First Take: Scouting South Carolina

Boyd Clowney

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner | Tiger Tracks on Facebook

Who: No. 7 Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC) at No. 11 South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) | Columbia, S.C.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Clemson Radio Network | WQSC-AM 1340 in Charleston (Affiliates)

Line: To be determined

When last they met: South Carolina knocked off Clemson 27-17 in Death Valley on Nov. 24, 2012, the fourth straight year beating the Tigers. Quarterback Dylan Thompson started in place of the injured Connor Shaw, hitting Bruce Ellington with the game-sealing scoring pass with 4:17 to go capping a 13-play TD drive. Thompson was 23-for-41 for 310 yards and three scores, but Shaw figures to get the nod this time around. Tajh Boyd was 11-for-24 for 183 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions; star receiver DeAndre Hopkins had just one catch, a 43-yard score. Both teams went on to win their bowl games: Clemson over LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and South Carolina over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

All-time series: Clemson leads 65-41-4 (starting in 1896), with a 49-31-3 edge in Columbia. The Gamecocks have won four straight in the series, by an average margin of 17.5 points and no fewer than 10 points. Before the Gamecocks’ current winning streak, Clemson had won 6 of the previous 7, including three straight at Williams-Brice Stadium. If South Carolina prevails Saturday, it will have its first 5-game streak over Clemson in series history.

-AB

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