Will's thoughts on the Clemson game
Just a few quick thoughts about the game. More will be posted later on.
- There were so many missed opportunities that could have swung the game in BC's direction. This article touches on a few of them, but the Bordner drop, the under-thrown pass off the reverse, and the Rouse drop are the top 3 in my mind. Of course we all want to see BC make PATs, but those others hurt more. When you play very good teams (and Clemson is one of them), you have to take advantage of the opportunities you create for yourself. If BC had executed on any one of those three plays, we would have had a much better chance of winning. If we had hit two of them, the chances of winning would have jumped exponentially.
- It's nice to see Clemson travel in such strong numbers, but Alumni was embarrassingly filled with orange yesterday. There were giant blocks of the upper sideline section closer to the reservoir filled with Clemson fans. I think it may have been the loudest & largest Clemson fan base I've seen at Alumni. Clemson fans are incredibly friendly, and it's great to see them come to Boston in the numbers that they do, but it'd be really nice to see much more maroon and gold than orange in the upper sections at kickoff.
- Overall the defense played well, and it's hard to be critical of a group that allowed just 17 points, but we gave up too many 3rd down conversions. Case in point - the series when BC had Clemson starting on their own 9. After 2 plays netting negative one yard, Clemson had a 3rd and 11. They ran for 13 and got to their 21. BC held the next 2 downs, and on 3rd and 4 Clemson gained 16 to their 43. BC stopped Clemson on the next set of downs, and they ended up punting....which BC received on their own 6. To recap - that was a drive that started on Clemson's 9, and BC gave up two big plays on 3rd down which allowed Clemson to get to a place to pin BC within our 10. It completely shifted the field position game and put a lot of pressure on the offense to move the ball.
- BC's offense (understandably) didn't put up the big numbers like in other games this season, but it was nice to see Day & crew keep installing new looks/formations/plays. The Bordner pass off the reverse was one, but the Sherman Alston TD reception was another - lining him up in the backfield, pulling a guard to make it look like a run....nice to see new wrinkles develop in our offensive attack each week.
- Steven Daniels is coming on strong. He had a good game stopping the run and lead BC with 11 tackles.
- Murphy's 43-yard run with the game on the line was something special.