Missed field goal has Tigers worried
UNIVERSITY PARK — ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot program will be live from Penn State on Saturday ahead of the Nittany Lions’ primetime meeting with No. 16 Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. This will be the 19th time College GameDay has been at the site of a Penn State game.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Apparently, not everything’s perfect with No. 3 Clemson.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said backup kicker Steven Sawicki would start on Saturday against Louisville after starter B.T. Potter missed a 24-yard field goal try right before halftime against Florida State. It was Potter’s second straight miss after a 40-yard attempt at North Carolina didn’t go through.
Clemson’s offense originally lined up for a fourth-and-2 at the FSU 7 right before the half and leading 28-0. But Swinney called time out and sent Potter in for the chip-shot kick.
After the miss, Swinney angrily lit into Potter and yelled at him as both walked down the sidelines.
Swinney said Sunday he was “disappointed” with Potter and felt like it was time to give Sawicki the chance.
Sawicki made both extra points and a 26-yard field goal in the second half of Clemson’s 45-14 win over the Seminoles.
No. 18 hurting
WACO, Texas — No. 18 Baylor will be without leading tackler Clay Johnston for the rest of the season after the senior middle linebacker injured his knee on a play where he had an interception.
Baylor officials didn’t elaborate Sunday, but they confirmed that Johnston had a season-ending injury.
Johnston got hurt in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 33-30 double-overtime win over Texas Tech, when the Bears stayed undefeated. He limped off the field and never returned after his interception deep in Baylor territory.
His 58 tackles this season are 28 more than any other Baylor player, and he is third in the Big 12 Conference with 9.7 tackles per game. He had 10 tackles Saturday for his fourth consecutive double-digit game.
QB should be fine
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski has a sprained left knee, but was expected to play when the Gamecocks face No. 9 Florida on Saturday.
Muschamp said Hilinski’s injury was “nothing serious” and planned for him to start against the Gators this week.
Hilinski took a hard hit in the third quarter and pounded the ground in pain after the play. He was helped to the sidelines and watched the rest of the Gamecocks’ 20-17, double-overtime upset of then-third ranked Georgia with ice on his knee.
Redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner finished off the dramatic win at quarterback for South Carolina.
The freshman began the year as a backup, but has started the past five games after senior Jake Bentley was lost to a season-ending foot injury.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Jacob Eason threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, Salvon Ahmed ran for three touchdowns and No. 25 Washington rallied in the second half to beat Arizona 51-27 late Saturday night.
The Huskies (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) trailed 17-13 at halftime but responded with two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 27-17 lead.
Arizona (4-2, 2-1) had its four-game win streak snapped. Khalil Tate threw for 184 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He couldn’t find any of his usual running room and finished with minus-28 yards on the ground.