Sunday, November 27, 2011
Gamecocks get to 10 wins
By ESPN.com staff
This season wasn’t everything South Carolina wanted it to be.
But outside of not going back to the SEC championship game, it was pretty close.
The Gamecocks secured just the second 10-win season in school history Saturday night with a 34-13 thumping of archrival Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium.
It was South Carolina’s third consecutive win over Clemson, marking the first time since 1968-70 that the Gamecocks had won three in a row in the series.
South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) will now await its bowl destination. The Capital One Bowl is an outside possibility, with the AT&T Cotton Bowl and Outback Bowl also both interested.
The Gamecocks’ defensive line set its sights on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and kept Boyd on the run all night. They sacked him five times and hurried him seven other times, and Boyd finished just 11-of-29 for 83 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Clemson was held to 153 yards — well below its previous season low of 323, which came in an October victory over Virginia Tech.
While Boyd was the more heralded of the two quarterbacks coming into the game, South Carolina’s Connor Shaw was the best quarterback on the field.
Shaw rushed for a career-high 108 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, and he also threw for 210 yards and three more touchdowns.