Of every team which lost on rivalry weekend, it’s quite possible that no one lost more- literally and figuratively- than the Clemson Tigers. For Clemson they not only lost a game to in-state rival South Carolina 27-17, but also a potential shot at a BCS bowl berth, as well as credibility for their entire conference as well.
For the Tigers, things started off so quickly and with such promise, in a game which they entered as the Vegas favorite and were looking to beat the Gamecocks for the first time since 2008. Clemson jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter, and it appeared as though their high-powered offense- which entered the game averaging 44.7 points per game- wasn’t going to be slowed down all night.
Until it was.
After that hot first quarter, South Carolina’s defense stepped up with one of its best efforts of the season, and from there quarterback Dylan Thompson did the rest. Thompson finished with 310 yards passing and three touchdown scores and the Gamecocks’ d...