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Food Chain: Top Five Best Boston College Football Finishes In ACC Atlantic Division Play

Part of Clemson week ...

Brian: In six seasons in the ACC, BC has gone 20-9 against Atlantic Division opponents. In those 29 (30 really #vacated) games, there has been no shortage of exciting finishes, many of which involved the Clemson Tigers. Today we play a game of Food Chain, considering these eight games and ranking the top five finishes of the last six years of ACC divisional play.


Boston College 20, Clemson 17 (November 17, 2007)

Trailing 19-17 with less than two minutes to play, Matt Ryan finds a wide open Rich Gunnell for the 43-yard go-ahead touchdown. On the ensuing drive, Clemson drives to the BC 30 before Roderick Rollins crucial sack backs the Tigers' offense back seven yards. Mark Buchholz 54-yard game-tying field goal attempt falls way short, and the Eagles escape Death Valley with their first outright ACC Atlantic Division title.

Boston College 27, Wake Forest 24 (OT) (September 26, 2009)

With BC up 3 in overtime, Wake QB Riley Skinner drives the Deacons offense to the BC 3, just three yards away from a game-winning score. However, on first and goal from the BC 3, Skinner ran left without blockers, Isaac Johnson forced the fumble and Wes Davis pulled in the game-winning fumble recovery.

Boston College 34, Clemson 33 (2 OT) (September 9, 2006)

JoLonn Dunbar blocked a Clemson XP attempt in the second overtime, then L.V. Whitworth and Ryan Ohliger combined for the winning points as the Eagles won the 2006 ACC opener holding off Clemson 34-33.

Boston College 38, N.C. State 31 (October 4, 2008)

BC QB Chris Crane scampers around the left side for a 13-yard touchdown with 22.8 seconds left to give the visiting Eagles a 38-31 victory over N.C. State. Crane had a monster day in Raleigh, throwing for 428 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns (2 passing, 3 rushing). This game was won in the final seconds because BC blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead.

Boston College 24, Wake Forest 21 (November 22, 2008)

Dominique Davis came on in relief of an injured Chris Crane and led the Eagles on a game-winning TD drive with 1:12 remaining to lead the Eagles past Wake Forest 24-21, keeping its ACC Atlantic Division title hopes alive.

Boston College 16, Clemson 13 (OT) (September 24, 2005)

In a dud of a game during regulation, after holding the Clemson offense to a field goal on its first possession in OT, Matt Ryan marched the Eagles down the field with Brian Toal scoring the 1 yard touchdown to earn a 16-13 victory. The win was BC's first in the ACC after losing the ACC opener to Florida State the previous week.

Boston College 35, Wake Forest 30 (October 15, 2005)

Despite having five turnovers on a wet and windy day, Matt Ryan led the Eagles on back-to-back fourth quarter TD drives to overcome a 30-21 fourth quarter deficit. Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for a 38-yard TD pass with 2:30 left. On the ensuing Eagles possession, Ryan hit Kevin Challenger in the corner of the end zone and managed to keep one foot in-bounds with just over a minute to play. The Eagles would win 35-30. Ryan went 7-of-9 for 134 yards and 2 TDs in relief of Quinton Porter.

Boston College 24, Florida State 19 (October 21, 2006)

Leading 24-17 with the ball on its own 11, BC's Brian Dempsey rushed the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety. On the ensuing FSU drive, QB Drew Weatherford hit Chris Davis for a 13 yard reception to the BC 42 before his next pass was picked off in the end zone by Larry Anam to seal the 24-19 victory in Tallahassee.

Brian's Food Chain

5. Boston College 16, Clemson 13 (OT)
4. Boston College 24, Wake Forest 21
3. Boston College 34, Clemson 33 (2 OT)
2. Boston College 20, Clemson 17
1. Boston College 35, Wake Forest 30 -- Matt Ryan does it again

Jeff's Food Chain

5. Boston College 27, Wake Forest 24 (OT)
4. Boston College 35, Wake Forest 30
3. Boston College 34, Clemson 33 (2OT)
2. Boston College 16, Clemson 13 (OT) -- First ACC road win
1. Boston College 20, Clemson 17 -- Going to the 'Ship