Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd set a new ACC record in the first half of a Thursday night game aginst Georgia Tech. Boyd’s 96th career touchdown pass, caught by Martavis Bryant, put Clemson up 27-7 on the visiting Yellow Jackets. Clemson leads Georgia Tech 27-10 at the half.
Boyd passed former North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers for the ACC career passing touchdown record, which he had tied just minutes earlier with a short pass to Mike Williams.
Clemson jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Georgia Tech managed to get on the scoreboard. Clemson’s defense held Georgia Tech to three punts and a fumble on their first four possessions, and the Tigers offense eventually took advantage with big pass plays. Up 6-0, Boyd’s first touchdown pass went 41 yards down field to Sammy Watkins, his only catch of the first half. the record-breaking touchdown to Bryant went 76 yards.
Georgia Tech needs to win this game to have a realistic chance to play in the ACC Championship Game, but the way this game is unfolding that does not look too promising.
Clemson is already locked out of playing in the ACC Championship Game because Florida State clinched the Atlantic Division for a second straight season. Clemson is in contention for a potential BCS at-large spot though. A win will keep them in the running.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.