Another year, another USC-Clemson game, same result. The Gamecocks made it four straight over their in-state rival with a 27-17 win at Death Valley Saturday night. If there was ever any question this rivalry has turned in Carolina’s favor, they answered it emphatically.
Steve Spurrier relied on his backup quarterback and his salty defense to retain the state’s bragging rights. Dylan Thompson started in place of the injured Connor Shaw and threw for a career high 310 yards with three touchdowns and
no interceptions one interception. Meanwhile, Jadeveon Clowney dominated on defense with seven tackles and four and a half sacks.
“Seems like when we play Clemson they don’t play very well and we played well enough I guess to make a few more plays than they did,” said Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
AUDIO: Steve Spurrier on Clemson win [3:00]
The Clemson offense didn’t get a lot of opportunities to make plays in the second half. The Tigers only ran 16 plays in the final two quarters, eight in the third and eight in the fourth. During that span the Gamecocks turned a four point halftime deficit into a 10 point advantage.