Match Recap: Football | | By PETE IACOBELLI | AP Sports Writer
COLOMBIA, SC (AP) –Will Shipley ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and the Clemson defense choked South Carolina for their seventh straight win in the Palmetto State rivalry 30-0 on Saturday night.
The Tigers (9-3; No. 23 CFP) won their fifth in a row this season and tied the longest streak in the series they established from 1934 to 1940.
Clemson’s defense limited South Carolina (6-6) to 206 yards, their second weakest production this season. It was the Tigers’ first shutout since a 45-0 win in 1989 and the first time they’ve held a scoreless opponent since a 49-0 win over the Citadel in 2020.
The Tigers edged the Gamecocks 265-43. “There is nothing more demoralizing than having the ball on you,” said Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
The only drama at the end was whether South Carolina could score any points on the board. With five seconds to go, the quarterback Zeb Noland ran 12 yards towards the Clemson 3 before being tackled by Jeremiah Trotter Jr.
Clemson’s bench jumped from the sideline to celebrate the shutout and historic victory in a game that is South Carolina’s most anticipated sporting event every year.
“I want to apologize to our fans for this performance,” South Carolina freshman coach Shane projector said after the program was shut down for the first time since a 28-0 loss to Virginia at the Belk Bowl three seasons ago. ” It starts with me as a head coach. ”
Shipley passed 100 yards for a second straight game and a third time this season, the highest by a Tigers freshman since his coach, CJ Spiller, played five such games in 2006.
Clemson had seen his chance at a seventh straight appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game end with North Carolina State’s No.24 victory over North Carolina on Friday night. The Tigers made sure they didn’t lose their grip on the state against the Gamecocks.
DJ Uiagalelei ran for 22 yards on the third down to maintain the Tigers’ first practice before Shipley broke free for a 29-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, with a 10-0 lead, Clemson appealed again to his revived rushed offense – the Tigers ran for a season-high 333 yards a week ago in a 48-27 victory over Wake Forest number 21 – to exhaust South Carolina.
Kobe Pace crossed the line for a twisted 34-yard run to the end zone to extend the lead.
Uiagalelei struggled to pass against the South Carolina defense as he managed 9 of 19 for 99 yards with an interception. This is Uiagalelei’s lowest pass production this season.
Clemson’s defense, as it had done for much of the year, ensured offensive production would hold up.
South Carolina, which beat Florida and Auburn earlier this month, only managed 75 yards in the first half. Strategist Jason brown pitched for just 53 yards and was intercepted twice, both by cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.
Brown completed 8 of 19 passes for 67 yards and was replaced by Noland, the graduate assistant coach turned quarterback, in the fourth quarter.
Kobe Pace gave Clemson a 17-0 lead with 12:10 left in the first half on a 34-yard touchdown run. It was a seven-game, 79-yard practice that lasted 3:08. Pace collected 58 of Clemson’s 265 rushing yards on the night.
206 – The Clemson defense kept Carolina at 206 total yards, with just 43 rushing yards, as the Tigers held Carolina off the scoreboard.
Carolina will discover her bowl destination on Sunday December 5th.