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NEW: Clemson, South Carolina rebound from missed chance a year ago to return to the postseason

COLUMBIA _ Players from Clemson and South Carolina both struggled last holiday season when college bowl games hit the air.

You see each group knew they too should be participating if it were --NOT-- for the ugly, onfield brawl in their annual rivalry game 13 months ago. Administrators from both schools quickly gave up likely bowl bids as part of punishment.

A year later, the Tigers and Gamecocks are glad to have thier fight behind them _ and to be back in the bowl lineup.

Clemson gets to face Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday. South Carolina will meet Missouri in the Independence Bowl on December 30th.

Tigers receiver Chansi Stuckey says it was difficult hearing from football friends who played in other games because he wanted to be part of the excitement as well.

South Carolina offensive lineman Na'Shan Goddard says the Gamecocks have worked hard to keep themselves out of the negative spotlight and gain their postseason spot.

COLORADO-QUARTERBACK

NEW: Colorado says quarterback won't start against Clemson

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Colorado will go with a different quarterback against Clemson at Champs Sports Bowl.

The team says starter Joel Klatt was still dizzy from a concussion three weeks ago, so James Cox will open Tuesday's bowl game.

Klatt had --NOT-- been cleared to practice with the Buffaloes as of yesterday. He suffered a severe concussion in the third quarter of the Big Twelve Championship against Texas on December third after he took a hit in the chin by the helmet of linebacker Drew Kelson.

Klatt was hospitalized overnight after the hit.

Colorado interim head coach Mike Hankwitz says Klatt is getting better. Should Klatt receive the doctor's O-K, Hankwitz says he might be available for spot duty.

Cox's only career start came against Iowa State in 2004.

CLEMSON-PGA GRADUATE

NEW: Glover's degree caps stellar year on and off course

CLEMSON _ Talk about a landmark year _ Clemson's Lucas Glover did it all.

He earned more than two (M) million dollars and won a PGA Tour event in his breakthrough season. He got married to his high-school sweetheart a few weeks ago. And this week, Glover received his Clemson degree in speech and communications.

With his golf success lasting until the Tour Championship this past fall and the wedding plans, Glover had missed the deadline to register for graduation and his cap and gown. He figured he just skip the ceremony, even though it was something he thought about since before he enrolled at Clemson.

That's when Clemson University President James F-Barker offered Glover the use of his gown for the ceremony. Glover could --NOT-- refuse and happily received his degree this past Thursday.

CLEMSON-WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

NEW: Clemson 97, Savannah State 62

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ Susan Yenser scored a career-high 19 points while three of her Clemson teammates posted double-doubles in a 97 to 62 victory over Savannah State yesterday.

The loss for Savannah State was its 12th in a row and second straight in the Palmetto State. The team was beaten by South Carolina on Monday night, 94 to 37.

The game kept up the stellar play for freshman Yenser. Her basket at the buzzer on Tuesday night gave Clemson a 52 to 51 victory over Winthrop. In this one, Yenser scored 14 points in the first half to help Clemson to a 54 to 31 lead.

Yenser wasn't the only Lady Tiger to excel against Savannah State.

Tasha Taylor had 15 points and 13 assists, Maxienne White had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lauren Allen had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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