- ACC reporter.
- Joined ESPN.com in 2010.
- Graduate of the University of Florida.
NEW ORLEANS — Clemson starting linebacker James Skalski was ejected from Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl for targeting on a hard hit to Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the second quarter.
Skalski went to tackle Fields and appeared to lower the crown of his helmet as he went to wrap up, hitting Fields hard in his side. The call was not made on the field, but instead went upstairs to the replay booth, where it was made.
Fields stayed down for several minutes and missed a play before returning to throw a touchdown pass. Ohio State coach Ryan Day told ESPN’s Maria Taylor that Fields didn’t need to undergo X-rays during halftime.
Losing Skalski is a huge blow to the Clemson defense as its leader. He was also ejected for targeting during the national championship game last year against LSU in the same stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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