The Tiger Burn returned Monday evening to the University of South Carolina after a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual pep rally is a long-running tradition that occurs the week of the Carolina-Clemson game. The event featured food trucks, live music, routines by the Gamecock cheerleaders, and speeches including words from Interim President Harris Pastides, head football coach Shane Beamer, and students.

The event was moved this year to the Bluff Road intramural fields, where hundreds of students attended the rally.

The anticipation for this year’s rivalry game comes from a genuine hope that South Carolina can beat Clemson this year.

“That Tiger looks shook. Especially with DJ [Uiagalelei] being questionable for them with an injury,” said senior UofSC student Hayden Uzelac. “I think our chances might be pretty good.”

A group of UofSC students from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers constructed the larger-than-life structure in the shape of a tiger.

Engineering students didn’t stop the Clemson bashing there. The engineering fraternity Theta Tau also got permission to bring a Clemson painted car in front of the Swearingen center and offer eggs to throw.

Students are gearing up for the Palmetto Bowl coming to Columbia Saturday, since the next three games will be hosted in Clemson.

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