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Nov. 29, 2014

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Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
South Carolina (6-6, 3-5 SEC) 7 3 0 7 17
#21/23 Clemson (9-3, 6-2 ACC) 7 14 7 7 35
Coach Spurrier
Coach Ward
A.J. Cann, D. Thompson P. Cooper, S. Moore
scar-lg.gif clem_lg.gif
1st Downs 18 20
Total Yards 339 491
Passing 276 266
Rushing 63 225
Penalties-Yards 2-6 4-44
3rd Down Conversions 6-15 7-13
4th Down Conversions 1-3 0-0
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 31:20 28:40
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Dylan Thompson 21 39 249 1 0
Pharoh Cooper 2 2 27 0 0
Deshaun Watson 14 19 269 2 0
Cole Stoudt 1 2 -3 0 1
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Davis 12 39 3.3 0 16
Pharoh Cooper 2 18 9.0 1 20
Wayne Gallman 27 191 7.1 1 32
Deshaun Watson 5 13 2.6 2 9
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
David Williams 4 70 17.5 0 59
Mike Davis 4 28 7.0 0 17
Artavis Scott 7 185 26.4 2 70
Mike Williams 3 59 19.7 0 25
1st Quarter SC CU
scar-lg.gif TD 03:41 Pharoh Cooper 20 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
7 0
clem_lg.gif TD 02:26 Artavis 53 yd PASS from Deshaun Watson
PAT KICK by Ammon Lakip (GOOD)
7 7
2nd Quarter SC CU
clem_lg.gif TD 11:14 Wayne Gallman 5 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Ammon Lakip (GOOD)
7 14
clem_lg.gif TD 04:55 Deshaun Watson 1 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Ammon Lakip (GOOD)
7 21
scar-lg.gif FG 00:03 Elliott Fry 47 yd 10 21
3rd Quarter SC CU
clem_lg.gif TD 04:30 Artavis Scott 70 yd PASS from Deshaun Watson
PAT KICK by Ammon Lakip (GOOD)
10 28
4th Quarter SC CU
scar-lg.gif TD 07:49 Damiere Byrd 12 yd PASS from Dylan Thompson
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
17 28
clem_lg.gif TD 02:35 Deshaun Watson 1 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Ammon Lakip (GOOD)
17 35

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Gamecocks saw their five-game winning streak over Clemson snapped Saturday afternoon, losing 35-17. The Tigers were able to control the line of scrimmage on offense and defense to claim a sizable 491-339 advantage in total yardage, including 225 yards on the ground.

The Tigers came up empty on a field goal attempt in its opening drive of the game and South Carolina drove 70 yards to open the game’s scoring. Dylan Thompson went 3-for-3 passing for 43 yards on the drive, including a 24-yard strike to Rory Anderson. Pharoh Cooper capped the drive off with a 20-yard touchdown run off a direct snap for a 7-0 lead.

Clemson would answer by scoring the next 21 points in the game, broken only by an Elliott Fry field goal just before the end of the first half made it 21-10 for the home side. The 47-yard make tied his previous career high and was set up by a Skai Moore interception. In the opening half, the Gamecocks were outgained 307-118 in total yards and allowed over eight yards per play to the Tigers.

Down 28-10 and stuck at their own 12 with ten minutes still to play, the Gamecocks were finally able to break off a big play and rewrite some history in the process. On third and seven, Thompson broke containment and lofted a pass to David Williams along the sideline. He would take it 59 yards down to the Clemson 26, also giving his quarterback the new single-season passing yardage record as well. The senior Thompson passed Todd Ellis’ 1987 record of 3,206 and moved up to eighth on the career passing yardage list with 5,107 and a possible bowl game yet to play.

The drive nearly stalled, but Damiere Byrd hauled in a high throw in the back of the end zone on third and goal to draw South Carolina to 28-17. With the touchdown pass, Thompson drew even with his former teammate Connor Shaw for the second-most touchdown passes in a single season. The Tigers would answer back with another touchdown on a five-minute drive that ended with 2:35 to play that put any comeback hope to rest.

Thompson finished the game with 21 completions for 249 yards. The Gamecock run game was grounded by the nation’s top defense and was held to just 51 total yards. Along with snapping the win streak it had enjoyed over Clemson, the loss ends an 18-game winning streak against non-conference opponents for Carolina.


The Tigers scored 21 unanswered points after Carolina opened the game with a touchdown, converting on three of the next four drives following Pharoh Cooper’s touchdown run.


  • The game was head coach Steve Spurrier’s 400th as a head coach for his career. He now has a 272-126-2 overall mark with five different teams: Tampa Bay of the USFL; the Washington Redskins; and Duke, Florida and South Carolina in the college game.
  • Skai Moore finished with double-digit tackles for the third time this season. He also pulled down his third interception of the season, all coming in the last two games.
  • Along with hitting from 47 yards out to match a career-best, Fry ended the game with 99 points this season. That total matches his output from last season and is good for fourth-most in program history. His 198 career points are tied for sixth place in program history.
  • Mike Davis led the team with 39 yards rushing on the day. He moved into ninth all-time in school history for rushing, now with 2,385 for his career.
  • Six players finished the season having started all 12 games: senior OT Corey Robinson, senior OG A.J. Cann, junior OT Brandon Shell, Thompson, senior DT J.T. Surratt and senior DB Brison Williams.