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Clemson 31, Boston College 3

(AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON - DJ Uiagalelei threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 69 yards to help No. 5 Clemson break it open in the second half and beat Boston College 31-3.

The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions sandwiched around halftime to turn a 3-3 game into a runaway. Meanwhile, BC (2-4, 1-3) went three-and-out and punted four times in five series, with only halftime interrupting the streak.

Beaux Collins caught four passes for 58 yards, including a 10-yard score. He also grabbed a 20-yard throw to set up Uiagalelei's 38-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Ngata to end a five-play, 73-yard drive that made it 17-3 early in the third quarter.

Phil Jurkovec completed 19 of 40 passes for 188 yards, spending much of the game scrambling behind BC's makeshift offensive line.

THE TAKEAWAY

BC was good enough to stay with the Tigers for almost a half. The Eagles led in virtually every category at the break - except converting red zone chances. But Clemson showed in the second half why it is the No. 5 team in the country.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Clemson should easily hold onto its No. 5 ranking.

CLOSE FOR A WHILE

A week after trailing North Carolina State 10-6 late in the first half in what turned into a 30-20 victory, Clemson could manage just a 3-3 tie until the final minute of the first half.

The Tigers pinned BC inside its own 10, and then forced a punt. Antonio Williams fielded the ball near midfield and ran it back 20 yards to the BC 28. Will Shipley ran it in from the 1 to make it 10-7.

BC went three-and-out to start the second half, and Clemson moved quickly, following a 20-yard pass to Collins with a 38-yard score to Ngata that made it 17-3.

BC's only sustained drive of the third quarter brought them to the Clemson 22, but Etinosa Reuben blocked Connor Lytton's field goal attempt. Uiagalelei led the Tigers to the BC 10, and Uiagalelei hit Collins on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 24-3.

On a third-and-3 from their own territory in the fourth quarter, Uiagalelei broke free through the middle for a gain of 40 yards before tripping and falling at the BC 13. He found a wide-open Brannon Spector in the middle of the end zone on the next play to give Clemson a 31-3 lead.

O-LINE TROUBLES

Clemson's pass rush was a problem for Jurkovec all night, sacking him four times, hurrying him on 13 other plays. It also forced two fumbles; BC recovered one, but Payton Page jumped on the loose ball after Barrett Carter and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. knocked it loose in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers took over on the BC 23 but came away without points when B.T. Potter's 42-yard field goal attempt was wide left.

Boston College started the season with all new offensive linemen and had five different starting lineups in its first five games.

RED BANDANNA

The Eagles wore their special uniforms with red bandanna trim in the memory of Welles Crowther, a former BC lacrosse player who died helping to rescue people from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011. Crowther was identified by those he saved by the red bandanna he always had with him.

The uniforms had bandanna patterns in the numbers and along the stripe on their pants. Instead of the players names, the backs of the jerseys all said "FOR WELLES."

BC fell to 4-5 in the annual tribute game. The Eagles have not beaten a ranked team at all since beating No. 9 Southern California in the first Red Bandanna Game in 2014.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ClemBC
Clem FG 11:28 B.T. Potter 35 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter ClemBC
BC FG 14:56 Connor Lytton 30 yard field goal 3 3
Clem TD 0:45 Will Shipley 1 yard TD run (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 10 3
Third Quarter ClemBC
Clem TD 11:50 Joseph Ngata 38 yard TD pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 17 3
Fourth Quarter ClemBC
Clem TD 14:57 Beaux Collins 10 yard TD pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 24 3
Clem TD 4:22 Brannon Spector 13 yard TD pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 31 3
Team Stats
  Clemson Boston College
First downs 19 13
  Rushing 7 3
  Passing 10 10
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 5-18, 28%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 31-127 30-35
Passing Yards 237 220
Return Yards 16 60
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-1 20-42-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-7 4-34
Punts 7 8
Fumbles Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 2-10 3-35
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 19 32 237 3 1
Boston College Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Jurkovec 19 40 188 0 0
E. Morehead 1 2 32 0 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Uiagalelei 12 69 5.8 0
W. Shipley 10 33 3.3 1
P. Mafah 6 19 3.2 0
A. Williams 2 5 2.5 0
C. Klubnik 1 1 1.0 0
Boston College Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
X. Coleman 11 38 3.5 0
P. Garwo III 11 15 1.4 0
Z. Flowers 1 -2 -2.0 0
P. Jurkovec 6 -5 -0.8 0
E. Morehead 1 -11 -11.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Collins 4 58 14.5 1
J. Ngata 3 47 15.7 1
B. Spector 2 37 18.5 1
D. Allen 2 34 17.0 0
A. Williams 5 29 5.8 0
P. Mafah 1 17 17.0 0
W. Shipley 1 8 8.0 0
A. Randall 1 7 7.0 0
Boston College Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Flowers 8 75 9.4 0
J. Williams 2 41 20.5 0
J. Gill 3 35 11.7 0
D. Tomlin 1 32 32.0 0
P. Garwo III 3 31 10.3 0
J. Franklin 2 7 3.5 0
J. Conley 1 -1 -1.0 0
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boston College Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. DeBerry 1 0
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 7 291 41.6
Boston College Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Longman 7 288 41.1
S. Candotti 1 35 35.0
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Williams 2 16 8.0
W. Taylor 2 0 0
Boston College Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Flowers 1 16 16.0
J. Gill 1 2 2.0
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Taylor 1 0 0
Boston College Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gill 2 42 21.0
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
B. Potter 42
Boston College Missed FG
Player Length
C. Lytton 35
C. Lytton 39




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