Snaps the Last: Welcome to the Shaw
Snap Judgments from the Week 13 late shift. For early shift Snaps, click here. For swing shift Snaps, click here. For Andy Staples’ recap of LSU’s win over Arkansas, click here. For Staples’ take on Alabama’s rout of Auburn, click here. For a recap of all the Top 25 action, click here. For highlights from SI.com, click here.
• No. 14 South Carolina 34, No. 18 Clemson 13: It won't ding their conference title game plans, but my stars, is the shine ever off this Tigers team. Tajh Boyd's 83 passing yards are particularly noteworthy; his previous season low was 204 against Virginia Tech. Boyd threw one touchdown pass and one pick and actually lowered his all-purpose total with -23 yards rushing, a mark surpassed (in the wrong direction) only by his 42 backward yards against NC State last week. But even against the Fightin' O'Briens, Boyd could pass. Not so much this evening. He barely had time to try, what with the four sacks he picked up over the course of the game.
Boyd's counterpart was brought down twice, but Connor Shaw picked one hell of a night to execute his star turn; his 210 aerial yards are eclipsed only by his passing performances against Kentucky and the Citadel, and to this he added 107 yards rushing -- his first trip past the century mark. Shaw accounted for all four of the Gamecocks' touchdowns, and Jay Wooten was perfect on the night with two long field goals and four successful extra point tries. Alshon Jeffery even put in an appearance with a too-rare touchdown reception.
Somewhat quieter than their normal selves tonight: Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, who sat out a quarter-length suspension, and Clemson's Sammy Watkins, back from a shoulder injury but obviously not back to full speed, held to 39 yards on four receptions. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 10 USC 50, UCLA 0: Big night for the Trojans record books, as Robert Woods broke school and conference records for single-season receptions (ousting Keyshawn Johnson at the top of the list), and Matt Barkley broke school and conference records for touchdown passes previously held by Matt Leinart. UCLA, well ... UCLA gets to go to the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, and I can vouch that Eugene is lovely this time of year. So there's that! [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 21 Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42: In the first half of the Bears' frenzied game against the Red Raiders, Robert Griffin completed seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 62 yards and two more touchdowns. He watched the second half from the sideline after reportedly suffering a concussion. In his stead, Nick Florence scored three touchdowns, Terrance Ganaway rushed for one, and Joe Williams added a 90-yard interception return for a score. Tech and Baylor combined for 42 points in the second quarter alone, with only an Aaron Jones field goal accounting for the Bears the halftime lead. Three quick BU scores ate up most of the third quarter, culminating in the aforementioned pick-six, and put the Raiders in a hole from which they would not emerge. [RECAP | BOX]
• Florida State 21, Florida 7: The Seminoles aren't going to the ACC Championship game, but were gracious enough to remind an incredulous viewing audience why they don't deserve the trip. After two Devonta Freeman short-yardage rushing touchdowns in the first half, scoring the game ceased altogether until a Jacoby Brissett pick-six for the Noles to open the fourth quarter and a garbage-time Jacoby Brissett touchdown for the Gators to wrap the night. EJ Manuel was sacked four times. John Brantley was intercepted three times. FSU put up 95 yards of total offense. Let us never speak of the forward progression efforts of this game again. [RECAP | BOX]
• Washington 38, Washington State 21: Would have loved to see what Connor Halliday might have made of the Huskies' too-generous pass defense. In his place, Marshall Lobbestael managed 344 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars kept it close, but were non-factors as a whole throughout the fourth quarter. Chris Polk wraps his season having recorded 100+ rushing yards in nine of 12 games, and Keith Price set a single-season UW touchdown passing record with a trio of scoring throws. [RECAP | BOX]RECAP | BOX]