NOTES: Clemson at Boston College

Boston College holds a 8-7-2 advantage in the series with Clemson dating back to 1939.

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- 17 tie.

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 College victory.

.•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 championship.

•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 series.

•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 1942-52.

•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 2006
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 three overtimes.

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, TX.

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 2007.

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 1958.

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 close 2007. Top Stories