USC blew a scoring opportunity early in the quarter. Continuing a drive that started late in the third, and with the help of two pass interference calls, the Gamecocks drove to the Clemson 15, but on consecutive plays, Xavier Brewer sacked Thompson for a loss of eight and then intercepted him in the deep left corner of the end zone.
But Boyd gave it right back to the Gamecocks throwing his second pick of the game, this time to Brison Williams, and the Gamecocks took over at their own 35. Thompson drove them down the field and actually ran in for a 17 yard touchdown, but it was called back for holding, the Gamecocks’ 10th penalty of the day. However, Thompson got the Gamecocks into the end zone anyway with a 6 yard pass to Bruce Ellington. That capped a 13 play, 65 yard drive that took 7:39. USC 27-17.
With the win, Steve Spurrier becomes the winningest coach in USC history.
Final score…USC 27-Clemson 17