Clemson’s defense made a way in first half but couldn't hold on in loss to Gamecocks

Clemson’s defense made a way in first half but couldn't hold on in loss to Gamecocks

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Clemson’s defense made a way in first half but couldn't hold on in loss to Gamecocks

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Wes Goodwin’s defense came away with a huge first half but couldn’t carry it over to hold onto the win in the second half, losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks for the first time since 2013 and snapping the nation’s longest active winning streak at home by a score of 31-30.

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. got the ball rolling for the Tigers early in the first half with a clutch interception grab – the second of his career — on the 35 which he ran in for the first pick-6 of his career.

Trotter’s pick-6 sparked a big performance for Clemson’s defense, which accounted for almost half of the Tigers’ points on the board in the first half of play. Shortly after the pick-6 that gave Clemson the early lead, defensive tackle Ruke Orhorhoro was able to track down Gamecock quarterback Spencer Rattler for the Tigers’ first sack of the day which also happened to be in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Defensive end K.J. Henry/linebacker Wade Woodaz and Trotter both sacked Rattler for Clemson’s second and third sacks of the day in the third and fourth quarters respectively. The sacks were just the 10, 11th and 12th sacks sustained by Rattler this season for South Carolina.

In total, Clemson’s defense recorded 67 tackles (11 for a loss), five quarterback hurries, three sacks, two pass breakups and two interceptions despite falling victim to the Gamecocks in Death Valley.

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