The two early interceptions by Kyle Parker set the tone in the first half that this was not going to be Clemson's day on the offensive side of the ball. Fortunately, C.J. Spiller picked up the pace on the ground and on special teams as Clemson's offense failed to score a touchdown in four trips into the red zone and was lackluster in converting third down conversions all day. In what turned out to be a strange game due to two lightning delays, at least credit the offense for putting together a scoring drive to provide the final margin of victory after Boston College captured momentum with its only touchdown. Still, at the end of the day one thing remains crystal clear: this is a team built on defense, special teams and C.J. Spiller ... the offense remains a work in progress.
All you need to know is this ... at halftime Boston College managed one first down (and that came on a pass interference penalty) and had -2 yards of total offense. It was domination in every sense of the word as the Tigers attacked from the beginning, and continued to be physical and opportunistic the rest of the way. The only offense B.C. could muster was on a drive built around the quarterback draw, and even that ended in a Da'Quan Bowers sack. Also, DeAndre McDaniel now has four interceptions in three games this year after picking off a first half pass and continues to play at an extremely high level. Rashard Hall and Jonathan Meeks even recorded interceptions as well. The only touchdown the defense gave up came after Andre Ellington fumbled deep in Clemson territory after the first lightning delay. Simply put, it was lights out for the Eagles Saturday afternoon.
Richard Jackson's 52-yard field goal in the driving rain put Clemson up 19-0 before the first lightning delay. (Getty Images)
C.J. Spiller's first punt return for a touchdown in his career couldn't have come at a better time as his 77-yard scoring march helped ease the pain of two early interceptions and was critical in paving the way for the win. Richard Jackson was also perfect, connecting on 6-of-6 field goals, including a 52-yarder in a driving rain midway through the third quarter. Simply put, Clemson's special teams were the reason the Tigers were able to score the points they did Saturday afternoon.
It was a solid effort- especially on defense, but as we've maintained for weeks the offense remains a work in progress. While the offensive line was adequate, it was far from consistent against B.C.'s front four. In addition, Kyle Parker's decision-making now comes into focus after a couple of early interceptions. Clearly Billy Napier realized he wouldn't have to beat B.C. throwing the ball after that and became more conservative with his game plan, which was the correct call. Overall, a solid performance, especially considering the two lengthy delays, but there is plenty of work left to be done before this team is clicking on all cylinders.
It was a game reminiscent of 1988 instead of 2009. The Tigers won with their defense and special teams, pounding the opposition whenever given the opportunity. It was thought during the preseason this team would have to win ugly early on, and that's exactly what it did against Boston College. While any win is a good one, especially within the division, a much more consistent performance is needed out of Kyle Parker and the Clemson offense next week to beat No. 15 TCU.