This was a game where the Tigers were only favored by five points, but that didn’t stop them from winning by 18. Clemson Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson came back from his LCL injury and played a superb game of football. The Clemson defense held South Carolina to 63 rushing yards for the whole game. South Carolina threw the ball well, but couldn’t get enough big plays to punch it into the endzone for the scores it needed.
The final: No. 21 Clemson 35, South Carolina 17
The big plays: Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott had a catch and run of 70 yards and even tiptoed the sideline to get it into the endzone to give the Tigers a 28-10 lead in the third quarter and pretty much put the game out of reach.
The stars: For Clemson – WR Artavis Scott: seven catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns while setting the Clemson freshman record for most receiving yards in a game.
QB Deshaun Watson: 14-of-19 for 269 yards and two TDs with two rushing touchdowns
RB Wayne Gallman: 27 carries for 191 yards and 1 TD
For South Carolina – QB Dylan Thompson: 21-of-39 for 249 yards and one touchdown. He also set the South Carolina single season record for most passing yards.
Questions: Can Clemson stay this hot going into its bowl game? Will South Carolina be able to recover from this during the off time before its bow game?
Next up: Clemson awaits its ranking to see if they have a chance at the Orange Bowl (if FSU wins). South Carolina will wait to see what bowl it gets invited to this postseason.