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  by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Monday, December 2, 2013 9:08 AM
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South Carolina Review
The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry has turned into something that reminds me of many people's nightmare trip to Las Vegas.  It’s like you used to have some success in Vegas and are used to winning money but on this trip you get on a bad roll and start to press.  I have never been to Vegas and don't gamble, but I would think it can get nerve racking when you are down a few nights and try to chase your money.  With every bet, you keep chasing money and the pressure gets worse and worse.

Clemson seems to be the Vegas gambler that is chasing the money and continuing to make bad decisions.  South Carolina seems like the Vegas player that plays loose as a goose because they are on a hot streak and is just playing with house money.  It’s a lot easier to play loose with so much already won.

Saturday night was another example of Clemson playing tight and making mistakes while South Carolina played carefree and mistake free.

This one was a little like the previous four in that South Carolina won third downs, won the turnover battle and didn't make mistakes.

It was also different in many ways.  South Carolina did not have more team speed.  They did not dominate the line of scrimmage.  This was not an indictment of the ACC versus the SEC.

Instead, this was about Clemson making mistakes.  A poor pass from Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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during a trick play on the opening drive set the tone.

A muffed punt by either Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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or Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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gave USC a big scoring chance.

A fumble by Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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ended a scoring chance for the Tigers.

Another special teams blunder occurred when Humphries gave the Gamecocks the ball in Clemson territory.  And when Boyd threw two picks late in the game while trying to force the issue after falling two touchdowns behind.

South Carolina beat Clemson once again on third down, mainly due to Connor Shaw's tremendous effort with his arm in the first half and his feet in the second half.

Clemson shut down Mike Davis and the running game so South Carolina brought in Pharoh Cooper to run the Wildcat, which ended with a trick play touchdown that sealed the deal.

In the end, this game came down to a few Gamecocks, like Shaq Roland, making some very good individual efforts and the Tigers making too many mistakes.

And with all of the talk about the number five (meaning five USC wins in a row in the series), the real number Saturday night was six (turnovers).  A 10-2 season is stained with the sting of 10 turnovers in the two losses: four to FSU and six to South Carolina.


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