Clemson LB James Skalski ejected for targeting after hit on Ohio State QB Justin Fields, setting up a Buckeyes’ TD
The Comeback 2hrs ago

While both the Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes had their offenses get off to strong starts in Friday’s Sugar Bowl, some of that was about defensive struggles. And that was particularly true on the Clemson end, where several Buckeyes’ big plays and touchdowns came off blown coverage assignments or defenders who weren’t ready when the ball was snapped. And even when the Tigers were set for an apparent stop, with linebacker James Skalski bringing down Ohio State QB Justin Fields after 11 yards on a third-and-13 run, Skalski led with his helmet on that play and was called for targeting. That led to his ejection, and to an automatic first down for the Buckeyes. Here’s that hit:

The James Skalski hit on Justin Fields. © Provided by The Comeback The James Skalski hit on Justin Fields.

Fields stayed down for a while after that hit and then came out for one play. He came in on second down and threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Trey Sermon:


Gallery: Best photos from the College Football Playoff semifinals (USA TODAY SPORTS)

But Fields was still in pain after that, and received injury attention in Ohio State’s tent. He did continue in the game, though. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ defense is now without Skalski, a fifth-year senior and team captain. Skalski was also ejected for targeting in last year’s national championship game after a hit on LSU receiver Justin Jefferson.

On Friday, the Clemson defense was also without starting safety Nolan Turner for the first half of the Sugar Bowl thanks to a suspension Turner received after a targeting call in the second half of the ACC championship game. So these penalties have come up quite a bit for the Tigers. We’ll see how the Clemson defense does without Skalski, and how well Fields is able to deal with the aftereffects of this hit.

[ESPN; photo from Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports]

The post Clemson LB James Skalski ejected for targeting after hit on Ohio State QB Justin Fields, setting up a Buckeyes’ TD appeared first on The Comeback.

Show More
Latest News
20 must-read health books
The Health section of your local bookstore or online book retailer looks different than it did a couple of decades ago, when titles like Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air or The South Beach Diet Supercharged were popular picks. Still today, authors—including would-be physicians, B-list celebs and underqualified fitness experts—dole out “health advice,” trying to convince readers that running themselves ragged with dieting and strenuous exercise will make them thinner, prettier, and happier. In fact, it has had an adverse effect, especially on women. The cruel dieting culture, incessant calorie counting, and little to no representation of health experts from diverse communities, along with the unrealistic standards set by the beauty and fashion industries, have led to eating disorders and severe mental health issues. Today, coupled with wellness, the topics covered in health and well-being books focus more on making healthy choices daily, keeping active, practising self-care, and being mindful of our mental health. Thanks to the body positivity movement, and some notable influencers in this space, we know that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. This is also a time when we are hearing from more underrepresented voices in this space, making health advice and wellness tips more inclusive and relevant for all. Start the new year off with motivation, stories, and advice on how to live a healthier, happier life that works for you. Get moving by adding these 20 must-read health books to your cart.
5 Minutes| Espresso