Clemson Football News & Notes

Preliminary examinations indicate that cornerback Toure Francis has a torn ACL and probably will be lost for the season. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury. Francis, a native of Columbia, started the Georgia game and played just 12 snaps on defense before suffering the injury.

There were no other serious injuries reported on Sunday.

* Clemson's top tacklers off the coach's film were Eric Sampson (9), John Leake (8), Rodney Thomas (8) and Eric Meekins (8). Khaleed Vaughn had six tackles, including a sack and a pass broken up.

* Clemson played 60 players in the Georgia Game, 16 seniors, 19 juniors, 19 sophomores and six freshmen. Only three "first-year" players participated. Justin Miller was the only first-year freshman to play (2 snaps, 1 tackle), while Kelvin Morris (16 plays, three tackles, on tackle for loss, one interception), and Brandon Jamison (six plays, one tackle) were two first year junior college players who participated in the game. * Walk-on center Tommy Sharpe played 22 snaps at center in the Georgia game. Walk-on wide receiver Tony Elliott, had one catch for 20 yards. Toure Francis also started the game at a cornerback and played 12 snaps until he was injured.

* Clemson won the total offense and the turnover margin at Georgia. It marked just the fourth time since 1980 that Clemson has won both of those categories, yet lost the game.

*Clemson had been 20-3 under Tommy Bowden when winning the total offense category prior to the Georgia game. Clemson held a 28-21 lead entering the fourth period. Clemson is now 22-3 under Tommy Bowden when it holds the lead entering the fourth period.

* Kevin Youngblood had a career high 6 catches for 66 yards at Georgia. He had a touchdown reception in the game on a pass from Willie Simmons.

*Clemson's defense allowed Georgia just 203 yards of total offense, the lowest output by the Georgia offense since September of 2000. Georgia averaged 432 yards of total offense per game last year. The Bulldogs returned eight starters from last year.

*Georgia scored a touchdown on a 91-yard kickoff return by Fred Gibson. It was the first time in his head coaching career that a Tommy Bowden coached team (Tulane or Clemson) had allowed a kickoff return or punt return for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown against Clemson since 1990 when a Duke player (Leroy Gallman) went 78 yards for a score in Death Valley. Top Stories