Clemson Notes


by - Correspondent -

WELCOME BACK

Clemson safety Marcus Houskin was on the sideline Saturday, his first appearance with the team since suffering a broken neck Sept. 8 against Wofford.

Houskin had been in a neck brace since undergoing surgery the following week. He had the brace removed last week and was able to join the team Saturday to watch the game from the sidelines.

HERE WE GO

The Tigers' 96-yard scoring drive in the first quarter was their longest of the season. Airese Currie's 54-yard touchdown catch that capped the drive was the freshman's first of his career.

The drive also was the second longest allowed by the Gamecocks this year. The longest was a 97-yarder against Vanderbilt.

NO STREAKING

Aaron Hunt's missed extra point following Currie's TD reception snapped a streak of 44 in a row for the sophomore kicker, including 30 straight this season.

The miss wasn't your garden-variety PAT, however. A personal foul penalty on Clemson following the score pushed the attempt back to 34 yards.

LAST CHANCE

Clemson came up empty on its only attempt on fourth down Saturday when Sheldon Brown intercepted Woody Dantzler in the first quarter.

South Carolina was 3-4 on fourth down, failing only on its final clock-killing drive in the final minute.

GOING BOWLING?

Clemson played in front of several bowl scouts again Saturday, but with the loss must beat Duke Dec. 1 at Death Valley just to become eligible.

A 6-5 record would appear to have the Tigers destined for the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl Dec. 20 in Orlando. The game will be a 7:30 broadcast on ESPN.

The Tigers could learn their bowl fate immediately following the completion of the game with Duke. Dec. 1 is the first day bowl bids can be extended.

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