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South Carolina beats Clemson for fifth-straight time

Connor Shaw, AP

Whatever chance No. 6 Clemson had of making an at-large BCS bowl was probably ended tonight as in-state nemesis No. 10 South Carolina beat the Tigers for the fifth-straight time, 31-17, in Columbia.

With the win, the Gamecocks improved to 10-2 while Clemson fell to 10-2. South Carolina’s regular season is now over as Missouri’s victory over Texas A&M gives the Tigers the SEC East title.

As has usually been the case with South Carolina this year, Connor Shaw was The Man. The senior quarterback continued his fine season, throwing for 152 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 94 yards and a score. The Gamecocks didn’t gain a lot of yards — just 318 in all — but they took advantage of Tiger turnovers to win in solid fashion.

For Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, it was a rough ending to a fine career. He finished with 225 yards passing and rushed for one touchdown but he threw two fourth quarter interceptions that squelched any chance the Tigers had of coming back.

Can Clemson ever get over the hump? The Boyd Era was a very successful one, with three 10-win seasons, but until Dabo Swinney figures out how to beat South Carolina, the program will be seen as going sideways rather than progressing.

As for South Carolina, it can get to three-straight 11-win seasons with a victory in its bowl game, the first time that has happened in school history.

 

 

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21 Responses to “South Carolina beats Clemson for fifth-straight time”
  1. imaduffer says: Nov 30, 2013 11:33 PM

    Clemson is the only Tigers that didn’t win today.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Nov 30, 2013 11:35 PM

    Clemson was clearly the better team in that game but they were out coached at every turn. No doubt who was more talented but spurrier had all the answers and the gamecocks got all the calls. When Clemson falls apart, they fall apart really hard. Also I will give gamecocks fans credit for being gracious winners in person… Online, wow…

  3. cubano76 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:35 PM

    You might hate the Ole Ball Coach , but dang he’s good for college football.

  4. jets12 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:39 PM

    Spurrier owns dabo and clemson. Congratulations on a fantastic win for South Carolina. I really hate that Boyd is gone after this year as he has been a big help in the Gamecocks streak against clemson.

  5. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 30, 2013 11:43 PM

    Clemson just isn’t very good. They’d be under .500 in the SEC and wouldn’t win either Big 10 division.

  6. the8man says: Nov 30, 2013 11:46 PM

    Go Cocks!

    Hopefully the Bowl committee will be wise and award USC a game and date commensurate with their record and accomplishments.

    Garnet and Black forever.

  7. keltictim says: Dec 1, 2013 12:01 AM

    Jack lambert did you watch the same game I did? The better team was the one with the W. Period. I don’t care how good the play calling was, if the players don’t execute it means nothing. A “better” team doesn’t throw two 4th quarter picks. The “better” thesis qb doesn’t have a temper tantrum and shove an opposing player. The BETTER team won for the fifth straight time. There is only ONE power house in college football in South Carolina, and tonight proved it. Stay classy jack lambert.

  8. jets12 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:10 AM

    Gamecocks got all the calls? I can’t think of one call that was really in question except the one where the Carolina receiver caught the ball and the officials called it incomplete. And the officials were from the ACC so come on classy jack the best team won as they have for the past five years.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Dec 1, 2013 12:27 AM

    The better team won. No excuses matter. Congrats gamecocks.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 1, 2013 12:31 AM

    Fairly civil in here considering the vicious trash talk I’ve been hearing from Tigers and Gamecocks fans this year.

    I guess everyone is still in awe of that Iron Bowl finish….. what a game!

  11. b0geyman says: Dec 1, 2013 1:01 AM

    Forced Sex U.’s strength of schedule takes yet another hit. They have not played anyone and had no business jumping Ohio St.

  12. frug says: Dec 1, 2013 1:15 AM

    Whatever chance No. 6 Clemson had of making an at-large BCS bowl was probably ended tonight

    Actually as long as they stay ranked in the top 14 (which they probably will) Clemson still has a pretty good chance of making the BCS. If there are no upsets next week (yes I know famous last words) then the BCS bowls look something like this

    (Keep in mind that the At Large selection order this year is replacement for BCS #1, replacement for #2, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta)

    NCG: FSU vs tOSU
    Orange: ‘Bama vs. Clemson
    Rose: MSU vs. Stanford/ASU
    Sugar: Auburn/Mizzou vs. UCF
    Fiesta: OSU vs. NIU

    After you account for the autobids and the two team per conference max the Orange Bowl’s only options for their second selection (I assuming that Alabama would be their first choice) would be Clemson, Baylor, Oregon, UCF and NIU. Of those possibilities only an 11-1 Baylor (if they beat Texas) would have any chance of being selected above a 10-2 Clemson.

    Hell, if MSU drops out of the top 14 then Clemson would probably go to the Rose Bowl.

    And of course this is to say nothing of the chaos that would ensue if FSU and/or tOSU lose.

  13. gamecockalumdjs says: Dec 1, 2013 3:31 AM

    @classyjack, Clemson clearly hasn’t been the better team for 5 years now. Dabo Swinney is a complete clown and I’ve never seen a QB so scared of an opposing team as Boyd when facing South Carolina, just hearing “CLOWNEY!!!” causes him to give the ball to the nearest SC player while apologizing for being in their way. Just look at Boyd’s eyes on the sideline, he’s terrified of Clowney, Granted Dabo can recruit with his “ALL IN!!!” BS and back it up with a few ACC wins but he simply can’t beat South Carolina, and being a total clown ass doesn’t help things. I, just like every Gamecock fan on the planet, hope Clemson signs him to a 100 year contract, we’re all in!

  14. halbert53 says: Dec 1, 2013 3:35 AM

    FSU will move up to #1 and beat Duke for one NC slot. tOSU probably has inside track for other slot but has 2 hurdles: 1) getting by MSU and 2) an SEC championship game that will be a Top 5 matchup.

    A dominating win by OSU against MSU probably gets them in the NC game but simply getting by like against Michigan may not. Auburn will likely move up to #3 and Bama down to 4 or maybe 5. MO will move up to 4 or remain at 5. I don’t think MO would pole vault past OSU by winning the SEC and I’m sure OSU will be ranked # 2 after this weekend. But with Auburn defeating #1 Bama coupled with a win over #4 or 5 MO in the SEC championship game, I could see SOS putting Auburn ahead of OSU for second slot in NC game.

  15. nickmiller63 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:07 AM

    “Fifth-straight” and “three-straight” and “I-need-an-editor bad.”

  16. theo042296 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    Jets12, there 2 big calls missed. The first was a facemask not called on SC and on the same play, holding was called on Clemson. That killed a drive.

    The second big miss was when SC went for I on 4th and 1 and Clemson was called for offsides. In the replay, from the vantage point of the line judge, you can clearly see the SC center flinch his left hand/arm. That penalty extended the drive and SC scores the go ahead score.

    Also, the refs did blow that call on the long pass. That should have been ruled a completion so I agree with you.

    Now with all this said, those calls are not why Clemson lost. I think Dabo’s desperation shows up in games like these and it extends to the players. They play tight and scared to make a mistake. One man’s opinion.

    Congrats to SC. Unfortunate that a minority of their fans are classless – throwing bottles amongst other things as the Clemson team left the field. People really need to get a life!

  17. jets12 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:00 AM

    I have never blamed a loss on the officials and never will. I think you can look at each game and find missed calls on both sides. Last nights game is no different. Bringing up missed calls or non calls is just making excuses.

    I agree about some fans needing to get a life. A few years ago I went to a game at clemson and after the game I found that my car had been keyed. I learned to never leave my Carolina car tag on when visiting that school.

  18. sssjim7 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    Congratulations to the Gamecocks for winning the game for the 5th straight time. Both teams are very good, and Clemson lost this one by turning the ball over way too many times. For some reason, they seem play poorly against both FSU and USC in recent years… not sure why.

    But no matter… both teams are 10-2 and had very good seasons. And both will be playing in a bowl game somewhere. I will be rooting for both of them to win in January!

    ~Jim

  19. cometkazie says: Dec 1, 2013 10:24 AM

    Six turnovers is reason enough to lose big. I really can’t believe Clemson was ranked that high.

    8to80texansblog: There are fans on this blog who are always civil. We know who we are and back each other up. Then there are the ones who are little better than fans who throw stuff at players. Poof to them!

  20. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Dec 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    Auburn deserves the #2 BCS slot after FSU, not OSU. Just like last year when Notre Dame shouldn’t have been there, OSU hasn’t earned it despite their record. The poll voters don’t want to see another BCS slaughter, so they’ll game the polls to pull OSU down to #3.

  21. thegamecocker says: Dec 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    For the record, Paul Feinbaum stated last week that “Clemson has been over-rated all season long” and that he expexts South Carolina to win, which they did. I want to acknowledge that Coach Sweeney sought out Connor Shaw after the game to personally congratulate him….That was a very classy action on his part and I also thought he was gracious in defeat in his post=game presser. Coach Sweeney is a young coach and he’s done a great job recruiting for Clemson. He has matured and Clemson is fortunate to have him.

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