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Clemson vs. South Carolina Notes

Clemson vs. South Carolina Notes
Clemson Sports Information Department

·      This will be meeting number-110 between Clemson and South Carolina and the 104th consecutive year the two schools have met. That is the second longest active streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only rivalry longer is Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at 106 games (including the game already played this year).
·      The series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 65-40-4 since that first meeting in Columbia, a game won by South Carolina 12-6. Clemson’s first win took place the following year, an 18-6 victory in Columbia.
·      Clemson has won 61 percent of its games against South Carolina and has a .592 overall winning percentage in its history (667-449-45).
·      Clemson has more wins over South Carolina than any other school and those victo­ries represent nearly 10 percent of Clemson’s all-time victory total (667). When Clemson won in 2004 it was Clemson’s 600th all-time win.
·      The two teams played in Columbia as part of Big Thursday every meeting until 1960. For the 57 Big Thursday games, Clemson had a 33-21-3 advantage. Since the teams have gone to a home and home schedule in 1960, Clemson has a 32-19-1 advantage. Clemson’s winning percentage is nearly identical home and away over that time. Clemson is 16-9-1 against South Carolina at home since 1960 and 16-10-0 in Columbia.
·      South Carolina has beaten Clemson each of the last three years, the first time the Gamecocks have done that since the 1968-70 era when they won three straight. South Caro­lina has not beaten Clemson four straight games since 1951-54 era. Clemson only won one game in the series from 1945-54 (1-7-2).
·      The Clemson and South Carolina seniors of 1965 experienced four consecutive games decided by four points or less and that is the only time it has happened in the history of the series. Clemson won in 1962 (20-17) and 1963 (24-20), then South Carolina won in 1964 (7-3) and 1965 (17-16). But, even those players did not play in all four games. In 1962 freshmen were not eligible, so those 1965 seniors didn’t even dress for the 1962 game.
·      While South Carolina has won three in a row, Clemson has won six of the last 10 and 10 of the last 15.
·      The visiting team won seven years in a row between 1991-97.
·      Clemson classes who have beaten South Carolina four consecutive years were the seniors of 1900, 1919, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1983, 1991, 2000 and 2005. In 2005, Charlie Whitehurst became the only quarterback for either team in the series to start four victories.
·      Clemson has an overall record of 49-31-3 in Columbia over the years, including a 30-19-2 mark in Williams-Brice Stadium. Clem­son has been especially successful in Columbia since 1988. The Tigers are 9-3 in Columbia since then with the only losses coming in 2001, 2009 and 2011.
·      This weekend’s game will be played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the seventh year in a row. Clemson has a 9-6 record against South Carolina when the game is played the Saturday after Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving Day. The only game played on Thanksgiving was the 1963 contest that was moved from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving due to the death of President John F. Kennedy.

Memorable Clemson Plays vs. South Carolina

1948-Phil Prince blocked a punt and Oscar Thompson returned the ball for a touchdown that gave Clemson a 13-7 win in Columbia and allowed Clemson to keep an undefeated season. The play took place with 4:15 left in the game.

1959-Harvey White connected with future Super Bowl Champion Bill Mathis for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third period to put Clemson up 19-0 in the final Big Thursday game in Columbia. White completed 9-10 passes on the day and led the Tigers to the 27-0 victory.

1962-Don Chuy and Billy Weaver combined to sack Dan Reeves for a 13-yard loss on fourth down with just 33 seconds left, preserv­ing Clemson’s 20-17 victory. South Carolina had driven to the Clemson 25 for that last play.

1966-Harry Olszewski, an All-America of­fensive guard, picked off a fumbled snap in mid-air and ran 12-yards for a touchdown. The 35-10 victory allowed Clemson to win the ACC title. No Clemson offensive lineman has scored a touchdown in a game in Death Valley since.

1967-Buddy Gore’s 43-yard run in the third period led to a Tiger touchdown, and was a momentum swaying play in Clemson’s vic­tory over the Gamecocks, a win that allowed Clemson to clinch a tie for the ACC champion­ship. That was the key run on this day that saw Gore become the first Clemson back in history to go over 1000 yards in a season and break Brian Piccolo’s ACC single season rushing record.

1971-Eddie Seigler kicked a 52-yard field goal to lead Clemson to a 17-7 win over the Game­cocks. It was the first field goal of at least 50 yards in Clemson history.

1972-With Clemson leading 7-6 in the fourth period, Jimmy Williamson batted down a Dobby Grossman two-point conversion pass to preserve the victory for the Tigers.

1977-Jerry Butler made a 20-yard touchdown catch of a Steve Fuller pass with 49 seconds left to give Clemson a 31-27 win in Columbia. It clinched a Gator Bowl bid for the Tigers, Clemson’s first bowl bid in 18 years.

1980-Willie Underwood had a 37-yard inter­ception return for a touchdown that clinched Clemson’s upset of South Carolina and Heis­man Trophy winner George Rogers in 1980. Underwood was named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week for his performance in that game.

1981-Just as it had happed 33 years previ­ously, a blocked punt played a big part in a Clemson victory over South Carolina that allowed the Tigers to have an undefeated sea­son. Rod McSwain blocked a South Carolina punt and Johnny Rembert recovered in the endzone for the touchdown. Just as it had been 33 years previous, the line of scrimmage was the South Carolina 28.

1988-Rodney Williams, a native of Colum­bia, led Clemson to a 29-10 victory in his final game at Death Valley. Clemson’s winningest starting quarterback in history threw for 192 and rushed for 38 and scored a touchdown.

1990-Chris Gardocki made his final punt in Death Valley memorable when he had a 78-yard boot in the fourth quarter to give South Carolina bad field position and clinch Clemson’s 24-15 victory over the Gamecocks. It remains the third longest punt in Clemson history.

1995-Emory Smith carried South Carolina tacklers 20 yards on the way to a 54-yard run that led to the game clinching touchdown in Columbia. Smith ended the game with 101 yards rushing.

2000-Rod Gardner’s 50-yard reception from Woody Dantzler with 10 seconds left led to Aaron Hunt’s game winning 25-yard field goal with three seconds left.


2007-Mark Buchholz kicked a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the game, to give Clemson a 23-21 victory in Columbia.

Clemson’s most significant wins in the  South Carolina Series

1900:  51-0 Part of a perfect 6-0 season under first-year head coach John Heisman

1928:  32-0 Clemson wins battle of unbeatens. Both teams were 5-0 entering the game. Clemson went on to an 8-3 record, a season mark for wins in a season at the time.

1939:  27-0 Banks McFadden leads Clemson to victory, important win in 9-1 sea­son that ended with win over Boston College in the Cotton Bowl

1948:  13-7 Phil Prince blocks a field goal late in the game, leading to Clemson victory that preserves unbeaten season. Clemson went on to perfect 11-0 record

1956:   7-0 A 20th ranked Clemson team downs South Carolina in ACC rival game. Tigers went on to win the ACC Championship

1959:  27-0 Clemson wins final Big Thursday game in Columbia behind Harvey White. Tigers went on to 9-2 record and num­ber 11 final ranking and the ACC title.

1960:  12-2 Clemson wins first ever game between the two schools in Clemson
1967:  23-12 Clemson wins game in final game of season to clinch ACC Championship. The last time Clemson won an ACC title by beating South Carolina in final game (it also happened in 1966)

1977:  31-27 Jerry Butler’s catch in final seconds gives Tigers come from behind victory. Victory sends Clemson to the Gator Bowl, its first bowl game in 18 years

1980:  27-6 Clemson upsets 14th-ranked South Carolina team behind Willie Underwood’s two interceptions and 17 tackles. South Carolina had Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and had won at Michigan earlier in the year. South Carolina was 8-2 entering the game.

1981:  29-13 Clemson closes out perfect regular season on way to National Championship.

1988:   29-10 Clemson won battle of top 25 teams in Rodney Wil­liams final home game. Clemson then beats Oklahoma in bowl game to finish season in top 10.

2000:  16-14 Clemson wins battle of top 25 teams thanks to Rod Gardner’s 50-yard reception from Woody Dantzler in final seconds, and a 25-yard field goal by Aaron Hunt with three seconds left.

2003:  63-17 Clemson’s most points scored against the Gamecocks and largest victory margin since 1900. Charlie Whitehurst threw for four touchdown passes and Chad Jasmin scored four.

2005:  13-9 Clemson defeats 19th ranked South Carolina team in Columbia, only time it has beaten top 20 South Carolina team in Colum­bia.

2007:  23-21  Mark Buchholz booted a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give Clemson a 23-21 victory, the only time Clemson has beaten South Carolina with a scoring play on the last play of the game.

2008:  31-14  Dabo Swinney defeated South Carolina in his last game as interim head coach, a victory that assured him of retaining the position in a full time capacity.
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