Clemson Football Sunday Notes


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<font class=caption>John Leake and Eric Meekins bring down Georgia's Musa Smith.</font>
John Leake and Eric Meekins bring down Georgia's Musa Smith.

*Preliminary examinations indicate that starting cornerback Toure
Francis has a torn ACL and probably will be lost for the season. He
will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury.
Francis, a native of Columbia, started the Georgia game and played
just 12 snaps on defense before suffering the injury that shelved him
for the rest of the game. There were no other serious injuries
reported on Sunday.


*Clemson's top tacklers off the coach's film were Eric Sampson (9),
John Leake (8), Rodney Thomas (8) and Eric Meekins (8). Khaleed
Vaughn had six tackles, including a sack and a pass broken up.


*Clemson played 60 players in the Georgia Game, 16 seniors, 19
juniors, 19 sophomores and six freshmen. Only three "first-year"
players participated. Justin Miller was the only first-year
freshman to play (2 snaps, 1 tackle), while Kelvin Morris (16 plays,
three tackles, on tackle for loss, one interception), and Brandon
Jamison (six plays, one tackle) were two first year junior college
players who participated in the game.


*Walk-on center Tommy Sharpe played 22 snaps at center in the Georgia
game. Walk-on wide receiver Tony Elliott, had one catch for 20
yards. Toure Francis also started the game at a cornerback and played
12 snaps until he was injured.


*Clemson won the total offense and the turnover margin at Georgia.
It marked just the fourth time since 1980 that Clemson has won both
of those categories, yet lost the game.


*Clemson had been 20-3 under Tommy Bowden when winning the total
offense category prior to the Georgia game. Clemson held a 28-21
lead entering the fourth period. Clemson is now 22-3 under Tommy
Bowden when it holds the lead entering the fourth period.


*Kevin Youngblood had a career high 6 catches for 66 yards at
Georgia. He had a touchdown reception in the game on a pass from
Willie Simmons.


*Clemson's defense allowed Georgia just 203 yards of total offense,
the lowest output by the Georgia offense since September of 2000.
Georgia averaged 432 yards of total offense per game last year. The
Bulldogs returned eight starters from last year.


*Georgia scored a touchdown on a 91-yard kickoff return by Fred
Gibson. It was the first time in his head coaching career that a
Tommy Bowden coached team (Tulane or Clemson) had allowed a kickoff
return or punt return for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff
return for a touchdown against Clemson since 1990 when a Duke player
(Leroy Gallman) went 78 yards for a score in Death Valley.

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