Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.
Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
Catanzaro’s kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson’s orange jerseys met in a midfield circle. Continue reading →
Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins should play one more season for the Clemson Tigers, according to ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr.
Kiper, Jr. said during a conference call on Tuesday the two juniors would benefit from staying with the Tigers for the 2013 season rather than taking their chances in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“You’re not a guaranteed first round pick. You should go back,” said Kiper, Jr. “Boyd’s not. Certainly Hopkins is probably more of a two [second round] that a one [first rounder].”
Staying in college until a player’s senior year has several benefits, said Kiper, Jr. He noted that only seniors can play in collegiate all-star games and in the Senior Bowl. Only seniors can take part in the NFL Combine and pro days. Those experiences allow a player to show off his talent to interested teams.
Kiper, Jr. said both Hopkins and Boyd would benefit from an extra year of playing with a talented team like the Tigers.
Neither player has announced his intent.
Boyd told reporters in November that his decision was up in the air. His coach Dabo Swinney said he’d be surprised if his quarterback applied to enter the draft this time around.
CENTRAL, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 23-year-old Clemson University student has been shot and killed during a robbery in his home in a gated community about two miles from campus.
Investigators say several people broke into the home in the Chimney Ridge subdivision around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley says someone shot Steven Grich and he died at the scene. Grich was a sophomore from Fort Mill majoring in electrical engineering. An autopsy has been ordered.
Pickens County deputies are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.
Grich lived in a community of more than 100 two-bedroom cottages and four-bedroom homes marketed toward Clemson students.
The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Clemson Tigers 27-17 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina on Saturday night, before a crowd of more than 82,000 fans. It marked the fourth straight season that South Carolina had beaten their arch-rivals.
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 65th career win at USC to become the winningest football coach in school history, surpassing Rex Enright.
Back-up quarterback Dylan Thompson, filling in for Connor Shaw who sprained his foot last week against Wofford, threw for three touchdowns, and Jadeveon Clowney had four and a half sacks in the Gamecocks victory. Clowney has 13 sacks this year to set a Gamecocks single-season record.
A 28-year-old Clemson grad student who hit and killed a man and then hid her damaged vehicle to avoid arrest was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.
Troopers said Astrid Muller was speeding and swerving in and out of traffic on Highway 123 when she hit James “Jimmy” Grisham, 49, who was riding a moped on his way home from Fall for Greenville at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2010.
Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday night.
DeAndre Hopkins caught 3 of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 42 points by halftime and rolled to their fifth straight win – all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.
The win moved Clemson into a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC championship game.
The loss dropped Duke (6-4, 3-3) a game behind Miami for the Coastal Division lead.
The Clemson Tigers had high expectations heading into this season, starting out the season ranked 14th in the coaches’ poll. Of all teams in the ACC, they had the best chance to play in the BCS title game.
All they have done to backup the hype this season is go 5-1 in their first six games with their only loss coming to No. 4 Florida State on the road. Going into Week 5, they have lived up to the hype as Tajh Boyd has led the Tigers into BCS contention.
Don’t look for Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins to talk much about his accomplishments, preferring to leave that to others. So far this season, the Tigers’ junior has given people plenty to get excited about.
Hopkins is 14th-ranked Clemson’s other receiver opposite star All-American Sammy Watkins. But it’s Hopkins who’s grabbed the headlines so far this season. He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 49 Continue reading →
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says if he were a casual college football fan, he would pick No. 4 Florida State to beat the 10th-ranked Tigers.
Swinney said Tuesday there are few teams in the nation, other than maybe No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 LSU, who’d be favored to beat the Seminoles on their home turf this season.
The Tigers enter their first Atlantic Coast Conference game as a two-touchdown underdog to Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC). That makes sense to Swinney, who says the defending ACC champions aren’t that great a team yet despite their second straight 3-0 start.
Swinney said Florida State has shown explosiveness on offense and power on defense that make them among the country’s best. It’s the ACC’s first matchup of top 10 opponents since 2007.