South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney sets school sack record
CLEMSON — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd might be more mobile this season, but he wasn’t quick enough to get away from South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in the Gamecocks’ 27-17 victory Saturday night.
Clowney recorded 4½ sacks against the Tigers to give him 13 for the season and establish a new single-season mark for the Gamecocks.
Clowney recorded 13 sacks in 11 games and broke the school mark of 10 set by Andrew Provence (1982) and Melvin Ingram (2011).
Clowney set the mark despite playing with a nagging right foot injury that he suffered against Kentucky in September. The injury will require surgery after the Gamecocks’ bowl game. Clowney, who didn’t practice all week, missed last week’s game against Wofford.
Clowney is a finalist for Bednarik Award, which is given to college football’s top defensive player.
For the season, Clowney has 20 tackles for loss to go along with his 13 sacks.
Ellington vs. Ellington
South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington got the better of his cousin, Clemson running back Andre Ellington, for the second straight time.
Bruce and Andre are cousins and played together for two seasons together at Berkeley High School.
Bruce finished with seven receptions for 77 yards and two TDs, and returned three kicks for 70 yards. Bruce has scored three TDs against the Tigers in two games.
Andre finished the game with 15 carries for 72 yards.
Hopkins ties TD streak
Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a 43-yard TD reception in the first quarter.
It was Hopkins’ ninth straight game with a TD reception, which tied an ACC mark set by former Virginia star Herman Moore in 1990.
Hopkins, a junior, has 16 TDs receptions on the season.
Ace in the hole
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Hopkins came into the game with bigger reputations and gaudy numbers.
But South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders topped both of them Saturday with six receptions for 119 yards and a TD.
Watkins had four catches for 37 yards, while Hopkins had 1 catch for 43 yards and a TD.
Holloman gets another pick
South Carolina senior defensive back/spur DeVonte Holloman had an interception in the second quarter, his third interception against the Tigers during his career.
It was Holloman’s third interception of the season and seventh of his career.
No points for Tigers
Clemson did not score during the second quarter, which was the first this season the Tigers failed to score during the second quarter.
The Tigers had scored 35 or more points in four straight games before Saturday’s game.
South Carolina entered Saturday’s game trying to win four straight over Clemson for only the second time in school history, and first time since 1951-54.
During those four seasons in the 1950s, USC’s combined record was 23-16, Clemson’s 17-19-2. The teams have been much better lately. Entering Saturday, USC was 36-15 since the beginning of 2009, Clemson 35-17. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is 5-3 against Clemson. Spurrier became the school’s winningest coach with his 65th victory, which would break Rex Enright’s school record. Enright was 8-6-1 against the Tigers, including 0-3 to start his career.
Thompson makes second start
South Carolina sophomore quarterback Dylan Thompson started for the second time this season when Connor Shaw was unable to play because of sprained left foot.
Thompson started one other game (against East Carolina), completing 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-10 victory.
Coming into the game, Thompson had completed 36 of 76 passes for 600 yards and five TDs with one interception.