– Roderick McDowell’s late third quarter touchdown run tied the score of Saturday night’s rivalry game against South Carolina at 17 points apiece, and it looked like old momentum might be wearing Tiger stripes.
Clemson was running the ball with ease, the offensive line was making holes I could run through, and despite two early turnovers and an inability to get off the field on third down in the first half, Clemson’s defense was starting to play well.
Game on, right? Wrong.
What happened next was a comedy – a dark comedy – of errors that defined this series over the past five seasons as Clemson made mistake after mistake after mistake while South Carolina played error-free in what turned out to be a 31-17 victory.