QB Uiagalelei rallies No. 1 Clemson to 34-28 win over BC

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Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) passes the ball during the first half an NCAA college football game against Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (Josh Morgan/Pool Photo via AP)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman DJ Uiagalelei already made Clemson history by leading the biggest comeback in the history of Death Valley. He'll get the chance to make even more next week with Trevor Lawrence ruled out for the showdown with No 4 Notre Dame due to COVID-19.

Uiagalelei stepped in for Lawrence on Saturday and rallied the top-ranked Tigers to a 34-28 victory over Boston College after they fell behind by 18 points.

Rattled at facing the Fighting Irish? The kid from California sure doesn't sound like it.

“It's the same mindset that I had this week,” Uiagalelei said. “Start watching some film tomorrow to get ready for another game."

Smooth and calm, Uiagalelei looked ready-made for any challenge after leading Clemson back from 28-10 deficit, a rally that surpassed a 17-point come back from 35-18 down at home in a win over Virginia in 1966.

“I've been preparing for this ever since I got to Clemson,” he said.

Although, he and his teammates probably didn't anticipate trailing by double-digits late in the second quarter.

“Being down 18 is not a lot of points,” Uiagalelei said with his cool, California confidence.