A player for the Clemson Tigers was ejected from the game last night after delivering a nasty uppercut to an N.C. State player following a play. The #3 ranked Tigers’ 26-14 win in Raleigh, North Carolina was marred with a couple of controversial calls, but the officials definitely got the ejection right. The punch came with just 90 seconds on the clock and a 12-point lead on the scoreboard, but that apparently wasn’t enough for offensive lineman Isaiah Battle.
Head coach Dabo Swinney was not too happy with Battle’s decision to switch to throw a swing and gave his lineman an earful after he pulled him to the sideline. After the Battle delivered the punch, a yellow flag was throw and the Clemson player was ejected and forced to leave the field.
There’s no word yet on what further punishment Battle can expect to receive for his dirty play. The Clemson football player will likely have to miss at least a couple of quarters in the Tigers’ upcoming game against Wake Forest.
In an interview after the game last night, Swinney called the personal foul “poor” and said that type of behavior “isn’t Clemson.” While Swinney is correct that we don’t usually see punches thrown on the field from Clemson players, an on-the-field brawl between Clemson and South Carolina in 2004 showed some nasty hits that were far worse.
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Swinney said after the game that his Tigers were “fortunate” in their win against N.C. State and that he was glad they hung in and “found a way to win.” The game was very close during the third quarter, with the Tigers leading the Wolfpack 13-7. The Wolfpack almost pulled ahead in what appeared to be an 83-yard touchdown run. With the PAT, the score would have been 14-13, N.C. State, but the touchdown run was called back after a referee said the player stepped out of bounds.
Instead of having a lead, N.C. State fumbled the ball away and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw a touchdown pass to push Clemson ahead to 20-7. Heisman contender Boyd was 24-37 on completions last night, with 244 passing yards and three touchdowns.
He literally just punch him in the jaw… No class Clemson #GrowUp
— Brad Stone (@Brad_Stone33) September 20, 2013
— Will Thompson (@thrillis4) September 20, 2013