The No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers showed their resolve as they fought back from a 28-13 deficit at halftime to defeat the Boston College Eagles 34-28. The win moved Clemson to 7-0 on the year. Clemson was without start QB Trevor Lawrence who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. Lawrence will also miss the big game next week against No. 4 Notre Dame.
Freshman QB D.J. Uiagalelei made his first career start for the Tigers. He finished with three total touchdowns, two from passing, and threw for 342 yards. After falling behind 7-0, Uiagalelei threw his first touchdown pass to running back Travis Etienne for 35 yards. Boston College would score three touchdowns to just a couple of field goals for the Tigers to end the half.
The defense stepped up, and Boston College didn’t score again. The Tigers closed the gap to 28-20 in the third quarter after a 30-yard touchdown run by Uiagalelei. After an Eagle punt, the Tigers scored again, this time on an 8-yard pass to Amari Rodgers. A failed two-point conversion saw Boston College with a slim 28-26 lead. The Tigers sacked Boston College’s QB four times and held the Eagles to 66 yards in the second half. Boston College went 0-5 on third down after the half.
Clemson took the lead in the fourth quarter with another touchdown and added a safety to come out on top. Etienne rushed 20 times for 84 yards and a score. He added seven receptions for 140 yards and a score. Rodgers had seven receptions for 66 yards and the score. Cornell Powell finished with 11 receptions for 105 yards.
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