A defensive play that has become an instant social media sensation will serve as the starting point for South Carolina sophomore All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s 2013 Heisman Trophy run. A look at Clowney’s five biggest plays.
1. The hit heard around college football
Clowney beats All-Big Ten left tackle Taylor Lewan and levels running back Vincent Smith, separating Smith from his helmet and the ball. Clowney recovers the fumble with one hand. USC scores on a pass from Connor Shaw to Ace Sanders on the next play.
2. Record-setting day
Clowney has 4.5 sacks, including sacks on each of Clemson’s final two drives, to set school season records for sacks (13) and tackles for loss (21.5).
3. Dawgs feel his bite
Clowney sacks Aaron Murray and forces a fumble that Ingram returns 5 yards to put USC up 45-35 with 3:12 remaining.
4. Vols hit roadblock
With the Vols driving inside the USC 20-yard-line with less that two minutes remaining in the game, Clowney sacks Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, forcing a fumble that is recovered by Shaq Wilson to end the threat.
5. Forced fumble leads to touchdown
Clowney strips the ball from Commodores quarterback Larry Smith. The ball is picked up by Antonio Allen. He returns it 20 yards before fumbling into the end zone, where it is recovered by Ingram for a touchdown.