-American William
Perry. The Eagles gained 504 yards of total
offense on the night, 281 rushing and 223 passing.
It was Clemson's only loss in 1983 (9-1-1).
•The two teams tied in a 1982 game
in Death Valley. The game was televised by
CBS on a regional basis, the first CBS broadcast
from Clemson Memorial Stadium. Clemson
had a 14-0 lead at intermission, but sophomore
quarterback Doug Flutie led Boston College back
to take a 17-14 lead. The Tigers tied the game
in the fourth quarter, on a field goal by Donald
Igwebuike, who played soccer and football for
the Tigers that fall. Igwebuike then had another
attempt from 43 yards with eight seconds left,
but the kick missed and the game ended in a 17-
Clemson won the total offense battle,
370-343. The Tigers had 218 yards rushing led
by Cliff Austin, who had 20-94. Flutie was 18-
35 for 242 yards and a touchdown. Clemson's
Homer Jordan was 13-25 for 152 yards. Frank
Magwood led Clemson receivers with 103 yards
on six catches, the only 100-yard receiving game
of his Clemson career.
*Clemson had just two losses and two
ties over a three-year period from 1981-83. One
of the losses and one of the ties came against
Boston College in that 1982-83 period.
.•The 2005 game at Clemson was an overtime
meeting, a 16-13 Boston College victory, It
was the first game between the two schools as
an ACC matchup. The game was tied 10-10
at the end of regulation. The two teams played
another overtime affair in 2006, a 34-33 Boston
.•Boston College won last year's game at
Clemson 20-17 in a game that decided the Atlantic
Division championship. Thus, Boston College
has beaten Clemson three years in a row by
three points or less with two of the game decided
in overtime. In each season, had Clemson won
the game it would have won the Atlantic Division
•Clemson has not beaten Boston
College since 1958, a 34-12 victory at Clemson.
Boston College has a 5-0-1 lead in the
last six games that have been played since that
Tiger victory. They have won four in a row in the
•The two teams played three games
at famed Fenway Park in Boston, the home of
the Boston Red Sox. Clemson won the first
meeting there in 1941 (fall after Ted Williams hit
.406 for the Red Sox) by a 26-13 score. The
same two teams met at Fenway the following
year, and Boston College won, 14-7. The two
teams played to a 14-14 tie in 1953 at Fenway.
So the series stands at 1-1-1 in games played
at Fenway Park. The two teams also played
at Braves Field in Boston, then the home of
the National League's Boston Braves (now the
Atlanta Braves). Clemson had a 3-1 advantage
in games played at Braves Field all between
•Boston College has a 3-2-1 lead in
the series in games played at Clemson. Clemson
has never won at Alumni Stadium, as BC is
a perfect 3-0.
Two Straight Overtime Match-ups in 2005 and
Clemson and Boston College played
to overtime in 2005 and 2006 and BC won both
games. Boston College won the 2005 meeting
between the two teams at Death Valley by a
16-13 score in overtime. Then the Eagles won
in 2006 in Boston by a 34-33 score in double
overtime. This is not the only Clemson series vs.
an ACC team in which back-to-back games went
to overtime. In 2004 and 2005, Clemson split
consecutive overtime games with Miami (FL).
Clemson won the 2004 game in the Orange
Bowl by a 24-17 score in one overtime, then in
2005 the Hurricanes beat Clemson, 36-30, in
O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy to the Winner
For the first time, Clemson and Boston
College will play for a trophy. The Boston College
Gridiron Club is sponsoring the O'Rourke-
McFadden Trophy, which will be presented to
the winner of the Clemson vs. Boston College
game on November 1. The trophy features two
Leather Helmet replicas of those used by Charlie
O'Rourke of Boston College and Banks McFadden
of Clemson, when they competed against
each other in the 1940 Cotton Bowl in Dallas,
In addition to the trophy presentation,
the Boston College Gridiron Club will present a
replica leather helmet to the MVP of the winning
school. The helmet will reflect the colors of the winning team.
The Boston College Gridiron Club developed
the idea in order to honor the tradition at
both schools and to honor the legacy of Charlie
O'Rourke and Banks McFadden, who played
during the leather helmet era. The club plans to
make this an annual presentation. Clemson and
Boston College are both in the Atlantic Division
of the ACC and will play every year.
O'Rourke led Boston College from the
quarterback position to a 26-3-2 record in his
three years as the quarterback of the Eagles between
1938-40. One of those three losses was
to McFadden and Clemson in the 1940 Cotton
Bowl. O'Rourke had his jersey retired at Boston
College and was inducted into the College Football
Hall of Fame in 1972.
McFadden led the Tigers to a 9-1
record in 1939 as the starting quarterback. Regarded
as the greatest all-around Clemson athlete
of the 20th Century, he was an All-American
in football and basketball at Clemson. The 1939
football team finished 12th in the final AP poll,
Clemson's first top 20 season on record, and the
win over Boston College in the Cotton Bowl was
Clemson's first bowl appearance. In the spring
of 1939 he led Clemson to the Southern Conference
Basketball championship. McFadden was
inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
in 1959, Clemson's first inductee.
Clemson Veterans vs. Boston College
Kevin Alexander (DE)—Did not record a tackle in special teams duty in 2006.
Had four tackles, including a sack, and one quarterback pressure in 22 snaps in
Thomas Austin (OL)—Graded out at 86 percent with 4.5 knockdown blocks and
one intimidation block as a starter in 2007.
Crezdon Butler (CB)—Recorded two tackles in eight snaps in 2006. Had four
tackles in 57 snaps as a starter in 2007.
Chris Chancellor (CB)—Had four tackles in 27 plays in 2006. Registered three
tackles and broke up two passes in 66 plays as a starter in 2007.
Chris Clemons (FS)—Recorded two tackles in only six snaps as a freshman in
2005. Had ten tackles in 70 snaps as a starter in 2006. Recorded 14 tackles and
broke up one pass in 87 snaps as a starter in 2007.
James Davis (RB)—Had eight carries for 44 yards and one reception for one yard
as a freshman starter in 2005. Ran 24 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns
as a starter in 2006. Rushed for 10 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and
had one kick return for 13 yards as a starter in 2007.
Tyler Grisham (WR)—Did not have a catch in only eight snaps as a freshman in
2005. Had four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown in 2006. Caught ten
passes for 89 yards and had one carry for five yards as a starter in 2007.
Michael Hamlin (SS)—Registered four tackles in 25 snaps as a freshman in 2005.
Had five tackles, including a tackle for loss, in 59 snaps as a starter in 2006.
Recorded ten tackles in 87 snaps as a starter in 2007.
Cullen Harper (QB)—Completed 26 of 40 passes for 226 yards and one rushing
touchdown as a starter in 2007.
Rashaad Jackson (DT)—Had six tackles, including two tackles for loss, in 20
snaps as a freshman in 2005. Recorded three tackles in 23 snaps in 2006. Had
three tackles, including one sack, in 40 snaps in 2007.
Aaron Kelly (WR)—Caught five passes for 38 yards as a freshman starter in 2005.
Had two receptions for 43 yards as a starter in 2006. Had eight catches for 70
yards as a starter in 2007.
Jimmy Maners (P)—Had four punts for 149 yards, averaging 37.3 yards per punt,
as a starter in 2007.
DeAndre McDaniel (LB)—Recorded one tackle and one interception in 48 snaps
as a freshman in 2007.
Ricky Sapp (DE)—Did not register a tackle in 17 snaps as a freshman in 2006.
Had five tackles and three quarterback pressures in 72 snaps as a starter in 2007.
Dorell Scott (DT)—Recorded one tackle in only three plays as a freshman in
2005. Had four tackles in 41 snaps as a starter in 2006. Recorded eight tackles,
including two tackles for loss and one sack, and one quarterback pressure in 54 snaps as a starter in 2007.
C.J. Spiller (RB)—Rushed for 31 yards on five carries, caught three passes for 82
yards and a touchdown, and returned three kicks for 58 yards as a freshman in
2006. Had 11 carries for 52 yards, one catch for ten yards, one kick return for 19
yards, and three punt returns for six yards in 2007.
Tigers Looking for Strong November
Clemson will need a strong November to become bowl eligible for
a 10th consecutive year. Clemson has a 3-4 record through seven games
and must finish with seven wins to become bowl eligible because the Tigers
have two wins against FCS teams. Only one can be counted toward
the six wins needed for a FBS team to be bowl eligible.
Making a strong drive at the end of the season toward bowl eligibility
has taken place recently, however. The Tigers are 15-6 in the month of
November over the last six seasons, including a 3-1 record in 2007 and a
3-0 mark in 2005. The only year in the last six that Clemson had a losing
mark in November was in 2006 when Clemson was 1-2. The Tigers have
five November games this year, the first time that has been the case since
This is the first time Clemson has been 3-4 after seven games
since the 2004 season when Clemson started 1-4, then won five of its last
six to reach a 6-5 record. Clemson also won five of its last six in 2003, six
of its last seven in 2005 and five of its last six regular season games to
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