TCI Game Day: No. 3 Clemson at Boston College

Clemson v Boston College at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC Saturday, October 17, 2015.

BOSTON, Mass. — It’s Game Day in Chestnut Hill where No. 3 Clemson battles Boston College in an Atlantic division showdown as the Tigers look to stay undefeated.

Location: Alumni Stadium

Kickoff:  7:32 p.m.

Television:   ESPN

Announcers:  Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath

2016 Record: Clemson  5-0  Boston College 3-2

ACC Record: Clemson 2-0  Boston College 0-2

Series History: Clemson leads 14-9-2

Last Meeting:  Clemson won 34-17 in 2015 at Clemson

Clemson vs. Boston College Series

•Clemson has a 14-9-2 lead in the series with Boston College that dates to the 1940 Cotton Bowl. Clemson has won each of the last five games, including 17-13 the last time the two teams met in Boston in 2014, and 34-17 last year at Clemson. Boston College’s last win was in 2010 in Boston by a 16-10 count.

•The Tigers have won seven of the eight games played since Dabo Swinney became Clemson head coach on an interim basis on October 13, 2008. Clemson won 27-21 in Chestnut Hill in 2008 and 25-7 at Clemson in 2009. The 2008 win in Boston was Swinney’s first career win as a head coach. Clemson’s only loss in the Swinney era as head coach came in 2010 in Boston.

O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy to the Winner

For the ninth time, Clemson and Boston College will play for a trophy. The Boston College Gridiron Club began sponsoring the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy in 2008. Clemson has won seven of the eight years the trophy has been awarded.

The trophy features a leather helmet replica of those used by Charlie O’Rourke of Boston College and Banks McFadden of Clemson, when they competed against each other in the 1940 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. In addition to the trophy presentation, the Boston College Gridiron Club will present a replica leather helmet to the MVP of the winning school.

C.J. Spiller won the award for the 2008 game when he had 242 all-purpose yards, and Clemson kicker Richard Jackson won the award for the 2009 game. He kicked six field goals in the Clemson victory, the only kicker at the FBS level to kick six field goals in a game in 2009.

Montell Harris won the award for Boston College in 2010 thanks to his 143 yards rushing and he scored the game’s only offensive touchdown. Chandler Catanzaro became the second Clemson kicker to win the honor with his five field goals in the 36-14 Clemson win in 2011. Tajh Boyd won it in 2012 with a 367-yard passing game and Vic Beasley took the honor in 2013 when he had a fumble return for a touchdown. Cole Stoudt had 308 yards of total offense in Clemson’s 2014 win. Watson won it last year thanks to his 420 yard passing performance.

The Boston College Gridiron Club developed the idea in order to honor the tradition at both schools and to honor the legacy of Charlie O’Rourke and Banks McFadden, who played during the leather helmet era. Clemson and Boston College are both in the Atlantic Division of the ACC and will play every year.

Leggett Sets Record in Grand Style

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett became the school’s career leader in touchdowns by a tight end when he caught the game winning 31- yard scoring pass from Deshaun Watson against Louisville with just 3:14 left in the game. That was a quite a way to set the record as Louisville was ranked No.3 in the nation entering the contest.

It was the second straight game Leggett has caught a touchdown pass, giving him the Clemson career record by one over current Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (2009-11), Brandon Ford (2009-12) and former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Champion John McMakin (1969-71).

Leggett tied the Clemson tight end touchdown record last year with eight. In that 2015 season he had at least one touchdown catch in five straight games, another Clemson record for a tight end.

Leggett currently has 74 career catches for 972 yards and 13 scores. He needs 20 catches to break McMakin’s record for receptions by a tight end and 284 yards to break McMakin’s yardage record for a tight end.

Clemson Team Streaks

•Clemson has won 19 in a row at home, the longest active home winning streak in the nation. Here is a list of the top streaks in that category: Clemson 19, Air Force 15, Navy 12, Houston 11, North Carolina 9, Alabama 8, San Diego State 7, Tennessee 7.

•Clemson has won 11 straight conference games, the second longest active streak in the nation. Here is a list of the top streaks in the nation in that category: Western Kentucky 13, Clemson 11, San Diego State 11, Alabama 10, Arkansas State 9, Oklahoma 8. (Streak includes conference championship games).

•Clemson has won seven in a row on the road, the fourth longest active streak in the nation. Here is a list of those top streaks nationally: Ohio State 19, Alabama 8, Oklahoma 8, Clemson 7, North Carolina 7.

Clemson’s Seven-Game Road Winning Streak

Clemson has won seven in a road on the opponent’s home field. That is tied for the second longest streak of its kind in Clemson history. The record is eight in a row set between the 1978 and 1979 seasons. So a win at Boston College on Friday will tie the Clemson record for consecutive road wins. Clemson lost its last road game of 2014 at Georgia Tech, then went 5-0 last year on the opponent’s home field, wins at Louisville, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and South Carolina. Clemson has added to it this year with wins at Auburn and Georgia Tech. Clemson had not won at Auburn since 1951 and had not won at Georgia Tech since 2003. If Clemson can win at Boston College the Tigers will go for the school record at Florida State.

Great Birthday for Gallman

Wayne Gallman celebrated his birthday on October 1, 2016 with a 110-yard rushing game on just 16 carries, an average of 6.9 yards per rush. He scored on a 24-yard touchdown. Gallman, who turned 22 that day, had his second 100-yard game of the year. He had 123 yards in the season opener against Auburn. The 110-yard game against Louisville was the 14th 100-yard game of his Clemson career. Gallman is now tied for second in Clemson history in career 100-yard rushing games with James Davis and needs just one to tie Raymond Priester’s record of 15 set between 1994-97.


TCI Predictions 

Robert – Clemson 55 Boston College 13

Alex – Clemson 41 Boston College 10

Will – Clemson 42  Boston College 7

Qualk – Clemson 34 Boston College 6

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