Clemson was the victim of some officiating that's universally been described as subpar, while D.J. Swearinger went all pro wrestler. South Carolina leads, 20-17, in the fourth.
The above was not the only time in the second half that Clemson was hit with a bad pass interference call -- here, Jonathan Meeks is doing nothing but going for the ball, and it's not his fault he's better positioned for it.
On the other end, D.J. Swearinger decided to do this, which likewise drew a (probably more justifiable) flag (via @cjzero):
Twitter especially hated those PI calls, as did Tigers fans in attendance:
After that last PI call Clemson fans have begun to throw objects onto the field, lot of debris falling into the east end zone— Travis Sawchik (@travis_sawchik) November 25, 2012
When in doubt, don't call pass interference. Damn, stripes. It ain't that tough.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 25, 2012
The 2nd pass interference call on Clemson was brutal.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) November 25, 2012
That's two pretty iffy p.i. calls on #Clemson. First one was borderline; second was hogwash— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 25, 2012
Another PI call against Clemson and referee in the corner had half dozen bottles/debris thrown at him.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 25, 2012
BULLSHIT these refs are fucking us— DrB (@ShakinSouthland) November 25, 2012
It did stop working at one point, though:
Big turning point in South Carolina-Clemson. Gamecocks patented 3rd-and-bad-pass-interference-call-to-go play finally didn't work— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 25, 2012
Look through SB Nation's many excellent college football blogs to find your team's community.