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Clemson Game DVD

Relive South Carolina’s exciting 34-17 win over the Clemson Tigers this season with this DVD featuring the complete televised broadcast. Click here to order your copy.

The DVD is priced at $19.95 and is estimated to ship on December 29, 2009.

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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Clemson

The Gamecocks travel to the Upstate at 1 p.m. Sunday to face in-state rival Clemson. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas.

South Carolina (6-1) Notes

  • Five players scored in double figures in Wednesday night’s win over Western Kentucky. It was the second time this season five Gamecocks reached double figures (last time was against Geogia Southern).
  • The Gamecocks are forcing an average of 20.7 turnovers per game.
  • Four starters played at least 31 minutes on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that more than two starters topped the 30-minute mark in a game.
  • Evka Baniulis scored 11 points off the bench vs. WKU, his best performance since scoring 11 vs. Georgia on March 7.
  • Sam Muldrow blocked his 100th career shot vs. WKU.
  • South Carolina leads the all-time series with Clemson 86-73.

Clemson (6-2) Notes

  • Senior Trevor Booker is averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in three career meetings with the Gamecocks.
  • Senior David Potter leads the ACC is 3-point field goal percentage (.594) and is tied for second in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.4).
  • Booker brothers, Trevor and Devin, are the first pair of brother to play for the Tigers since Horace and Harvey Grant in 1984-85.
  • Clemson is 7-0 all-time as a ranked team when facing South Carolina.
  • The Tigers have won five straight in the series against the Gamecocks.

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South Carolina v. Clemson Highlights

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This One’s for Braggin’ Rights

On Senior Day, it was a group of freshmen who provided the spark to propel the Gamecocks past Clemson 34-17 on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

After falling behind 7-0 on the opening kickoff, South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier inserted freshman Stephon Gilmore into the lineup for the long-awaited debut of the Gamecock version of the Wildcat. Gilmore marched South Carolina 60 yards downfield, rushing for 20 yards and completing a 39-yard pass to freshman Alshon Jeffery. The Gamecocks would tie the score on Brian Maddox’s one-yard TD run.

“We planned it (for the second possession). He said, “Coach you’ve been saying that all year and I haven’t been in yet.” But we told him second possession to be ready. The thing about Stephon is he can make guys miss. He needs to get the ball,” said Spurrier.

“It was just instincts – I had fun out there,” Gilmore said.

“He’s a tremendous player,” said quarterback Stephen Garcia. “He might be taking my reps, but I don’t mind when he’s successful like that.”

On the ensuing Clemson possession, freshman DeVonte Holloman picked off Tiger quarterback Kyle Parker and returned it 54 yards to the Clemson 11-yard line. Two plays later, South Carolina took a 14-7 lead and never looked back.

“I had watched film all week and they had certain tendencies and it happened like it always happened and I just jumped in front of it and make a good play,” said Holloman.

Emphasis on Running Game Key

Going into Saturday’s match-up, the Gamecocks had planned on emphasizing the running game against the Tigers.

“We ran the ball and that’s obviously what we need to do to win. A lot of people advised us to do that and we took heed to that. We took heed that we need to put the ball on the ground and not ask our offensive line to pass block much,” said Spurrier.

Whether it was Garcia, Maddox or redshirt freshman back Kenny Miles, the Gamecocks kept the ball on the ground, rushing 58 times for 223 yards. Miles had a career day, carrying 17 times for 115 yards.

“[Miles] brings another dimension to our offense and he’s hard to tackle,” said Garcia.

“You rush, you do what you can, you fight to get the tough yards,” said Miles. “The offensive line did a great job of zone blocking today. It feels great to come out today and have numbers like that.”

The ability to run the ball successfully enabled the Gamecocks to maintain a hold on the game and keep Clemson’s offense off the field. South Carolina dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 36:31 compared to Clemson’s 23:29.

Don’t Forget About the Defense

Winning Saturday’s game certainly took a stout effort from South Carolina’s defense as the Gamecocks held the Tigers 21 points below the season scoring average. Heisman hopeful CJ Spiller was contained for most of the day, rushing only nine times for 22 yards. His longest gain was only for five yards.

“Our kids did a good job of playing the backside well where he likes to cut it outside,” said Assistant Head Coach Ellis Johnson. “We did a good job of playing physical but not being overly aggressive.”

The Gamecocks forced their first turnovers since the Alabama game, recovering two fumbles and snagging an interception.

“You saw what happens when we force turnovers,” said senior Eric Norwood. “We played ball and did what we were supposed to do.”


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South Carolina vs. Clemson Scene Setter

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The 411 on the Clemson Tigers

What happened last week…The Tigers defeated Virginia 34-21 en route to clinching an ACC division crown. Click here for recap

The last time they played the Gamecocks…The Gamecocks struggled offensively, losing 31-14 on the road.

Offensive Stats
Points Per Game:
33.1
Yardage Per Game: 371 (204 passing, 167 rushing)
Turnovers: 19 (9 fumbles, 10 interceptions)

Defensive Stats
Points Allowed Per Game:
18.2
Yardage Allowed Per Game: 297 (170 passing, 127 rushing)
Turnovers Forced: 27 (7 fumbles, 20 interceptions)

Offensive Leaders
Passing:
Kyle Parker – 18 TD, 9 INT, 2,082 yards, 55.7% completion rate; Averages 189 yards per game
Receiving: Jacoby Ford 45 rec for 654 yards, 5 TD; CJ Spiller 29 for 421 yards, 4 TD
Rushing: CJ Spiller 172 carries for 894 yards, 7 TD; Andre Ellington 57 for 395 yards, 3 TD

Defensive Leaders
Tackles:
Kavell Conner 78 tackles (39 solo); Brandon Maye 78 (32); DeAndrew McDaniel 74 (45)
Tackles for Loss: Ricky Sapp 10.5 for -49 yards; Da’Quan Bowers 8 for -31 yards

Kicking Game
Field Goals:
Richard Jackson 32-24 XP, 19 for 28 FG, Long 53
Punting: Dawson Zimmerman 44 punts, 39.61 yards per punt

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WBB Non-Conference: Clemson

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Who: Clemson Tigers

When: November 19th, 7 p.m.

Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson SC

  • The Tigers finished last season 14-17 and 2-12 in the ACC. Clemson won their first game on the ACC Tournament with an 81-69 win against Georgia Tech, but lost the following day to No. 11 North Carolina 74-55.
  • Clemson was picked to finish in 11th place in the ACC this season by local and national media.
  • The Tigers return four starters from last year’s team, including leading scorer Lele Hardy who averaged 16.2 ppg. Hardy was named third-team All-ACC last season and was the first Clemson player to earn conference honors since 2004. She also led the league in steals per game and was named to the conference’s all-defensive team.
  • Clemson’s team is 331-131 all-time at home in Littlejohn.

Season tickets for South Carolina women’s basketball season tickets are on sale now at the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office. Visit GamecocksOnline.com or call 800-4SC-FANS. A reserved season ticket is priced at $50. You can also purchase a pack of four general admission season tickets for just $100.

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