Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine returned to the Orange Bowl game against Clemson after sustaining an apparent ankle injury.
Perine was helped off by trainers early in the third quarter, appearing to favor his left ankle after being tackled by Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader. Reader appeared to land on Perine’s left foot. Oklahoma was trailing 23–17 at the time of the injury.
Joe Mixon, Perine’s replacement, was injured shortly after entering the game, taking a big hit on a block in the third quarter. After Mixon’s injury, Perine immediately returned to the game with his ankle heavily taped. Daniel Brooks, the team’s third-string running back, was academically ineligible for the game.
At the time of his initial injury, Perine, a sophomore, had carried 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in the game. He entered the game with 1,291 yards on the ground and 16 total touchdowns on the year.
The winner of the game advances to the national championship game on Jan. 11.
- Jeremy Woo