Jadeveon Clowney has cracked the sack column. And the loss column.
Georgia's offense displayed a voracious appetite for yardage Saturday in a 41-30 win over the Gamecocks, and the star junior defensive end's first sack of the season wasn't nearly enough to keep his team in the game. Clowney got to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray for his first sack of the season and a loss of 10 yards, beating Georgia's Kenarious Gates with an inside move in the first half.
Gates otherwise did a solid job on Clowney before leaving the game with an injury. By that time, however, the Bulldogs were nearly ready to salt the fourth-quarter clock with a strong rushing attack that rendered Clowney's pass-rushing skills useless.
Clowney finished with three tackles, a sack and a 1-yard tackle for loss.
It was a better performance than the inconsistent three-tackle performance Clowney, the nation's top junior NFL prospect, put forth against North Carolina last week. In that game, Clowney's effort and conditioning were called into question, though he was said to have been dealing with an illness prior to the game.
Next up for Clowney: Vanderbilt Commodores standout senior left tackle Wesley Johnson next Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
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