Gamecocks fall at No. 2 Clemson
“Guys fought their guts out,” USC head coach Will Muschamp said. “We came here to win the game. We didn’t.”
South Carolina was not able to stop the Tigers’ offense. The Gamecocks are missing six starters on defense because of injury.
With the win Clemson finishes the regular season at 12-O. USC is now 6-5, and has a home game left versus Akron, Saturday.
Despite the disparate stature of the two teams in ranking, South Carolina was able to lead at 7-0 and USC kept the score within striking distance at times.
Clemson held a 28-21 at halftime and extended it to 49-21 lead. But the Gamecocks did not quit and pulled to within 49-35 with 3:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. USC tried an onside kick but the Tigers recovered it and added a TD with 39 seconds left to pad the margin of victory.