The South Carolina Gamecocks finished off the Clemson Tigers in the annual meeting of the teams from the state of South Carolina. The Gamecocks took an early 10 point lead, but in the second quarter the Tigers tied the game up with two quick scores. In the second half however, the Gamecocks outscored the Tigers 17-3, effectively shutting down the Clemson offense.
The typically explosive Clemson offense was limited to just 158 total yards against the Gamecocks. The typically anemic Gamecocks offense however, exploded for 421 total yards and 34 points. Quarterback Connor Shaw picked up 210 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns, as well as 108 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. On the other side, quarterback Tahj Boyd was limited to just 83 yards passing and explosive wide receiver Sammy Watkins was limited to just 39 receiving yards.
Clemson falls to 9-3 after losing two straight games, while South Carolina improves to 10-2 on the season.
The South Carolina Gamecocks jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but by the middle of the second quarter the Clemson Tigers had battled back to tie the game at 10. A late rushing touchdown by quarterback Connor Shaw put the Gamecocks up at halftime, 17-10.
Shaw has been the offensive star of this game so far. In addition to that 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Shaw totaled 81 yards on the ground and completed 9-of-12 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Forty-nine of those yards came on a passing play to Bruce Ellington in the first quarter.
Clemson hasn't gotten much offensively from Tajh Boyd. He's just 4-of-11 passing for 34 yards, but he did throw a nine-yard touchdown pass. Chandler Catanzaro kicked kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Tigers' other points.
Over the last two years, South Carolina has begun to establish a little bit more of a toehold in a rivalry that used to be all Clemson. And by the looks of things in the first quarter of the annual tilt this year, the Gamecocks kind of like the feeling.
South Carolina stormed out to a 10-0 in the quarter, limiting Clemson to a single first down and 25 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, quarterback Connor Shaw ran the ball seven times for 64 yards and completed three of his six pass attempts for another 65 yards and a touchdown to Bruce Ellington. That score, which came on a 49-yard strike, was an encouraging sign for an offense that has seen few big plays since star running back Marcus Lattimore was sidelined against Mississippi State.