Friday's roundup: No. 3 Clemson takes of care business at BC
Boston — By Tuesday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney could tell his team needed a break. That victory against Louisville was dramatic and draining, and a long trip on short rest was looming.
Swinney eased up a bit on the third-ranked Tigers and they responded with a sharp performance when they easily could have come out flat, beating Boston College 56-10 on Friday night.
“It was a taxing week, but our guys didn’t complain,” Swinney said. “They just went through the grind. I love that mentality of that team.”
Deshaun Watson threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns, and the Heisman Trophy hopeful even helped clear the way for Wayne Gallman’s 59-yard scoring run with a solid block.
Clemson (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its conference winning streak to 12 games and its road winning streak to eight, which matches a school record set from 1978-79.
“I’ve been doing this a long time. There’s a reason that record’s only eight. It’s really hard to do,” Swinney said, doing his postgame news conference with the big bronze O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy that goes to the winner of this rivalry sitting on the table next to him.
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware said he planned to spend his rare Saturday off back home in Anderson, South Carolina, chowing down on some food from J.C.’s sandwich shop, riding his father’s new dune buggy and watching college football.
“I’m super pumped,” he said.
The Tigers definitely earned their break.
Boston College (3-3, 0-3) lost its 11th consecutive ACC game.
Clemson broke three plays of at least 50 yards in the first quarter, two for touchdowns and another that set up a score. Watson picked off a defender on the edge to help spring Gallman for the game’s first touchdown. Watson’s 59-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett made it 21-0 late in the first half. That was all the Tigers needed.
“Those three plays were costly right there,” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “The last thing I wanted to see us do is give up some big plays.”
South Carolina to host Georgia on Sunday
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity he needed assurance no evacuees from Hurricane Matthew would be displaced before an agreement was reached to move the Bulldogs’ game at South Carolina from Saturday to Sunday.
The agreement to play the game Sunday was completed Thursday night in a conference call that included administrators from South Carolina, Georgia and the Southeastern Conference.
McGarity said South Carolina has offered Georgia on-campus lodging the team plans to use Saturday night. For McGarity, this was a crucial alternative to taking hotel rooms in Columbia needed by evacuees.
“The key thing was hotel rooms,” McGarity said. “We did not want to be in the position of having anything to do with displacing evacuees. … That was something that would not have been acceptable on any level.”
Georgia officials were in Columbia on Friday to look at the facility.
“Again, I want to really stress, even the contingency plan is not displacing anyone from their hotel rooms,” he said.
“That was off the table from Day One for the University of Georgia, and South Carolina felt the same way.”
McGarity said he offered to have the game played at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. The teams could not have rescheduled the game later in the season because their schedules don’t have the same off weekends.
The agreement to play Sunday came after officials in Columbia said sufficient security and emergency medical personnel would be available.
Miami-Florida State still on
On Friday morning, the Florida State football team boarded team buses, headed for the Tallahassee airport and boarded flights bound for Fort Lauderdale.
By late Friday afternoon, Miami made it official, announcing the game tonight was still set for an 8:14 EDT kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium.
“The decision to move forward with the game came after numerous conversations between Florida State, the ACC, Hard Rock Stadium, the University of Miami and through consultation with Miami-Dade County,” the school wrote in its release.