Clemson Football: Defensive Grades vs. Boston College 2019

Justin Foster, Clemson Tigers
Justin Foster, Clemson Tigers /

The Clemson football team continued its winning ways Saturday night with a victory over Boston College. Here are our defensive grades.

The Clemson football team dominated the Boston College Eagles Saturday night on its way to a 59-7 victory.

The Tigers improve to 8-0 on the season and have an opportunity heading into November to finish yet another season with a perfect record.

Before we step into November and the “Championship Phase” of the season for Clemson football, let’s take a look back at the Tigers’ blowout of Boston College with defensive grades for the matchup.

Defensive Grades vs. Boston College

The Clemson football defense gave up one touchdown and just 177 yards of total offense for the entire game.

The Eagles had just 10 first downs and were 2-of-15 on third downs.

In addition to shutting down Boston College’s offense minus a couple of drives, Clemson also forced a fumble that was picked up and run back for a touchdown by DE Logan Rudolph.

Chad Smith led the Tigers in tackles with nine, including a sack. Derion Kendrick had six tackles- five solo- while K’Von Wallace, Baylon Spector, and James Skalski each had six, as well. Isaiah Simmons had five tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Other than the one drive in which Boston College converted on two fourth downs and scored a touchdown, the defense was largely dominant.

Brent Venables changed his defense up and elected to go with some five and four down sets on the line to counter the Boston College rushing attack. It worked.

This Clemson football defense continues to impress. The Tigers are just dominating their competition, for the most part, and they’re doing an excellent job playing to their own strengths and forcing opponents to switch up their offensive attacks to have any success.

Next. Offensive Grades vs. Boston College. dark

Grade: A

The defensive chemistry and depth are starting to be built. This unit has continued to get better over the course of this season and that will be the expectation as they head into November.