Gamecocks beat Clemson in Palmetto Bowl with 31-30 score

Clemson safety R.J. Mickens (9) intercepts a South Carolina pass as Clemson cornerback Nate...
Clemson safety R.J. Mickens (9) intercepts a South Carolina pass as Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins (20) and South Carolina wide receiver Antwane Wells Jr. (3) look on during second -quarter action in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.(Travis Bell | (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA))
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 9:03 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - During the first quarter of the game, Jeremiah Trotter Jr., intercepted a pass from Spencer Rattler, headed to the end zone, and made a touchdown. Clemson led the game in the first quarter with a 0-14 score.

In the second quarter of the game, the Gamecocks fought to catch up with Clemson and made the score 14-16. The notable play of the quarter was South Carolina’s tight end, Nate Adkins, with a 19-yard catch.



The third quarter saw the Gamecocks coming neck and neck with the Tigers. Will Shipley made his fourteenth visit to the endzone which gave the Tigers a 30-21 lead over the Gamecocks. But the Gamecocks started a drive at the 25-yard line with 4:35 left in the quarter.

Mitch Jeter’s attempt from the 35-yard line puts the Gamecocks in front with 10:54 left in the 4th quarter. The last quarter saw the Gamecocks in the lead with a 31-30 score after starting off with Clemson in the lead after the first three quarters. In the end, the Gamecocks took home the win.




The Tigers are hungry for the Gamecocks, Clemson says they’re aiming for an eighth straight win over USC.

The game is set for Saturday at Memorial Stadium, kickoff is at noon.

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said, “Our regular season is over, if you will.”

He continued, “South Carolina is a goal of its own for us, a season of its own. It’s that time.”

The last time the teams met, the Tigers put on a dominating performance. They won 30-0.

Though confident, the Tigers may have reason to pause. The Gamecocks’ victory over Tennessee has fans and the team revved up.

The team broke school records and quarterback Spencer Rattler had the best night of his career. The victory threw the AP poll into disarray after the Volunteers lost to the unranked Gamecocks. Clemson is currently 10-1 for the season and is ranked #7.

Earlier in the season, the Gamecocks broke into the top 25 for the first time since 2018. They briefly held onto it before being knocked out of the ranking. However their record this season of 7-4 has left them bowl-eligible.


Fans were split on social media, with some predicting another loss. Others were more hopeful, if the Gamecocks show up Saturday playing as they did against TN then there’s a high chance of another upset.

Friday afternoon Clemson reported the Palmetto Bowl was sold out.

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