Posted November 25, 2012 on
AP on Fox
South Carolina's stout defense keeps beating up Clemson's high-powered offense, and it has tipped the scales of the bitter rivalry in favor of the No. 11 Gamecocks.
The No. 15 Tigers ran 23 fewer plays, gained 207 fewer yards and scored 28 fewer points than they averaged all year in Saturday's 27-17 loss to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks have done similar things to the Tigers during their four-game winning streak in the series. Clemson has averaged 414 yards a game since 2009, but gained just an average of 248 yards against its in-state rivals.
Star Gamecocks defense end Jadeveon Clowney says the reason is simple. He says the Southeastern Conference is more physical and lets South Carolina just push around the Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney broke the single-season sack record against Clemson on Saturday.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and safety DeVonte Holloman speak after South Carolina's 27-17 win over Clemson.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is not starting against No. 12 Clemson.
Shaw aggravated a sprained foot last week for the No. 13 Gamecocks and practiced sparingly before Saturday's game against the Tigers.
Sophomore Dylan Thompson got the start instead. It is Thompson's second start. He replaced Shaw earlier this year against East Carolina after the junior suffered...
The Southeastern Conference has selected South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney as its defensive lineman of the week and its co-defensive player of the week.
South Carolina continues its win streak over the Tigers with a 27-17 win at Clemson. Dylan Thompson and Jadeveon Clowney stole the show in tonight's big victory for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier talks about the Gamecocks' 27-17 win over Clemson.
South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson and wide receiver Ace Sanders speak to the media after the Gamecocks' 27-17 win over Clemson.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier became the winningest coach in school history with his 65th victory in a 27-17 win over rival Clemson. There's not a better place than Death Valley for Carolina fans to see it happen. The tides have turned in this rivalry. Also, is Jadeveon Clowney really Superman? Just how impressive was the Carolina defense? Lastly, the SEC asserts its...
With the win over Clemson, head coach Steve Spurrier became the winningest coach in South Carolina football history.
South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington speaks after the Gamecocks' 27-17 win over Clemson.
Clemson, S.C. As South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward passed his best player in the cramped press area underneath Clemson's Memorial Stadium, he admitted that he had lied.
Before the game, Ward had told his standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney that there were big shoes to fill in Saturday night's rivalry game against the in-state Tigers, bigger surely than...
Gamecock Anthem will track the efficiency of the team all season long to help fans track how efficient each player has been game-by-game.The Gamecocks traveled to Puerto Rico to take the championship at the Hoops for Hope Classic. Check to see how efficient the Gamecocks were in winning the tournament.
The Good: Gamecocks Rising to the OccasionThe Tigers may have had the upper hand early, with Tajh Boyd accounting for 2 TDs in the first quarter, but it was all South Carolina after that. Jadeveon Clowney almost single-handedly shut down the Clemson offense with 4.5 sacks, but it was backup QB Dylan Thompson who stole the show. Thompson only got the starting nod on Wednesday, due...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns, Jadeveon Clowney had 4 1-2 sacks and No. 13 South Carolina won its fourth straight over 12th-ranked Clemson 27-17 Saturday as Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier became the school's victories leader.
Thompson got the call for the Gamecocks (10-2) because starter Connor Shaw sprained his left foot...