Clemson clobbers BC behind big days for Boyd, Hopkins

Tajh Boyd passed for three touchdowns and ran for one as No. 17 Clemson bounced back from its first loss of the season by rolling past Boston College 45-31 Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes for 367 yards and rushed 11 times for 42 yards for the Tigers, who were playing without star wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the third time this season. Watkins, who sat out Clemson’s first two games while serving a two-game suspension, was sidelined Saturday by an abdominal virus and didn’t even make the trip. But Clemson did just fine without its sophomore game breaker. Junior receiver DeAndre Hopkins more than compensated for Watkins’ absence, catching 11 passes for a school-record 197 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown. Hopkins set Clemson’s receptions record in a game with 13 catches in this year’s season-opening win against Auburn on Sept. 1. The Tigers (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) showed plenty of bite after their 49-37 loss at No. 4 Florida State the week before, shrugging off an early 7-0 deficit by scoring 17 straight points. Boston College (1-3, 0-2) battled back to take a 24-21 lead just before halftime, but the lead would be short-lived as Clemson scored with 23 seconds left in the half and never trailed again. Clemson, playing its seventh game away from home in its last nine, captured another elusive victory at Alumni Stadium. The Tigers improved to 4-4 against Boston College, including 2-2 at Alumni Stadium, since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. The victory came on the shoulders of Boyd, who recorded the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career and tied Clemson’s school record for most career touchdown passes. He shares the record with Charlie Whitehurst — currently with the San Diego Chargers — who also had 49 touchdown tosses from 2002 to 2005. After spotting Boston College a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard run by Andre Williams, Clemson got its first points from kicker Chandler Catanzaro, whose 28-yard field goal was his 16th consecutive successful attempt dating to last season. But then the Tigers’ offense got untracked. Boyd scored on a 6-yard run and then connected with tight end Sam Cooper for a 15-yard score and a 17-7 lead. Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig, who entered the game as the ACC’s passing and total offense leader, then threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to Johnathan Coleman and 31 yards to Alex Amidon to give the Eagles a 21-17 lead, but Boyd responded with a 4-yard scoring toss to tight end Brandon Ford as Clemson took the lead for good with 23 seconds left in the first half. Rettig completed 25 of 43 attempts for 341 yards and three scores while Amidon caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Clemson extended its lead in the third quarter, getting a 16-yard touchdown run from Roderick McDowell and a 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington, who finished with 132 yards on 25 carries.

Comments

comments

Saints go down swinging; Green caps stellar career

Saints go down swinging; Green caps stellar careerThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team saw [more]

CCU men lose to Eagles; Lady Chants win at buzzer

CCU men lose to Eagles; Lady Chants win at buzzerSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson and freshman point guard DeVante Jones [more]

Boys Hoops: Saints reach state semis; Tigers ousted

Boys Hoops: Saints reach state semis; Tigers oustedThe Conway High boys basketball team's record-setting season came to [more]

Chants hammer Seahawks to stay perfect on season

Chants hammer Seahawks to stay perfect on seasonNo. 19 Coastal Carolina flew out to an early 5-0 [more]

Morgan, Steele strike gold to lead CAC at state meet

Morgan, Steele strike gold to lead CAC at state meet South Carolina Swimming hosted its annual Short Course Championship Meet [more]

Lady Seahawks' lock-down defense nets state semi bid

Lady Seahawks' lock-down defense nets state semi bidA.C. Flora missed a couple shots. Then a couple more. They [more]

Chadwell makes changes, additions to football staff

Chadwell makes changes, additions to football staffCoastal Carolina football head coach Jamey Chadwell announced the additions [more]

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekendCoastal Carolina baseball's 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at WilsonNot all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was [more]

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian State

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian StateCoastal Carolina ran into a hot-shooting Appalachian State team Saturday [more]

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominates

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominatesSocastee predicates everything it does on defense. But the Braves still [more]

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCU

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCUChants come out dNo. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball had a [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SA

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SAWhen Conway football coach Carlton Terry talks about Tonka Hemingway [more]

CCU baseball carries high expectations into season

CCU baseball carries high expectations into seasonThe No. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball team will open up [more]

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scare

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scareCarolina Forest wasn’t supposed to be here, hosting another playoff [more]

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seeds

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seedsIt took an extra day to materialize. There was a large-scale [more]

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final match

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final matchNorth Myrtle Beach’s historic wrestling season ended with the Chiefs [more]

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to Bobcats

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to BobcatsZac Cuthbertson had 15 points and seven rebounds, but Coastal [more]

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snapped

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snappedThe Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team had its three-game winning [more]

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crown

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crownFor the first time in a dozen year, the North [more]

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schools

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schoolsSocastee High speedster Kenney Solomon capped a strong sprint to [more]

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCU

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCUCoastal Carolina football head coach Jamey Chadwell announced the addition [more]

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crown

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crownConway used a late-second basket to beat visiting West Florence [more]

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State Finals

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State FinalsWith the North Myrtle Beach wrestling team's season on the [more]

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against Cajuns

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against CajunsZac Cuthbertson led five Coastal Carolina players in double digits [more]

Saints go down swinging; Green caps stellar career

Saints go down swinging; Green caps stellar careerThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team saw [more]

CCU men lose to Eagles; Lady Chants win at buzzer

CCU men lose to Eagles; Lady Chants win at buzzerSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson and freshman point guard DeVante Jones [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach