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Clemson 19, Boston College 13: BC offense sputters in frustrating loss

Boston College v Clemson Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Clemson’s offense struggled as advertised, with BC’s defense holding them off for most of the game after giving up an early touchdown.

Unfortunately, the Eagles offense could not take advantage of the opportunity.

BC picked up just 368 net yards of offense, with multiple late drives stalling out in Clemson territory, and the Tigers held on for a 19-13 win over BC, on a weird. choppy night in Death Valley.

It was an evening of momentum swings, as Clemson missed opportunities to bury BC early while the Eagles battled a severe case of the yips on their first few drives.

In the second half, the script was flipped.

BC tied the game 13-13 just one minute in to the second half on a Pat Garwo rushing touchdown, swinging the momentum in BC’s favor.

Following the BC touchdown, the defense forced multiple 3-and-outs, and BC’s special teams unit came up with a punt block to give BC the ball in Clemson territory and a chance to seize control of the game.

They couldn’t do it. BC had multiple negative-yardage drives, including the key drive after the punt block. While Clemson never really got their offense revved up, they did just enough to push in to BC territory and score two field goals and pull away to a 19-13 win.

BC had an opportunity to drive for the win late, pushing down to the Clemson 11 yard line, before Dennis Grosel fumbled the snap and turned the ball over, ending the game.

There were certainly some positives on the night. The defense was outstanding (albeit against a team that has struggled mightily on offense), with multiple players, particularly Brandon Sebastian, making some big defensive plays. Connor Lytton hit two more field goals, and Trae Barry made some clutch catches.

But at the end of the day it’s a major disappointment, as BC dropped a winnable game and a chance to make a splash on the road and beat Clemson for the first time in over a decade.

The Eagles picked up a number of frustrating penalties, including back-to-back false starts on their drive in the final three minutes attempting to come back. The Eagles ended up taking 10 penalties for 60 yards. BC also had a number of overthrows and missed plays that they will certainly regret when they look back at the film.

BC will now take the bye week to recover before hosting NC State on October 16.