Despite yet another quality performance from quarterback Chase Rettig, the Boston College Eagles fell 45-31 to the Clemson Tigers Saturday. Even managing to hold a lead through late in the second quarter, the BC defense struggled throughout – allowing nearly six hundred yards of total offense to a Tahj Boyd-led Tiger offense.
The game began quite well for the Eagles. They held the Clemson offense to a three and out before scoring on their opening drive on an Andre Williams touchdown. But after the offense failed to respond to a Clemson field goal, the defense began to unravel. Clemson quarterback Tahj Boyd consistently found space down field as he passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns. In particular, he found wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins quite often as the Tiger receiver hauled in 11 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown.
While the defense struggled, the pairing of Chase Rettig and receiver Alex Amidon kept the game competitive. Amidon found considerable success as he caught eight passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, the running game failed to establish any momentum throughout the game – as Andre Williams only managed a 2.8 yards-per-carry rate.
BC will travel to West Point, New York to take on the Army football team next Saturday at noon.