NCAA Game Summary - South Carolina at Clemson|
(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: (18) South Carolina 29, Clemson 7
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Stephen Garcia passed for 227 yards and two
touchdowns, leading No. 18 South Carolina to a 29-7 rout of rival Clemson in
Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown for the
Gamecocks (9-3), who closed their regular season with four consecutive wins
and will face Auburn in the SEC championship game next Saturday.
"Next week is one of the biggest games that our team has ever played," said
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "We're looking forward to it. We've
got a bunch of guys that like going on big stages. It was a big stage here
tonight, and it was a big stage down in Florida. But the really big stage is
down in Atlanta."
It has been a standout regular season for South Carolina, which had already
captured the SEC East for the first time and won nine games for just the third
time in school history.
Saturday's non-conference battle marked the Gamecocks' second-consecutive
victory over Clemson. It was the first time South Carolina did that since
winning three in a row from 1968-70.
Kyle Parker completed only 7-of-17 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and
was intercepted once as the Tigers (6-6) lost for the third time in their last
"This was a very disappointing game. We didn't play smart," said Clemson head
coach Dabo Swinney. "South Carolina is a very good team and you can't give a
good team easy points like we did with the interception and penalties. I am
just very disappointed in how we played, I can't put it any other way."
Clemson scored on the game's opening possession, moving 73 yards in only four
plays. Parker completed a 30-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins to get across
midfield, and two plays later found Hopkins for a 45-yard touchdown.
The Gamecocks countered with a 46-yard field goal by Spencer Lanning, and
dominated after that.
Clemson was set to punt with about five minutes left in the first quarter when
kicker Dawson Zimmerman lost control of the ball. Brian Maddox recovered and
advanced the ball to the Tigers' five-yard line, and Garcia found Patrick
DiMarco in the right side of the end zone on the next play from scrimmage. The
extra point attempt was blocked, though, keeping South Carolina's lead at 9-7.
The Gamecocks reached the end zone again on their next possession, on Garcia's
37-yard strike to Jeffery. The receiver wrestled control from a defensive back
to complete the 85-yard drive and give South Carolina a 16-7 advantage.
South Carolina was in total control from that point forward, mostly because of
its defense. Every Clemson possession following its first ended in either a
punt, fumble or interception.
Lanning connected on a 25-yarder with 8:22 left in the second quarter to give
South Carolina a 19-7 lead at the break, and Antonio Allen returned an
interception for a score about five minutes into the third. Lanning's 37-yard
kick later in the quarter completed the scoring.
Garcia completed 14-of-30 passes...Clemson redshirt freshman quarterback Tajh
Boyd came in to complete 10-of-18 passes for 73 yards...The Tigers still hold
a 65-39-4 advantage all-time against South Carolina...The Gamecocks held the
ball for 34:43.
11/28 01:47:28 ET