CLEMSON, SC (WIS)- For the 108th time, Clemson and South Carolina met on the gridiron for the for the annual Palmetto State bragging rights.
The Tigers quickly drew first blood on the first possession. Kyle Parker hit DeAndre Hopkins for 45 yards and a touchdown 7-0 Clemson.
Carolina answered with a 46-yard-field goal from Spencer Lanning to put the Gamecocks within 4 points.
Patrick DiMarco caught his second TD pass on the year, a 5-yard toss from Stephen Garcia, after a botched snap led to a Clemson turnover. The Gamecocks took their first lead of the game, 9-6, and never looked back.
The Gamecocks struck again just a few seconds into the second quarter, Alshon Jeffery hauled in a 37-yard pass in the end zone from Garcia, to push the Gamecocks' lead to 16-7.
Jeffery had four catches for 126 yards by halftime.
Spencer Lanning made it 19 unanswered points for the Gamecocks with a 25-yard field goal and the score stood at 19-7 at the half.
Third quarter was quiet until the 10:20 mark when Antonio Allen intercepted a Kyle Parker pass and returned it for a Gamecock touchdown for the 6th defensive touchdown of the season for Carolina. The Gamecocks led 26-7.
Spencer Lanning sealed the deal with a 37-yard field goal to give the Gamecocks bragging rights in back-to-back years for the first time since the late 1960's.
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was disappointed with his teams effort. "We didn't play smart. South Carolina is a very good team and you can't give a good team easy points like we did with the interception and penalties," said Swinney. "I am just very disappointed in how we played, I can't put it any other way. You have to give credit to USC and how they played."
Clemson (6-6) was held scoreless for the game's final 58 minutes.
After the game, Steve Spurrier looked ahead to the SEC Championship. "Next week is one of the biggest games that our team has ever played. We're looking forward to it. We've got a bunch of guys that like going on big stages," said Spurrier. "It was a big stage here tonight, and it was a big stage down in Florida. But the really big stage is down in Atlanta."
The Gamecocks (9-3) have only won nine games twice before in 117 seasons of football, going 10-2 in 1984 and 9-3 in 2001. And their passing game, led by Garcia and star wideout Jeffery, gave Auburn's secondary something to worry about for next week's SEC championship.
Next week, South Carolina heads to Atlanta to play Auburn for the SEC Championship. Count on WIS for live coverage from Atlanta starting Friday.