CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Clemson had not had a play of 50 yards or more in the first five games of the season, but in the opening half of its 56-10 victory on Friday at Alumni Stadium the Tigers had three in the first quarter.
After a Ray Ray McCloud muffed punt set up a 21-yard Boston College field goal with 11:08 to play in the first quarter, the Tigers got a 59-yard touchdown run by Wayne Gallman on the ensuing possession, and then on the next offensive possession, Mike Williams made a diving catch at the five-yard line of a Deshaun Watson pass and later scored on a nine-yard toss by Watson for a 14-3 lead.
On the Tigers’ next offensive possession, Watson hit Jordan Leggett down the seam and then the tight end did the rest as he cut back outside and down the boundary for a 56-yard touchdown.
The Boston College defense, which led the nation in total yards allowed and passing defense coming in, gave up 201 total yards in the opening quarter on 14 plays.
Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) finished the game with 499 yards. Watson led the Tigers with 266 passing yards and four touchdowns, while completing 14 of 24 passes. Running back Wayne Gallman rushed for 109 yards on nine carries to lead the running attack.
After the offense slowed down in the second quarter, the defense stepped up and had a goal line stand to stop one BC drive, and then Ben Boulware hit quarterback Patrick Towels high on a scramble, forcing a fumble which the Tigers’ Dexter Lawrence recovered just before halftime.
Boulware was initially called for targeting on the play, but replay officials reversed the call giving Clemson the ball back to preserve its 21-3 lead.
Watson extended the Tigers’ lead in the third quarter with touchdown passes of 29 and 16 yards to Deon Cain for a 35-3 lead with 5:18 to play in the third quarter.
After an Eagles’ touchdown, Clemson running back Tyshon Dye had a three-yard touchdown, freshman Tavien Feaster had a 45-yard run for a score and cornerback Mark Fields intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards to conclude the scoring.
Clemson will host NC State on Homecoming next Saturday in Death Valley.
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