Clemson nearly doubled Boston College's offensive production, racking up 498 yards while allowing 258 as the Tigers routed the Eagles, 36-14, in a game that was decided after the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC on Saturday afternoon.
Boston College (1-5, 0-3 ACC) fell to 9-10-2 in 21 games against Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) all-time. The Eagles, who entered the game as the worst team in the conference based on record, fell behind quickly and were unable to recover.
Chase Rettig completed 13-of-20 passes for 129 yards, one touchdown and an interception for BC. Rolandan Finch rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and Bobby Swigert had seven catches for 93 yards and a score.
Tajh Boyd threw for 282 yards and one touchdown, Andre Ellington rushed for 118 yards and a score on 22 carries and Sammy Watkins had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown for Clemson. Boyd left the game in the third quarter after getting hit in the leg and did not return.
Jaron Brown caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Boyd with 10:22 to go in the opening quarter, putting Clemson up 7-0. Chandler Catanzaro's field goal with 4:59 left in the first put the Tigers up 10-0 and a 14-yard run from Boyd for a touchdown with 4:03 left in the first gave Clemson a commanding 17-0 lead.
Catanzaro nailed a 42-yard field goal with 6:58 left in the second to put Clemson up 20-0. The Eagles finally scored on a 20-yard run by Finch with 1:55 left before halftime, cutting the Tigers' lead to 20-7. Catanzaro hit his third field goal with two seconds to go in the first half, giving Clemson a 23-7 advantage at the break.
Catanzaro opened up the scoring second half with his fourth field goal, this time from 11:35, putting the Tigers on top 26-7. Swigert caught a 24-yard pass from Rettig to score with 5:09 left in the third, cutting the lead to 26-14. Catanzaro answered with his fifth and final field goal of the game from 47 yards out, putting Clemson up 29-14.
Andre Ellington's 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for Clemson.
Boston College is on the road again to face ACC rival Virginia Tech next Saturday.