NOTEBOOK: Injuries Mount Up

CLEMSON – Regardless of what the final score read on the scoreboard, it was a costly night for the Clemson football team as several key members went down with injuries in the first half against Florida State.

First, it was starting offensive guard Thomas Austin that went down with a left ankle injury with 6:45 left in the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room and didn't return.

Five minutes later, his replacement and the top backup at guard, Brandon Pilgrim went down with an elbow injury and he didn't return.

As a result, fourth-string guard Bobby Hutchinson was forced to play the nearly entire second half.

According to person lined up directly to his right, the redshirt junior didn't have that deer-in-the-headlights look.

"I looked into his eyes and you can tell whether or not someone is ready and I saw it in him," redshirt senior and starting right tackle Christian Capote said. "After the game, I gave him a big hug and I commended him because he definitely stepped it up"

Pilgrim had his arm in a sling after the game, while Austin seems to think he had just a sprain and that he'll be ready next week against Louisiana-Monroe.

Along the defensive front, Rashaad Jackson, who caused havoc in the Florida State backfield the entire first half, also went down with an injury in the second quarter. His was to his head and he didn't return, either.

TIGERS VS. TIDE:If Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan had his way, a Clemson versus Alabama football game in 2008 would already be a done deal. But he could have his wish very soon.

The game, which would be played at the Georgia Dome, is being discussed for either the first or second week of the season. The tickets would be split evenly, much like the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas.

"We've had some good discussions, but it's still not done," Stokan told "But we hope to get something done in the next few weeks. We think it would be a huge success."

Stokan said that some logistics are still to be worked out, like which television network would broadcast the game.

CBS broadcasts SEC games and ABC does ACC games. Stokan said the two networks are currently in discussion.

Stokan said he'd like this neutral site game to take place every year between the two conferences.

"We've talked to everybody in the ACC and in the SEC and some select schools in the Big East that would consider Georgia a recruiting base," he said. "It makes a lot of sense to have a game like this played."

BOMB THREAT: The Clemson Police Department received two emails early Monday of a bomb threat at Sirrine Hall.

University Police Chief Johnson Link said members of the Anderson City bomb task force, including an explosives-detecting dog, searched Sirrine Hall this morning. No bomb was found.

QUICK HITS: James Davis and C.J. Spiller each saw a play at quarterback during the first half. Davis did a keeper on his play and gained nine yards, while Spiller handed it to Davis for a one-yard gain on his turn. …

Wide receiver Rendrick Taylor lined up at fullback and had a carry for no yards in the third quarter. … Cramps were a problem for the Tigers as Spiller and receiver Jacoby Ford had to be treated for them in the locker room. …

Infielder Kelly Johnson, catcher Brian McCann, pitcher Mike Hampton and outfielder Jeff Francoeur of the Atlanta Braves took in the game from the sidelines. … The two teams combined to go 0-for-14 on third down conversions in the first half. Both converted on their first attempts in the second half. … Four seconds ran off the clock during the third quarter while Florida State went for a two-point conversion. It is supposed to be a dead-ball period. …

Seven true freshmen played for the Tigers in the first half, with them being linebacker Scotty Cooper, fullback Chad Diehl, receiver Xavier Dye, cornerback Marcus Gilchrist, defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins, tight end Brian Linthicum and safety DeAndre McDaniel. Top Stories