Clemson to take

on Orange

Clemson (10-4, 0-1) will travel to Syracuse (10-4, 1-0) for an 8 p.m. Wednesday game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Tom Werme and Mike Gminski will broadcast the game on Raycom Sports Network.

Clemson looks for its fifth victory over Syracuse in eight tries all time. The Tigers hope to snap a two-game skid against the Orange.

Marcquise Reed is top 10 in six different statistical categories in the ACC this season, including fourth in scoring (19.6 points per game).

He is 10th in field goal percentage, eighth in assists per game, second in free throw percentage, sixth in steals per game and sixth in minutes per contest.

Elijah Thomas is one of just nine players in Clemson history to amass at least 700 points, 450 rebounds and 125 blocks in a career.

Tigers finish

1st in nation

in scoring defense

Clemson finished the season ranked in the top 10 in three of the four major defensive categories and in two of the four on offense.

The Tigers, who beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night, held the Crimson Tide to their fewest points since a 26-14 loss to Auburn in November 2017 and allowed an average of 13.1 points per game to lead the nation.

Clemson was fifth in rushing defense (96.2 yards per game) and sixth in total defense (285.9).

On offense, the Tigers were fourth in scoring (44.3 points per game) and fourth in total offense (527.2).

Besides Clemson in scoring defense, national leaders on defense were Michigan State in rushing (77.9), Miami in passing yards (135.6) and Mississippi State in total defense (263.1).

National leaders on offense: Oklahoma in scoring (48.4 ppg) and total offense (570.3), Georgia Tech in rushing (325) and Washington State in passing yards (373.8).

Individual leaders were Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in rushing (168.8 ypg) Washington State's Gardner Minshew in passing yards (367.6) and Massachusetts' Andy Isabella in receiving yards (141.5).

Clemson blowout draws

lowest TV ratings

for CFP title game

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clemson's blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel broadcast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system.

The viewership numbers reported Tuesday by Nielsen provided some better news for the network. ESPN said Nielsen reported that 25.2 million viewers tuned into Monday night's game on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The figures do not yet include ESPNEWS or streaming viewership. The 2016 national championship game between Alabama and Clemson that was decided on a last-second touchdown drew 25.3 million viewers.

Last season's Alabama overtime victory against Georgia drew a 16.7 overnight rating.

NFL rules Parkey's

missed goal

was blocked

PHILADELPHIA — Cody Parkey got an excuse he probably won't use.

Parkey's missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday's wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL.

Video showed Philadelphia's Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar.

Parkey was booed by Bears fans as he ran off the field after kneeling down with teammates and opponents for a postgame prayer. He accepted responsibility for the loss afterward.

"There's really no answer to it," Parkey said. "I thought I hit a good ball. Unfortunately, I didn't make it. I feel terrible, 100 percent take that loss on me. It is what it is. Sun is going to shine tomorrow. Life is going to go on. Unfortunately, it's going to sting for a while."

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott wrote: "This is a standup guy that a lot of young players can look up to. This is how you handle adversity like a pro. Cody is a heck of a kicker and will be for a long time. No reason to be taking the heat he is especially when that ball was tipped. #ClassAct"

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