Donald Igwebuike missed on a 42-yard field goal kick with 13 seconds left and the 16th-ranked Clemson Tigers had to settle for a 17-17 tie with visiting Boston College yesterday.
An estimated 63,000 at Clemson and a regional television audience saw the Eagles rally, scoring all 17 points during the second half. Clemson countered only with a field goal by Igwebuike.
"The missed field goal didn't lose the ballgame. We lost it way before that," Clemson Coach Danny Ford said.
Boston College had a chance to score three more points late in the fourth period after driving 47 yards on nine plays, but Kevin Snow's field goal try of 50 yards was wide left.
The Eagles scored on an 11-yard run by freshman back Troy Stradford in the third quarter and quarterback Doug Flutie passed to John Schoen in the fourth, then they took the lead on Snow's 37-yard field goal.
Clemson, the defending national champion, is still looking for its first victory this year following a season-opening loss to Georgia. The Eagles defeated Texas A&M in their first game.
Boston College was hampered by mistakes in the first half, but played much better the second. Flutie, who had 242 yards passing, threw for 131 in the first half but two drives ended in interceptions and a third in a fumble.
Homer Jordan passed for 152 yards, usually throwing to Clemson teammate Frank Magwood, who caught 16 passes for 103 yards.