Saturday, October 8, 2011
Final: Clemson 36, Boston College 14
By Heather Dinich
This was a gritty performance by Clemson, which won the game but lost starting quarterback Tajh Boyd to a hip injury.
After Boyd was taken off the field, BC scored, and things could have gone downhill quickly for Clemson, but the Tigers responded like a championship-caliber team and continued to move the ball under the leadership of backup quarterback Cole Stoudt. It was a respectable performance by Stoudt, who had a good spring but hadn't played since the fourth quarter against Troy. Stoudt completed 6 of 10 passes, and offensive coordinator Chad Morris did a great job of putting Stoudt in comfortable positions and delegating to the talent around him.
For Boston College, there was no quit in the Eagles, and they brought their blue-collar work ethic into Death Valley and gave the Tigers a good fight. Linebacker Luke Kuechly continued his string of games with double-digit tackles, but Clemson didn't turn the ball over once and had just three penalties.
The big question now moving forward is the health of Boyd heading into the road trip to Maryland next weekend. For today, the Tigers found a way to win without him.