Clemson leads South Carolina 14-10 at half

  • Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:55 p.m., Updated: Saturday, November 24, 2012 9:02 p.m.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, laughs as he shakes hands with South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier before an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

CLEMSON – Clemson leads South Carolina 14-10 at halftime tonight at Memorial Stadium, as the Tigers try to prevent USC from winning four straight games over them for the second time ever and the first time since 1951-54.

Clemson got on the board first, on its second drive, as it marched 85 yards in 16 plays and got a three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tajh Boyd with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

USC answered on its next possession with a seven-play, 63-yard drive capped by Dylan Thompson’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington, who twisted around in the end zone to make the pretty grab with 1:46 left in the first quarter.

Clemson needed just two plays to go 75 yards and get a touchdown on its next drive – a 43-yard pass from Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins with 1:22 seconds left in the first quarter.

USC cut the score to 14-10 on a 27-yard field goal with 2:41 left in the first half that ended a 12-play, 84-yard drive. Thompson started and played the entire first half in place of regular starter Connor Shaw, who sprained his left foot Oct. 27 in a win over Tennessee and played through the injury for the next two games. But in USC’s most recent game, a win last week over Wofford, he tweaked his foot.

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