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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (center) recovers his own fumble while pursued by Boston College's Kaleb Ramsey (96) on Saturday in Clemson, S.C.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - It's time for No. 3 Clemson's second showdown this season. And this one is even bigger than the first.
Six weeks after defeating then fifth-ranked Georgia to start the season, the Tigers and Tajh Boyd put together a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Boston College 24-14 and stay on course for next week's Atlantic Coast Conference contest with No. 6 Florida State.
"I'll definitely be watching," Boston College receiver Alex Amidon said.
Amidon and the Eagles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) nearly spoiled the party, keeping the Tigers out of synch offensively and using big plays to carry a 14-10 lead into the final period. That's when the Tigers (6-0, 4-0) fought back, Boyd's 6-yard TD run with 13:44 left putting them ahead for good.
National sack leader Vic Beasley sealed things a few moments later when he scooped up Chase Rettig's fumble and took it 13 yards for a touchdown. The Boston College quarterback coughed up the ball after a big hit by linebacker Tony Steward.
Clemson held on to start 6-0 for the second time in three years.
"If you want to be a good team, you have to win games like this," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "We kept fighting and overcame mistakes."
The Tigers most likely won't wriggle of the hook should they repeat the errors against the well-rested Seminoles (5-0), who had Saturday free and come off a 63-0 victory over Maryland in their last game.
Boyd also had a touchdown pass and finished with 334 yards passing to become the school's all-time leader in passing yards, surpassing Charlie Whitehurst. Boyd chose to focus on Clemson handling adversity and succeeding instead of a near defeat.
"I've been in that situation plenty of times," he said. "You've got to go back, reflect on it and you've got to lead."
Boyd said he'll remind the Tigers of what's at stake this week, the attention that will be on Death Valley and how the players must prepare to succeed as they did against Georgia in a 38-35 victory back on Aug. 31.
"We've got some great capabilities," he said. "We've got to keep making adjustments so we can continue to improve."
Sammy Watkins had seven receptions for 101 yards, his fourth game over the century mark this season and 11th in his career. He scored on a 48-yard touchdown grab that gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 10-7.
But it was Clemson's oft-maligned defense - remember when the Tigers gave up 70 points in the Orange Bowl two years ago? - that turned things around in this one. Eagles tailback Andre Williams, who came in the nation's top rusher, was held to fewer than 3 yards a carry with 70 total. He had gained a career-best 263 a week ago in Boston College's win over Army.
Boston College finished with 286 yards on offense, 162 of those coming on its two TD drives. It's the fifth straight game Clemson held an opponent to 14 points or less.
"We hear a lot about our offense, but we just want to be the strength of the team," Beasley said.
BYU 38, Georgia Tech 20
PROVO, Utah - Taysom Hill passed for 244 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65 yards and another score to lead BYU over Georgia Tech.
Jamaal Williams added 86 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars (4-2) beat the Yellow Jackets for the second consecutive season. BYU had 433 yards of total offense with 345 yards coming before halftime.
Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-2 ACC) totaled 400 yards on offense. Vad Lee led the way with 133 yards on 7-of-20 passing and 41 yards on 21 carries. But the Yellow Jackets could not stop the Cougar offense in the first half and could not overcome a pair of costly fourth quarter turnovers.
Hill completed his first eight passes and did not throw an incomplete pass until early in the second quarter. The sophomore completed 16-of-20 passes for 226 yards by halftime.
Syracuse 24, N.C. State 10
RALEIGH, N.C. - Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown to help Syracuse beat North Carolina State 24-10 on Saturday.
Smith finished with 140 yards and ran for a 1-yard score in the first quarter for the Orange (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Gulley ran for 132 yards and the 18-yard go-ahead score with 6:13 left, helping Syracuse win its first ACC road game.
Terrel Hunt added a rushing score of his own to make it a two-possession game with 2:39 left, part of the second straight big rushing performance for Syracuse. A week after running for 323 yards against Clemson, the Orange ran for 362 yards against the Wolfpack (3-3, 0-3).
Pete Thomas threw for 151 yards and a touchdown in a frustrating performance for the Wolfpack, who reached the end zone only once and struggled to sustain drives all day.
With the game tied at 10 midway through the fourth quarter, Smith broke free for a 57-yard sprint up the middle of the Wolfpack's defense. On the next play, Gulley ran around the right side and into the end zone for the 18-yard score that made it 16-10.
On Syracuse's next possession, Gulley broke off a 48-yard run to crack the 100-yard mark. That ultimately set up Hunt's 8-yard keeper, which made it 22-10 and effectively sealed the win.
The good news for N.C. State is coach Dave Doeren's squad has a bye next week.
Duke 35, Navy 7
DURHAM, N.C. - Anthony Boone threw three touchdown passes in his first game back from injury and Duke beat mistake-prone Navy on Saturday.
Boone, who missed three games with a broken collar bone, was 31 of 38 for a career-high 295 yards for Duke (4-2).
He had touchdowns covering 27 and 18 yards to Isaac Blakeney and 3 yards to Max McCaffrey.
Darius Staten had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Midshipmen (3-2). They were denied their first 4-1 start since 2006 and haven't beaten the Blue Devils since 2007.
Jela Duncan had a 5-yard scoring run and Shaquille Powell ran 7 yards for a TD for Duke, which rolled up 435 total yards and pulled away with touchdowns on five of its first six possessions after the first quarter.
Boone threw at will against a top-30 Navy pass defense that's allowing just 205.5 yards passing per game.
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