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Clemson’s Tommy Bowden Hit in Head with Liquor Bottle

Tommy Bowden was hit by a glass liquor bottle thrown from the stands Thursday night.

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said Friday he was hit in the back of the head with a mini glass liquor bottle while standing on the sideline during Thursday night’s 24-7 loss to Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium. Wendell Flinchum, Virginia Tech’s interim chief of police, confirmed Friday a fan was ejected from the stadium for throwing objects at the Tigers coaching staff. Flinchum said the man wasn’t arrested and wouldn’t release the man’s identity.

Flinchum said he didn’t know whether the man was a Virginia Tech fan or Clemson fan and wasn’t completely sure the man ejected was the one who threw the bottle at Bowden. Fans are prohibited from bringing alcohol into Lane Stadium.

“Had I turned and had it hit me in the eye, it would have killed me,” Bowden said. “It was glass. That’s what scared me. Those plastic ones, it wouldn’t go that far.” Bowden said he gave the bottle to Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips, who was standing on the sideline. Bowden said officials made an announcement warning fans not to throw objects on the field. “I really was afraid after that because had I turned and been hit in the eye, I surely would have lost the eye,” Bowden said. “And then we lost the game. So it wasn’t a good night.”

The loss seriously damaged No. 10 Clemson’s hopes of an at-large berth in a Bowl Championship Series game and essentially left the Tigers (7-2, 4-2 ACC) two games behind Boston College in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. The Eagles are 3-1 in ACC play and have a tiebreaker over Clemson because of their 34-33 double-overtime win over the Tigers on Sept. 9.

Idiot liquored up fan. Perhaps a relative of Mike Vanderjagt?

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