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Clemson @ South Carolina Football Gameday Information

Clemson @ South Carolina Football Gameday Information

Information for Tiger Fans Attending the Game:

Tiger Tailgate Show Hosted by Nose Dive in Downtown GreenvilleClemson football fans are invited to attend the Oconee Medical Center Tiger Tailgate Show prior to this weekend’s game against South Carolina. The show will broadcast live from Nose Dive Gastropub in Downtown Greenville on Saturday, November 30from 4 PM-6 PM.

There will be free t-shirts and plenty of great Nose Dive specials for fans as they prepare for the game. Find out more about all of the festivities at

The Tiger Tailgate Show can also be heard over the airwaves on your local Clemson Tiger Sports Network affiliate or via TigerCast on In addition, the show can be heard on iPhone, iPad and Android devices by downloading the official Clemson University Tigers app.

Clemson and South Carolina Meet for the 111th Time

  • This will be meeting number-111 between Clemson and South Carolina and the 105th consecutive year the two schools have met. That is the second longest active streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only rivalry longer is Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at 107 games (including the game already played this year).
  • The series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 65-41-4 since that first meeting in Columbia, a game won by South Carolina, 12-6. Clemson’s first win took place the following year, an 18-6 victory in Columbia.
  • South Carolina has won four straight in the series. Dating to 1941, each time (five) a team has tried to avoid losing for a fifth straight time in the series, it has won.
  • This is the third straight season Clem­son and South Carolina have both been ranked in the AP top 20 entering the game. This series is one of just four nationally where that has been the case. The others are LSU vs. Florida, LSU vs. Alabama and Oregon vs. Stanford. The Clemson vs. Florida State series is close, but Clemson was ranked 21st by AP entering the 2011 game with the Seminoles.
  • Clemson has more wins over South Carolina than any other school and those victo­ries represent nearly 10 percent of Clemson’s all-time victory total (678). When Clemson won in 2004 it was Clemson’s 600th all-time win.
  • The two teams played in Columbia as part of Big Thursday every year through 1959. For the 57 Big Thursday games, Clemson had a 33-21-3 advantage. Since the teams have gone to a home and home schedule in 1960, Clemson has a 32-20-1 advantage. Clemson’s winning percentage is nearly identical home and away over that time. Clemson is 16-10-1 against South Carolina at home since 1960 and 16-10-0 in Columbia.
  • The visiting team won seven years in a row between 1991-97.
  • Clemson classes who have beaten South Carolina four consecutive years were the seniors of 1900, 1919, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1983, 1991, 2000 and 2005. In 2005, Charlie Whitehurst became the only quarterback for either team in the series to start four victories.
  • Clemson is going for its 50th all-time win in Columbia against South Carolina. It is the most wins Clemson has had on the road in its history. Clemson has won 22 times at Wake Forest and that is the second most.
  • Clemson has an overall record of 49-31-3 in Columbia over the years, including a 30-19-2 mark in Williams-Brice Stadium. Clem­son has been especially successful in Columbia since 1988. The Tigers are 9-3 in Columbia since then with the only losses coming in 2001, 2009 and 2011.
  • This weekend’s game will be played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the eighth year in a row. Clemson has a 9-7 record against South Carolina when the game is played the Saturday after Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving Day. The only game played on Thanksgiving was the 1963 contest that was moved from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving due to the death of President John F. Kennedy.
  • South Carolina has won four straight games in the series and in each year the Gamecocks played a non-conference opponent or had an open date the week prior to the game. This year, for the first time since 1979, Clemson played a non-conference game prior to the South Carolina game.

Top 10 Unusual Facts about the Clemson vs. South Carolina Series

10. Twenty-nine is an unusual number for a point total in football. Yet four times in the last 31 years the winner of the Clemson-South Carolina game has scored 29 points. That includes 2010 when South Carolina defeated Clemson 29-7. Clemson beat South Carolina by the same score in 2004. Clemson won 29-10 in 1988 and 29-13 in 1981.

9. Charlie Whitehurst is the only start­ing quarterback to lead a team to four wins in the history of the series. He did that for the Tigers between 2002-05.

8. Josh Cody had a 4-0 record for Clemson against South Carolina between 1927-30. He is the only coach in the series to have a perfect record, given a minimum of three games coached.

7. Paul Williams is the last player to letter for both schools. He lettered for Clemson in 1978 and for South Carolina in 1980.

6. A Clemson captain actually played for South Carolina. Cary Cox lettered for the Gamecocks in 1943. After the war, he enrolled at Clemson and served as captain for the Tigers in 1947. Cox died in 2008.

5. Clemson had three touchdown plays of at least 76 yards against South Carolina in 2006, yet lost the game. Jacoby Ford scored on 76-yard touchdown pass, C.J. Spiller on an 80-yard run and Jock McKissic on an 82-yard in­terception return. It is the only game in Clemson history in which Clemson has had three scoring plays of at least 75 yards…and lost the game.

4. In 1948 and 1981, a blocked punt re­turned for a touchdown proved to be the pivotal play in a Clemson victory, victories that allowed Clemson to go on to an undefeated season. In both instances, the original line of scrimmage was the South Carolina 28-yard-line.

3. Willie Underwood had two inter­ceptions to lead Clemson to victory over South Carolina in 1980. A starter for four years, the strong safety never had recorded an interception in any of his first 46 games as a Tiger, then had two against the Gamecocks in his 47th and final game. One of the thefts was a 37-yard return for a touchdown, the only touchdown of his career.

2. In a placekicking career that spanned five years, Bob Paulling made 107 of 109 extra points. Both of his misses were at South Carolina, one in 1981 and one in 1983. He had a streak of 70 consecutive made extra points (second longest in Clemson history) in between the two miscues.

1. In the 30 games that Frank Howard coached for Clemson against South Carolina, Clemson scored 411 points and South Carolina scored 411 points.