Settling the score

CLEMSON - When Brandon Thomas and Jadeveon Clowney squared off in Death Valley back in 2012, it wasn't pretty.

Clowney took Thomas to school, picking up 4.5 sacks.

Thomas won the rematch in 2013. Clowney could only register one sack in Williams-Brice last month. And, quite frankly, it was Tajh Boyd's fault.

The redshirt senior left tackle "felt OK" about his performance against Clowney.

"I could have done some things better, helped some guys out more," Thomas said. "There's always things you can fix in a game. I had an OK game. It's not what I expected it to be. It could have been better."

As for that sack, Thomas reminded Boyd that he could trust his offensive line.

"I just told him, ‘You've got to trust me. You've got to trust us.' That was basically it," Thomas said. "Of course, it was a little frustrating. But we're all teammates. So, it's understandable."

But it's time to move on. Thomas, Boyd and the rest of the seniors will play their final game for Clemson next month in the Orange Bowl against Ohio State.

Thomas said there will be no hangover once Jan. 3 arrives.

"We're excited about this game. We're not worried about the last game. We're putting the last game behind us," Thomas said. "It's the next game. We have to prepare. We have to play. We can't let that last game stop us from trying to play this game."

After all, it's a BCS game against one of the top programs in the country.

"It's a great opportunity to show what we have. They're a good team. They have a great coach. I think we're all pretty excited about it," Thomas said.

Not a bad way for the first-team All-ACC performer to put a bow on his collegiate career.

"I'm excited about it. It's a good way to top off my career here at Clemson, so I'm excited about it. Hopefully, we'll go out the right way," Thomas said.

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