Duke junior Andre Dawkins came of the bench and scored a game-high 24 points as Clemson fell to the 6th ranked Blue Devils 73-66.
Dennis Clifford hit a short tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 42 seconds left and finished with 15 points to lift Boston College to a 59-57 win over Clemson Thursday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Boston College (6-10, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Andre Young led the Tigers (9-7, 1-1) with 12 points and T.J. Sapp had 11.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington announced Tuesday night that he will return for his senior year. Ellington was Clemson's leading rusher in 2011 with 1178 yards, the eighth best single season figure in school history. He was a major reason Clemson finished with a 10-4 record, a number-22 national ranking and the program's first ACC Championship in 20 years.
Clemson returns to the Orange Bowl for the first time since Danny Ford and the Tigers won their first national championship 22-15 against Nebraska in 1981. Ford's induction into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame corresponds with Clemson's first trip back to the Orange Bowl.
Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen and South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram have been named consensus All-Americans by the NCAA.
A Rock Hill night club promotion involving two Gamecock players is still being looked into by the University of South Carolina. A party flier advertising the nightclub and drink specials was made using the name and images of Jadeveon Clowney and C.C. Whitlock.
Two Gamecocks and five Tigers have made the 2011 Sports Illustrated All-American team. First team selections include Gamecock defensive end Melvin Ingram, Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen, and Clemson kick returner Sammy Wakins. Watkins was also named honorable mention as a wide receiver.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been named National Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com. Additionally, Watkins was named a first-team All-American on the site’s overall team, and a first-team freshman All-American. Watkins was the only freshman nationally to be named first-team All-American by Rivals.