COLUMBIA, S.C. — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney picked up his 100th career victory with No. 3 Clemson’s 34-10 win over No. 24 South Carolina Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
Swinney became just the second coach in Clemson history to win 100 or more games in his coaching career. The only other coach to do it at Clemson was legendary head coach Frank Howard who won 165 games from 1940-’69.
“I remember my 100th game was the ACC Championship Game in 2015. That was petty special and getting our 100th win here is something I will always remember,” Swinney said afterward. “The wins go by name, but I’m just fortunate to have a bunch of great players that play that play for me. They have earned those wins. I haven’t played a play in any of those games. The players played those games and we have a great staff. We have a lot of awesome people that have been a part of it.”
Swinney has a record of 100-29. He is just the fourth coach in FBS history to win 100 games within his first 10 years as a head coach. The others are Bob Stoops (109), Chris Petersen (107), and Urban Meyer (104).
Swinney became just the fourth ACC coach to record 100 wins. The others to do it are Bobby Bowden (173), George Welsh (136), and Frank Beamer (113). Howard won 96 games as an ACC head coach. He spent the first 13 years as Clemson’s head coach while the Tigers were in the Southern Conference.
Tigers thin at linebacker. Clemson middle linebacker Tre Lamar did not play against South Carolina because of a back injury suffered against Florida State two weeks ago.
Against the Gamecocks, his replacement J.D. Davis hurt his knee. He left early in the game and did not return. Clemson was also without Chad Smith, who was nursing a calf injury.
Etienne injured. Clemson running back Travis Etienne injured his leg in the fourth quarter. He went back into the locker room and did not return. There was no news in the post-game press conference in regards to his injury.
First time for everything. This was Clemson’s first win over a South Carolina team that entered the game with at least eight wins since 1988. South Carolina and Clemson were both 8-2 going into that game at Clemson, and the Tigers won 29-10. Clemson had never beaten a South Carolina team in Columbia that entered the game with at least eight wins before Saturday.
4-0. This was Clemson’s fourth straight win over South Carolina. This is the first Clemson senior class with a perfect record against South Carolina since the seniors of 2005.
Too short. Ryan Carter had a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Carter’s second interception of the year, but his first career touchdown. It was the shortest interception return for a touchdown in Clemson history. The previous shortest was a 15-yard return for a score by defensive lineman Carlos Watkins against Appalachian State in 2015.
Carter’s pick six was the first interception return for a score by a Tiger against South Carolina since 2006 when Jock McKissick went 82 yards for a touchdown at Clemson. It had been 20 years since a Clemson player returned an interception for a score in Columbia. Antwan Edwards had a 42-yard interception return for a score at South Carolina in 1997.
Bryant stands alone. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant set the Clemson record for wins by a starting quarterback in his first season. Saturday’s win was his 11th. Chris Morocco (1989) and Tajh Boyd (2011) had the previous record with 10.