The Clemson Tigers didn’t look pretty at times, but showed resilience in a 34-7 victory over Boston College to move to 4-0 on the season.
In a game where they were tied with the Eagles after three quarters, Clemson’s 27-point fourth-quarter scoring binge turned an ugly game into a more cosmetic result in the end.
The Tigers ran for 342 yards against Boston College, 164 of those yards coming in the 4th quarter. While Tavien Feaster made his first start, it was Travis Etienne who scored twice including a 50-yard scamper to give the Tigers a two-score lead.
Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Elliott commented on both Etienne and Feaster’s contributions to the game:
Kelly Bryant used his legs more than his arm in this contest, running for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
He faced pressure from BC’s front most of the afternoon, and was hit as he threw one of his two interceptions.
Bryant addressed facing adversity, the use of designed runs versus reads, and the continued impressiveness of Etienne:
The one throw Bryant made when he needed it the most was a 23-yard fade route to Diondre Overton, which set up Adam Choice’s six-yard touchdown to break the 7-7 tie in the 4th Quarter.
Overton discussed the confidence Bryant had in him postgame:
It was another showcase game for the Clemson defense, whose only touchdown allowed came on a short field following an interception. Kendall Joseph led the Tigers in tackles and showed how much he’s grown as a bigger contributor for the Tigers linebacking corps:
The Clemson defense was on its heels the entire game in the field position battle, as BC’s average starting field position was their own 36, compared to Clemson’s average start at their own 24.
Austin Bryant said despite not pitching a shutout, the defense once again learned some valuable lessons about how much they are capable of in carrying this team:
Dabo Swinney offered his thoughts on the game, on Etienne and how his team responded from adversity:
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