NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Clemson beginning center linebacker James Skalski has been ejected from the Sugar Bowl for a sort out that knocked Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields out of the sport for one play.
Officers concluded that Skalski dedicated focusing on by main with the crown of his helmet when he hit Fields within the ribs. Fields remained down on the sector a pair minutes earlier than strolling to the sideline.
The private foul put the Buckeyes on the Clemson 9-yard line. Two performs later, Fields returned and hit Chris Olave for a 9-yard landing to offer the Buckeyes a 28-14 lead with 5:12 remaining within the first half. However Fields nonetheless seemed to be in ache and he skipped straight — and awkwardly — to the sideline favoring his proper facet reasonably than celebrating the scoring cross with teammates.
After that landing, Fields was 12 of 13 for 173 yards and three touchdowns with out an interception.
Skalski is one in every of Clemson’s defensive leaders. He entered the Sugar Bowl with 39 tackles, together with three 1/2 tackles for loss and a fumble restoration in eight video games. He missed Clemson’s first assembly with Notre Dame this season, received by the Irish, due to an harm. However he performed within the rematch within the ACC championship sport and had a sack amongst 5 solo or assisted tackles.
He was in on three tackles within the first half towards Ohio State earlier than his ejection.
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