Redemption pick for Sensabaugh

CLEMSON - Thanks to Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson's 38-24 win over Auburn was sealed with a fourth quarter interception.

The redshirt senior from Kingsport, Tenn. redeemed himself of a dropped interception in the third quarter that had all the makings of a pick-6.

"It's like he was looking right at me. He must have thought I was in a white jersey or something, because he threw it right to me," Sensabaugh said, referring to Barrett Trotter's third quarter throw.

Fortunately, for Trotter, that pass fell harmlessly to the ground.


Coty Sensabaugh has four career interceptions. (Roy Philpott)
"When it first hit the ground, I didn't realize it was a pick-6," Sensabaugh said. "When I looked up, I saw it. I just kind of covered my face. I felt like, if I could have made that play, that maybe would have sealed it even earlier.

"That would have been a huge momentum changer, but I knew I was going to get another opportunity and stay focused."

He certainly did.

With Auburn driving in the fourth quarter and threatening to cut the Clemson lead to one possession, Sensabaugh snared his fourth career interception.

"They actually ran the same play over again that I dropped the first one on. I was able to make up for it the second time and hold on to the ball," he said.

Up next for Sensabaugh and his Clemson teammates is another home showdown with a ranked opponent.

This week, No. 21 Clemson kicks off ACC play with No. 11 Florida State.

"I know their skill players are real good. They have a good quarterback," Sensabaugh said. "Jimbo Fisher, he's an offensive guru. It's definitely going to be a tough task. It should be exciting."

Sensabaugh is impressed with what he's seen from starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, who suffered a shoulder injury against Oklahoma last week.

"He can throw the ball real well and he can use his legs real well...I'm pretty sure he'll play in this game," Sensabaugh said.

The Seminoles also have a banged of wide receiver corps.

Against the Sooners, Jarred Haggins suffered a broken hand and Kenny Shaw was on the receiving end of a hit that took him to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Bert Reed [ankle] and Willie Haulstead [concussion] have missed time this season.

Reed and Shaw are questionable. Haggins and Haulstead are out.

"Florida State is Florida State, so they're going to have good guys all across the board," Sensabaugh said.


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