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Exciting Clemson Wins In The South Carolina Series

1974 – Clemson 39, South Carolina 21 Two Tigers, one on each side of the ball, had a memorable performance in this Clemson victory. Running back Ken Callicutt rushed for 197 yards on 27 carries and added another 55 in pass receiving, leading Clemson a 39-21 victory over the Gamecocks. The 197 yards rushing and 252 yards of all-purpose running are still high water marks for a Clemson player in the series. Willie Anderson dominated the defense, recording 21 tackles from his middle guard position, still a Clemson record for a lineman for one game. He was named National Defensive Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated.

1977 – Clemson 31, South Carolina 27 Jerry Butler made a diving backwards reception of a 20-yard pass from Steve Fuller with 49 seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a 31-27 victory in Columbia. The play might be regarded as the most famous in Clemson history. The victory gave the Tigers an 8-3 record and a bid to the Gator Bowl, Clemson’s first bowl bid in 18 years.

1980 – Clemson 27, South Carolina 6 Defensive back Willie Underwood played 47 games for the Tigers, but never had an interception until his final contest. He made up for it in his last game as a Tiger when he had two thefts for a combined 101 yards in returns. His 37-yard interception return for a touchdown iced Clemson’s 27-6 victory. It is still the most interception return yards in a single game by a Tiger. Underwood also had 17 tackles in the game and was named National Defensive Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated.

1981 – Clemson 29, South Carolina 13 For the second time in history a blocked punt proved pivotal in the Tigers securing a perfect season. The key play in Clemson’s 29-13 victory over South Carolina in Columbia was a blocked punt by Rod McSwain. The ball was recovered in the endzone by Johnny Rembert for a touchdown, giving Clemson a 7-6 lead. The play began at the 28-yard-line, just as the play in 1948 had. McSwain and Rembert went on to be NFL teammates for many years with the New England Patriots. McSwain’s brother, Chuck had 151 yards rushing to lead the Clemson offense.

1988 – Clemson 29, South Carolina 10 Rodney Williams, playing in his final home game, led the Tigers to a 29-10 victory in Death Valley, avenging a 20-7 Clemson defeat the year before in which Williams, a native of Columbia, was taunted by the Gamecock faithful. Williams completed 13-26 passes for 192 yards and ran for 38 more and a touchdown, outplaying rival Todd Ellis, who was 11-30 passing. It was Williams 31st victory as Clemson’s starting signal caller.

1991 – Clemson 41, South Carolina 24 DeChane Cameron had the top all-around performance of his career in Clemson’s 41-24 victory at South Carolina. The senior playing in his final regular season game, rushed for 116 yards and passed for 206. The 322 yards of total offense and the 206 yards passing are Clemson records for the series with South Carolina.

1995 – Clemson 38, South Carolina 17 Emory Smith gained 101 yards rushing in just 12 attempts from his fullback slot, leading Clemson to a 38-17 victory and a berth in the Gator Bowl. Smith will be remembered for one particular run in the fourth quarter when he dragged a South Carolina tackler for nearly 20 yards at the end of a 54-yard romp. Smith scored two touchdowns on the day.

1997 – Clemson 47, South Carolina 21 Antwan Edwards had two interceptions in the third period alone, one a return of 42 yards for a touchdown, leading the Tigers to a 47-21 victory and a berth in the Peach Bowl. Edwards thefts led to a 27-point third period for the Tigers, Clemson’s highest scoring period in history against the Gamecocks. Edwards was named ACC Player of the week for his performance.

1998 – Clemson 28, South Carolina 19 Howard Bartley will always be remembered for a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown in his final game as a Tiger. It was a key second-half play in Clemson’s 28-19 victory, but especially rewarding for Bartley, who had overcome two torn ACL injuries in his five-year career.

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