This Bowden Bowl was supposed to be different.
For the first time since Tommy Bowden became Clemson's coach in 1999, the Tigers had a realistic chance of going into their annual tussle against Florida State without a loss.
"I was really hoping there would be a day where we could both come into this game undefeated," said Bobby Bowden, FSU's coach and Tommy's father. "I thought this might be it. It would have really meant something for both of us to come in there undefeated."
Clemson blew that possibility Saturday by suffering a bitter 34-33 overtime loss to Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The defeat puts the Tigers in a must-win situation going into Saturday's game in Tallahassee, where Clemson hasn't won since 1989.