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South Carolina defeats (8) Clemson; end their CFP hopes

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Things are coming together at the end of the season for the South Carolina Gamecocks. For the second straight week, they defeated a College Football Playoff contender.

The Gamecocks defeated No. 8 Clemson Tigers 31-30 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

Antwane Wells Jr. runs the the football against the Tigers (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

South Carolina eliminated their arch rivals from College Football Playoff contention. Last weekend, they did the same with the Tennessee Volunteers.

With the win, they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. They responded with two big wins following a lackluster performance against the Florida Gators.

The Tigers fell to 10-2. Clemson has suffered losses in two of their last four games.

Also, their seven-game rivalry win streak against the Gamecocks have been snapped. Despite the loss, Clemson still leads the all time series 72-43-4.

Plus, Clemson’s 40-game home win streak was snapped with the loss.

Before Saturday, South Carolina’s last win in the series came in a 31-17 win on November 30th, 2013.

The Tigers suffered just their third loss after having a 14-point lead or larger under head coach Dabo Swinney. Now, they’re 123-3.

Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler went 25 of 39 for 360 yards. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Jaheim Bell had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown. Antwane Wells Jr. had nine receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei went 8 of 29 for 99 yards. He also had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Will Shipley had 15 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. Beaux Collins had two receptions for 65 yards.

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South Carolina outscored Clemson 17-7 in the second half. Bell scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.

Rattler also hit Wells Jr. for a 72-yard touchdown reception. Mitch Jeter also made a 35-yard field goal.

Clemson’s lone second half score came when Shipley scored on an 11-yard rushing touchdown.

The Tigers led 23-14 at halftime. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. picked off Rattler and returned it for a 35-yard pick six. Uiagalelei also scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.

Rattler was sacked by Ruke Orhorhoro for a two-yard loss. The play resulted in a safety.

Uiagalelei hit Antonio Williams for an 11-yard touchdown reception.

Rattler connected with Wells Jr. for a four-yard touchdown reception. He also scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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