Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt set career highs completing 29 out of 45 attempts for 285 yards to beat Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Stoudt was named the MVP of this year’s O’Rourke-McFadden game, leading the Tigers on a six play 83 yard drive to take the lead with 9:35 left in the fourth.
“He had a heck of a night,” head coach Dabo Swinney said. “I’m really proud of him stepping up, especially on the road”
Stoudt started the game in place of star freshman QB Deshaun Watson, who was out with a broken finger. Stoudt not 100% himself, dealt with a nagging shoulder injury that caused him to take a shot before the game and another during half time.
“I really didn’t think about the shoulder or the rain,” Stoudt said.
Clemson’s top ranked defense stifled the Eagles all game, holding the fourth best rushing attack in the nation to their worst performance all year. QB Tyler Murphy entered the game averaging 118 yards on the ground, but was held to 55 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Eagles as a team rushed for 120 yards, nearly 200 yards below their season average.
“Our defense really stepped up this week and this is a big win,” Swinney said.
Murphy scared the Tigers late in the fourth when he took off for a 43 yards to put the ball on the Clemson 38 with less than three minutes to go. The Eagles converted a fourth and one that put them 26 yards from the end-zone. On the very next play the Murphy found sophomore RB Tyler Rouse open out of the back field. Rouse dropped a sure handed touchdown that would have given Boston College the go ahead score.
“We had some plays we could have made,” Murphy said. “It’s almost brings back the same taste as Colorado State, a game we just let slip away.”
The Eagles failed to complete another play for positive yardage and turned the ball over on downs.
They now fall to 4-3 and 1-2 in conference play and prepare to face Wake Forest; while the Tigers improve to 5-2 and 4-1 in the ACC. The Tigers moved up three places in this week’s AP poll and head up to Carrier Dome to face the Orange.
*Section Photo credit to Rainier Ehrhardt, AP Photo; Featured Photo (above) credit to USATSI