Postgame Notebook: Delusme, Johnson Injured

by - Correspondent -

CLEMSON - A strange play ended up costing Ronnie Delusme an injured knee
Saturday night.

Facing third-and-11 from the Clemson 27, quarterback Scott McBrien threw over
the middle into a crowd for Steve Suter. Three Clemson defenders, including
Delusme, dove in an attempt to deflect the ball. None got it, however, and
Suter somehow avoided the traffic and made the catch.

Delusme's left knee was caught in the mass of bodies, and after a lengthy
delay he finally was taken off the field on a cart. He did not return.

The early diagnosis was ligament damage. He will be reevaluated today.


Clemson starting guard Cedric Johnson also left the game in the first half
due to injury.

Johnson suffered what was originally called a sprained shoulder in the first
quarter. After initially saying he may return, the Clemson medical staff
decided to hold out Johnson for the remainder of the game. Nathan Gillespie
took over at his left guard spot.

Johnson, like Delusame, will be reevaluated today.


Clemson saluted its military heritage in both pregame and halftime
celebrations Saturday night.

Among the highlights:

- The Clemson Scroll of Honor was displayed on Pawvision, listing 459 known
Clemson alumni who gave their lives in service during World War I, World War
II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Afghanistan, and peacetime

- A game ball, American Flag (33' x 66'), and Tiger Paw flag (10' x 15') were
parachuted into the stadium during pregame ceremonies by a Green Beret
Parachute team from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command stationed at
Fort Bragg, N.C.

- All Clemson players had an American flag displayed on the back of their


- Prior to Saturday's game, Maryland had scored a total 24 points in its last
six games at Death Valley. The last time the Terps won at Clemson, 1985, they
scored 34 points.

- When Maryland's Nick Novak missed an extra point in the first quarter, in
snapped a streak of 73 in a row.

- The Tangerine and Peach Bowls were on hand to scout Saturday's game.

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