Rapid Reaction: Clemson 45, BC 31

NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College gave No. 17 Clemson a scare in the first half of their nationally televised matchup before succumbing 45-31.

How it happened: This was a wild, back-and-forth affair.

The Eagles took an early lead (7-0), then gave up 17 straight points (17-7), then scored 14 straight points to retake the lead (21-17). But true to form in this one, Clemson scored the next 21 points.

And this time, BC had no answer.

Though Chase Rettig found Alex Amidon running free down the left side for a 42-yard score just before the end of the third quarter, Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins answered with a 35-yard scoring strike of their own just a minute into the fourth and the Tigers held on for the win.

Amidon and Hopkins were the stars of the show, piling up huge numbers through the air. Hopkins had 11 catches for 197 yards, including that 35-yard TD. Amidon, despite not catching a pass in the first quarter, had 8 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns, including that 42-yarder.

What it means: BC falls to 1-3 on the season, with three consecutive road games on tap.

What’s next? The Eagles travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on Army (noon ET, CBS Sports Network). The Black Knights are 0-4, falling 23-3 to Stony Brook on Saturday.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.