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No. 2 Clemson pulls away in 4th quarter to beat BC 34-7

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney looked over the stat sheet and smiled.

''You rush for 342 yards,'' he said, ''and you're going to win a lot of football games.''

The second-ranked Tigers ran for five touchdowns, four of them in the fourth quarter, to beat Boston College 34-7 on Saturday.

Clemson took control in the final period against the worn-down Eagles (1-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) with its ground game. Adam Choice broke a 7-all tie with his 6-yard TD run, then freshman Travis Etienne scored twice in the final six minutes to lock things up.

''It took us a little time to get things going,'' said Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant , who ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. ''But when we needed it, we got it.''

And the Tigers (4-0, 2-0) remained on track for a spot in the ACC title game and College Football Playoff.

The Tigers, who came in off top-15 wins over Auburn and Louisville the last two weeks, were five-touchdown favorites over the Eagles. But Boston College quieted the large Death Valley crowd on AJ Dillon's 1-yard TD late in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-all.

Clemson finally got going in the fourth quarter. Bryant led the Tigers on a 76-yard drive, capped by Choice's go-ahead score. The next series, they were at it once more on a 90-yard series and the speedy freshman Etienne burst through the weary Eagles to finally give the Tigers some breathing room. Bryant added a 4-yard TD before Etienne closed the scoring with a 10-yard run.

Etienne ended with 113 yards rushing.

Clemson won its seventh straight over the Eagles and opened 4-0 for a third consecutive season.

''I thought it would be uncomfortable sometime in the second half and it was,'' Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. ''I'm proud of our guys for battling and finding a way to win. What can happen when you win too much is you don't have your guard up.''

That was certainly the case for three quarters of this one. Boston College coach Steve Addazio said when thinking about this game, throw out the final score because it didn't tell the effort and intensity the Eagles used against the defending national champions.

''We took this team, which was No. 2 in the country, late into the fourth quarter and our kids played their tails off,'' he said. ''That's the story line of the game. I thought we went after them with everything we had.''

Bryant ended with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. It was the second straight game Etienne, a Louisiana recruited wooed heavily by LSU, broke off a long touchdown run after his 81-yard score against Louisville last week.

Boston College's defense and punter Mike Knoll kept it in the game longer than most figured. Clemson had only 38 yards in the third quarter and Knoll had pinned the Tigers inside the 10 five times.

The effort clearly wore down the Eagles, who were outgained in the final period 213-37.

Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant said the game will serve a strong building block for the Tigers.

''This is one of those games you appreciate later in the season,'' he said. ''You say, `We've been in those before and we know what to do.'''

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles looked in for another struggle through the ACC after opening league play with a 34-10 loss at home to Wake Forest, then surrendering 515 rushing yards to fall to Notre Dame 49-20 last week. Boston College looked like it had plenty to grow on from its defensive effort against the powerhouse Tigers.

Clemson: Hold off on awarding the Tigers another ACC trophy and playoff spot. Clemson had averaged nearly 44 points in its seven home contests a year ago, but has managed just seven touchdowns combined in its past two games at Death Valley. Clemson's offense struggled to get the ball down field and once BC stopped biting on Bryant's quarterback runs, the Tigers' attack bogged down until the end- something that must be corrected if they hope for another big postseason.

RUNNING WILD

Clemson reached back into its past when it was known as a running team to put away Boston College. The Tigers ran for 342 of their 482 yards of offense and scored all five of their touchdowns on the ground. ''You're going to have games like that,'' Bryant said. ''You take what they give you.''

Clemson had just one game with more rushing yards than passing yards last season. It's had two so far this year.

INJURY BUG: Both Boston College and Clemson played without significant players. The Eagles were minus last year's leading tackler in linebacker Conner Strachan, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. They also lost receiver Charlie Callinan with a foot injury. The Tigers were down their national championship kicker in Greg Huegel, who tore a knee ligament at practice this week while Clemson was practicing a two-minute drill. Huegel will have season-ending surgery and backup Alex Spence will take over the Tigers' kicking chores.

UP NEXT

Boston College returns home to face Central Michigan next Saturday.

Clemson goes on the road to play No. 13 Virginia Tech, the Tigers' third top-15 opponent in four weeks.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:00
47-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
34
Touchdown 1:00
9-T.Etienne runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
41
yds
01:22
pos
7
33
Missed Point After Touchdown 2:50
47-A.Spence extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
7
27
Touchdown 2:50
2-K.Bryant runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
24
yds
01:36
pos
7
27
Point After TD 5:41
47-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 5:41
9-T.Etienne runs 50 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
90
yds
04:15
pos
7
20
Point After TD 11:59
52-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 11:59
26-A.Choice runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
67
yds
00:00
pos
7
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:30
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:30
2-A.Dillon runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
37
yds
03:05
pos
6
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:16
47-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:16
2-K.Bryant runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
99
yds
05:56
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 27
Rushing 5 19
Passing 6 8
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-16 9-17
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 238 476
Total Plays 66 84
Avg Gain 3.6 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 97 341
Rush Attempts 34 58
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 5.9
Net Yards Passing 141 135
Comp. - Att. 15-32 17-26
Yards Per Pass 4.4 5.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-5
Penalties - Yards 1-15 1-5
Touchdowns 1 5
Rushing TDs 1 5
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 9-42.3 6-48.0
Return Yards 181 80
Punts - Returns 3-52 2-54
Kickoffs - Returns 5-102 1-26
Int. - Returns 2-27 2-0
Kicking 1/2 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 4/5
Field Goals 0/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Boston College 1-3 00707
2 Clemson 4-0 0702734
141 PASS YDS 135
97 RUSH YDS 341
238 TOTAL YDS 476
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 133 0 1 77.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.2% 658 5 7 94.2
A. Brown 14/30 133 0 1
D. Wade 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 8 0 1 -16.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 52 0 1 69.1
D. Wade 1/2 8 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Dillon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 57 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 178 1
A. Dillon 18 57 1 12
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 236 0
J. Hilliman 9 33 0 14
T. Levy 35 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
T. Levy 3 8 0 10
T. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 104 0
T. Smith 2 6 0 7
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 7 0
A. Brown 2 -7 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 142 0
J. Smith 4 58 0 33
T. Sweeney 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 82 0
T. Sweeney 4 52 0 37
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 37 1
J. Hilliman 4 24 0 11
K. White 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 176 0
K. White 2 11 0 8
T. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Smith 0 0 0 0
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 71 1
M. Walker 1 -4 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Denis 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 3 0.0
L. Denis 11-2 0.0 1
I. Yiadom 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
I. Yiadom 7-0 0.0 1
Z. Allen 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
Z. Allen 7-1 0.0 0
T. Schwab 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.5
T. Schwab 7-4 1.5 0
R. Smith 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
R. Smith 6-0 0.0 0
M. Richardson 14 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
M. Richardson 6-1 0.0 0
H. Landry 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
H. Landry 5-3 0.0 0
K. Bletzer 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
K. Bletzer 4-1 0.5 0
K. Moore 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Moore 4-0 0.0 0
W. Harris 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
W. Harris 3-2 0.0 0
N. Merritt 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
N. Merritt 3-2 0.0 0
C. Bletzer 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Bletzer 2-0 0.0 0
W. Ray 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
W. Ray 1-1 0.0 0
M. El Attrach 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. El Attrach 1-0 0.0 0
J. Lamot 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
J. Lamot 1-5 0.0 0
M. Palmer 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Palmer 1-0 0.0 0
K. Cohee 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Cohee 0-1 0.0 0
J. Kenny 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Kenny 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Lichtenberg 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
6/7 6/6
C. Lichtenberg 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Knoll 98 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 42.3 6
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 40.5 6
M. Knoll 9 42.3 6 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 20.4 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 24.6 33 0
M. Walker 5 20.4 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 17.3 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 12.4 27 0
M. Walker 3 17.3 27 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 140 0 2 95.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 873 2 3 135.7
K. Bryant 17/26 140 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 113 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 292 4
T. Etienne 9 113 2 50
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 107 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 269 7
K. Bryant 22 107 2 14
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 73 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 249 1
T. Feaster 20 73 0 11
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 25 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 109 3
A. Choice 6 25 1 6
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 105 2
C. Fuller 1 11 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 202 0
H. Renfrow 6 53 0 25
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 151 1
D. Cain 3 25 0 10
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 79 0
D. Overton 1 23 0 23
M. Richard 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 100 0
M. Richard 3 19 0 9
C. Powell 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 1
C. Powell 1 13 0 13
T. Thompson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 39 0
T. Thompson 1 9 0 9
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 26 0
T. Higgins 0 0 0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. O'Daniel 0 0 0 0
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 218 1
R. McCloud 2 -2 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Wilkins 5-0 0.0 0
T. Mullen 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
T. Mullen 5-1 0.0 1
K. Joseph 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-7 0 0.0
K. Joseph 4-7 0.0 0
JD. Davis 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
JD. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
R. Carter 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 3-0 0.0 0
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
A. Bryant 3-1 1.0 0
T. Muse 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
T. Muse 3-4 0.0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Lawrence 2-1 0.0 0
A. Huggins 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Huggins 2-0 0.0 0
I. Simmons 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Simmons 2-0 0.0 0
A. Terrell 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
A. Terrell 2-0 0.0 1
Ja. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ja. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
T. Lamar 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
T. Lamar 2-3 0.0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
D. O'Daniel 1-1 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
C. Ferrell 1-3 0.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
V. Smith 1-1 0.0 0
J. Robinson 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-2 0.0 0
G. Williams 44 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
J. Skalski 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Skalski 1-0 0.0 0
S. Smith 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
N. Pinckney 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
N. Pinckney 0-1 0.0 0
X. Kelly 22 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
X. Kelly 0-1 0.0 0
Jo. Williams 59 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Jo. Williams 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/4
SEASON FG XP
0/0 4/5
Al. Spence 0/0 0 3/4 3
Au. Spence 52 LS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
0/0 1/1
Au. Spence 0/0 0 1/1 1
G. Huegel 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/4 15/16
G. Huegel 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 48.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 47.1 0
W. Spiers 6 48.0 0 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 26 0
T. Etienne 1 26.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.0 56 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 8.5 56 0
R. McCloud 2 27.0 56 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BC 25 3:03 8 25 Punt
8:44 BC 20 1:10 4 41 Downs
5:26 BC 39 2:43 4 2 Punt
1:32 CLEM 28 0:58 3 2 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 BC 35 1:22 5 21 Punt
7:09 BC 35 1:44 6 19 Punt
2:14 BC 29 0:48 6 -10 INT
0:06 CLEM 47 0:00 1 0 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:11 BC 34 2:25 6 30 Punt
6:35 CLEM 37 3:05 8 37 TD
2:10 BC 24 1:52 3 9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:52 BC 25 1:44 7 11 Punt
5:34 BC 24 0:47 3 3 Punt
2:45 BC 25 0:21 2 33 INT
0:45 BC 25 0:28 2 10 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:46 CLEM 3 3:02 7 41 Punt
7:21 CLEM 20 1:49 3 8 Punt
2:43 CLEM 9 0:58 3 63 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:29 CLEM 26 0:24 3 5 Punt
13:12 CLEM 6 5:56 14 94 TD
5:16 CLEM 8 2:51 6 24 Punt
1:19 CLEM 21 1:07 6 32 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 3:41 9 10 INT
8:39 CLEM 6 1:50 3 2 Punt
3:23 CLEM 28 1:06 3 3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:10 CLEM 33 0:00 10 67 TD
9:56 CLEM 10 4:15 9 90 TD
4:26 BC 24 1:36 5 24 TD
2:22 BC 41 1:22 4 41 TD