No. 13 South Carolina wins 4th straight in rivalry
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney gave Clemson even more to worry about a short time after he finished demolishing the Tigers on the field.
"I don't know how it feels to lose to Clemson," he said. "I'm not going to know how it feels either, because we are not going to lose to them as long as I am here."
If Clowney keeps playing like this, that's just one more season. The star sophomore had 4 1-2 sacks in the 13th-ranked Gamecocks 27-17 win over No. 12 Clemson, South Carolina's fourth-straight victory in the rivalry for the first time in 58 years.
It also gave Steve Spurrier the school wins record at South Carolina, joining the late Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only coaches with that distinction at two Southeastern Conference schools.
Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns playing for injured starter Connor Shaw. But Spurrier understood that Clowney's one-of-a-kind pressure on Clemson's high-flying offense gave his team its chance at history.
"You can't block Jadeveon one-on-one," Spurrier said. "We've got him one more year. Then we are going to shake his hand and thank him for what he has done." And send him off to terrorize NFL quarterbacks.
Thompson got the call for the Gamecocks (10-2) because Shaw sprained his left foot last week against Wofford. And the Gamecocks sophomore made the most of it with TD passes of 13 and 6 yards to Bruce Ellington and 34 yards to Ace Sanders.
The Tigers (10-2) were grounded by Clowney, who set his school's single season-record with 13 sacks.
Spurrier's won 65 games in eight seasons, surpassing Rex Enright for most victories by a South Carolina coach. The Gamecocks finished with 10 victories for a second consecutive season, a first in program history.
"When we play Clemson, they don't seem to play very well," Spurrier said.
That was true again in this one as Clemson's offense and quarterback Tajh Boyd never got on track. The Tigers came leading the Atlantic Coast Conference and were sixth in the country with 535 yards a game. They finished with 328 yards against South Carolina, 165 over the final three quarters.
Boyd was 11 of 24 for 183 yards and two crushing interceptions, the last one that set up Thompson's clinching TD throw to Ellington with 4:17 left.
When it was over, South Carolina's players started their fans in the chant, "Four In A Row! Four In A Row!"
It's been 58 years since the Gamecocks could say that, their one-and-only four-game series win streak occurring from 1951-54.
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