MONDAY SPORTS: Tigers, Gamecocks climb in BCS; Furman makes playoffs; Murray out with ACL tear

This weekend’s rivalry game between Clemson and South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium will be a battle of top-ten teams. In the latest BCS standing released Sunday, the Tigers move up to #6, following a 52-6 win over The Citadel on Saturday. The Gamecocks, who defeated Coastal Carolina 70-10, move to #10. This Saturday’s game will kick off at 7:00 PM. Alabama remains #1 in the latest polls, followed by Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn, and Missouri. In the most-anticipated game nationally, Crimson Tide with face Auburn in the Iron Bowl Saturday afternoon.


Southern Conference champion Furman will play South Carolina State in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) first round playoff action on Saturday, the NCAA announced Sunday morning. Kickoff at Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium in Orangeburg is set for 1:00 p.m., and you can hear it on the Furman Sports Network with coverage on 96.3 WGOG beginning at Noon Saturday.


The record-setting career of Georgia Bulldog Aaron Murray has come to an end, as the quarterback now needs surgery after tearing his ACL in Saturday’s 59-17 rout of Kentucky at Sanford Stadium.The Bulldogs face rival Georgia Tech this Saturday.


Clemson’s men’s basketball team fell behind by as much as 14 before a late rally came up short in a 62-56 loss to UMass in the championship game of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena. The win improved the Minutemen to 6-0 on the season and dropped the Tigers to 5-1 overall.  Clemson was led by point guard Rod Hall, who posted a team-high 16 points and limited star UMass point guard Chaz Williams to 1-for-12 shooting.


Trailing at the half, South Carolina (2-2) put on the defensive clamps in the second half as they defeated Florida International (6-3), 84-72, at Colonial Life Arena Sunday afternoon as four Gamecocks scored in double figures for the second time this season. Junior Tyrone Johnson matched his season high with 18 points and recorded seven assists, while freshmen Jaylen Shaw and Demetrius Henry had career days with 16 and 14 points, respectively.


NFL – Week 12

Minnesota Vikings 26, Green Bay Packers 26 (OT) — Rare tie was first in the NFL in a year and only the fourth since 2000.

Carolina Panthers 20, Miami Dolphins 16

New England Patriots 34, Denver Broncos 31 (OT) — Patriots came back to win from being down 24-0 at halftime.

Tonight’s Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (8:30 p.m. ET)