By: Madison Tucker
Heads were held high, as the Gamecocks returned to Columbia with another win against Clemson. Both teams were evenly matched, but South Carolina took advantage of turnovers in the second half of the game.
Connor Shaw did not start, due to a sprained left foot. Dylan Thompson, the backup, started in his stead. In the end, Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Before the game on Saturday Thompson received a text from injured star Marcus Lattimore, telling him to “remember who you play for. Go all out.”
The Gamecocks have now won against Clemson four years in a row. This has not been done in 58 years, since 1951 to 1954.
Clemosn came into the game leading the ACC, and were sixth in the country with 535 yards/game. Clemson had the high-powered offense, where as South Carolina had the high-powered defense.
In the first half, it look to be Clemson as the favorite, with the Tigers scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. South Carolina held strong, though, and scored one touchdown in the first and then a field goal in the second quarter. Going into halftime Clemson led 14-10.
At the start of the second half, South Carolina came out strong. The Gamecocks took the lead with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson to Ace Sanders. Then Adam Yates tacked on a 43-yard field goal.
With 5:07 left in the third quarter, Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro’s kicked a 37-yard field goal, but with South Carolina’s defense baring down on them, nothing more was allowed.
With the Gamecocks’ defense holding strong, and pressure from Jadeveon Clowney, Clemson was unable to score at all in the fourth quarter. South Carolina pulled out of reach with another touchdown, making the final score 27-17.
At the end of the game South Carolina player’s started their fans in a chant: “Four In A Row! Four In A Row!” With as big of a rivalry as South Carolina and Clemson, both side kept it clean. Although, leading up to the game the two head coaches did enough back-and-fourth for everyone.
South Carolina finished out their 2012 schedule strong. They now gear up for their bowl game. Steve Spurrier has announced that Connor Shaw will be fit to play in that game. It has yet to be announced who South Carolina will play, but win or lose the fans will still cheer on their Gamecocks.