CLEMSON -- Cullen Harper might have to start clearing room on his resume for his rushing stats.
Clemson's quarterback has had a fantastic season throwing the ball, but has been making another name for himself in the past three weeks with his legs. He scored his first career rushing touchdown two weeks ago at Duke and added another last week against Wake Forest.
On the Tigers' first possession Saturday against No. 18 Boston College, Harper faced a third-and-five from the Eagles' 23-yard line. Harper saw a wide-open hole to the left and took off, eyeing the first-down marker on the sideline.
One defender stepped up for him, but Harper pulled a nifty juke, backing the guy up enough for Harper to plant one foot past the marker and get out of bounds. Four plays later, No. 15 Clemson scored its first touchdown.
• ON THE MEND: Clemson left guard Chris McDuffie did not start, his ailing elbow wrapped in a large brace and covered with a white sleeve. Brandon Pilgrim switched from right guard to left to replace McDuffie and Barry Humphries replaced Pilgrim.
• SO LONG: Saturday was the final home game for 16 Clemson seniors, including Tramaine Billie, McDuffie, Pilgrim, Barry Richardson and Nick Watkins. Backup quarterback Tribble Reese and backup defensive tackle Elsmore Gabriel also asked to be honored on Senior Day despite having another year of eligibility.
Each senior was recognized by his own solo run down The Hill.
• TWO-SPORT STARS: Clemson place-kicker Mark Buchholz's season has been well-documented, each TV announcer that's covered the Tigers this year stressing Buchholz's status as a soccer player and football player. He's played each sport on the same weekend a few times already this season and recently said he'll probably play pro soccer next year instead of returning to the football team.
Boston College boasted its own multi-sport player. Punter Jimmy Ayers is a starting infielder on the Eagles' baseball team and hit .328 last year.
• BELOW THE RADAR: Clemson punter Jimmy Maners, a Rock Hill native, has almost silently put together a super season. Coming into the game, Maners was 17th in the country with an average of 43.74 yards per punt.
Maners punted three times in the first half Saturday, averaging 34.6 yards per kick.
• IN HAND: The Eagles were carrying sheepskins as well as the pigskin Saturday. Boston College leads the country with 17 graduates still playing football.
• WHOOPS: The cannon celebrating every Clemson score went off at 6:52 in the second quarter. The only problem was Buchholz's 46-yard field goal just before it was wide left.
• RECOGNIZED: Clemson took a moment before the game to honor longtime sports information director Tim Bourret. Bourret, in his 30th football season at Clemson, received an honorary membership in the Clemson Alumni Association.
The ceremony was aided by school president James Barker, who summoned Bourret to his box with about 45 minutes to go before kickoff. Bourret returned to find a crowd of media and Clemson officials waiting to give him an ovation.