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USC wins 29th Annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive

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Carolina and Clemson wrapped up their 29th annual blood drive Friday, resulting in a six-year consecutive win for the University of South Carolina, with USC securing a 15-14 lead in the annual competition with Clemson University, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross announced.

The 2013 Carolina Clemson Blood Drive took place on both campuses Nov. 18-22 with students, staff, faculty and fans showing support for their favorite team by donating blood.

This year's event resulted in 7,417 donors presenting to give blood, with Carolina donors totaling 4,124 and Clemson donors totaling 3,293, Red Cross officials said. 

The University of South Carolina will be awarded the blood drive trophy at the Carolina v. Clemson football game Nov. 30 at Williams-Brice Stadium. 

The Carolina Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina v. Clemson football game.

The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply typically weakens. Over the past 29 years of competition, the universities have collected approximately 100,000 pints of blood, potentially helping approximately 300,000 patients in need.

Eligible donors can still show their Gamecock or Tiger pride and receive a commemorative Carolina Clemson Blood Drive T-shirt by giving blood now through Dec. 1 at participating blood drives in the Columbia area and at the American Red Cross Donation Center, 2751 Bull St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

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