Tigers get a much deserved rest

Oct 7, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates a touchdown by Clemson Tigers running back Tyshon Dye (22) during the fourth quarter at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Ben Boulware is looking forward to having this weekend off.

Following No. 3 Clemson’s 56-10 victory over Boston College on Friday, head coach Dabo Swinney said he was giving the Tigers a much needed weekend off following last week’s emotional win over No. 7 Louisville and then completely dominating the Eagles on a short week at Alumni Stadium on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

“I already have my entire Saturday planned out. I had it planned out since last week,” Boulware said. “I’m going to go home to this little hole in the wall in Anderson (S.C.) called J.C. and get a Birddog. My dad just got a doom buggy type thing so I’m going to ride the doom buggy and then watch college football all day. I’m super pumped about it.”

Swinney is super pumped about the way his team played, and how they responded on the road after having a short week to prepare following the big win over Louisville.

“I’m really proud of our team. They did a tremendous job preparing,” he said. “I’m proud of how they got themselves ready. They knew when the schedule came out that it was going to be a short week. We knew we were going to play Louisville on a Saturday and they were going to have come in on Sunday and get ready for a short week. But at that time we did not know we were going to have to play at 8:30 on Saturday night and get in the bed about four or five in the morning at home.

“It was a taxing week, but our guys did not complain. They just went through the grind and did a great job.”

And after racking up 499 total yards, while holding BC to 251 in perhaps their most complete performance of the season, the Tigers finally get a weekend off and they are ready for it.

Twenty straight. With Friday’s win at Boston College, Clemson has now won a school-record 20 straight regular season games. Since a 1-2 start to the 2014 season, the Tigers have won 29 of their last 31 games.

The Tigers have now won 12 straight games over ACC teams (including the 2015 ACC Championship Game) under Swinney the past two seasons.

Bowl eligible. Clemson moved to 6-0 on the season with its victory over Boston College. It is the 12th time in history a Tiger team has started a season at least 6-0. Clemson is now the first team in the country to become bowl eligible.

Friday’s win was the Tigers’ eighth in nine tries over the Eagles in the Dabo Swinney era. With the win, Clemson has now defeated 42 unranked opponents in a row, second-longest streak in the nation behind only Alabama.

Road warriors. Clemson has now won its last eight road games, tying the school record set in 1978 and 1979.

Swinney is now 81-27 over his career, and the .750 winning mark moves him ahead of TCU’s Gary Patterson for seventh on the list of college football’s winningest active coaches.

Fifty plus. Clemson had three plays of 50-plus yards in the first quarter after entering the contest with none through five games this season. BC had allowed just two in the first five games.

Another record for Gallman. Running back Wayne Gallman’s 59-yard touchdown in the opening quarter was his longest run of the season, and the longest play from scrimmage by the Tigers’ offense as well.

Gallman, who rushed for 109 yards on nine carries on Friday, went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the 15th time in his career, tying Raymond Priester’s record for a Tiger.

Gallman was awarded the Leather Helmet, presented annually to the game’s top player.

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