It’s Game Day in Death Valley as Clemson looks to continue their dominance over in-state rival South Carolina.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Death Valley
Kickoff: 7:00 PM
Television: ESPN 2
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Belotti, Brock Huard
2010 Record: Clemson 6-5 South Carolina 8-3
Series History: Clemson leads 65-38-4
Last Meeting: South Carolina won 34-17 in Columbia in 2009
Tigers Dominate Series
Clemson has won 62.6 percent of its games against South Carolina. That compares with a 59 percent winning percentage overall.
Clemson has more victories over South Carolina than any other school. That represents over 10 percent of the Tiger’s overall victories.
Clemson has won 6 of 8 and 10 of 13 against South Carolina.
Parker Finishing Strong
Kyle Parker will play his final game in Death Valley Saturday night. He is finishing his final season strong. Last week Kyle was 15-17 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The completion percentage was third best in Clemson history, but a record for an ACC game and a road game.
The Wake Forest performance gave Kyle a 222.9 passing efficiency. That was the best of his career and the best of any Clemson quarterback against an ACC team since 2002. Charlie Whitehurst had a rating of 241 in a win at North Carolina in 2002.
Parker has completed 101 of 156 passes in his last five games for 990 yards. That gives him a completion percentage of .647 over that stretch.
Kyle enters his final game in Death Valley ranked fifth in school history in touchdowns with 31, sixth in passing yardage with 4,488 and fifth in completions with 383.
Strength verse Strength
When South Carolina’s offense is on the field it will be a battle of strengths. South Carolina is ranked 12th in the nation in passing efficiency, 25th in scoring with an average of 33.6 per game and 22nd in touchwons with 48.
The Tigers are ninth in the nation in scoring defense, sixth in the nation in touchdowns given up, 18th in pass efficiency defense and 24th in total defense.
One Away from Record for Bowers
DaQuan Bowers needs only one sack to break the single season record of 16 by Keith Adams. Bowers leads the nation in sacks and is second in the nation in tackles for loss with 24.
DaQuan also will become third on the ACC single season sack list with one more sack. Florida State’s Peter Boulware is the leader with 19 while Duke’s Charles Bowser is second with 17.5
Robert: Clemson 27 South Carolina 17