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Clemson slides by Boston College in rain 10.18.14 at 6:43 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — A second upset of a ranked team wasn’t in the cards for Boston College.

Tyler Murphy drove the Eagles down to the Clemson 25 with under a minute to go, highlighted by a 43-yard scramble up the middle. But after a drop by an open Tyler Rouse of a likely touchdown pass near the goal line, the Eagles drive stalled and Boston College fell to No. 24 Clemson, 17-13, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Boston College fell short in its effort to end Clemson’s string of 22 straight wins over non-ranked opponents and collect its second win over a Top-25 team this season. They stunned Southern Cal, 37-31, on Sept. 13.

‘€œWell, we were in a tough game tonight against a good opponent,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “As I said all week long, I had a feeling this game would be exactly the game was. It was going to be a game that was a bunch of three and outs. It was going to be a game where when you had some opportunities to make plays you had to make the plays. It was going to be a
game where our defense was really going to have to really be strong. And we had to fight and get to the fourth
quarter. That’€™s what we did. We fought. We got it to the fourth quarter. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We
just couldn’€™t make a couple of plays that we needed to make to close the game out.”

It was a slow start for both teams, as each punted three times in the first quarter. Clemson broke out on top first when running back Wayne Gallman ran it in from 17 yards out with just under 12 minutes left in the second quarter. Boston College responded when Tyler Murphy found a wide open Sherman Alston for a 25-yard TD connection down the right side.

Clemson took a 10-7 halftime lead on a Ammon Lakip 23-yard field goal at the first half gun.

Boston College punter Alex Howell kept the Eagles in the game with a sensational day, punting 10 times for a 50.1 yard average.

Murphy converted his first third down conversion in 10 tries at a pivotal time. Murphy was flushed from the pocked and rolled to his right, chased by four Clemson linemen. He found a crossing Charlie Callinan for 12 yards down to the Clemson 21.

After another first down, Murphy again rolled to his right, set himself and threw back across the entire width of the field, finding Josh Bordner, who went into the air and brought the ball down for Boston College‘s first lead of the day, 13-10, with 10:59 left in the fourth quarter.

As great a day as Alex Howell had punting the ball on special teams, freshman Mike Knoll picked a bad time to push his extra point wide right.

The Boston College lead lasted just 84 seconds. With the rain pouring down, Clemson marched 83 yards in one minute, 24 seconds. Cole Stoudt found Mike Williams for 33 yards down the right sideline to get the Tigers out to midfield. Three players, C.J. Davidson found a big lane off right tackle and sprinted straight ahead for a 32 yard go-ahead touchdown with 9:35 left.

After the game, Murphy and Bordner both regretted missing chances on big plays. Bordner dropped a pass on a wide open pass over the middle in the first quarter, with no defender behind him. In the third quarter, on a double reverse option play, he underthrew a wide open Charlie Callinan over the middle. Callinan caught the pass for 35 yards down to the Clemson 29 but he fell down making the catch or BC would have had an easy touchdown. Instead, the drive stalled and the Eagles wound up with no points.
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BC football announces 17 new players, including Florida transfer Matt Patchan 02.06.13 at 3:56 pm ET
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Boston College announced commitments from 15 high school players on national signing day Wednesday, but it was two college transfers who got the most attention.

Offensive lineman Matt Patchan has one year of eligibility remaining after playing 27 games over three seasons in five years at Florida. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injuries. Patchan, who will enroll as a graduate student at BC, played two seasons under new BC coach Steve Addazio when Addazio was a Gators offensive assistant. Patchan is eligible to play at BC immediately and would be a boost to the offensive line if he can stay healthy.

The other transfer is a familiar name: tight end Louie Addazio. The son of the new BC coach, Louie did not play at Syracuse during his two years there due to injuries.

Among the high school players signing with BC is running back Tyler Rouse (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baker HS). Despite rushing for 2,977 yards and 45 touchdowns on 333 carries as a senior and winning New York State Gatorade Player of the Year honors, the 5-foot-8 speedster did not get much interest from big-time Division 1 schools.

The other high school players signing with BC are wide receiver Drew Barksdale (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), wide receiver Charlie Callinan (Westfield, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), linebacker/defensive end Jack Cottrell (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS), defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison HS), safety John Johnson (West Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern HS), defensive end Kevin Kavalec (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius), linebacker Marquis Little (Manchester, Conn./Manchester HS), quarterback Mack Lowrie (Foxboro/Roxbury Latin), safety Matt Milano (Orlando/Dr. Phillips), defensive tackle Tevin Montgomery (Jamaica Plain/Tabor Academy), cornerback Atem Ntantang (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove HS), tight end Joel Rich (Paris, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), quarterback James Walsh (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS) and running back Myles Willis (Conyers, Ga./Marist School).

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