It’s Game Day in Death Valley where No. 4 Clemson battles South Carolina in the Palmetto showdown as the Tigers look to win the rivalry game and keep alive their hopes for the College Football Playoff.
Location: Memorial Stadium (Death Valley)
Kickoff: 7:35 p.m.
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
2016 Record: Clemson 10-1, South Carolina 6-5
ACC/SEC Record: Clemson 7-1, South Carolina 3-5
Series History: Clemson leads the series 67-42-4
Last Meeting: Clemson won 37-32 last year in Columbia
Fuller and Bostic Honorary Captains
Two of Clemson’s greatest players and former teammates who helped the Tigers to three straight wins over South Carolina will serve as honorary captains on Saturday.
Steve Fuller is the only two-time ACC Player of the Year in Clemson history, as he won the award in 1977 and 1978. He was a twotime Academic All-American and third-team AP All-American on the field in 1978 when he was sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He was the first Clemson football player to have his number retired. That No. 4 was placed in service with his permission two years ago when Deshaun Watson came to Clemson. Now Fuller and Watson will be on the same field today.
Jeff Bostic was an All-ACC center for the Tigers from 1976-79. He was a big reason Clemson finished in the top 20 in 1977 and 1978. Bostic was Fuller’s center and teamed with his brother Joe to lead Clemson to many important victories. Bostic went on to a 14- year NFL career with the Washington Redskins. He was a member of three Super bowl Championship teams during his career, the only former Tiger to do that.
Clemson vs. South Carolina Series
•This will be meeting number-114 between Clemson and South Carolina and the 108th consecutive year the two schools have met. That is the second longest active streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only rivalry longer is Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at 109 games. Those two teams also play on November 26.
•The Clemson vs. South Carolina series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 67-42- 4 since that first meeting in Columbia, a game won by South Carolina, 12-6. Clemson’s first win took place the following year, an 18-6 victory in Columbia.
•Clemson broke a five-game losing steak to South Carolina in 2014 with a 35-17 win at Clemson. Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to the victory with 269 yards passing and 13 yards rushing. He threw for two scores and rushed for two.
•Clemson has more wins (67) over South Carolina than any other school and those victories represent 9.4 percent of Clemson’s alltime victory total (713). When Clemson won in 2004 it was Clemson’s 600th all-time win.
Throw out the Record Books?
We always hear the phrase, “You can throw out the record books when these two teams get together.” While there have been some upsets in this series, usually the team with the better record comes away with the victory. The team entering the game with the better overall record has a 21-9-1 record in the series since 1981. That computes to 69 percent over a 35-year period. Four times during that era both teams had the same record.
However, the norm has been broken in recent years. Seven of the last 11 years the team with the better overall record entering the game has lost. For the history of the series, Clemson has a 42-18-3 record when it enters the contest with the better record, a 69 winning percentage. Clemson has had the better record in 63 of the 113 previous meetings. The teams have had the same winning percentage entering the game nine times and Clemson has a 6-3 record in those situations.
Thus, Clemson is 49-21-3 (.692) against South Carolina over the years when the Tigers enter the game with at least the same record as South Carolina. Clemson has a 67-42-4 advantage in the series overall, so the Gamecocks have a 21-18-1 record in the series when they enter the game with the better record.
Swinney Played vs. South Carolina
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has a 10-6 all-time record against South Carolina as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Swinney first competed against the Gamecocks In 1992 as a player. It was his senior year. In a 48-7 Alabama victory in Tuscaloosa on his senior day, Swinney had two receptions for 22 yards, the only game in his career he had more than one catch, and his single game high for reception yards.
He was then on the Alabama coaching staff that defeated South Carolina in 1993 and 2000. He came to Clemson in 2003 and Clemson has played South Carolina each year. Clemson has a 7-6 record against South Carolina since Swinney came to Clemson. He has a 3-5 record as head coach.
Watson Finalist for O’Brien Award
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award. He is joined by Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. The winner will be announced December 8 at the ESPN College Football Awards Show presented by Home Depot from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Watson won the award in 2015, the first Clemson quarterback to be so honored. He also won the Manning Award after the 2015 bowl season.
Gallman Goes over 3,000 Yards,
Sets School Record Wayne Gallman led Clemson with 161 yards rushing last Saturday at Wake Forest. It was his 16th career 100-yard game, and he set a Clemson record in the process. The previous mark for 100-yard rushing games in a career was 15 by Raymond Priester between 1994-97). Gallman got off to a great start with a 42-yard touchdown run on Clemson’s first drive. On that touchdown run he went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career, and became just the sixth Clemson running back in school history. He joined the likes of Priester, James Davis, C.J. Spiller, Andre Ellington and Travis Zachery in that exclusive club.
He finished the game ahead of Zachery and Gallman is now fifth in Clemson history in rushing yards at 3127.
Robert – Clemson 45 South Carolina 20
Gavin – Clemson 31 South Carolina 10
Will – Clemson 24 South Carolina 10
Qualk – Clemson 35 South Carolina 13
Kaila – Clemson 31 South Carolina 10
Gabby – Clemson 38 South Carolina 10