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Meineke Car Care Bowl: Kyle Parker's Ribs Broken As South Florida Tops Clemson, 31-26

Clemson Tigers QB Kyle Parker had his ribs broken during the first half of the Meineke Car Care Bowl, perhaps affecting his future as a Colorado Rockies minor leaguer. Backup QB Tajh Boyd nearly pulled off a late comeback, throwing two touchdowns in the final two minutes before the South Florida Bulls recovered Clemson’s final onside kick attempt.

Neither team ran the ball very well, but that didn’t stop them from trying. The Tigers and Bulls combined for 140 yards on 65 attempts, and yes watching this game was like watching two people trying to parallel park in one spot.

Parker and Boyd combined for 246 yards but threw a pick each. Parker will be remembered as one of the toughest quarterbacks in Clemson history, turning down a six-figure baseball contract to endure an absolute bloodbath against the Auburn Tigers.

Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have now turned in Clemson’s first losing season since 1998, the year before Tommy Bowden took over. The Bulls finish their season with two straight wins over ACC schools.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.