Clemson picked up where it left off in the 2019 Palmetto Bowl beating USC for a seventh straight time Saturday night in Columbia 30-0. The game was not played last season due to SEC scheduling restrictions. The Tigers matched their longest winning streak in the series, the other seven-game stretch coming in the 1930s.
The Tigers shutout the Gamecocks for the first time since a 45-0 win in Columbia in 1989 in their first meeting against Sparky Woods. The Clemson defense held the Gamecocks to 206 yards, their second lowest output of the season. USC has not scored a touchdown on the Clemson defense since the fourth quarter of the 2018 game.
Clemson scored on its first possession of the game, a 73-yard drive in 7 plays capped by a 29-yard run by Will Shippley. The Tigers’ other touchdowns were a 34-yard run by Kobe Pace in the second quarter and a 6-yard run by Phil Mafah late in the fourth quarter. BT Potter accounted for the other points with three field goals.
Shipley rushed for 128 yards, the 8th different running back to rush for over 100 yards this season against the Gamecocks. The Tigers rushed for 265 yards and thus did not need much of a passing game from DJ Uiagalelei. He attempted 19 passes completing 11 for 99 yards.
But the story of this game was the stuffing of the Gamecock offense by the Clemson defense. They rushed for a season low 43 yards, their longest run coming on the game’s last play, a 12-yard scramble by backup quarterback Zeb Noland to the Clemson three. The Gamecocks averaged 2.2 yards per rush and 3.3 yards per play.
Noland replaced an ineffective Jason Brown late in the third quarter and passed for 96 yards completing 11 of 22 attempts. Brown was 8-19 for 67 yards and 2 interceptions, both by Andrew Booth, who also dropped a potential third one. His second interception snuffed out a deep shot Brown took to Josh Vann that carried to the Clemson goal line.
Outside of the last series of the game that ended at the Clemson 3, the Gamecocks deepest penetration was the Clemson 29-yard line.