Postgame notes for Clemson-South Carolina
|Saturday, November 25, 2017 11:53 PM-|
Clemson is now 42-3 dating to the 2014 season.
Clemson is 15-1 at night over the last two seasons, with eight of the wins coming against teams ranked in the top 25 of either the AP, USA Today or College Football Playoff polls.
Clemson’s senior class is now 49-6 over its four years. Tonight’s win tied the Clemson and ACC record for wins in a four-year period. The 2016 senior class was 49-7. Clemson’s senior class is now tied for sixth in FBS history in wins, and next week, the program can become the first 50 win class in ACC history.
Clemson is now 14-1 in true road games over the last two years.
Tonight was Clemson’s 10th straight win over a top 25 team (AP, USA Today, or College Football Playoff), an ACC record. Clemson and Florida State both had nine-game streaks entering tonight.
Tonight was Clemson’s fourth road win over a top 25 team this year, marking the first Clemson team to amass that many top 25 road wins in a single season.
This was Clemson’s first win over a South Carolina team that entered the game with at least eight wins since 1988. South Carolina and Clemson were both 8-2 going into that game at Clemson, and the Tigers won 29-10.
Clemson had never beaten a South Carolina team in Columbia that entered the game with at least eight wins until tonight.
Tonight was Clemson’s 87th victory of the decade. That tied the Clemson record for wins in a decade. Clemson had an 87-25-4 record in the 1980s. The Tigers are now 87-21 in the 2010s.
This was Clemson’s fourth straight win over South Carolina. This is the first Clemson senior class with a perfect record against South Carolina since the seniors of 2005.
Clemson is now 51-31-3 against South Carolina in Columbia, including 32-20-2 in William-Brice Stadium.
With Ryan Carter’s interception return for a score in the first quarter, Clemson now has four defensive touchdowns this year. It is the most in one season since 2013. The record for defensive touchdowns in a season is five in 1990.
Dabo Swinney picked up his 100th career victory tonight. He has a record of 100-29. He is just the fourth coach in FBS history to win 100 games within his first 10 years as a head coach. The others are Bob Stoops (109), Chris Petersen (107), and Urban Meyer (104).
Swinney became just the fourth ACC coach to record 100 wins. The others to do it are Bobby Bowden (173), George Welsh (136), and Frank Beamer (113).
Ryan Carter had a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Carter’s second interception of the year, but his first career touchdown.
It was the shortest interception return for a touchdown in Clemson history. The previous shortest was a 15-yard return for a score by defensive lineman Carlos Watkins against Appalachian State in 2015.
Carter’s pick six was the first interception return for a score by a Tiger against South Carolina since 2006 when Jock McKissick went 82 yards for a touchdown at Clemson. It had been 20 years since a Clemson player returned an interception for a score in Columbia. Antwan Edwards had a 42-yard interception return for a score at South Carolina in 1997.
After not scoring a touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, Hunter Renfrow now has three in the last two games. His 61-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the third quarter was the longest of his career. Renfrow now has 14 career touchdown receptions, two at home and 12 away from home.
Tonight was the third time Renfrow has had two touchdown receptions in a game, including each of the last two National Championship games against Alabama and tonight against South Carolina.
Bryant threw an interception on his last pass of the night, ending a streak of 122 consecutive passes without an interception.
Tee Higgins had three catches for 84 yards tonight and now has nine catches for 262 yards in the last two games.