Around college football: Boyd throws 3 TD passes to lift third-ranked Clemson
Receiver Rashard Smith of North Carolina State is tackled by Clemson’s Travis Blanks, far right, and Stephone Anthony. Clemson defeated N.C. State 26-14.
Tajh Boyd passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 3 Clemson defeat North Carolina State 26-14 last night in Raleigh, N.C.
Boyd’s second scoring pass, a 30-yarder to Martavis Bryant, capped a crucial third-quarter sequence that allowed the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to seize momentum from the Wolfpack (2-1, 0-1).
Clemson pulled away from there. Boyd found Bryant for another touchdown, with Bryant snatching the ball from defender Niles Clark for a 15-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
Texas approached Saban’s agent
A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, according to the Associated Press.
Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas said he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call.
Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over lunch and told him about the call, according to several people. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.
Brown, who had just finished his 15th season at Texas, said he wanted to keep coaching and the matter was dropped.
On his weekly radio show last night, Saban said he didn’t know anything about the meeting and said he’s too old to start over someplace else. He also joked about Sexton talking to another school.
“That’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s why I hired the guy. That’s why I pay him,” Saban said.
“Nothing went on that I know of. I mean, I don’t know about any of this stuff. I haven’t talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there that I’ve got a lot of respect for. Every year it’s something. Last year, it was the Cleveland Browns. The year before it was something else, going back to the NFL.”
Brown, who is under contract until 2020 and will be paid $5.4 million this year, won the 2005 national title and lost to Saban’s Alabama team in the 2010 championship game. The Longhorns are 23-18 since that defeat and Brown is under fire from fans upset about a 1-2 start this year.
West Virginia to play Penn State again
West Virginia and Penn State are renewing their rivalry. West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said the teams will meet in State College, Pa., on Sept. 2, 2023, and in Morgantown on Aug. 31, 2024. They last met in 1992.