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#5 Clemson 34, Boston College 17: By The Numbers

The statistical breakdown from the loss to the Clemson Tigers.

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4. The number of games this year where the Boston College rushing game's been kept below 200 yards. Unsurprisingly, the four games have all been games in which the Eagles were defeated. They ran for 139 yards against Florida State, 164 against Duke, and 196 against Wake Forest before rushing for 159 last night against Clemson. And for anyone who says "well 196 is 200," if BC could've ran an extra four yards, they would've won that game.

4. Games in which BC hasn't thrown for 100 yards. They are currently 1-3 in those scenarios, having thrown for 56 yards against Florida State, 92 yards against Northern Illinois (the lone victory), 74 last week against Wake Forest, and 87 this week against Clemson.

10. Punts against Clemson. Alex Howell ranks 3rd in the FBS in total number of punts on the season with 49. He trails Miami-Ohio's Christian Koch (53) and Kent State's Anthony Melchiori (58). Howell is one of only four punters on the season with 2,000 gross punting yards.

4. The 420 yards by Clemson on Saturday is the fourth highest total allowed by Boston College in the history of their program. It was also only the sixth time the Eagles ever allowed a 400-yard passer. They've allowed one 500-yard passing game against them—508 yards by Brigham Young in 1985.

4. First downs allowed by BC due to penalties. The all-time record is five, set by multiple teams throughout the course of Eagle history. The Eagles surrendered 14 first downs on the year due to the dreaded yellow hanky. The record is 23 set in 1995.

65. Through seven games on the season (but removing the Howard game), BC's scored 65 total points. Removing the highest scoring game as an outlier through the same segment of games, BC's scored the lowest amount of points through its first six of seven games since 1978. That year, BC scored 51 points in six of their first seven games, removing the most points scored as an outlier. Their record in 1978? 0-11. (Big thanks to Coach for that stat)

1. Despite giving up 532 yards, Boston College remains the #1-ranked defense in the nation as of Sunday morning. If anything, they now have truer numbers to offset the Howard game. They've allowed only 1,374 yards this season, 100 less than second-ranked Michigan.

304. The number of yards difference in single-game highs allowed this year. Clemson talled 532 yards of offense, the highest amount allowed since Arizona notched 529 against the Eagles in the Advocare V100 Bowl two years ago. The next highest total this season allowed is 228 by Duke.

2. The number of 100-yard rushing games allowed by BC. Clemson rushed for 112 yards, a season high. Florida State previously rushed for 110 against the BC defense.

11. Number of quarters in between touchdowns surrendered by the BC defense until Clemson scored on the 75-yard score in the first quarter. It was also the first touchdown drive of 15 yards or longer since the first drive of the Florida State game.

1. Number of times this year an opponent scored on consecutive drives against the Eagles. It happened when Clemson kicked a field goal on their ensuing drive after the touchdown.

3.1. The average number of yards per rush by Clemson. Wayne Gallman and Deshaun Watson combined for 28 carries, but neither broke three yards per rush. BC, meanwhile, averaged 4.2 yards per rush, including 95 yards on 15 carries from Myles Willis in his return to action.

32. Percent passing by Jeff Smith, who went 7-22 for 87 yards and a touchdown. Smith had a long, 39-yard completion to Tyler Rouse, so if you take that pass away, he only went 6-21 for 48 yards.