No. 17 Clemson 45, Boston College 31

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 29, 2012
Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another himself as No. 17 Clemson beat Boston College 45-31 on Saturday. Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes and ran 11 times for 42 yards and a TD for Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). DeAndre Hopkins caught 11 passes for 197 yards for the Tigers, who bounced back after blowing a two-touchdown lead and losing 49-37 to No. 4 Florida State last week. Andre Ellington ran 25 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Clemson. Chase Rettig, who entered the day as the leading passer in the ACC, completed 25 of 43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Amdion caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3, 0-2), who led 21-17 before giving up three unanswered touchdowns. Clemson was unbeaten and ranked 10th in the nation when it travelled to Tallahassee last week to play ACC Atlantic rival Florida State. The Tigers opened a 28-14 lead in the third quarter before the Seminoles scored 35 of the next 38 points. This time it was Clemson rallying with an offensive outburst. BC had come back from a 17-7 deficit to lead 21-17 on Rettig's 31-yard pass to Amidon with 4:12 left in the first half. But Boyd hit Brandon Ford for a four-yard TD just before the end of the half, then capped Clemson's first drive of the second half with Roderick McDowell's 16-yard touchdown run. After Rashard Hall's interception set the Tigers up at the BC 33 yard-line, Boyd hit Jaron Brown for 30 yards and Ellington ran it in from the 1 to make it 38-21. It was 45-28 when BC inched closer with a Nate Freese field goal, and then stopped Clemson on a fourth-and-1 near midfield. Rettig hit Amidon for 17 yards, with another 15 yards tacked on because Garry Peters threw Amidon to the ground after he was already out of bounds. But on third down, Peters picked off Rettig at the 5 yard-line. BC got the ball back at Clemson's 33 when Boyd fumbled, but the Eagles weren't able to get a first down. Clemson had added its last TD when Boyd hit Hopkins from 35 yards out to make it 45-28 with 1 minute gone in the fourth quarter. The Tigers ended the game by taking a knee on the BC 1 yard-line.
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