Wat­son in­jured in Clem­son rout

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Clem­son quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son left the game with a bruised right shoul­der af­ter get­ting tack­led in the sec­ond quar­ter of a 54-0 shutout of Syra­cuse.

Tigers coach Dabo Swin­ney said at half­time the in­jury didn’t ap­pear se­ri­ous, call­ing it a “shoul­der stinger.” The team an­nounced Wat­son would not start the sec­ond half, but was avail­able to play if needed.

That seemed un­likely with Clem­son up 30-0 on the Orange at half­time.

Wat­son was in­jured af­ter he picked up 13 yards on a run and was brought down by Davion El­li­son and Rod­ney Wil­liams. Wat­son threw an in­com­plete pass on the next play be­fore com­ing out of the game. His shoul­der was looked at by a trainer for a few mo­ments be­fore he was walked into the locker room.

Ear­lier, Syra­cuse quar­ter­back Eric Dungey left the game af­ter he was hit hard by Clem­son linebacker Do­rian O’Daniel. Dungey re­turned to the side­lines in shorts, a t-shirt and baseball cap.

Wat­son com­pleted 13 of 16 passes for 169 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a 1-yard touch­down.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 35, NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 28 >>

Nick Fitzger­ald ran for 182 yards and two touch­downs, Aeris Wil­liams added a ca­reer­high 140 yards and Mis­sis­sippi State up­set No. 7 Texas A&M 35-28 on Satur­day.

Mis­sis­sippi State (4-5, 2-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) was com­ing off an unin­spir­ing 56-41 win over lower-level Sam­ford. The Bull­dogs had lost their pre­vi­ous three games against FBS com­pe­ti­tion.

It was an equally stun­ning loss for Texas A&M. The Ag­gies were ranked No. 4 in the first Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings re­leased Tues­day, but will now al­most cer­tainly tum­ble out of con­tention.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 52, BOS­TON COL­LEGE 7 >>

La­mar Jack­son ran for three touch­downs and threw for four more in three quar­ters to lead Louisville past Bos­ton Col­lege.

Jack­son had a 69-yard scor­ing run on the game’s third play and added rush­ing TDs of 13 and 53 yards in the sec­ond half. The Heis­man Tro­phy fa­vorite had TD pass of 30, 44 and 10 yards out on drives of five, four and one play to give the Car­di­nals (8-1, 6-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence, No. 7 CFP) a 28-0 lead two snaps into the sec­ond quar­ter.

De­spite leav­ing the game briefly in the first half with cramps, Jack­son ran 15 times for 185 yards to be­come the first quar­ter­back in school his­tory to run for more than 1,000 yards in a sea­son. He com­pleted 12 of 17 passes for 231 yards.

Tyler Rouse scored from 39 yards out on a screen pass from Pa­trick Towles to give Bos­ton Col­lege (45, 1-5) its only score.

NO. 8 WIS­CON­SIN 21, NORTH­WEST­ERN 7 >>

Corey Cle­ment ran for 106 yards and a touch­down, Jazz Peavy scored on a 46-yard run and Wis­con­sin beat North­west­ern.

Conor Sheehy forced a big fum­ble when he sacked Clay­ton Thor­son with the Wild­cats (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) threat­en­ing early in the fourth quar­ter.

That led to Cle­ments’ 2-yard TD run that made it a 14-point game and pre­served the third straight win for the Badgers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP). It also gave them a rare vic­tory at North­west­ern af­ter they jumped back into the Top 10 by beat­ing Ne­braska in over­time last week.

NO. 11 AUBURN 23, VAN­DER­BILT 16 >>

The in­jured Sean White came off the bench to throw a touch­down pass and Josh Holsey in­ter­cepted a last-minute throw to lift Auburn past Van­der­bilt.

The Tigers (7-2, 5-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 9 CFP) sput­tered af­ter start­ing John Franklin III in place of White, who had an un­spec­i­fied in­jury. White re­turned to open the sec­ond half with Auburn down 13-10, then threw a 21-yard touch­down pass to Dar­ius Slay­ton and led two field goal drives.

The win cou­pled with Mis­sis­sippi State’s up­set of No. 7 Texas A&M means Auburn can win the SEC West with vic­to­ries over Ge­or­gia and No. 1 Alabama.

Vandy (4-5, 1-4) stayed alive into the fi­nal minute against the 26-point fa­vorites thanks to Caleb Scott’s 29-yard catch of a tipped ball on fourth-and-18. The Com­modores moved to Auburn’s 30 be­fore Holsey’s in­ter­cep­tion put it away.

NO. 18 NORTH CAR­OLINA 48, GE­OR­GIA TECH 20 >>

Eli­jah Hood ran for 168 yards and three touch­downs for North Car­olina.

The Tar Heels (7-2, 5-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence, No. 21 CFP) piled up 636 to­tal yards. They had a sea­son-high 283 on the ground and scored the game’s fi­nal 21 points.

Mitch Tru­bisky passed for 329 yards and a touch­down as North Car­olina beat Ge­or­gia Tech for the third con­sec­u­tive year — the first time that’s hap­pened since 1992-94.

Justin Thomas passed for 184 yards and a touch­down for the Yel­low Jack­ets (5-4, 2-4).

He also rushed for 82 yards be­fore suf­fer­ing an up­per-body in­jury in the third quar­ter. Dedrick Mills rushed for 132 yards and a touch­down for Ge­or­gia Tech.

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