Saturday, November 20, 2004

Clemson 29, South Carolina 7

The Tigers do it again. We beat our rival today in a dominating way that unfortunately was darkened by a brawl in the 4th quarter that embarrasses both teams. Here's some quotes from the Yahoo! Sports recap
[South Carolina coach Lou] Holtz had pointed to this game since last November when the Gamecocks were run out of Williams-Brice Stadium, 63-17. He said it was the most embarrassed he'd ever been and vowed it would not happen again.

Instead, he lost to the Gamecocks' in-state rival for the fifth time in six seasons.

While the final margin wasn't as bad as a year ago, the Gamecocks (6-5) were dominated again.

Holtz, in a black South Carolina windshirt and garnet ball cap, paced the Death Valley sidelines. Nothing he thought of worked against the Tigers.

Holtz stands eighth in career victories with 249. He's 33-37 at South Carolina.

The Gamecocks didn't get a first down until 10:37 was left in the second quarter. They punted nine times, five of those after going three-and-out.

About the only good thing for the Gamecocks came on Syvelle Newton's desperation heave for a touchdown. With South Carolina facing 3-and-14 and the prospect of giving the ball up again, Newton scrambled away from two Clemson pass rushers and launched the ball nearly 60 yards in the air. Boyd turned to the right to catch the ball, held off defensive backs Tye Hill and Jamaal Fudge, and fell into the end zone to make it 14-7.
It was a dominating game by the Tigers and now we can go to a bowl game. What a turnaround from a 1-4 start and a horrible loss to Duke last week.

As for the fight, I don't know who started it. I don't know what happened. But it was bad for everyone. Both benches cleared. There was a 10 minute delay. No ejections though because they said that 3/4 of both teams would have been ejected. That's just bad all the way around. Ultimately this rests on the shoulders of the players. They swung the fists. But it was also a result of poor discipline from both coaches. And on top of that, it was on the refs because they didn't take control of the game early. Emotions were flying all day...and it started when some Carolina players came over and started taunting Clemson players as they ran down the hill (Clemson's traditional entrance). Ugly. Just ugly. I hope appropriate players from both teams will get the discipline they deserve.

More on the brawl from Fanblogs and the MUSC Tiger.

But the Tigers pull it out...and that makes me proud. We've now beaten Carolina 62 times out of the 102 times we've played them...and 7 of the last 8.

Go Tigers!

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