With next weekend’s enormous game with Florida State on the horizon, the Tigers almost got caught looking ahead.
Instead, Clemson rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to knock off the Eagles 24-14.
It was an ugly offensive performance for Clemson, who looked out of sync from the outset. On the opening drive, All-ACC quarterback Tajh Boyd put the ball on the ground twice, and although he recovered both, the drive ended with a missed 25-yard field goal.
While Boyd’s numbers for the game look outstanding, he was out of rhythm and missed several open receivers. In fact, the entire offense was out of sorts. They only converted 4-of-17 third-down attempts, and really struggled to convert when they had chances to score.
Roderick McDowell and Zac Brooks each fumbled in the first half, halting what looked to be promising drives. In addition, superstar wide receiver Sammy Watkins had two drops with no defenders anywhere near him.
It was the type of performance that opened the door for a potentially season-altering upset. Instead, Boyd and Watkins hooked up for a 48-yard touchdown bomb in the third quarter, and eventually took the lead for good with a six-yard Boyd run in the fourth.
If not for a very solid defensive performance, the Tigers might not have made it to next Saturday’s showdown undefeated. The Clemson defense held Boston College to 286 yards and held Andre Williams to 2.9 yards per carry for the day.
With Florida State next on the schedule, the Tigers better get things ironed out offensively. It’s hard to imagine their defense slowing down Jameis Winston and company like they did today against BC.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.