Thumbs up, thumbs down: Gamecocks vs. Clemson

pobley@thestate.comNovember 25, 2012 

Thumbs Up

Jadeveon Clowney

With 4.5 sacks, Clowney eclipsed USC’s single-season sacks record. He has 13 on this season, with the bowl game to go.

Dylan Thompson

The unexpected starter had his hiccups but he still passed for more than 300 yards and showed some rushing chops, breaking off a 20-yarder on a 3rd-and-19

Brison Williams

Came up with a key interception in the fourth quarter when it appeared Clemson was regaining momentum.

Ace Sanders

Put together the best game by a Gamecocks wide receiver this season with 119 yards and a touchdown on six catches. He also set a school record for punt return yardage in a single season.

Steve Spurrier

The Head Ball Coach is now the Winningest Ball Coach ... in Gamecocks history. He has 65 at USC.

Bruce Ellington

Finished a solid regular season with two scores, including the final USC score with 4:17 to go. Team leader in receptions (38) and receiving yards (564).

DeVonte Holloman

Senior spur has five career interceptions, three of them vs. Clemson (one of those Saturday).

Adam Yates

Kicked all six of his kickoffs for touchbacks and was 2-for-2 on the day in field goals.

Thumbs down

Steve Spurrier

Twice took shots at the end zone on third downs when there were 1st-and-goals to be had. USC failed both times. Two trick plays also blew up. Did make some gutsy keeper calls, though.

D.J. Swearinger

Yet another borderline helmet-to-helmet shot that could have been penalized. Then he followed with a taunt, which brought the flag he had dodged.

Offensive line

Without the mobile Connor Shaw in the backfield, the general inconsistency of the line came into focus. Holding penalties were costly as Thompson had a touchdown run nullified.

Clemson fans

Threw bottles and trash on the field in protest of penalties against Clemson. Dumb and dangerous.

- Dwayne McLemore contributed to this report

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