Clemson defeated Boston College 56-10 in Chestnut Hill to improve its record to 6-0. The dominating performance was one that the coaches hoped they would see from the Third-ranked Tigers.
Here is what we heard:
Head coach Dabo Swinney was proud of the way his team played, and he credited the win as the best game Clemson has played so far this year.
“We came here to take care of business and we did just that,” Swinney said afterwards. “We wanted to play our best game of the year, and we played our best game of the year. I thought it was a dominant second half and it was a great start, probably as good of a start as you can have outside of the muffed punt.”
Quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 14-of-24 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
“We had a little slow start to the second quarter, but all three phases kind of hit it, and it just kind of went from there. But, I think it was probably the best game we had this year, and now we have to improve on it,” Watson said.
After Wayne Gallman put the Tigers on top with a 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Clemson scored two more to extend the lead to 21-3. The score remained the same throughout a slow second quarter, but the Tigers put the game away in the second half.
“There’s nothing more important than how we play in the second half,” Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said, “and that’s something I was really pleased with, the way the guys came back and played in the third quarter. That’s something we needed to do a better job with.”
Wide receiver Deon Cain helped keep the Tigers rolling in the third quarter with two touchdowns against Boston College. This is his second-consecutive game with two touchdown receptions, and he is now leading Clemson with six scores on the season so far.
“Great players stay consistent, so I’m really just trying to stay consistent throughout every week and just keep on capitalizing and make good decisions for myself and for my team so we can benefit and have the win at the end of the day,” Cain said. “I got more mature, just really putting more time in on film study and really trying to learn my opponents.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson held Boston College to 251 total yards of offense. Linebacker Ben Boulware finished the game with nine tackles and forced a fumble that gave Clemson the ball back to prevent the Eagles from scoring just before halftime.
“That is what we wanted to do. We wanted to play a complete game because we have not done that all year,” said Boulware. “We have played pretty good football, but we kind of left a quarter or a half of a quarter out there and kind of played pretty crappy. The second quarter we were kind of sloppy on those long drives and the one that they scored, but I feel like, all and all, it was a complete game. We wanted to go out there and dominate in every aspect and we did that.”