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      Tigers escape Boston College 24-14

      Tajh Boyd and Clemson held on to defeat Boston College 24-14 Saturday in Death Valley.

      CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- It's time for No. 3 Clemson's second showdown this season. And this one is even bigger than the first.

      Six weeks after defeating then fifth-ranked Georgia to start the season, the Tigers and Tajh Boyd put together a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Boston College that kept them on course for next week's Atlantic Coast Conference contest with No. 6 Florida State.

      "I'll definitely be watching," Boston College receiver Alex Amidon said.

      Amidon and the Eagles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) nearly spoiled the party, keeping the Tigers out of synch offensively and using big plays to carry a 14-10 lead into the final period. That's when the Tigers (6-0, 4-0) fought back, Boyd's 6-yard TD run with 13:44 left putting them ahead for good.

      National sack leader Vic Beasley sealed things a few moments later when he scooped up Chase Rettig's fumble and took it 13 yards for a touchdown. The Boston College quarterback coughed up the ball after a big hit by linebacker Tony Steward.

      Clemson held on to start 6-0 for the second time in three years.

      "If you want to be a good team, you have to win games like this," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "We kept fighting and overcame mistakes."