Fieldhouse Weekender, 12.30.2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 29 CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic - Clemson v Notre Dame
Clemson defeated Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday (photo – Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire)

NATIONAL:

College Football – Clemson made its preliminary to facing Alabama look like a formality when it defeated Notre Dame, 30-3, in the 83rd Cotton Bowl yesterday. The Tigers will now play the Crimson Tide for the NCAA Division I FBS title for the third time in four years. 

Alabama defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, 45-34, in the other semifinal matchup on Saturday.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence (pictured) was 27-39 for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers past the Irish. On the year, Lawrence has thrown for 27 touchdowns while getting intercepted only four times in his initial college season. 

The championship is set for Monday, January, 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It is the first time that both Alabama and Clemson enter the game with perfect 14-0 records. 

Track & Field – As announced previously, “Underdog: Kim Conley & the Making of an Unexpected Olympian” releases on April 1, 2019. Conley continues her quest for the 2020 Olympics on January 26 when she competes in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. The last time the runner ran at the event was in 2014 when she captured the 2,000-meter race in the middle leg of a three-peat of convincing indoor wins that winter. She began the 2014 indoor season with a facility-record mile at New York’s century-old Armory and completed her trio at the city’s storied Millrose Games with another facility-record and victory in the 3,000-meters.

“A big part of the draw was how much fun I had during that 2014 indoor circuit. What I ended this fall feeling, was that I really wanted more races under my belt. I’ve missed it so much and I love being out there,” said Conley, who returned from a prolonged 2017-2018 injury cycle earlier this year. “Indoor provides more opportunities to get on the start line and race.” Conley will compete in the 5,000 meters at this year’s event, which will broadcast live on NBC Sports.

REGIONAL:

Men’s College Basketball The Furman Paladins dropped its second straight game, and first in Southern Conference play, when they fell to ETSU (11-4, 1-1) on Saturday, 79-56. The Paladins return home to Timmons Arena on January 3 to host the SoCon’s Mercer (5-8). 

Among the Mountain Five, Brevard (4-5) will travel to Montreat (8-2) in what should prove a competitive matchup of area teams on Monday. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.

College Track & Field – Area NCAA DI teams first return to the indoor track on January 18, with the Furman Paladins heading to the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, while the UNCA Bulldogs compete that same day at VMI’s Keydet Invitational. WCU returns to the track the following weekend at VMI’s Team Challenge.

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