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Boston College Vs. No. 8 Clemson: Eagles Face Tough Test In Death Valley

Montel Harris will be absent as the Boston College Eagles travel to Death Valley to take on the No. 8 ranked Clemson Tigers in their third ACC contest of the season at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (TV/Radio: RAYCOM/WEEI).

If the Boston College Eagles thought the first five games of the season were tough, then the next four might as well be impossible. BC opens up an extremely difficult slate, facing three nationally ranked ACC opponents on the road in the next four weeks, starting with a tough battle against No. 8 Clemson in Death Valley (a.k.a. Memorial Stadium) at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Boston College and Clemson are tied in the all-time series, 9-9-2, with Saturday's game marking the 21st meeting between the two schools. BC is 4-2 against Clemson since joining the ACC in 2005. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Tigers, 16-10, on October 30, 2010.

BC enters the game with only one win through their first five games, and the lone victory came against FCS UMass. The Eagles are ranked 99th in the nation in points for (20.6 PPG) and 51st in points allowed (23.6 PPG). On offense, their rushing attack ranks 94th in the country (116.6 YPG) and 77th in passing yards (213.2 YPG).

Montel Harris provided the Eagles with a spark in his first full game back from a knee injury that kept him out of the last five games, rushing for 108 yards which gave him the all-time school record for career rushing yards.

Unfortunately, Harris will not play against Clemson, as he had an MRI late last week and head coach Frank Spaziani announced that he will not suit up to play against the Tigers.

Clemson's season has been a tad bit different, with the Tigers off to a perfect 5-0 start (2-0 ACC). Last week, Clemson demolished fellow ACC power Virginia Tech - which BC faces next weekend - by a score of 23-3. Tajh Boyd threw for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 13-of-32 passing and Dwyane Allen had four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers rank 34th in the nation in passing yards (293.2 YPG), 31st in points for (34.8 PPG) and points against (20.6 PPG) and 47th in total rushing yards (173.6 YPG) through five games this season.

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