CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — No. 2 Clemson, having sprouted right into a sturdy faculty soccer large, behaved as such within the 38-degree take a look at right here Saturday night time. It refused to let inconveniences mount into crises, manned its approach by way of a 27-7 win in a ballyhooed bout with No. 17 Boston College, reached 10-Zero this season, reached 50-Four over the previous 4 and reached 82-11 over the previous seven.
Further, it seemed as if, barring one thing freaky and even creepy, it is going to seem in a fourth consecutive College Football Playoff, the place it just about retains a house with a mailbox, a picket fence and perhaps even some home pets. To get there, it should beat Duke (7-3) at house, South Carolina (5-4) at house and whoever turns up within the ACC championship sport, a sport it is going to grace as the primary ACC workforce to win 4 straight divisions, a actuality clinched right here.
“It is an actual credit score to this senior group and this junior group,” Coach Dabo Swinney stated. “This is a really centered soccer workforce. They consider of their imaginative and prescient. They consider in what they need to obtain, and so they’re keen to place the work in, and it’s only a pleasure to be round them on daily basis.”
“It’s been unbelievable,” the senior receiver Hunter Renfrow stated. “Four divisions.”
Against a Boston College workforce that performed with battle and suffered the lack of quarterback Anthony G. Brown after one offensive sequence, Clemson mastered many of the soccer particulars. It led the full yardage 123-6 after the primary quarter, 216-23 at halftime, 265-49 after three quarters and 424-113 on the finish. When a particular groups play led to Alumni Stadium’s solely actual turbulence, Clemson rapidly dealt with that potential saga as properly.
Midway by way of the primary quarter, Clemson punter Will Spiers took a snap, edged over to the proper and despatched off an appropriate punt that smacked down and trickled additional, ending up 43 yards upfield. When Boston College return man Michael Walker fielded the factor with two Clemson defenders close to sufficient to place him in peril, it seemed as if it wouldn’t quantity to a lot.
When Walker eluded the Tigers and headed proper, then went storming down the sideline for a 74-yard landing, the majority of the 44,500 made the place shake, and the Eagles led 7-3.
So Clemson simply commenced being Clemson.
By now, it has a small crowd of gamers who can enhance its Saturdays with issues regular folks and gamers can’t do. Those embrace catching footballs whereas mendacity down (because the surging Tee Higgins did as soon as) or executing world-class fakes (as towering freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence did typically however twice specifically).
It seemed so flawlessly unperturbed after the Eagles’ landing that it took 9 performs to go 70 yards to achieve the final lead it might want, with Lawrence’s go up the proper sideline to Higgins hogging half the yardage. Eventually it reached the 2-yard line late within the first quarter and appeared near stalling because it had on its first possession, which resulted in a subject aim.
On fourth down, Swinney opted towards 7-6, and shortly Lawrence faked the handoff to Christian Wilkins, the defensive sort out whose “hurry” had ended Brown’s night time. Lawrence flipped the ball over the hand of Boston College linebacker Connor Strachan within the shallow a part of the tip zone, into the ready fingers of tight finish Milan Richard within the again.
Afterward, the senior Wilkins materialized subsequent to Swinney on the interview dais, started consuming some chips loudly after which shared one with Swinney. “He’s mad,” Swinney stated, “that we didn’t hand it to him. I instructed him, ‘This is gon’ be broad open. You’re the bait.’ ”
“I do know I’ve bought particular skills, my working potential,” the deeply skilled 315-pounder cracked, then stated, “I’m within the scouting report now!”
By that time, Lawrence had accomplished 10 of his first 11 passes for 123 yards, and even with the sport at merely 13-7 at halftime, it lacked any really feel of something unfamiliar brewing. Boston College (7-3), struggling understandably with backup EJ Perry at quarterback, as soon as took a 32-yard loss on a snap that flew over Perry, took two extra losses and confronted that uncommon event within the soccer world, a fourth and 49. Even when the officers appeared to overlook out on a penalty when Boston College appeared to intrude with a Clemson truthful catch, the Tigers’ protection merely lined up once more and allowed no shenanigans, additional proof of Clemson’s rarefied maturity.
Taking the ball within the third quarter after Boston College labored one other forgivable fizzle, Clemson began at its personal 36-yard line. The sport would ask for actually just one extra profitable drive simply in case, so Lawrence and Clemson went forward and whooshed by way of it. Running again Travis Etienne bounced out of some site visitors and went left for 25 yards. Lawrence threw to 10th-year senior Renfrow, a kind of seniors who appears to have been round for half-forever, and Renfrow put a swell transfer on a defensive again to succeed in the 6-yard line.
From there, Lawrence performed a pretend that belongs in any Hall of Fame of fakes, and Etienne headed into the proper aspect of the road, drawing the eye of most each potential menace round him. While he did that with out the ball, Lawrence skirted round to the left, alone, for a 20-7 lead. With 29 completions in 40 makes an attempt for 295 yards, he had shooed any pregame uncertainty about whether or not a Georgian freshman who performs in South Carolina may deal with the climate round Boston. “So truly, I considered it afterward, I lived in Ohio after I was just a little child for a short while, so I suppose that will rely,” Lawrence stated. “It’s humorous, folks make such an enormous deal out of all that stuff, and we’re simply going to exit and play.”
Amari Rodgers’s blazing 58-yard punt return up the left added solely extra. All alongside, Boston College barely budged, with unhealthy luck once more placing sophomore quarterback Brown. His thriving freshman season ended final Nov. 11 with a knee damage, and his night time ended so early right here, his go to from Wilkins leaving him slamming the turf on his proper, throwing shoulder.