Clemson 59, Boston College 7
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 26, 2019
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Recap for Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
CLEMSON – Riding the arm of Trevor Lawrence and the legs of Travis Etienne, No. 4 Clemson dismantled Boston College 59-7 on Saturday night.
The Tigers, who dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25 this week despite not losing a game yet this season, played like a team on a mission against the Eagles in scoring on each of their six first-half possessions (five touchdowns, one field goal).
Clemson has won 23 consecutive games, the nation’s longest active winning streak, and has won 20 games in a row at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers (8-0, 6-0 ACC) are 8-0 for the eighth time in school history (and fourth in the last five seasons) as they pursue a fifth consecutive Atlantic Division title and ACC championship.
Clemson has won nine consecutive games against Boston College and is 11-4 against the Eagles since they joined the ACC in 2005.
The Tigers scored early and often to build a 38-7 halftime lead. Clemson amassed 394 yards and averaged 9.6 yards per play in the first half.
Lawrence completed 16 of 19 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the game, and added eight carries for 42 yards before leaving the game after the Tigers’ second possession of the third quarter.
His touchdown passes covered 19 yards to Amari Rodgers and 22 and 63 yards to Diondre Overton. Overton also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Chase Brice, giving him three receptions for a career-high 119 yards.
Thirteen different receivers caught at least one pass for Clemson, which substituted beginning midway through the third quarter.
Etienne, the Tigers’ junior running back, rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns in his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
Clemson amassed 674 yards, marking the third time this season the Tigers have totaled 600 yards or more.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s defense shut down Boston College, holding the Eagles to 177 yards. The Tigers have held all eight of their opponents this season to fewer than 300 yards.
Boston College (4-4, 2-3), which was coming off a 429-yard rushing day in a win against N.C. State last week, managed 97 yards on 44 rushing attempts for an average of 2.2 per rush.
ACC rushing leader A.J. Dillon had 76 yards on 19 carries, but did become the school’s all-time leading rusher on an 18-yard carry in the third quarter, passing Andre Williams.
Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel was on the run all night and completed only 3 of 14 passes for 53 yards.
Clemson defensive end Logan Rudolph added a 39-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
–Field Level Media