Clemson vs. SC Postgame Notes
Clemson tied the school record for wins in a season with today’s victory over South Carolina. The Tigers are now 12-0 for the season. The only other year Clemson won 12 games was 1981 when the Tigers were 12-0 in winning the National Championship. Clemson will have the opportunity to establish the school record for wins in a season next week at the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina in Charlotte.
This is just the second time Clemson has started a season 12-0. The other year was 1981 when Clemson finished 12-0 and won the National Championship.
Clemson tied its school record for consecutive victories with today’s win. The Tigers have now won 15 in a row dating to last year, the same streak Clemson had from 1947-49. Clemson has the longest active winning streak in the nation.
Today was Clemson’s 50th all-time victory over South Carolina in Columbia. That includes a 31-20-2 mark in games played in Williams-Brice Stadium. Clemson has a 50-32-3 lead in the series in games played in Columbia and a 67-42-4 lead overall.
Clemson ended a three-game losing streak in Columbia with today’s victory. Clemson had not won in Columbia since a 23-21 victory in 2007.
Today was Clemson’s fifth win on an opponent’s home field in 2015, tying the record of five set many times. The last time Clemson won five games on an opponent’s home field was 1995.
This is the first time Clemson has won an afternoon game in Columbia since 1999.
Clemson is now 44-7 over the last four years. It is the most victories in a four-year period in Clemson history.
Clemson surpassed 500 yards of total offense for the eighth straight game, a school record.
Clemson rushed and passed for over 200 yards. The Tigers are 72-0-1 in history, and 5-0 this season, when posting at least 200 of both.
Dabo Swinney is now 73-26 in his Clemson head coaching career. He moved ahead of Tommy Bowden into third place on the Clemson coaching victories list with today’s win. Bowden was 72-45 between 1999-08. The only coaches with more are Frank Howard (165) and Danny Ford (96).
Swinney has moved into 13th place on the all-time ACC coaching victories list. He had been in a tie with Tommy Bowden and Dick Crum (UNC).
Deshaun Watson is now 16-1 as Clemson’s starting quarterback, 15-0 when he starts and finishes a game in a healthy state.
Watson tied Homer Jordan’s school record for wins in a season by a starting quarterback with the 12th win. Jordan was 12-0 as the starter in 1981.
Deshaun Watson accounted for 393 yards of total offense Saturday, and had a hand in four of the Tigers’ five touchdowns.
Watson rushed for three touchdowns, a career high. He now has five scores on the ground against South Carolina the past two seasons.
Watson rushed for a career-high 114 yards against the Gamecocks.
Wayne Gallman added 102 rushing yards, his seventh such game of the season. He tied Kenny Flowers and Raymond Priester for the single-season school record.
Today was the second time this season both Watson and Gallman rushed for 100 yards or more in the same game (Florida State).
Deon Cain caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game, the only Tiger to have a receiving touchdown in five straight. Sammy Watkins was the previous record-holder, with four consecutive in 2011.
Cain’s 55-yard catch was his longest touchdown of the season.
C.J. Fuller scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard rush in the third quarter.
Shaq Lawson went over 20 tackles for loss on the season after collecting a first-quarter sack. He moved ahead of Jim Stuckey and Trevor Pryce (20 TFLs) for the 10th-most in a season in Clemson history.
B.J. Goodson had 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss in the opening half, and finished with three for the game. That gives him 11.5 for the Tiger defense over a five-game stretch. He has had at least two tackles for loss in four of Clemson’s past five games.
Greg Huegel’s 36-yard field goal with 1:21 left was his 16th consecutive made field goal. He finished the season a perfect 10-10 on the road, and is now 21-23 overall in 2015.
Adrian Baker intercepted his second pass of the season, both in the redzone. He previously picked off a Florida State pass in a similar situation on November 7.