The South Carolina Gamecocks went into Death Valley and stymied the Clemson offense to pull out a 27-17 victory.
With the outcome, South Carolina and Clemson close out the regular season with impressive 10-2 records.
The two schools renewed their rivalry in spectacular fashion, as these two spent most of the game trading the lead and momentum.
This game featured a little of everything. There were big hits—see below—and some big plays on offense as both teams brought the intensity but not the mental mistakes that can accompany the heightened emotions.
After trading punts to begin the game, Clemson put together a drive and jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a three-yard plunge by Tajh Boyd.
The lead didn't last long. On the next possession Dylan Thompson found Bruce Ellington for a 13-yard touchdown, and so the back-and-forth game went.
The two entered halftime with Clemson leading 14-10, but the Gamecocks scored early in the third to grab the lead at 17-10. That touchdown came when Thompson found Ace Sanders heading toward the middle of the field, and Sanders put a move on three Tigers defenders that left them all trying to figure out what happened.
After the move, he was able to cruise the final 10 yards to pay dirt.
These two potent defenses began to take over at that point. The two traded field goals before the end of the third, and they traded interceptions early in the fourth.
That's when South Carolina, led by defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney began to take over. Clowney was unblockable all game and a big reason why Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd finished with just 183 yards and two interceptions to one touchdown.
A fake Steve Spurrier account tweeted out something that had to be similar to what the real Steve Spurrier was thinking.
Today's to-do list1. Beat Clemson2. Beat Clemson3. Beat Clemson4. Beat Clemson5. Beat Clemson6. Refer to steps 1-5— Steven Spurrier (@Fake_Steve_Spur) November 24, 2012
We talked about Ace Sanders scintillating move earlier. We weren't the only one. This fan was one of many who felt compelled to tweet about it.
Ace Sanders embarrassing 3 Clemson Defenders.....that's what's up— Cameron Tunnicliffe (@CamTun12) November 25, 2012
South Carolina's Dylan Thompson played a wonderful game, sportswriter David Cloninger tweeted about one clutch play that was typical of his poised day.
Clemson sends the house, so Thompson calmly strokes right to a wide-open Miles, who runs for 27. Was third-and-10.— David Cloninger (@DCAtGCKCentral) November 25, 2012
This fan was not impressed with Boyd's lackluster day.
No one should ever mention Boyd and Heisman. I'm pulling for Clemson but dang if he isn't throwing terrible in a high pressure game.— Tommy Wafford (@Twafford) November 25, 2012
Charlie Campbell of Walter Football was impressed with Clowney's day.
I completely agree with Campbell, and Clowney is the most physically dominant player in the college game.