CLEMSON -- Dabo Swinney will likely never forget his last trip to Boston College.
Swinney's first victory as a head coach came on Nov. 1, 2008, when Clemson defeated Boston College just weeks after he was named interim coach, replacing Tommy Bowden.
"I'll never forget that moment," Swinney said of the Tigers' 27-21 victory. "First of all because of the seniors we had on that team: James Davis, Aaron Kelly and (Tyler) Grisham. Here's a group that loses their coach right in the middle of the season and it's their senior year. I can put myself in that situation ... what a downer that is. They rallied together and were great leaders for the young players on the team and bought in to what we were trying to do. To see them win and how they won was awesome.
"A lot of those seeds those seniors planted, we are reaping the benefits of that right now."
The 2008 game at Boston College also marked the last time Clemson played on an artificial surface. Clemson hasn't played on a field turf surface since it played at Boston College and Wake Forest in 2008. Swinney does not believe it will be a major factor Saturday. Clemson has field turf at its practice complex.
The season is not getting any easier for the Eagles.
Boston College lost three seniors to injuries in last week's loss to Maryland. Defensive end Alex Albright's season ended after he suffered a broken leg. Albright was considered the team's top pass rusher. Safety Wes Davis sustained a neck injury, a concern since he missed all of 2007 with a neck injury. Cornerback DeLeon Gause has a cartilage issue in his knee.
Freshman Chase Rettig is Boston College's third starting quarterback of the season. Rettig completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards against Maryland last week, throwing two interceptions. Neither of the picks -- Rettig's first of the season -- were his fault, according to the Boston College staff.
"Probably the biggest thing about them is they've not been very settled at quarterback," Swinney said. "But they seem to be now."
He said it
Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins on taking his first plane flight earlier this season: "(On takeoff) I just braced myself."
Clemson has gone three straight games without a turnover ... Boston College has lost five straight games for the first time since 1998. It was also the last season Boston College didn't make a bowl game ... Clemson defensive tackle Miguel Chavis (foot) is listed as questionable, cornerback Byron Maxwell (turf toe) is listed as probable.
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