Scores

Final

Boston College 7

(2-1, 0-1 ACC)

Clemson 25

(2-1, 1-1 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Memorial Stadium, CLEMSON, SC

1 2 3 4 T
BC 0 0 0 77
CLEM 7 9 3 625

Top Performers

Passing: K. Parker (CLEM) - 103 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Spiller (CLEM) - 17 CAR, 77 YDS

Receiving: J. Ford (CLEM) - 6 REC, 36 YDS

Spiller drives Clemson with 219 all-purpose yards before leaving game with injury

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- C.J. Spiller showed more punch on his first ever punt return than Boston College had all game in Clemson's 25-7 victory Saturday.

Spiller had a 77-yard return score, kicker Richard Jackson added a school-record tying six field goals and Clemson's defense bottled up the Eagles in a game that took nearly five hours to finish because of two rain delays.

Spiller, who finished with 219 all-purpose yards, didn't return after the second stoppage. Athletic spokesman Tim Bourret said Spiller hurt his foot, but the injury was not considered serious.

Boston College (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended with 55 yards.

The teams have played tight, dramatic football since the Eagles joined the league in 2005. Two of their four contests were settled in overtime, another put BC in its first ACC title game while last year's Clemson victory started interim coach Dabo Swinney on the path to the permanent job.

This time, the Tigers (2-1, 1-1) ended any drama early.

Spiller broke through the Eagles and cruised to a punt return TD, a first for the Clemson senior. It was the fifth way Spiller has accounted for a score with the Tigers after collecting touchdowns via rush, catch, kickoff return and, last year against Virginia, throwing on a halfback pass.

Spiller has 15 touchdowns of 50 or more yards in his career.

The Tigers' defense took over from there, holding the Eagles to just one first down -- and that came by penalty -- in the first 43 minutes.

After crisp wins against Northeastern (54-0) and Kent State (34-7) its first two weeks, the Eagles could get little through Clemson's defense.

Montel Harris, the ACC's third-leading rusher at more than 90 yards a game coming in, managed 4 yards on seven first-half carries.

Boston College juggled starting quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie without much effect. When the Eagles jogged off the field at halftime, they had minus 2 yards of offense.

Without comeback king Matt Ryan to lead them, the Eagles had little hope of a rally.

Ryan stung the Tigers on BC's past two visits to Death Valley. He led the Eagles to a 16-13 OT victory in 2005 for the school's first league win since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Two years ago, Ryan threw a 43-yard TD pass to Rich Gunnell late in the game for a 20-17 win that denied Clemson a berth in the ACC title game.

About the only break the Eagles got this trip was when officials halted the game in the third because of lightning near Memorial Stadium.

Boston College got its only points once the game resumed, a 13-yard pass from Tuggle to Justin Jarvis. The Eagles were offsides on the following onsides kick try.

Officials stopped the game a second time moments later.

The teams returned to a few thousand poncho-clad fans out of the 77,000 who showed up at lunchtime to watch.

That didn't bother Jackson, who had field goals 42 and 35 yards to match Jad Dean's record six field goals set against Texas A&M in 2005.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
CLEM
1st Downs415
Total Yards54253
Passing25102
Rushing29151
Penalties3-225-46
3rd Down Conversions1-126-20
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers43
Possession25:4934:11

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuggle4/20231.213
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker13/271033.802

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tuggle5214.2020
Harris12131.105
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spiller17774.5013
Ellington9455.0015

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis11313.0113
Anderson2105.008
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ford6366.0029
Jones12626.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCCLEM
TD11:33C.J. Spiller 77 Yd Punt Return (Richard Jackson Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERBCCLEM
FG10:48Richard Jackson 23 Yd 010
FG07:46Richard Jackson 33 Yd 013
FG01:57Richard Jackson 32 Yd 016
THIRD QUARTERBCCLEM
FG09:16Richard Jackson 52 Yd 019
FOURTH QUARTERBCCLEM
TD13:56Justin Jarvis 13 Yd Pass From Justin Tuggle (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 719
FG10:56Richard Jackson 42 Yd 722
FG02:01Richard Jackson 35 Yd 725