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  1. GCF South Carolina vs. Clemson Game Preview, Prediction & Discussion Thread Nov. 09, 2021 Up until 2020, the Carolina-Clemson game was the longest-played rivalry game in the country, spanning over 100 years of matchups. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC opted to only play conference games, which sidelined the rivalry for a season. One year later, the game is back on with the Tigers traveling to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks. CLEMSON VS. SOUTH CAROLINA GAME, TV INFO Who: Clemson (8-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. South Carolina (6-5, 3-5 SEC) Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday TV: SEC Network THE TIGERS RIDING HIGH After its offense struggled for much of the season, Clemson is on a four-game winning streak and had a complete game against Wake Forest over the weekend in a 48-27 victory. The Tigers ended ACC play with a 6-2 conference record and need a few things go their way to clinch the Atlantic Division in the hopes of extending their conference championship streak. THE GAMECOCKS RIDING HIGH In Shane Beamer’s first year as head coach, the Gamecocks have had their own struggles but became bowl-eligible on Saturday. The squad outlasted Auburn 21-17 for its third SEC win of the season. South Carolina is 5-1 at home in 2021 and will try to end the year on a high note when Clemson comes to town. RIVALRY GAME FACTS ▪ Series history and streaks: Clemson leads the series 71-42-4 and has won the last six meetings. In that time span, the Tigers have outscored their in-state rival 256-104. Before that, South Carolina then coached by Steve Spurrier had won five straight via a 155-71 scoring edge. ▪ Big Thursday: The rivalry game was played in Columbia only through 1959 and on Thursday of State Fair week. ▪ The Palmetto Bowl: The game was branded “The Palmetto Bowl” in 2014 in a renaming celebrated by both schools, and a trophy now goes to the winning team. “The Palmetto Bowl gives this rivalry an identity that highlights the State of South Carolina and the accomplishments of these outstanding institutions,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said of the new name seven years ago. GAMECOCKS TO WATCH RB ZaQuandre White: Serving as a spark in the run game, ZaQuandre White is averaging 7.1 yards a carry for a Gamecocks squad that’s recorded 127.9 rushing yards an outing. QB Jason Brown: In his first start this season, Jason Brown led the Gamecocks to a victory over Florida, then had a drop-off against Missouri. With three games under his belt, the signal caller will get his fourth and final start of the season against Clemson after throwing for 157 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn. DB Jaylan Foster: As the Gamecocks’ leading tackler, Jaylan Foster has 85 stops to go along with five interceptions, two forced fumbles and two quarterback sacks on the year. He’ll need another standout performance to give the squad a chance to close out the year with a win. TIGERS TO WATCH WR Beaux Collins: The more playing time Beaux Collins has recorded, the better he’s played. With the Tigers down another receiver in E.J. Williams, Collins had another big game, totaling 137 yards on four catches against Wake Forest. DLEtinosa Reuben: Where injuries have plagued the Tigers, the depth on the defensive line has been a saving grace. That includes Etinosa Reuben, who got his second start of the season and tallied two quarterback sacks over the weekend. RB Will Shipley: While off to a stellar freshman campaign, Will Shipley will get his first taste of the Clemson-Carolina rivalry after recording 112 rushing yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns in a 48-27 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. The Gamecocks were among Shipley’s many college scholarship offers. THE BETTING SIDE No matter how much changes, some things stay the same. Clemson enters its annual state rivalry game against South Carolina with three losses on the season and an offense that's ranked among the worst in its own conference. The Gamecocks have a new, first-time head coach in Shane Beamer and have overcome their own share of quarterback issues and injuries to reach bowl eligibility, something they didn't do a year ago. But when the opening betting line was released Sunday afternoon for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. showdown at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, the expectations are more of the same: a Clemson victory by double digits. That's at least what oddsmakers are saying by making the Tigers an 11.5-point favorite over the Gamecocks at SI Sportsbook. Both teams enter the game coming off impressive wins. Clemson dominated No. 10 Wake Forest 48-27 as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday while South Carolina edged Auburn 21-17 as a 7.5-point underdog at home. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Clemson, which has won every meeting since 2014, has been favored in the series. The Tigers have been favored by double digits in all but one of those years, and this is the lowest spread during that span. Clemson has covered the spread in three of the last four showdowns. On the season, the Tigers are just 3-8 against the spread while South Carolina is 5-5-1. The total is set at 41.5 points. Both teams have gone under more than over on the season Spread: Clemson -14 Moneyline: Clemson -475; South Carolina +350 Over/under: 41.5 To cap off the regular season, we have the Palmetto Bowl between Clemson and South Carolina. The big issue here is the coaching matchup. Shane Beamer is in his first year at the helm of the Gamecocks and has just endured a brutal SEC gauntlet, only to face Dabo Swinney’s squad at the end of a frustrating year. Clemson wants to beat South Carolina no matter what. However, this Gamecock team is good enough to pull it off if it can get the offense going early. It’ll be a close, low-scoring four-quarter battle with the Clemson D getting one final stop to survive. GCF Prediction: Clemson 26, South Carolina 21
  2. South Carolina is a double-digit underdog heading into Saturday’s rivalry matchup against Clemson. That hasn’t stopped SEC Network analyst Roman Harper from picking the Gamecocks this weekend. Harper made his comments Wednesday on the “SEC Now” TV show when host Alyssa Lang asked for his prediction on the game. “I’m calling my shot, South Carolina is gonna win this game and they might win by double digits. I mean barely double digits, but it will happen,” Harper said. Harper went on to say for the Gamecocks to win that receiver Josh Vann and running back Zaquandre White will need to have big games and quarterback Jason Brown will need to not turn it over and take his shots down the field in the passing game. “You need to run the football, be specific in how you do it and now Jason Brown protect the football, protect the football,” Harper said.
  3. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers December 22, 2018 Men's Hoops Set For Saturday Matchup With Clemson Men's Basketball | 12/21/2018 | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information Story Links GAME NOTES LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina concludes the pre-holiday portion of its homestand on Saturday when it hosts intrastate rival Clemson at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the contest is set for 2 p.m. ET, with the matchup broadcast on ESPN2 with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Chris Spatola (analyst) on the call.** FAN NOTE: doors for the Clemson contest will open at 12:30 p.m. ETSTARTING FIVE> South Carolina concludes its pre-holiday homestand on Saturday when it hosts instrastate rival Clemson at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the 169th all-time between the two schools. Carolina looks to snap a two-game losing streak against the Tigers.> With the recent injuries to junior forward Maik Kotsar (concussion) and freshman guard T.J. Moss (high ankle sprain/foot injury), five different Gamecocks have missed a combined 20 games due to injury this season thus far.> Carolina won the rebound battle, but Virginia won the battle from beyond the arc, and the No. 5/3 Cavaliers collected a 69-52 win at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday in the first meeting between the two schools since 2002. The Cavaliers connected on eight 3s in the contest, compared to just three from Carolina. > Rookie forward Alanzo Frink saw extended minutes in the matchup against Virginia without Kotsar available for the contest. Frink registered season highs in points (9), rebounds (8), made field goals (4) and assists (2), while playing a season high 23 minutes.> Junior guard Evan Hinson is in dual-sport mode this week, not only pacticing with the Gamecocks on the gridiron in preparation for the upcoming Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, but also practicing and competing with the Gamecocks on the hardwood. Hinson scored four points off the bench on Wednesday and pulled down a career high five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. THROUGH THE FIRST 10 GAMES...> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson continues to pace the Gamecocks in scoring (13.6) and assists (3.5) per game ... Senior forward Chris Silva is just behind at 11.1 points per game and his 6.6 rebounds per contest are a team high, as are his 1.8 blocks per game ... Nine Gamecocks average at least 17 minutes per game, and eight average at least six points per contest ... In wins, the Gamecocks hold a +9.5 rebound margin, and in losses, opponents are +3.3 ... Carolina has used four different starting lineups.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> The Gamecocks look to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday vs. the Tigers. Carolina opened the season trading wins and losses, before the current stretch.> Sophomore forward Felipe Haase made the first start of his career vs. Virginia. He contributed three points, pulled down five rebounds and saw 28 minutes of action.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson dished a team high three assists vs. the Cavaliers. He continues to pace Carolina in the stat column with 3.5 dimes per game. He has led or shared the team lead in assists six times.> Though he didn't connect from 3-point range, senior guard Hassani Gravett scored 10 points off the bench, while also collecting four rebounds and two assists vs. Virginia. > In home games, Carolina is averaging 40.6 percent from the field, and Lawson's 13.7 points per game are a team high.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes eight newcomers to its roster this season, including a pair of transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden(transfer/George Washington/guard), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss (freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson(freshman/forward) join the Garnet and Black this fall.SCOUTING THE TIGERS> Clemson is 8-3 on the year, with notable wins vs. Akron, Georgia and most recently a 78-51 win vs. Charleston Southern on Tuesday.> The Tigers bring a very experienced lineup to the court this season, with two graduate students and a senior in the projected starting lineup.> Four are in double figures for Clemson, led by Marcquise Reed's 19.4 points per game. Shelton Mitchell (14.5), Elijah Thomas (13.9) and Aamir Simms (11.2) are also in double figures.> Thomas scored 25 points and pulled down a team high 14 rebounds in Clemson's most recent win over Charleston Southern. He also blocked two shots and had two steals.> Thomas leads the ACC in field goal percentage (69.9 percent) on 58-for-83 shooting this season through 11 games.> Six different Clemson players average at least six points per game, and nine average at least 10 minutes per contest.> Last season Clemson posted a 25-10 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.COMING UP NEXTFollowing the break for the holidays, South Carolina will host North Greenville at Colonial Life Arena on Dec. 31. The contest will tip at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
  4. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: ***South Carolina vs. Clemson *** November 23, 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers South Carolina and Clemson football will face off in the Palmetto Bowl in Death Valley. Here’s what you need to know about the game: What time do the Gamecocks and Tigers play? Who: Clemson (11-0) vs. South Carolina (6-4) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium (81,500) Series history: Clemson leads the series 69–42–4. South Carolina has lost four in a row after winning five in a row. TV: ESPN (Steve Levy, play-by-play; Brian Griese, analysis; Todd McShay, sideline) Radio: USC on 107.5 FM in Columbia (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. ... Clemson on 93.1 FM in Columbia (Don Munson, Rodney Williams, Reggie Merriweather) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 119/XM 381 Line: Clemson by 26 1/2 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. A 13 percent chance of rain. Around 50 degrees at kickoff, 47 at the end of the game. What’s at stake For South South Carolina, it’s a chance to finally get off the four-year snide and actually top a Clemson squad that is among the best in the country. It would also be the biggest win of the Will Muschamp era and an important step as he builds his program. The Tigers have the chance to finish an undefeated, untied regular season for the fourth time in school history. It would also bring them a step closer to the College Football Playoff, as they’re in the driver’s seat for a spot. Even if South Carolina loses, there would be value in just competing, as USC hasn’t been close in either of the past two games, notably the 56-7 game in 2016. .ms-contemp-main { border-style: none; } .ms-contemp-tl { font-weight: bold; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: 2.25pt solid white; border-top: 2.25pt solid white; border-bottom-style: none; } .ms-contemp-left { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: 2.25pt solid white; border-top: 2.25pt solid white; border-bottom-style: none; } .ms-contemp-top { font-weight: bold; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: 2.25pt solid white; border-top: 2.25pt solid white; border-bottom-style: none; } .ms-contemp-even { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: 2.25pt solid white; border-top: 2.25pt solid white; border-bottom-style: none; background-color: #CCCCCC; } .ms-contemp-odd { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: 2.25pt solid white; border-top: 2.25pt solid white; border-bottom-style: none; background-color: #F2F2F2; } The teams, by the numbers USC CLEM Points/Game 32.8 44.7 Opp. Points/Game 26.7 12.1 Yds. Rushing/Game 167.8 247.7 Opp. Yds Rush/Game 190.1 84.3 Yds. Pass/Game 262.0 272.7 Opp. Yds. Pass/Game 219.8 170.1 Avg. Yds./Game 429.8 520.5 Opp. Total Yds/Game 409.9 254.4 South Carolina players to watch 1. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has been on a hot streak of late, and USC will need him at his best to have a chance. The Gamecocks will need to score in bunches, and the most big plays on this team come from the passing game. For the season, he has 2,244 yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. 2. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is South Carolina’s best big-play threat and probably its top talent overall. He hasn’t been consistent in delivering big plays, but he’ll need a few for USC to have a chance. He’s got 48 catches for 639 yards and six scores. 3. Freshman safety R.J. Roderick will be tested as he’s still new to the position, thrust into the starting lineup and at a spot where the depth has been obliterated. The former quarterback is next to Steven Montac, who has had tackling issues, with an injured freshman corner (Jaycee Horn) and another starting corner (Rashad Fenton) as backups. Clemson players to watch 1. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is not just the best player on Clemson’s defense, but the senior is also the heart and soul of the Tigers’ team. Wilkins will be highly motivated to finish off his career at Death Valley with a win against South Carolina, and he has been living in the opponent’s backfield this season. If the Tigers get a big lead don’t be surprised if Wilkins finally gets his shot to play a little quarterback as well. 2. South Carolina’s secondary is banged up and Clemson has plenty of talented receivers that will be going up against a young and inexperienced group. Sophomore Tee Higgins is the best of the bunch. The Tennessee native leads the Tigers with 43 catches for 624 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. 3. The Gamecocks have struggled against the run this season, and now they must try to slow down one of the best backs in the nation in Travis Etienne. USC is No. 92 nationally in rushing yards allowed per game at 190.1, and the Gamecocks allowed 367 rushing yards in their last road game at Florida. Etienne has topped the 100-yard mark five times this season.He has 1,157 rushing yards, is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has tied a school record with 17 rushing touchdowns. .ms-elegant-main { border: 2.25pt double black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-tl { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-left { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-top { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-even { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .auto-style5 { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; font-size: small; } South Carolina depth chart OFFENSE DEFENSE Deebo Samuel (Josh Vann) WR D.J. Wonnum (Brad Johnson) DE Bryan Edwards (Chavis Dawkins) WR Javon Kinlaw (Rick Sandidge) DT Shi Smith (Randrecous Davis) WR Kobe Smith (J.J. Enagbare) DT Dylan Wonnum (Blake Camper) OL Keir Thomas (Shameik Blackshear) DE Zack Bailey (Eric Douglas) OG Sherrod Greene (Damani Staley) WLB Donell Stanley (Chandler Farrell) C T.J. Brunson (Rosendo Louis) MLB Sadarius Hutcherson (Jordan Rhodes) OG Daniel Fennell (Ernest Jones) SLB Dennis Daley (Malik Young) OT Keisean Nixon (Jaycee Horn) CB Jake Bentley (Michael Scarnecchia, Dakereon Joyner) QB Steven Montac (Jaycee Horn) S A.J. Turner OR Mon Denson OR Rico Dowdle OR Ty’Son Williams RB R.J. Roderick (Jaycee Horn) S Jacob August (Kyle Markway) TE Rashad Fenton (Israel Mukuamu) CB K.C. Crosby (Kiel Pollard) TE Jaycee Horn (Rashad Fenton) NICKEL Parker White (Alexander Woznick) PK Alexander Woznick (Parker White) KO Joseph Charlton (Michael Almond) P Ben Asbury (Matthew Smith) LS Deebo Samuel (A.J. Turner) KOR Bryan Edwards PR Danny Gordon (Michael Almond) H
  5. 35 South Carolina 6-5 56 Clemson 12-0 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 7 14 0 14 35 Clemson 14 14 14 14 56 Game Recap: Football | 11/24/2018 | By PETE IACOBELLI | AP Sports Writer | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Drop 56-35 Decision to Clemson with Videos, Gallery, Sats & More Story Links PHOTO GALLERY POSTGAME NOTES BOX SCORE (PDF) Next Game: Akron 12/1/2018 | Noon SEC Network Alternate Gamecock Sports Network from IMG College BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 393 yards, Adam Choice rushed for three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson capped a perfect regular season with a 56-35 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night for its fifth consecutive rivalry win. The Tigers reached 12-0 for the second time in four seasons and for the third time in program history, starting with its 1981 national title season. Clemson (CFP No. 2) kept pace for another title run with their latest success over the Gamecocks (6-5), its longest since winning seven in a row from 1934-40. Jake Bentley had career highs with 510 yards - the second most ever allowed by Clemson - and five TDs for South Carolina. The Tigers had not given up that many points in 28 games since a 42-35 win over Virginia Tech in the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference title game. The Tigers will try for their fourth straight ACC title when they take on No. 24 Pitt in the championship game at Charlotte, North Carolina. Not that South Carolina didn't throw a scare into the Tigers - or give defensive coordinator Brent Venables something to yell about leading into the ACC title game. South Carolina, which had lost the last two rivalry games by a combined 90-17 score, was supposed to have little chance to hang with Clemson. But it was the Gamecocks who struck first and kept on going. Bentley threw for 302 yards and three TDs in the opening half, including scoring throws of 67 yards to Kiel Pollard and 75 yards to Deebo Samuel to stick within 28-21 at the break. Clemson's offense was relentless early on with four touchdowns on its first four possessions, two rushing scores by Choice and another on a 1-yard leap into the end zone by 315-pound Christian Wilkins. Wilkins came up flexing in celebration, then struck the Heisman pose - which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ire of coach Dabo Swinney who got in Wilkins face for a minute or two on the sidelines. It was far from the only bit of bravado by the Tigers. After Lawrence's 22-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins to put Clemson ahead for the first time 14-7, the freshman quarterback stared down the South Carolina sideline. But that's common in a heated rivalry where some in the home crowd booed the Gamecocks' band at halftime. Choice had scoring runs of 1, 2 and 13 yards. His last one gave Clemson 41 rushing TDs this season to set the program single-year mark. Travis Etienne ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns (the last with 39 seconds left) to give him 19 to set that single-season record. Samuel had 10 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns while Gamecocks receiver Shi Smith had nine grabs for 109 yards and a score. The teams played offense like they were in the Big 12 combining for 1,344 yards - 744 by Clemson and 600 by South Carolina. GAME CHANGER South Carolina scored three first-half touchdowns and trailed by just seven at half, but Clemson scored on its first three possessions of the second half in the win over the Gamecocks. The two teams combined for 1,344 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns with Jake Bentleythrowing for 510 yards, the most in a single-game by a Gamecock. KEY STAT 744 — Clemson had 744 yards of total offense in the win over the Gamecocks. Trevor Lawrence was 27-for-36 for 393 yards and a touchdown while Travis Etienne had 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' win. UP NEXT Carolina wraps up regular-season play next Saturday (Dec. 1) with a noon kickoff against Akron at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised on SEC Network Alternate. From USC Sports Informaion .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%}
  6. Five burning questions for South Carolina vs. Clemson November 24, 2018 South Carolina (6-4) plays No. 2 Clemson (11-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Death Valley. Here are five burning questions that will help determine the outcome of the game: Can South Carolina stop the streak? With one more win, Clemson will match the five-game winning streak that South Carolina was on from 2009-2013. That streak was incredibly important for the psyche of Gamecocks fans, none of whom relish seeing the Tigers match it so soon. If the Tigers win again, it would be their second-longest winning streak in this rivalry. Clemson won seven straight from 1934-1940. Can the Gamecocks stop Clemson’s running game? The Tigers have outgained South Carolina on the ground by an average of 223.8 yards to 109 yards during their four-game winning streak. During that stretch, the Gamecocks have never rushed for more than 181 yards and Clemson has never rushed for fewer than 184. This year, the Tigers have two running backs who are in the top eight in the country in yards per carry – starter Travis Etienne (8.51 ypc) and backup Lyn-J Dixon (10.49 ypc). Meanwhile, South Carolina ranks 93rd in the nation in rushing defense. Will South Carolina’s offense stay hot? South Carolina has scored 76 points in the first half of the last three games. That’s more first half points than the Gamecocks had scored in the previous six games combined. Starting fast has been a particular problem against the Tigers during this four-game losing streak. Clemson has outscored South Carolina 90-13 in the last four first halves. “I think we’re much better offensively than we’ve been the last two years,” Gamecocks head coach Will Msuchamp said. “We’ve made some strides there. We’ve been very good starting games offensively here, especially recently. It’s no question it’s important in any road game to get off to a good start. They play very well from ahead and that’s the case most of the year for them. There’s no question getting out of the gates fast is important.” Will the Gamecocks keep their cool? The last trip to Death Valley included a pregame shoving match, a 56-7 drubbing and postgame accusations of a racial slur used by a Clemson player during the game. Muschamp has emphasized to his team that a loss like that can’t ever happen again while also cautioning his players not to let their emotions get the better of them. That could be a tough tightrope to walk in a night game in what has become one of the country’s toughest places to play in recent years. Can USC snap the ranked teams losing streak? This would be an ideal, but tough, time to do it. South Carolina has lost nine straight games to ranked teams and is 1-10 overall against ranked teams under Will Muschamp. No one reasonable will hold a loss Saturday against Muschamp but a 10-game losing streak against ranked teams is the kind of thing that gets mentioned a lot in an offseason.
  7. Gamecocks seek right balance of emotion, composure in rivalry game vs. Clemson November 23, 2018 South Carolina would have to pull a major upset to beat No. 2 Clemson on Saturday. The Gamecocks opened as a 25-point underdog and that number climbed to 26 early in the week. USC likely needs to be at its highest emotional peak to climb a mountain that high, and that could be the Gamecocks undoing in the end. “A lot of people get really emotional for this game but that’s one thing we have to control — the emotions,” South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley said. Take for example the Gamecocks defenders who are charged with stopping Clemson running back Travis Etienne, an explosive but patient runner who will make South Carolina (6-4) pay if its players get out of position. “The biggest thing we have to do is hold our gaps and make him commit,” linebacker T.J. Brunson said. “You don’t want to get overly emotional in any game. Too much emotion will make mistakes because you’re thinking too much about playing how you feel instead of being smart.” That’s the delicate balance South Carolina has to find Saturday if it’s going to have any chance to snap the Tigers’ four-game winning streak. “You have to keep your composure,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. “It’s going to be emotional. Any time you have a familiarity with your opponent, you have to keep your composure. We had a couple situations last year (where) we lost our composure in a couple critical situations to keep drives alive and in offsetting penalties we retaliated to a situation we shouldn’t have. At the end of the day, you have to keep your composure and not hurt your football team.” The last time South Carolina played Clemson (11-0) in Memorial Stadium, Gamecocks and Tigers players got into a shoving match on the field during pregame warmups. “Coach has been preaching composure all week,” Brunson said. “Our biggest thing especially with these young guys is keeping these guys composed. It’s easy for a game like this to get out of hand because guys are too emotional and not doing their job. If you get too emotional in these games you are more likely to make more mistakes. He’s just been talking about the details and finishing plays on both sides of the ball
  8. Gamecocks Travel to Clemson for 7 pm Tilt Saturday Palmetto Series Renewed at Memorial Stadium GCF STAFF Report 11/23/2018 Official Game Notes YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The University of South Carolina Gamecocks (6-4, 4-4 SEC) travel to Clemson, S.C. to renew their Palmetto State rivalry with the homestanding and second-ranked Clemson Tigers (11-0, 8-0 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 24. Game time is set for 7 pm from Memorial Stadium (81,500). ESPN has the national telecast for this week's game. Steve Levy will handle the play-by-play with Brian Griese serving as the analyst. Todd McShay will work the sidelines. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 607-577-44. BLACK JACK: Will Muschamp has tied Steve Spurrier's record for most wins in his first three seasons as the Carolina head coach with 21. Coach Spurrier posted a 21-16 record in his first three seasons (2005-07), guiding the Gamecocks to records of 7-5, 8-5, and 6-6, while Coach Muschamp is currently 21-15 (6-7, 9-4, 6-4) with three games left on the slate. With a sixth win last week, Muschamp becomes the first coach in school history to take the team to bowl games in each of his first three seasons. Coach Spurrier's third squad was bowl-eligible, but was not selected to play in a bowl game. Joe Morrison is the only coach to record 20 or more wins in his first three seasons at Carolina Morrison logged a 20-14 mark from 1983-85, going 5-6, 10-2, and 5-6. CAROLINA VS. CLEMSON: This is the 116th meeting between these two Palmetto State schools in a series that dates back to 1896. The teams have met every year since 1909, making the Carolina-Clemson series the second-longest running consecutively played series in college football at 110-straight meetings, behind only Minnesota – Wisconsin. The Tigers hold a 69-42-4 lead in the all-time series, including an 18-10-1 mark in Clemson and a 51-32-3 advantage in Columbia. However, the Gamecocks have won five of the last nine and the teams have split the last 12 meetings. THE PALMETTO SERIES: The winner of this week's game will earn that school another point in the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series between South Carolina and Clemson. Additionally, another point will be awarded today to the winner of the month-long Food Drive. The Gamecocks are a perfect 3-0 since the Palmetto Series begin in 2015-16. Carolina currently leads this year's competition by a 4-3 margin. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Kelly Bryant threw two touchdown passes to Hunter Renfrow as No. 4/3 Clemson posted a 34-10 win over South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2017 in Columbia. Clemson never trailed in the contest, as they got on the board early with a 12-yard interception return for a score from Ryan Carter. The Tigers rolled up 469 yards of offense while limiting the Gamecocks to just 207. THE LAST TIME THEY MET IN CLEMSON: Behind the passing of Deshaun Watson, No. 4/3 Clemson claimed a 56-7 victory over South Carolina on Nov. 26, 2016, in Clemson. The Tigers bolted out to a 21-0 lead in the first period and cruised to the victory. The Gamecocks were held to just 218 yards of offense, while the Tigers rolled up 622 yards in the win. THE LAST GAMECOCK WIN: No. 10/9 South Carolina forced a half-dozen Clemson turnovers, turning three of them into touchdowns, as the Gamecocks won for the fifth-straight time over the No. 6/4 Tigers, 31-17 in Columbia on Nov. 30, 2013. The game was deadlocked at 17 heading into the final period, but Mike Davis scored on a two-yard run to cap a drive that took over six minutes off the clock, then Brandon Wilds scored on a 26-yard pass from Pharoh Cooper to seal the win. Connor Shaw posted 246 yards of total offense, including 94 on the ground, while All-American Kelcy Quarles led the defense with 2.5 sacks. Skai Moore had a fumble recovery and an interception in the contest. COMBINED WINS: Carolina (6-4) and Clemson (11-0) enter this year's contest with a combined 17 victories. The record for most combined wins in the series at the time the game was played is 19, set in 2012 and matched in 2013. The teams also combined for 18 wins in 2011 and 2017. Prior to this decade, the high was 16 combined wins. CAROLINA VS. THE ACC: South Carolina is 10-5 in its last 15 games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference since the start of the 2009 season. Since that time they have faced Clemson (5-4), North Carolina (2-0), NC State (2-0), Miami (Fla.) (1-0), and Florida State (0-1). South Carolina was a member of the ACC from 1953-1970. LOOKING FOR A SIGNATURE WIN: The Gamecocks will be playing their fifth ranked opponent of the season when they take on No. 2/2 Clemson. Carolina will be looking to knock off a ranked opponent for the first time since a 24-21 win over No. 18 Tennessee on Oct. 29, 2016. Since that time, the Gamecocks have dropped nine-straight games to ranked opponents, including four contests (No. 3 Georgia, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 22 Texas A&M and No. 19 Florida) in 2018. BEATING THE BEST: Clemson enters the game as the nation's second-ranked team, according to the Associated Press. A win over the Tigers would be considered the second-best victory and the top road win in Carolina history, based on the AP rankings. Five of Carolina's top seven wins based on the AP rankings have come since 2009, including a win over top-ranked Alabama in 2010. Here are the top-10 wins in school history: No. Date Opponent AP Rank Score 1. 10/09/10 vs Alabama 1 35-21 2. 10/24/81 at North Carolina 3 31-13 3. 09/24/09 vs Ole Miss 4 16-10 4. 10/06/12 vs Georgia 5 35-7 10/26/13 at Missouri 5 27-24 6. 09/24/88 vs Georgia 6 23-10 09/13/14 vs Georgia 6 38-35 8. 10/04/07 vs Kentucky 8 38-23 11/21/87 vs Clemson 8 20-7 11/14/53 at West Virginia 8 20-14 PLAYING THE BEST: South Carolina has played a top-5 ranked team in 12 of the past 13 seasons. That stretch is likely to continue into 2019, as the Gamecocks have Alabama, Georgia and Clemson on the schedule. NOT SEC WORTHY: The Gamecocks are 30-6 in their last 36 non-conference games. Carolina had its school-record 18-game non-conference winning streak snapped in the 2015 regular-season finale at Clemson. The Gamecocks are 2-0 against non-conference opponents this season. FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: Due to Hurricane Florence which cancelled South Carolina's Sept. 15 contest with Marshall, the Gamecocks have added Akron to their regular-season schedule, with the Zips visiting Williams-Brice Stadium next Saturday for a noon kick. It's the first time since 1990 that Carolina's final regular season game is not against the Clemson. After playing eight-consecutive SEC contests, the Gamecocks will end the 2018 regular season with three-straight non-conference tilts for the first time since joining the league prior to the 1992 season. THE LAST TIME OUT: The Gamecocks rolled up an easy 49-9 rout of FCS Chattanooga last Saturday night in Columbia, their largest margin of victory under Coach Muschamp. Carolina posted several Will Muschamp Era leading superlatives on the offensive side of the ball: CATEGORY............................... No................. Rank Most Points.................................. 49................... T1st Most Total Yards......................... 602.................... 1st Most First Downs........................ 33..................... 1st Most Passing Yards...................... 364................... 2nd Most Passing Completions........... 29.................... 3rd Most Rushing Yards.................... 238.................... 4th Most Pass Attempts...................... 36.................. T5th EVERYONE HAVE FUN TONIGHT: • Jake Bentley had one of his best days as a Gamecock, completing 25-of-29 passes for 339 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The four TD passes matched his career high. • Deshaun Fenwick, a true freshman running back, made his collegiate debut in the second half against the Mocs and responded with 112 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with a long of 37 yards. • Deebo Samuel hauled in five passes for 112 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown reception. It was his second-straight game with over 100 yards receiving. • A.J. Turner carried eight times for 65 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 34 yards and two scores. It marked the first time that a Gamecock had scored three TDs in a game since Deebo Samuel accomplished the feat in the 2017 season opener against NC State. IT'S RARELY EASY: Prior to the blowout win over Chattanooga, the Gamecocks previous five contests were decided by a total of 16 points with Carolina coming out on top in three of those five contests. The Gamecocks are 5-1 in games decided by three points or less under Will Muschamp, 12-5 in games decided by seven points or less and 14-6 in games decided by 10 points or less under Coach Muschamp. FAST STARTS: After struggling in the first quarter early in the season, the Gamecocks have hit a groove of late. Carolina put up 17 first-quarter points at Ole Miss, the most points they have scored in the first quarter of a road game since 2009 when they had 17 on the board after the first period at Georgia. They followed that up with 14 first-quarter points at Florida, scoring touchdowns on each of their first two possessions, and added 14 more first-quarter points against Chattanooga last week. That's 45 first-quarter points in the last three games (15.0 per game) after scoring just 44 first-quarter points in the season's first seven contests (6.3 per game). CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: Jake Bentley has connected on a bomb in each of the last four games with six completions of 50 or more yards in that stretch after having just two passes cover 50-plus yards in the first six contests. In the win over Tennessee, junior wide receiver Bryan Edwards was on the receiving end of a 73-yard completion from Bentley. At the time, it was the longest pass play for either player during their careers at Carolina and was the longest pass play for the Gamecocks since Perry Orth and Pharoh Cooper hooked up on a 78-yard completion against Vanderbilt in 2015. That lasted just one game however, as the duo teamed up again at Ole Miss with a 75-yard touchdown strike. Bentley went deep again at Florida, hooking up with Deebo Samuel on an 89-yard catch-and-run. It was the seventh-longest pass play in Carolina history and the longest that did not go for a touchdown. Last week against Chattanooga, Bentley had touchdown strikes of 53 yards to Shi Smith and 61 yards to Samuel. The Gamecocks have tied a season record for most passes of 70 yards or more, also throwing three of 70-plus yards in 1975 with Jeff Grantz at quarterback, in 2003 with Dondrial Pinkins at QB, and most recently in 2014 with Dylan Thompson as the signal-caller. WIN THE TURNOVERS, WIN THE GAME: Carolina is 4-0 when winning the turnover margin this season and 2-3 when losing the turnover battle. For the season, the Gamecocks are minus-3 in turnovers, losing 14 while gaining 11. The -0.30 turnover margin per game ranks 10th in the SEC and 91st in the country. Last season, South Carolina was plus-11 in turnovers, gaining 28 while losing 17. Their 0.85 turnover margin ranked second in the SEC and 13th in the nation. OUR QB IS A BENTLEY: Junior quarterback Jake Bentley has started nine games this season, missing the Missouri contest with a knee injury, which snapped a streak of 24-consecutive starts. The 6-4, 224-pounder from Opelika, Ala., owns an 18-11 record as a starting signal-caller. For the season, he is 177-of-272 (65.1 percent) for 2,244 yards with 19 TDs and nine INTs. He ranks fourth in the SEC in passing yards per game at 249.3 and fifth in total offense at 263.1. His 19 touchdown passes this season ranks seventh on the school's all-time single-season list, 10 shy of Steve Taneyhill's record of 29. On the Carolina career charts, he ranks second in completion percentage, fourth in pass completions, fourth in passing yards, fifth in passing touchdowns, fifth in pass attempts, and fifth in total offense. ANOTHER MILESTONE: Jake Bentley became just the fourth quarterback in school history to eclipse the 6,000-yard passing mark for his career. With 6,458 passing yards, he trails only Todd Ellis (9,953), Steve Taneyhill (8,782) and Stephen Garcia (7,597) on Carolina's all-time list. BETTER OF LATE: Jake Bentley has been on fire over the last three games, tossing eight TD passes with just one INT while completing 73 percent of his attempts. Here's a look at his season: Games Com Att Int Yds. TD Com % Avg. Yds First 6 112 183 8 1303 11 61.2 217.2 Last 3 65 89 1 941 8 73.0 313.7 Totals 177 272 9 2244 19 65.1 249.3 A SCAR IS BORN: Fifth-year senior Michael Scarnecchia made the first start of his career against Missouri in place of an injured Bentley, and made it a memorable one. The 6-3, 216-pounder from Fleming Island, Fla., completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers in the 37-35 win. He connected on touchdown passes of 5, 17 and 8 yards, and led the Gamecocks on a 9-play, 53-yard drive in just over a minute, setting up the game-winning field goal with just two seconds remaining in the contest. BE LIKE MIKE: Prior to his heroics against Missouri, Michael Scarnecchia had seen limited duty in his career. He entered the season having appeared in just three games, completing his only pass attempt, a 9-yarder, back in 2015. He was 7-of-12 for 89 yards and a touchdown this season heading into the Missouri game. Scarnecchia, who earned a finance degree in May, was recognized as the 2017 Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete. He is on record naming Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Shakespeare as the three people he would most like to dine with. RUSHING BY COMMITTEE: The Gamecocks feature a stable of four junior running backs, each of whom has led the team in rushing at various times this season. Carolina is averaging 4.6 yards per carry after averaging just 3.9 yards a year ago. The Gamecocks are 19-4 when rushing for 100 yards or more under Will Muschamp, including a 14-1 mark when eclipsing the 150-yard barrier. They have gone over the 200-yard mark twice this season, rushing for 224 against Tennessee, the second-highest mark against a Power-5 foe, and 238 against Chattanooga, the fourth-highest single-game mark under Coach Muschamp. • Rico Dowdle has started six games this season, but has been limited to just three carries over the last three games after suffering an ankle injury at Ole Miss. He is the squad's leading rusher with 498 yards and is tied for the team lead with four rushing touchdowns. He has gone over the 100-yard barrier three times this season (105 vs. Coastal, 112 at Vandy and 140 vs. Tennessee) and six times in his career, all Carolina wins. He has 1,513 career yards, ranking 27th in school history. • Ty'Son Williams started back-to-back games against Tennessee and Ole Miss, but has not played in the last two games after breaking his hand against the Rebels. Williams had his best game of the season in the opener against Coastal, rushing 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. He is second on the squad in rushing with 319 yards, averages 4.8 yards per carry, and is tied for the team lead with 4 rushing touchdowns. • A.J. Turner had picked up the slack in Dowdle and Williams absence over the last two games, rushing a dozen times for 81 yards at Florida, then collecting 65 yards on the ground and scoring three times (one rushing, two receiving) against UTC. He ranks 30th on Carolina's all-time rushing list with 1,322 yards. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry this season. • Mon Denson was slowed early in the season by a hamstring injury, but has seen more action of late. He exploded at Ole Miss, carrying 12 times for a career-high 102 yards, including a 69-yard burst that set up the winning score, earning his first career start at Florida. Prior to the breakout game at Ole Miss, he had just 66 yards this season and 218 in his career. WHO'S THE NEW GUY?: The plethora of injuries at the running back position, along with the new redshirt rule, gave true freshman Deshaun Fenwick an opportunity to see game action for the first time in his career last week against Chattanooga. He responded with 112 yards rushing on 17 carries, a 6.6-yard average, with a touchdown and a long of 37 yards, all in the second half. He became the first true freshman to rush for 100 yards in his debut since Derek Watson went for 118 against NC State in 1999. SAMUEL IS KING: One of the most electrifying players in college football is 6-0, 210-pound senior Deebo Samuel. Samuel earned numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC accolades as a wide receiver, kick returner and all-purpose performer. In 2016, Samuel had 1,320 all-purpose yards and became one of just six Power 5 players in the past five years to record a passing, rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the same season. He scored six TDs in three games a year ago before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He has scored 22 career touchdowns (11 receiving, 7 rushing and 4 kickoff returns). He needs two more touchdowns to move into the school's all-time top-10 list. DEEBO IN 2018: Deebo Samuel has been the Gamecocks' top receiver this season, catching 48 passes for 639 yards with six touchdowns. He also has rushed eight times for 26 yards and has 20 kick returns for 505 yards. He has put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, going for 120 yards including an 89-yarder at Florida, then logging 112 receiving yards including a 61-yard scoring strike against Chattanooga. His 4.8 receptions per game ranks sixth in the SEC, his 63.9 receiving yards per game ranks 10th, his 117.0 all-purpose yards ranks third, while his 25.2-yard kickoff return average ranks fourth. NO SECOND FIDDLE: While Samuel received much of the preseason accolades, and rightly so, junior Bryan Edwards has better career numbers. Just a junior, Edwards already ranks among the top wide receivers in school history. He has two 100-yard receiving games this season (111 vs. Georgia and 109 at Ole Miss) and four in his career. He is tied for the team lead with six TDs and has caught a pass in every game in which he has appeared, third on the all-time list. He ranks ninth the SEC with 65.9 receiving yards and 10th with 4.2 receptions per game. He also owns a 7.4-yard punt return average, ranking eighth. TWO GRAND: Bryan Edwards eclipsed the 2,000-yard receiving mark for his career in the win over UTC. He became the 10th player in school history to accomplish that feat. HE'S NOT SHY: Shi Smith is the third wideout for the Gamecocks. The sophomore has hauled in 30 passes for 488 yards this season, a team-best 16.3-yard average. He went for 119 yards and a score on five receptions vs. Vanderbilt this season. REPLACING HAYDEN: The Carolina offense has four upperclassmen filling the tight end vacancy created when All-SEC performer Hayden Hurst went to the NFL as a first-round pick. Seniors K.C. Crosby and Jacob August, and juniors Kyle Markway and Kiel Pollard all play extensively. Crosby was limited this season after undergoing surgery on a fractured finger, Both August and Markway hauled in TD passes at Florida. O-LINE EXPERIENCE: The Gamecocks front line boasts a wealth of experience with 121 combined starts. Senior left guard Zack Bailey owns the most starts on the team with 36 and has been given some preseason All-SEC recognition. Fifth-year junior Donell Stanley moved to center this season where he is a Rimington Award candidate. He has made 23 career starts. Senior left tackle Dennis Daley, a former junior college transfer, moved into the starting lineup early in the 2017 season and made 18-straight starts until that streak was snapped at Ole Miss due to an ankle injury. Highly-regarded redshirt sophomore right guard Sadarius Hutcherson has made 14 starts, True freshman Dylan Wonnum has started each of the last four games at right tackle, replacing Blake Camper, who has made 10 starts. Senior Malik Young, who replaced Daley at left tackle at Ole Miss, has made 14 career starts. CLAP FOR THE WOLF, MAN: Offensive line coach Eric Wolford was nominated for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Wolford's front line has been the Gamecocks' most consistent group all season. THE YOUNGER WONNUM: True freshman Dylan Wonnum made his first career start against Tennessee and was recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Week. Wonnum became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line since Mike Matulis in 2011. With Dylan starting at right tackle and D.J. Wonnum starting at Buck, they became the first set of brothers to start for Carolina since the 2014 season when Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. were starters along the defensive line. YOU WONNUM, WE GOT 'EM: Junior Buck D.J. Wonnum was selected a team captain a year ago as a sophomore, and is the leader up front. Wonnum was voted the Gamecocks' Most Productive Defensive Player in 2017 after logging 13.0 tackles for loss, including 6.0 sacks. He had three tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the season opener before leaving with a foot injury. The injury has kept him off the field until he returned to the lineup against Tennessee. He responded in that contest with three tackles including a pair of sacks, one of which sealed the victory in the waning minutes of the game, earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades for the third time in his career. THE BROTHERS WONNUM: When junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week and younger brother Dylan Wonnum was the SEC's Freshman of the Week against Tennessee, it marked the first time in SEC history that brothers garnered Player-of-the-Week recognition in the same week. THE LONG ARM OF KINLAW: Junior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is a force in the middle of the line. Down to around 305 pounds after coming in a year ago at about 340, Kinlaw has been credited with 33 tackles, He leads the team with two forced fumbles, is second with 3.5 sacks, and third with 9.0 tackles for loss. He was the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance in the win at Vanderbilt. BRUNSON BRINGS IT: Junior linebacker T.J. Brunson is the Gamecocks' top tackler. He leads the team with 83 tackles on the season, ranking ninth in the SEC, including 48 solo stops. He has filled the stat line lately, collecting 14 tackles vs. Tennessee, logging 15 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks at Ole Miss, then matching his career high with a season-best 16 stops at Florida including 3.0 tackles for loss with a pair of sacks. Brunson, who was the first player that Coach Muschamp recruited upon his hire, was second on the squad with 88 tackles a year ago. He earned a spot on the AP's All-Bowl team following his 13-tackle, two-sack performance in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan. YOUNG SECONDARY: The Gamecocks have been battered with injuries in the secondary. Seniors J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey have not played for several weeks, while Jamyest Williams and Javon Charleston were injured in the Ole Miss game and are out for the season. Jaylin Dickerson, who missed all of last season with an injury, suffered a hamstring injury at Florida and did not play last week. Three true freshman, Jaycee Horn, R.J. Roderick and Israel Mukuamu, are now seeing significant playing time, although Horn left the UTC game after one play with an ankle injury. Redshirt senior walk-on Jason Senn made his Gamecock debut on Senior Day against the Mocs, playing extensively at safety. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: True freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn became just the seventh true freshman to start for the Gamecocks in the season opener since the 2009 season joining Stephon Gilmore (2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014), Al Harris Jr. (2014) and Bryan Edwards (2016). DON'T MESS WITH THE BULL: Jaycee Horn was recognized on the 247Sports midseason true freshman All-America team. Horn, the son of former NFL standout wide receiver Joe Horn, has 39 tackles with a team-high eight pass breakups. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his efforts in the win over Mizzou when he was credited with four pass breakups. He also logged three tackles, including a key diving trip, forcing Damari Crockett to step out of bounds on the 11-yard line instead of taking it in for a touchdown. The Tigers ended up not scoring on that drive, which was a key turning point in the game. SAFETY FIRST: True freshman safety R.J. Roderick stepped up in the Ole Miss win after injuries sidelined Jamyest Williams and Javon Charleston. He responded with 13 tackles after having just 11 through the first seven games. It was the most tackles for a freshman at South Carolina since James Seawright logged 17 in 1981 against Kentucky. He earned his first start at Florida and collected nine more tackles. FENTON ISLAND: Senior cornerback Rashad Fenton has half of the team's six interceptions this season, giving him five in his career, the most among active players. He had interceptions in three consecutive games, picking off Georgia's Jake Fromm, Vanderbilt's Kyle Shurmur and Kentucky's Terry Wilson. He is tied for third in the SEC with his three picks. KICKING IT WITH PARKER: Redshirt sophomore Parker White has been successful on 49-of-52 attempts this season, going 13-for-15 on field goal attempts (including a career-high tying 3-for-3 at Vanderbilt and vs. Missouri) and 36-for-37 on extra points. For his career, he is 27-of-40 (67.5 percent) on field goal attempts, including 21-of-23 (91.3 percent) from inside 40 yards, and 62-for-63 on extra points. SEC RECOGNITION: Parker White earned co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades for his performance in the win over Missouri. The sophomore hit on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from a season-long 42 yards on two occasions, and a 33-yard game-winner with just two seconds remaining. All three of his field goals came in the second half when the field conditions were soggy due to a rainstorm, and gave Carolina the lead (24-23, 34-32 and 37-35). ICE ICE BABY: Parker White has three fourth-quarter game-winning field goals in his career, including two this season. He hit from 33-yards out in the final seconds to defeat Missouri and connected from 25 yards for the difference-maker with about six minutes remaining in the win over Tennessee. Last season, he connected from 31-yards out in the final seconds against Louisiana Tech to lift Carolina to victory. JOE'S GOT THE TOE: Junior Joseph Charlton handles the punting chores for the Gamecocks and is an All-SEC candidate. He has booted 34 punts this season for a 45.5-yard average, third in the SEC, with a long of 66. 21 of the 34 have been fair catches, with just one (his 66-yarder) resulting in a touchback, and 11 traveling over 50 yards. He was named the Ray Guy National Punter of the Week for his performance against Texas A&M when he punted six times for a 50.7-yard average. RECORD PACE: Joseph Charlton is on pace for the Gamecocks' single-season record for punting average. Here's where he currently stands: PUNTING AVERAGE 1. Joseph Charlton (2018)....... 45.5 (34 for 1548) 2. Daren Parker (1989).............. 44.3 (49 for 2170) Sean Kelly (2015)................... 44.3 (55 for 2434) 4. Spencer Lanning (2010)......... 44.1 (54 for 2383) 5. Ryan Succop (2006)............... 43.7 (29 for 1267) Tom O'Connor (1985).......... 43.7 (52 for 2270) THE G.O.A.T? Joseph Charlton owns a career punting average of 44.2 yards. He ranks atop the Carolina all-time punting average list for punters with at least 75 attempts. PUNTING AVERAGE (Min. 75 Punts) 1. Joseph Charlton (2017-18).. 44.2 (89 for 3938) 2. Sean Kelly (2015-16)............ 43.3 (127 for 5496) 3. Spencer Lanning (2007-10).. 42.6 (171 for 7292) 4. Ryan Succop (2005-08)........ 42.3 (85 for 3597) 5. Tom O'Connor (1984-85)... 41.8 (118 for 4934) RAISING THE NET: The Gamecocks rank third in the SEC and sixth in the nation in net punting with a 41.97 average. Here are the leaders: Rk. Team Punts Net Yds 1. Cincinnati 52 44.08 2. Texas A&M 42 43.95 3. Georgia State 45 42.73 4. Georgia Tech 27 42.70 5. Auburn 49 42.00 6. South Carolina 35 41.97 DEEBO TO THE HOUSE: Deebo Samuel notched his fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown at Ole Miss. The 90-yard return extended his school record for kickoff returns for touchdowns and tied the SEC record. He finished with 178 yards on five returns, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He is the school's all-time leader with a 29.6-yard kick return average. His 25.2-yard average in 2018 ranks fourth in the SEC. BEST IN THE BUSINESS: Deebo Samuel has tied the SEC career record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns. He has accomplished the feat while needing significantly fewer attempts than the other five players who are tied with four: Player School Years KORDeebo Samuel S. Carolina (2014-18) 39 att.Evan Berry Tennessee (2014-17) 53 att.Felix Jones Arkansas (2005-07) 62 att.Willie Gault Tennessee (1979-82) 78 att.Andre DuBose Florida (2009-14) 79 att.Brandon Boykin Georgia (2008-11) 110 att. From USC Sports Information
  9. Gamecocks could ‘shock the world’ but maybe not themselves November 21, 2018 In a college football season with little drama so far, South Carolina could shock the sport’s ecosystem and possibly scramble the College Football Playoff with a win over No. 2 Clemson on Saturday. Bryan Edwards isn’t thinking like that, though. “I’m not really worried about shocking the world or this and that,” the Gamecocks junior wide receiver said. “I’m just trying to win a game. We have to have the self-belief that we’re not trying to shock the world. We’re just going out and trying to get a win.” The Gamecocks (6-4) are 26-point underdogs against the Tigers (11-0), who have won four straight in this series. Clemson is currently ranked second in the CFB Playoff standings and appears headed for its fourth straight trip to college football’s final four. The only Power 5 team in the country that’s a bigger underdog this week is Rutgers, which is a 27-point underdog against Michigan State. “You try not to get overly emotional about it, but this is a big game that we could shake up the world,” linebacker T.J. Brunson said.
  10. South Carolina @ Clemson - 11-24-18 NCAA Football 19 Week 13 Simulation Bentley to Davis on a deep ball for the win with about 30 seconds to go. Unreal Got nervous on their last play but the Gamecocks batted it down
  11. PREDICTION THREAD: South Carolina vs Clemson Tigers Nov. 25, Williams-Brice Stadium This is going to be fun. The Gamecocks, and Muschamp specifically, still will be smarting from last year’s 56-7 drubbing at the hands of Dabo Swinney and the eventual national champion Tigers. Printouts with the score and the words “Never Again” quickly popped up throughout the Gamecocks’ football facility and it is hard to imagine such a distance between the rivals again now that Deshaun Watson is out of the Upstate and the Gamecocks’ roster is a little more solid. Still, this will be a tough out for South Carolina but I bleed Garnet even if the Gamecocks are 16 point underdogs I say win here!! GO COCKS!!! South Carolina 30, Prediction: Clemson 24 ---------------------------------------------
  12. Gamecock Gameday: No. 22/20 South Carolina Hosts Clemson Wednesday Tip time set for 9 p.m. ET vs. the Tigers on ESPNU. GCF Staff Report Dec. 20, 2016 South Carolina vs. Clemson Parking Information / Live Stats / Watch / Game Notes / Twitter / Facebook / Clear Bag Policy / Ticket Information
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kocOZns4ns Josh Kendall and David Cloninger preview and predict South Carolina's 2013 game against Clemson, set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
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