FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE STREAK
Stephen Garcia (2009-10) went 2-0 with 353 passing yards. Connor Shaw (2011, 2013) went 2-0, passing for 362 yards and rushing for 201 yards. Dylan Thompson (2012) is 1-0, passing for 310 yards.
2. TWO GOOD TEAMS
Going into the game, USC was No. 18 in 2010, No. 14 in 2011, No. 13 in 2012, and No. 10 in 2013. The Tigers were ranked No. 15 in 2009, unranked in 2010, No. 18 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012 and No. 6 in 2013.
3. THE OTHER GAMES
During the same five-season stretch from 2009 to 2013, the Gamecocks went 5-0 against one other opponent – Vanderbilt.
4. PLENTY OF INTEREST
Over the past five games, the announced attendances was 414,038. That’s an average attendance of 82,808. All five games were televised either on ESPN or ESPN2.
5. CALLING ALL CAPTAINS
Here’s a roll call of the winning USC captains through the five games: Moe Brown, Patrick DiMarco, Cliff Matthews, Eric Norwood, Ladi Ajiboye, Spencer Lanning, Terrence Campbell, Melvin Ingram, Alshon Jeffery, Travian Robertson, Justice Cunningham, T.J. Johnson, Marcus Lattimore, D.J. Swearinger, Shaq Wilson, A.J. Cann, Kelcy Quarles, Connor Shaw and Chaz Sutton.
FIVE COACHES WHO WORKED FOR BOTH SCHOOLS
1. BRAD SCOTT
Head coach at USC (1994-98); assistant coach at Clemson (1999-2010)
2. TOMMY WEST
Assistant coach at Clemson (1982-89); assistant coach at USC (1991-92); head coach at Clemson (1994-98)
3. ELLIS JOHNSON
Assistant coach at Clemson (1995-96); assistant coach at USC (2008-11)
4. MILES ALDRIDGE
Assistant coach at Clemson (1985-89); assistant coach at USC (1991-93); assistant coach at Clemson (1994-95)
5. RICK STOCKSTILL
Assistant coach at Clemson (1989-2002); assistant coach at USC (2004-05)
FIVE BEST USC-CLEMSON GAMES
1. 1984: SOUTH CAROLINA 22, CLEMSON 21
Mike Hold scored from 1 yard out and Scott Hagler kicked the difference-making PAT .
2. 1977: CLEMSON 31, SOUTH CAROLINA 27
Steve Fuller throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Jerry Butler in the end zone with 49 seconds remaining.
3. 1968: SOUTH CAROLINA 7, CLEMSON 3
Tyler Hellams returns a punt late in the game 73 yards for a touchdown as the Gamecocks pull out a win.
4. 2000: CLEMSON 16, SOUTH CAROLINA 14
Rod Gardner’s controversial push-off reception covered 50 yards and set up Aaron Hunt’s game-winning 25-yard field goal with three seconds remaining.
5. 1948: CLEMSON 13, SOUTH CAROLINA 7
Phil Prince blocked a punt and Oscar Thompson returned it for the game-winning touchdown with 4:15 to play for the unbeaten Tigers.
FIVE MEMORABLE NON-FOOTBALL MOMENTS
1. DATE CHANGE
President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination in Dallas forced postponement of the game from Nov. 23 to Nov. 28. It’s the only one played on Thanksgiving Day.
2. COUNTERFEIT CHAOS
The 1946 game featured several thousand counterfeit tickets, which led to fans breaking down the gates. To make matters worse, a Tiger fan ran on the field with a live chicken at halftime and strangled it.
3. THE RIOT
A postgame military parade in 1902 in which marching Clemson cadets locked horns with USC students, with both sides armed before cooler heads prevailed, led to the suspension of the rivalry game for six seasons.
4. THE PRANK
A group of USC fraternity members in borrowed orange uniforms mockingly impersonated the Clemson team doing calisthenics before the 1961 game.
5. THE BRAWL
The 2004 fight between the teams took place over half the field late in the game at Death Valley before coaches and law enforcement could break things up.
FIVE BEST PERFORMANCES BY A GAMECOCK VS. CLEMSON
1. JEFF GRANTZ
Quarterback, 1975 Grantz orchestrated eight touchdown drives.
2. JADEVEON CLOWNEY
Defensive end, 2012 Single-game record of 41/2 sacks
3. STEVE WADIAK
Running back, 1950 “The Cadillac” rushed for 256 yards on 19 carries and scored both of USC’s touchdowns.
4. TOMMY SUGGS
Quarterback, 1970 Suggs had three second-half touchdowns.
5. BRAD EDWARDS
Safety, 1987 Had 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.