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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Final: South Carolina 34, Clemson 13

By Heather Dinich


Strike three, Clemson.

For the third straight season, Clemson lost to rival South Carolina. The Tigers only turned it over one time, but it didn't matter. South Carolina's defense was stifling in the 34-13 win. Clemson was outgained 421 yards to 153, converted 6 of 17 third downs, and ran for just 70 rushing yards. Heading into this game, offensive coordinator Chad Morris had said that Clemson had lost some confidence over the past three games and that the Tigers needed somebody -- anybody -- to step up and give them a spark. Sammy Watkins couldn't do it. Tajh Boyd didn't get it done. Neither did Andre Ellington nor Dwayne Allen.

What began as a spectacular season for Clemson has since fizzled with back-to-back losses and three losses in the past four games. It's the opposite direction Virginia Tech has headed, as the two teams prepare to meet in the ACC championship game. With the Hokies coming off a 38-0 shutout of rival Virginia, and Clemson's offense playing flat in the past three games, the Hokies clearly have the momentum heading into Charlotte.