Big-game Clemson shows it's ready for big-game stretch

Big-game Clemson shows it's ready for big-game stretch

Deshaun Watson would join the list if the Tigers win on Saturday. Watson connected with tight end Jordan Leggett to make it 21-0 in the first quarter, the most points Clemson had scored in a quarter against SC.

The Tigers play Virginia Tech for the ACC championship in Orlando, Fla., next Saturday at 8 p.m. But Clemson was right there to stop Hayden Hurst from making the play giving the Tigers great field position. A loss would most likely land them on the outside as a two-loss team. "We challenged them, 'Hey, let's make this last one the best one'". Against South Carolina, Gallman ran for 191 yards in 2014 and 102 yards in 2015. Watson made an 11-yard pass to Jordan Leggett for the touchdown.

"Offensively, those guys have had some incredible games in Death Valley", Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said.

"We didn't really pay much attention to it. Coach Swinney said one thing about it and it went in one ear and out the other", Johnson said.

As is customary with rivalry games, the teams got into a pregame pushing and shouting match that needed to be broken up by coaches, staffers, and security. "When it was time for me to get recruited, they were like, 'Nah, you're too slow.' You know, I always had a little chip on my shoulder when it came to them".

Clemson beat SC 56-7, and after the game Gamecocks receiver linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said a Tigers offensive lineman used a racial slur. It's disappointing, especially the way we started the game.

Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley, who had guided the Gamecocks to a 4-1 record since taking over at midseason, was under relentless pressure and completed only 7 of 17 passes for 41 yards and an interception. Branch Bocock in 1925, Warren Giese in 1956, Jim Carlen in 1975 and Steve Spurrier in 2005 won seven games apiece in their first seasons as South Carolina's coach. Clemson came away with an impressive 56-7 win, giving Clemson fans a third straight off-season to rub it into Gamecock fans. "I don't know which number".

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Bentley left high school a year early to enroll at SC this summer.

"I think they kind of disrespected us at the end", defensive back D.J. Smith said.

Coming out of the break, SC coach Will Muschamp had seen enough.

Muschamp has said he wants a lot of the practices to focus on development, but his team can use something else as well in the coming days. Contrast that with a three-year starting quarterback in Deshaun Watson leading a Clemson offense loaded with experience at the skill positions, and it was a recipe for disaster.

Clemson is one of the best recruiting programs in the country and simply reloads.

Bentley (knee) was pulled from the game for precautionary reasons after halftime as SC trailed 35-0.