Tigers Appear Over BC Doldrums


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CLEMSON - If Wednesday is any indication, it appears any hangover Clemson may have had after the Boston College loss has dissipated.

Head coach Tommy Bowden met briefly with the media following Wednesday's practice, and characterized the team as being in good spirits. So that, along with no injuries to report at this point in the week, would seem to indicate the Tigers are primed and ready for the showdown with South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia.

Earlier in the day, Bowden said he thought one major key to the game will be how well Clemson's defensive front four rushes USC quarterback Blake Mitchell.

"We didn't get any pressure on him, didn't sack him at all last year," he said. "He was able to sit back there and pick us apart. He threw for about 300 yards. So we've got to get after him. The last two games our pressure up front has been good. We need to be good again Saturday night."

Bowden said the Tigers will practice early Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, then will eat as a group at the West End Zone at 1 p.m.

The players will be free to spend the rest of the day with their families.

He also said the team may go late to Columbia on Friday because of the 7 p.m. start. Bowden is considering doing the team meetings and usual group movie here in the Upstate, then busing to Columbia and arriving at 9:30 p.m. or later.

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