Tigers Get Some Lighting
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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Clemson 25, Boston College 7 - Sometimes there are just ugly games, and this was one of them. In the rain (and apparently lighting), this game had interceptions, fumbles, penalties and weather delays. It was just one of those games that isn't going to jump out in your mind in ten years as a great game to remember. But in the end, if you are a Clemson fan, you simply take the "W" in the ACC Atlantic standings, and you move on. You focus on the positives in the game, such as that kicker Richard Jackson had 6 field goals in the win, tying a school record.
The saving grace for those wearing orange did in fact, ironically, come in the form of lighting - CJ Spiller. He had a 77-yard punt return in the first quarter that sparked the soaking wet crowd to life and energized the Tiger defense. He also had many nice runs both between the tackles and outside on the way to 219 all-purpose yards. In just three games, Spiller has a kick-off return, a punt return, and a touchdown catch. He is a running back and the only thing missing so far is a rushing td! The guy is flat-out a top-notch college football player, and if he stays healthy will keep the Tigers in most every game. He is a differnce maker, and there is no other way to put it. When he was recruited out of high-school as a five-star running back, I knew he would be exciting. He has been better than I have ever hoped he would be.
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker (13 of 27, 103 yards, 2 ints), who played so solidly against GT on the road last week, struggled a bit against BC. Again, the weather conditions were off, but some of his throws were very telepathed, and he seemed a bit shaky in the pocket compared to normal. He was even yanked from the game at one-point and replaced briefly by jinxed Clemson back up Willy Korn, who lost 8 yards on his first three plays, and later had a running back fumble on his other possession. I am not sure if he played any more than that I was in and out of the stands many times due to the weather delays. I am a big Dabo Swinney fan, but Coach Swinney needs to leave Korn on the sideline with a clip-board in his hands, in my opinion. Korn is a great kid, and a very quality young man to have on your team, but for some reason he is cursed at CU, and Parker is our number one. You go with your number one at all times in big situations, and having Korn in the game when the game was still a close game is questionable to me.
The Clemson defense again is proving to be a solid unit. After giving up just 16 offensive points to GT, the Tigers held Boston College to seven points and just 55 yards for the day. Up front, Ricky Sapp and DeQuan Bowers are really coming forward as great Tiger defenders. and I cannot say enough about the play of DeAndre McDaniel in the secondary. The guy was in on seemigly every tackle yesterday, and delivered exciting plays all day long. The Tiger defense forced BC into three interceptions and had 9 tackles for loss. The Clemson defense held BC to just four first downs for the entire game.
Next up for the Tigers is a big home date with top-15 TCU. the Frogs will offer a stiff test for the Tigers, but also a chance to jump back into the top-25. Clemson should have a positive attitude and a, air of excitement to play a high-ranked team such as TCU. The loss to GT hurt, but even with an early conference loss, the Tigers are still perfectly alive in the ACC Atlantic division race and a win this weekned could also get them back in the national picture just a bit.
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