Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) – Clemson is back on top in the Palmetto State
as the 23rd-ranked Tigers ended South Carolina’s winning streak in the
longtime series with a 35-17 victory at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Gamecocks had won five straight meetings against their in-state rivals but
were limited to 339 yards and scored 18 points below their season average.
Deshaun Watson played through a knee injury and completed 14-of-19 passes for
269 yards and added a score on the ground for the Tigers (9-3), whose senior
class has totaled a school-record 41 wins over the last four years.
Watson was credited with a pair of scores through the air, but Artavis Scott
did most of the work on two shovel passes that went for TDs and totaled 123
yards. Scott finished with 185 yards on seven catches, while Wayne Gallman
gained 191 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
Dylan Thompson passed for 249 yards and a touchdown for South Carolina (6-6),
which finished its disappointing regular season at .500 after coming into the
year ranked No. 9 in the AP poll.