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The Buildup

CLEMSON—The No. 2/4 Clemson Tigers (7-0, 5-0 ACC) will celebrate homecoming this week, as they take on Atlantic Division rival Boston College (4-3, 2-2 ACC) Saturday (7:30 p.m., ACCN) inside Death Valley.

"We are pumped to be back in Death Valley," head coach Dabo Swinney said. "We've got just three home games left. Hard to believe. These opportunities are special. It's Homecoming. I always enjoy getting out with the students this week and watching their progress on the floats. I know it's raining but it's never slowed anything down around here.

Even though the Tigers are returning home this week, they will still have an opportunity to fire up the ROY bus and show it off for the fans in orange this week.

Once again this week, an undefeated Clemson squad will have an opportunity to respond in the face of public doubt. Clemson has dropped in the AP Poll in each of the last two weeks despite conference wins of 31 and 35, respectively. Clemson is 23-4 under Dabo Swinney when ranked lower in the AP Poll than in its previous contest, including 15 straight wins in such scenarios.

"Boston College is 4-3. They have had two last-minute losses to Louisville and Wake Forest. They didn't play well against Kansas. They're very competitive," Swinney said. "I've been impressed with what they have done. That game last week, it's like watching 1990 all over again when you watch the tape. No tricking anyone. It's just downhill football. This is old school. There is a certain physicality that you have to have in a game like this. I'm anxious to see how our guys respond to the challenge that BC will present."

Pregame: 

RECOGNITION                           DETAILS                                                                         TIME

Football Reunion Teams          1969, 1994, 2009, 2014                                         Pre-game

Dotting The I Cathy Turner - Student Alumni Council's Mother of the Year       Pre-game

License Plate Recognition                                                                                       Pre-game

O'Rourke McFadden Trophy                                                                                   Pre-game

Ring of Honor                        - Deliah Arrington Women's Soccer                      Pre-game

Ring of Honor                       - Levon Kirkland Football                                        Pre-game

Honorary Captains                                                                                                  Pre-game

Hero of the Game                  Jack Curtis Durham                                               1st Quarter

Bond Distinguished Athlete   Award Jimmy Addison                              End of 1st Quarter

Game Sponsor Recognition Founders Federal Credit Union                 End of 1st Quarter

Proud Partner Recognition Bon Secours Saint Francis                                    3rd Quarter

Homecoming Court Recognition                                                                         Half-time

Homecoming Float Winners Recognized                                                            Half-time

Injury Update: Clemson is expected to be without Xavier Thomas for a second straight game

Captains: Isaiah Simmons, Tremayne Anchrum, K'Von Wallace and Travis Etienne

Boston College won the toss and will receive

1st Quarter:

CU ball on CU35, POTTER kickoff 65 yards to the BC0, touchback.

BC goes three-and-out

Clemson drive start at 14:27 on H30

LAWRENCE pass complete to ETIENNE for 10 yards to the BC39, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Lamot,J). 

LAWRENCE pass complete to ROSS for 11 yards to the BC28, 1ST DOWN CU (Lamot,J). 

ETIENNE rush for 19 yards to the BC9, 1ST DOWN CU (Palmer,M). 

BT Potter is on to attempt the FG

Clemson 23 yd FG scored by POTTER (Scoring Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 3:34)

BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 10:53. 

Dillon,A rush for 6 yards to the BC31 (SMITH).

Dillon,A rush for 4 yards to the BC35, 1ST DOWN BC (MUSE;RUDOLPH).

Flowers,Z rush for 5 yards to the BC40 (SKALSKI).

BC picks up a first down, but is forced to punt

Carlson,G punt 37 yards to the CU25, out-of-bounds

CLEMSON drive start at 09:04. 

LAWRENCE pass complete to RODGERS for 14 yards to the CU39, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Palmer,M).

ETIENNE rush for 14 yards to the BC47, 1ST DOWN CU (Attrach, M El;Palmer,M).

B2B PIs on BC have the Tigers at the 17 

LAWRENCE pass complete to PRICE for 14 yards to the BC3, then Etienne finishes the job as he goes in for the TD

Scoring Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:07

BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 06:57

A sure pick for Wallace  was dropped, but it is a second 3-and-out for BC

CLEMSON drive start at 05:47

LAWRENCE pass complete to HIGGINS for 21 yards to the CU46, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Lamot,J).

DIXON rush for 32 yards to the BC22, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Richardson,M).

Clemson 22 yd PASS TD scored by OVERTON

(Scoring Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:04)

 LAWRENCE 6-6 92 yds 1 TD 0 INTs  283.8 rating

BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 04:43. [04:43]

Grosel,D pass complete to Long,H for 30 yards to the CU45, 1ST DOWN BC.

AJ Dillon picks up the first down on fourth-and-1, and then a 9 yard pass has BC at the Tigers 25

BC goes for it on fourth-and-2 and picks up their second fourth down conversion of the first quarter, ball is a the 10

First quarter stats:

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2nd quarter:

Boston College 9 yd RUSH TD scored by Dillon

(Scoring Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 5:44)

Longman,D kickoff 57 yards to the CU8, NGATA return 18 yards to the CU26 (Glines,B).

CLEMSON drive start at 13:54

LAWRENCE pass complete to ROSS for 24 yards to the BC47, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Palmer,M).

ETIENNE rush for 30 yards to the BC17, 1ST DOWN CU (Sebastian,B;Maitre,J).

LAWRENCE rush for 11 yards to the BC5, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Palmer,M).

Clemson 4 yd RUSH TD scored by ETIENNE (Scoring Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:25)

Lawrence and Etienne Stats...hint: They are good

# PLAYER        C-A YDS TD I RTG

16 LAWRENCE 7-7 116 1 0 286.3

Clemson Rushing

# PLAYER ATT YDS TD LNG AVG

9 ETIENNE 11 78 2 30 7.1

Boston College drive start at 10:29 on V25

Grosel,D pass complete to White,K for 14 yards to the BC39, 1ST DOWN BC. 

Carlson,G punt 38 yards to the CU22, RODGERS return 12 yards to the CU34 (Sparacio,J;Borgersen,N). 

Clemson drive start at 08:46 on H34

LAWRENCE pass complete to ROSS for 18 yards to the BC35, 1ST DOWN CU (Palmer,M). 

Trevor Lawrence threw his first incomplete pass of the game, then throws a 15 yard completion to Higgins

Clemson 19 yd PASS TD scored by RODGERS

(Scoring Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 2:39)

BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 06:02

Dillon,A rush for 10 yards to the BC40, 1ST DOWN BC, out-of-bounds (KENDRICK).

Grosel,D sacked for loss of 11 yards to the BC29 (SIMMONS), fumble by Grosel,D recovered by BC Grosel,D at BC29.

Grosel,D rush for loss of 4 yards to the BC25 (J. WILLIAMS;HENRY).

Pass is incomplete and BC will punt...

Clemson drive start at 03:30 on H16

DIXON rush for 2 yards to the CU43, 1ST DOWN CU (Rayam,T).

LAWRENCE rush for 9 yards to the CU41, out-of-bounds (Morais,B).

LAWRENCE pass incomplete to LADSON (Sebastian,B).

LAWRENCE pass complete to NGATA for 10 yards to the CU32, 1ST DOWN CU (DeBerry,J).

 DIXON rush for 14 yards to the BC28, 1ST DOWN CU (Grieco,C). 2 10 BC42

LAWRENCE pass complete to ETIENNE for 5 yards to the BC23 (Lamot,J).

ETIENNE rush for 5 yards to the BC0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 00:38. 

Clemson 5 yd RUSH TD scored by ETIENNE (Scoring Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 2:52)

Halftime stats: Near perfect half for the Tigers

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3rd quarter:

Tigers go three-and-out and will punt for the first time tonight

Boston College drive start at 12:51 on V26

Scoop and score for Logan Rudolph

Grosel,D sacked for loss of 9 yards to the BC46 (SMITH), fumble by Grosel,D recovered by CU RUDOLPH at BC39, RUDOLPH for 39 yards to the BC0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:18. 

Boston College drive start at 11:13 on V26

Bailey,D rush for 3 yards to the BC34 (JEFFERIES;SKALSKI).

BC will punt again, after the Tigers hold on 4th and 1

 Carlson,G punt 65 yards to the CU0, touchback.

Clemson drive start at 09:36 on H20

Clemson 63 yd PASS TD scored by OVERTON

(Scoring Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:36)

Boston College drive start at 09:00 on V35

Dillon,A rush for loss of 1 yard to the BC34 (SIMMONS;JEFFERIES). 1 10 BC35

Grosel,D pass incomplete to White,K. 2 11 BC34

Grosel,D pass incomplete to Flowers,Z (SIMMONS). 3 11 BC34

Carlson,G punt 50 yards to the CU16, fair catch by ROSS. 

Clemson drive start at 08:09 on H16

Lawrence's day is done...here is his final stat line

# PLAYER          C-A      YDS TD I RTG

16 LAWRENCE 16-19    275   3 0 257.9

BRICE pass incomplete to CHASE. 2 11 CU16

BRICE rush for 16 yards to the CU32, 1ST DOWN CU (DeBerry,J). 3 11 CU16

DIXON rush for 6 yards to the CU38 (Barlow,B;Richardson,M).

 Clemson drive start at 08:09 on H17

DIXON rush for loss of 1 yard to the CU16 (Richardson,M). 1 10 CU17

BRICE pass incomplete to CHASE. 2 11 CU16

BRICE rush for 16 yards to the CU32, 1ST DOWN CU (DeBerry,J). 3 11 CU16

DIXON rush for 6 yards to the CU38 (Barlow,B;Richardson,M).

BT Potter's field goal is missed left

Boston College drive start at 04:26 on V30

Dillon,A rush for 2 yards to the BC32 (BA. SPECTOR). 1 10 BC30

Bailey,D rush for 2 yards to the BC34 (VENABLES). 2 8 BC32

Grosel,D pass incomplete to Williams,E (GOODRICH). 3 6 BC34

Carlson,G punt 56 yards to the CU10, ROSS return -6 yards to the CU4 (Sparacio,J). 4 6 BC34

Drive Summary: 3 Plays, 4 yards, 1:25 used.   

Clemson drive start at 03:01 on H04

DIXON rush for 18 yards to the CU22, 1ST DOWN CU (Borgersen,N)

DIXON rush for 2 yards to the CU24 (Karafa,T). 1 10 CU22

BRICE pass complete to NGATA for 7 yards to the CU31, out-of-bounds (Sebastian,B).

BRICE pass complete to RENCHER for 10 yards to the CU41, 1ST DOWN CU (Borgersen,N).

RENCHER rush for 3 yards to the CU44 (Richardson,M).

BRICE pass incomplete to LADSON.

BRICE pass complete to CHASE for 9 yards to the BC47, 1ST DOWN CU (Maitre,J).

Have yourself a game Overton, as he scores on 34 yd PASS, his third of the day

(Scoring Drive: 11 plays, 96 yards, 4:24)

Boston College drive start at 13:37 on V25

Clemson drive start at 12:11 on H13

MELLUSI rush for 8 yards to the CU15 (Burke,I;Davis,H). 

MELLUSI rush for 4 yards to the CU19 (Haynes,T).

BRICE pass incomplete to LADSON

Boston College drive start at 10:41 on V31

Garwo,P rush for no gain to the BC31 (BA. SPECTOR;PATTERSON). 1 10 BC31

Valecce,M pass complete to Robinson,E for 18 yards to the BC49, 1ST DOWN BC (ZANDERS). 2 10 BC31

Garwo,P rush for 1 yard to the 50 yardline (PATTERSON;BA. SPECTOR). 1 10 BC49

Garwo,P rush for loss of 2 yards to the BC48 (M. JONES). 2 9 BC50

Valecce,M pass complete to Garwo,P for 4 yards to the CU48 (BA. SPECTOR).

Carlson,G punt 48 yards to the CU0, touchback. 

Clemson drive start at 08:03 on H20

 DUKES rush for 14 yards to the CU34, 1ST DOWN CU (Borgersen,N). 

DUKES rush for 1 yard to the CU35 (Barlow,B). 

BRICE pass complete to BANKS for 5 yards to the CU40 (Sparacio,J).

BRICE pass incomplete to CHASE. 

SAWICKI punt 47 yards to the BC13, Strader,A return 30 yards to the BC43 (KENDRICK). 

Drive Summary: 4 Plays, 20 yards, 1:56 used.   

Boston College drive start at 06:07 on V43