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.