USC vs Clemson Post-Game Notes


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• The win in today's game marked the 600th in school history.

• Tommy Bowden improved to 5-1 in his six games versus South Carolina. The Tigers finished 6-5 and are now eligible for a bowl for the sixth time under Bowden.

• Clemson's opening score just 52 seconds into the game was the fastest since September 28, 1996 when Nealon Greene and Joe Woods connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass versus Wake Forest. Reggie Merriweather's three-yard touchdown run gave Clemson the points off of the fumble forced by David Dunham on the opening kickoff

• Clemson's opening drive of the third quarter took 7:14 off the clock, covering 15 plays. The Tigers converted 3-3 third downs on the drive.

• The Tigers had 22:02 time of possession in the second half. The Gamecocks were held to just 4-16 on third-down conversions.

• Reggie Merriweather's second touchdown of the game was his 10th of the season. He became the first Clemson running back to have double figures in touchdowns since Travis Zachery in 2001. He finished the regular season with 11 scores.

• Reggie Merriweather had three touchdowns in the game, the second time in his career he has rushed for at least three touchdowns. He finished the game with 125 rushing yards, the second time in his career he has topped the century mark in rushing.

• Reggie Merriweather's 28 rushes were the most by a Clemson player since Travis Zachery had 29-151 versus Maryland in 2000.

• Leroy Hill had two tackles for loss in the game, giving him 20 for the season. He passed Rob Bodine for fifth place on the Tigers' all-time list for tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

• Tramaine Billie had a career-high three tackles for loss, and finished the regular season with 10.

• Tye Hill established a Clemson single-season record with his 18th pass deflection in the first quarter. The previous record was 17, held by Dextra Polite since 1999. He had four in the game and finished the regular season with 21 PBUs..

• Cory Groover's third-quarter interception was Clemson's fourth this season by a defensive lineman. Charles Bennett (2) and Eric Coleman are the others who have intercepted passes.

• Gaines Adams had his second blocked punt of the season, although the play resulted in a first down after a nine-yard rush by Gamecock punter Josh Brown.

• Chansi Stuckey had seven grabs for 74 yards in his first significant action in quite some time. The sophomore receiver had just seven catches over the Tigers' last seven games.

• The Tiger defense held South Carolina to just 66 rushing yards on 28 attempts, and the pass defense held Gamecock quarterbacks to a 33 percent completion rate.

• Airese Currie had just one catch in the game, a 16-yarder from Whitehurst. However, the senior Columbia. SC native is now tied for seventh all-time in Clemson history in terms of career receptions with 138.

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