COLUMBIA -- Clemson running back Andre Ellington shouldered his way through a sea of garnet players and finally found the one South Carolina player he was looking for -- Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington.
The two cousins from Berkeley High School hugged at about the 30-yard line and talked for a few minutes as South Carolina players and fans celebrated around them Saturday night.
"I congratulated him," said Andre, who is two years Bruce's senior. "I told him he played a great game."
Bruce Ellington caught three passes for 71 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw in the first half during the Gamecocks' 34-13 win over Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Andre Ellington, Clemson's feature running back, finished with 66 yards on 13 attempts and caught two passes for five yards. Andre Ellington, who played in just two plays during last year's game, had 167 all-purpose yards against USC.
"I told Andre he had some great runs, and he said the same thing to me," Bruce Ellington said. "I told him I'd talk to him later."
Bruce Ellington is expected to join the Gamecocks basketball team on Monday and could be in the lineup against Providence Thursday night.
He said he wasn't sure what his future holds next football season.
"What happened tonight won't affect my decision," Bruce Ellington said. "I don't know what the future holds. I'm going to pray about it. I'm not leaning one way or the other."
South Carolina freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was suspended for the first quarter against Clemson because of "a little academic issue, and we felt like he needed some punishment," coach Steve Spurrier said. "Hopefully, that won't happen again."
Clowney had dealt with the effects of a concussion suffered in last week's win over The Citadel. He did not practice Monday through Wednesday, and returned to practice Thursday, when the Gamecocks did mostly non-contact drills. He was medically cleared to play and made his first appearance in the second quarter.
Clowney entered the game with five sacks this season, which ranked second on the team behind senior end Melvin Ingram's 6 1/2, and five forced fumbles, which was first on the team.
Miles in, Wilds out
Tailback Kenny Miles made the most of what could be his final home game at USC.
Miles, a fourth-year junior, was inserted for No. 1 tailback Brandon Wilds, because Wilds wasn't as elusive as usual, Spurrier said. Wilds had seven carries for 24 yards in the first quarter. He whiffed on a third-and-8 pass block on the first drive, resulting in a sack.
Miles did not carry the ball in the first quarter. Wilds didn't carry the ball after it. Miles finished with 21 carries for 71 yards, including a long of 28. He entered the game with 18 carries for 66 yards and a long of 15.
Boyd sets record
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd's 9-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen in the first quarter was his 28th touchdown pass of the season, a single-season record at Clemson. Boyd broke Cullen Harper's mark of 27 touchdown passes set in 2007. However, Boyd's season has been front-loaded. Boyd threw 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions in the first eight games of the season. Boyd threw three touchdown passes and six interceptions in the last three games prior to the game with South Carolina.
Clemson can't solve mobile QBs
The Clemson defenses continued to struggle against mobile quarterbacks at South Carolina. Clemson allowed a third quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards this season Saturday as USC's Connor Shaw broke the century mark.
The Post and Courier's Darryl Slater and Travis Sawchik contributed to this report.