Etienne’s 3 TDs lead No. 4 Clemson past Boston College 59-7

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Clemson’s Travis Etienne (9) rushes in for a touchdown while defended by Boston College’s Josh DeBerry during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Travis Etienne ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, reserve receiver Diondre Overton caught three scoring passes and No. 4 Clemson blasted Boston College 59-7 on Saturday night for its 23rd straight victory.

The Tigers (6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) easily extended their program best streak and opened 8-0 for the fourth time in the past five seasons, jumping on the Eagles (4-4, 2-3) early and never letting up. Clemson had the ball six times in the first 30 minutes and scored each time — including Etienne’s TD runs of 3, 4 and 5 yards — to take a 38-7 lead by halftime.

Trevor Lawrence completed 16 of 19 passes for 275 yards and scoring throws of 22 and 63 yards to Overton and 19 yards to Amari Rodgers. Overton, a senior, had only seven catches on the season, none of them finishing in the end zone. His final one was a 34-yard catch from Chase Brice in the third period. Overton had 119 yards in receptions.

Etienne, a junior and reigning ACC player of the year, has 46 career rushing touchdowns to move within one of James Davis’ all-time Clemson mark. Etienne also had his 13th 100-yard game, just four away from the school record.

Clemson finished with a season-high 674 yards.

The Tigers defense got into the action, too. It limited the Eagles to 119 yards in the opening half and, after the Tigers were finally forced to punt on their first series of the second half, had a scoop-and-score touchdown from defensive end Logan Rudolph after quarterback Dennis Grossel was sacked.

Boston College had no answers in losing its ninth straight to Clemson, which also had a season-high in points.

Eagles tailback AJ Dillon ended with 76 yards, enough to push him past Andre Williams as the program’s career rushing leader with 3,741 yards in three seasons.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles were no match for Clemson, but behind Dillon had made strides on the season. They came in off a 45-24 win over North Carolina State and will have several competitive games down the stretch.

Clemson: The Tigers followed up a slow start last week at Louisville by coming out fast against the Eagles. Clemson was up 17-0 in the first 10 minutes kept pouring it on, perhaps as a showcase to the College Football Playoff committee whose first rankings come out in two weeks.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With No. 5 Oklahoma losing earlier Saturday, there’s likely no one to jump the Tigers in the rankings as they look to end a dubious streak — losing one spot in the poll after each of their past three victories.

UP NEXT

Boston College played its second straight road game at Syracuse next Saturday.

Clemson steps out of the ACC when it plays Wofford of the FCS next week.

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