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Tigers pile up points on Eagles

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  September 29, 2012 07:07 PM

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw three touchdowns and ran for another in Clemson's 45-31 win over BC

Boston College spent all game trying to keep up with a Clemson offense that doesn’t have a brake pedal.

At every turn of their 45-31 loss to the Tigers, the Eagles looked like they were trying to keep up with the pace car.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 27 of 38 passes for 367 and three touchdowns. BC quarterback Chase Rettig went throw for throw with him, 25 of 43for 341 yards and three touchdowns of his own.

Hopkins caught nine balls for 178 yards and a touchdown. Alex Amidon was right with him, seven catches, 176 yards and two scores.

But the play that sealed their fate came in the fourth quarter when Rettig, who spent the entire game looking for Amidon, inevitably went that way and had the ball picked off.

It was one of two picks for Rettig, who did his best to use his arm to keep the Eagles alive in a shootout

Clemson’s offense was the name-brand, even though BC’s passing attack was the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the biggest difference, between the two was the running game. The Tigers could count on theirs (Boyd ran for 42 yards and a touchdown, and All-American running back Andre Ellington added another 132 yards on carries and a score). The Eagles all but abandoned theirs.

It’s the third time in four games this season that Rettig’s thrown at least 40 passes. After running the ball 20 times in the first half, BC called just eight run plays ing the second.

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