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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Clemson and Boston College Notes

Clemson and Boston College Notes
Clemson Sports Information Department

Clemson has a 10-9-2 lead in the series that dates to the 1940 Cotton Bowl. Clemson won last year at home, 36-14, but Boston College won the last meeting in Boston, 16-10 in 2010. Clemson did not score an offensive touchdown in that game.

The Tigers have won three of the last four, as Dabo Swinney’s Tigers won 27-21 in Chestnut Hill in 2008 and 25-7 at Clemson in 2009.

The series dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. That was a landmark victory for the Clemson program, the school’s first bowl game and the school’s first ever win over a top 20 team. Boston College was ranked 11th in the nation entering the game. Clemson won 6-3 behind 115 yards rushing from Charlie Timmons and four pass deflections in the fourth quarter by Clemson legend Banks McFadden.


This will be the 22nd meeting between Clemson and Boston College. Only Miami (FL) has played Boston College more among ACC teams entering this season. That will change next year when Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the ACC.

Five of the seven meetings between the two teams since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005 have been decided by a touchdown or less. The 2005 game went into overtime and the 2006 game was a double overtime affair in Boston. The 2007 game was a 20-17 Boston College win at Clemson that decided the Atlantic Division title. In 2008, Clemson won 27-21, then the Tigers took a 25-7 victory in 2009 behind a defense that allowed Boston College just 54 yards of total offense in 49 plays. The 2010 game was a defensive struggle won by BC, 16-10.

Two of Clemson’s victories in the series took place during undefeated Tiger seasons. Clemson won 26-19 in 1948 on the way to a perfect 11-0 season, and won 35-14 in 1950 on the way to a 9-0-1 season. In 1983, at Chestnut Hill, the Eagles gained a 31-16 win behind Doug Flutie. Clemson had a 16-3 lead with 25 minutes left in the game, but the Eagles went on a 28-0 run to end the contest behind Flutie. The 1984 Heisman winner, was 20-36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns against a Clemson defense that featured All-American Wil¬liam Perry. The Eagles gained 504 yards of total offense on the night, 281 rushing and 223 passing. It was Clemson’s only loss in 1983 (9-1-1).


The two teams tied in a 1982 game in Death Valley. The game was televised by CBS on a regional basis, the first CBS broadcast from Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Clemson had a 14-0 lead at intermission, but sophomore quarterback Doug Flutie led Boston College back to take a 17-14 lead. The Tigers tied the game in the fourth quarter, on a field goal by Donald Igwebuike, who played soccer and football for the Tigers that fall. He then had another attempt from 43 yards with eight seconds left, but the kick missed and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Clemson had just two losses and two ties over a three-year period from 1981-83. One of the losses and one of the ties came against Boston College in that 1982-83 period. The 2005 game at Clemson was an overtime meeting, a 16-13 Boston College victory, It was the first between the two schools as an ACC matchup. The game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation. The two teams played a double overtime affair in 2006, a 34-33 Boston College victory. A missed extra point in overtime proved costly for the Tigers. In 2009, Clemson won its first game over the Eagles at home since 1958. Clemson won that 1958 game, 34-12. Clemson now leads 4-3-1 in the series in games played at Clemson.

The two teams played three games at famed Fenway Park in Boston, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Clemson won the first meeting there in 1941 (just 13 days after Ted Williams finished his .406 season for the Red Sox) by a 26-13 score. The same two teams met at Fenway the following year, and Boston College won, 14-7. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie in 1953 at Fenway. So, the series stands at 1-1-1 in games played at Fenway Park.

The two teams also played at Braves Field in Boston, then the home of the National League’s Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves). Clemson had a 3-1 advantage in games played at Braves Field, all between 1942-52. Overall, Boston College leads 6-5-1 in games played in Boston or Chestnut Hill and a 4-3 advan¬tage since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005.