September 12, 2006

BC Hot 11

Boston College's 34-33 win over Clemson was one of the biggest wins of this decade for the Eagles. That statement isn't an exaggeration either. This is the most talented opponent a Tom O'Brien coached team has defeated at home. B.C. is now on pace with Florida State for the division lead, and take a one-game lead over Clemson.

For the first time since the 2004 season, B.C. has defeated a quality opponent to put themselves in the driver's seat to win the conference. Yes, it's still early in the year, but this is a great start for the team. There were a lot of reasons B.C. won on Saturday, and here is the Hot 11 from that game:

1. Jeff Smith - What an incredible performance by the young freshman, as he finished just one yard shy of the B.C. record for return yards in one game. Smith was only involved in a handful of plays but he really made them count. Although Smith's touchdown return was outstanding, I think his return in the 2nd quarter was almost just as big. After Andre Callender fumbled on the goal line, Clemson scored two plays later with an 82 yard C.J. Spiller touchdown reception, to give the Tigers a 17-7 lead. Smith responded to the Clemson score with a 44 yard kickoff return. That return was desperately needed, as it seemed the prior chain of events had really let the air out of B.C. sails.

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