The SEC’s leading receiver caught four passes for 126 yards in the first half, highlighted by his 37-yard touchdown grab to give USC a 16-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter. He finished with five catches for 141 yards.
USC’s quarterback completed two of his first nine passes for 16 yards, then hit six in a row and 10-of-14 for 189 yards and touchdowns to Patrick DiMarco and Jeffery in the first half, en route to 227 yards total.
USC offensive line
Playing against the nation’s sack leader in Da’Quan Bowers, the Gamecocks’ blockers allowed no sacks and only a handful of pressures on Garcia.
After completing his first three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, the Tigers’ quarterback was 3-of-12 for 29 yards in the first half. He threw his 10th interception of the season in the third quarter, which was returned 37 yards by Antonio Allen for a 26-7 USC lead, before being replaced by Tajh Boyd.
Not all of the Tigers’ offensive woes could be laid on Parker. Other than DeAndre Hopkins (seven catches, 124 yards), Clemson players managed 10 catches for 66 yards and had a half-dozen drops.