No. 24 Clemson holds off Boston College 17-13

BOSTON (AP) C.J. Davidson ran for a 32-yard touchdown with 9:35 to play and No. 24 Clemson stopped Boston College in the final minutes to beat the Eagles 17-13 on Saturday.

Cole Stoudt completed 29 of 45 passes for 285 yards, and the Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth straight game. Needing a touchdown at the end of the game because of a missed extra point, the Eagles (4-3, 1-2) moved to the Clemson 29 and then converted a fourth-and-1.

Tyler Murphy found Tyler Rouse open and streaking for the end zone, but the sophomore running back couldn’t hold onto the ball. Clemson took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Murphy, who averaged 118 yards rushing per game, ran for 55 yards on 13 carries and also completed 8 of 19 passes for 108 yards. Mike Williams caught eight passes for 128 yards, and the Tigers converted 10 of 21 times on third down; BC did not convert a single third down until late in the fourth quarter.

The first quarter was scoreless, and the teams traded touchdowns in the second before Ammon Lakip’s 23-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead at halftime. It stayed that way until Murphy hit Josh Bordner on a scrambling, cross-field pass from 6 yards out to give Boston College the lead.

Mike Knoll’s attempt on the extra point was shanked to the right, leaving the Eagles up 13-10. Stoudt, a senior who inherited the starting job when freshman Deshaun Watson broke a finger, needed less than 90 seconds to lead the Tigers 82 yards, hitting Williams for 32 yards on a third-and-10 and then, three plays later, handing off to Davidson for the winning score.

The teams traded punts and then, on the second play after BC took over at its own 18 with 3:25 left, Murphy broke free for 43 yards to the Clemson 38. Jon Hilliman gained three on a fourth-and-1 from the 29, and on the next play Rouse was wide open down the middle and inside the 5 but the ball went off his fingers.

Three more incomplete passes and the Tigers took over.

Having already beaten then-No. 9 Southern California in Alumni Stadium, Boston College was hoping to improve to 2-0 against ranked teams and move just one win from bowl eligibility. Instead, the Tigers protected their ranking a week after moving into The Associated Press Top 25.

Wayne Gallman scored his first career touchdown, faking inside before moving outside and running untouched into the end zone from 17 yards out early in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. BC tied it when Murphy connected with Sherman Alston from 26 yards.