Clemson football used the run game to win a close game against the Boston College Eagles 19-13 at Death Valley. It was not pretty at times, but the defense and a solid run game were the difference.
Clemson, however, did give the Eagles two chances late in the game to win the game. Boston College slowed their momentum with miscues. On one drive, consecutive false start penalties stalled one drive.
The final drive was a fumble on a bad snap when the Eagles were driving deep in Clemson Territory to win the game that ended the second drive. Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel had the Eagles inside the 20-yard line before the bad snap.
Offensively, the Tigers were still streaky; they looked good at some points and out of sync at others. That up-and-down play was crystalized by the play of quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei who was 13-for-28 for 207 yards.
The running game was effective tonight, with sophomore running back Kobe Pace leading the Tigers with 125 yards and a touchdown. However, 87 of Clemson’s 231 rushing yards came on two carries.
The Tigers had injuries again tonight. Clemson lost three players to injury in this game in addition to the three they’ve lost already this season.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Tigers won their 31st consecutive home game this evening. Here are three takeaways from tonight’s game.