CLEMSON — The No. 2/4 Clemson Tigers (8-0, 6-0 ACC) celebrated Homecoming in a big way Saturday, as they defeated the Boston College Eagles (4-4, 2-3 ACC) by a final score of 59-7 at Death Valley.
"This was probably our best game, and it should be," head coach Dabo Swinney said. "I thought that our mindset was awesome to see. Our guys came ready to play and were excited to play and the physicality of the game that was coming in here and we were excited to play.
"But we're 8-0 and it's on to the next one."
The Tigers jumped on top of the Eagles with 17 points in the first quarter, as quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed six of six passes for 92 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Diondre Overton.
Running back Travis Etienne recorded the first Tiger touchdown after he scampered in to the end zone from 3 yards out that added to their opening drive field goal.
"Just guys were ready to play, great energy on both sides of the ball," Swinney said. "It all starts with winning the line of scrimmage, but we were really dominant on both sides of the ball."
The Eagles, after punting on their first three possession, found the end zone after 15-play drive that took 5:44 off the clock was capped by AJ Dillon's 9-yard touchdown run that cut the lead to 17-7.
They had one long drive on us, but we (did) a great job with everything else," Swinney said. "Trevor's played great, the backs, we've had a lot of guys touch the ball and made some plays in space. We thought we had an advantage in space and really took advantage of it.'
Clemson answered the Eagle score, as Lawrence continued his perfect half and Etienne continued his dominance on the ground. Lawrence found Justyn Ross for a 24-yard gain and Etienne rushed for 39 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 24-7.
The Tigers continued to add to their lead, following Boston College's third punt of the first half. This time Clemson chose to do their damage through the air, as Lawrence completed four of five passes for 57 yards that included a 19-yard touchdown to Amari Rodgers.
Etienne ended the first half with his third rushing touchdown of the first half, as he capped an 84-yard drive that gave the Tigers a 38-7 lead. The Tigers outgained the Eagles 394 yards (212 passing and 182 rushing) to 119 (53 passing and 66 rushing).
Following the Tigers first punt of the game, on the opening drive of the second half, the Tiger defense got in on the scoring barrage. After runs for Dillon of 19 yards and 10 yards moved the ball to the 45-yard line, a sack and forced fumble by Chad Smith was recovered by Logan Rudolph and returned 49 yards for a touchdown.
After the Eagles third three-and-out of the game, the Tigers needed only two plays to go 80 yards and break the half-century mark for points scored — as Lawrence followed a 17-yard rush by Etienne with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Overton, his second touchdown of the game, and put the Tigers on top 52-7.
Overton continued his career night, as he found the end zone for the third time. This time a 34-yard pass from backup quarterback Chase Brice to Overton capped an 11-play, 96-yard drive and extended the lead to 59-7.
— Clemson won its 23rd consecutive game, dating to the start of the 2018 season, to extend the longest winning streak in school history and second-longest winning streak in ACC history.
— Clemson won a 17th consecutive ACC regular season game for the second time in school history (20 from 1981-84).
— Clemson opened the season 8-0 for the eighth time in school history, joining the 1948, 1981, 2000, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018 campaigns.
Up Next: The Tigers remain at home next week, as they welcome the Wofford Terriers to Death Valley for a 4 p.m. kickoff (ACCN).